Friday, July 6, 2018

Ven by Ker Dukey & K. Webster Blog Tour

The Vetrov name comes with expectation.
My role in this world is simple: do as Father asks and live my life how he planned it.

My future is already written: run the empire.
Old Values. Old Rule. Old Money.
Until her.

Everything I do lacks purpose.
Everything I do is empty.
Women. Money. Power. It meant nothing.
Until her.

When the Volkov rose showed up at my home a disgraced package, hand-delivered by a Vasiliev prince, I began paving my own path.
I vowed to make her bloom once more.

She consumed me.
Her. Her. Her.

But you can’t love a rose and expect not to be damaged by her thorns.
She cut me too deep.
And I bled out.
My soul fled.
All that’s left is a cold, calculating monster.

I am Veniamin.
Volcanic. Victorious. Valiant. Vetrov.
When you enter my world to play games, prepare to lose.
In the end, I always find the thorn in my side, and I pluck it right out.

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Book 2
Buy Links

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~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Trigger warnings: Click HERE to see Mary’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

After the way the first book ended, I wasn't sure how Diana was going to survive; but with a little help from Ven, she just might come out of this even stronger. Or so I thought. She is trying to plot her revenge on her father for the chain of events that has led her to Ven's house. While Ven's father is old school and doesn't want her in his house, he thinks he can use her any way he wants. Diana can't let that happen, as she spends more time with Ven, her feelings begin to grow more and more.

Ven has loved Diana since she was 16 years old when she kissed him to get rid of Vika, the little girl who at age 10 was always plotting to get her way. While the kiss did make Vika mad, it also made Ven want Diana more. Now that she lives in his house, he will protect her until he can make her his.

While Diana is a strong, independent woman, it is Ven who will bring her to her knees. But his father will destroy both Ven and Diana.

When Diana ends up in the Games, Ven knows he can't save her but he will get his revenge on the one person who put her in that pit of hell. Diana has trained for the Games and must stay alive to get her revenge. And in the end, will she get what she is after or just more pain?

When I saw that book two was ready in the review group, I thought, oh yeah, Double K is at it again and I am ready. While this series is full of cringe-worthy dialogue and is a painstakingly dark storyline, it will have you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what will happen next. So if you love an awesome, dark read that covers all the triggers, then you need to read this series, K. Webster and Ker Dukey have done it again and I can't wait for book three.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Trigger warnings: Click HERE to see Mary Jo’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

This is a dark book and not for the faint of heart. The violence of The V Games is not something to take lightly, even though some of the violence takes place off the page.

Diana portrays herself as strong and does her best to protect her family. In doing so, she makes a rookie mistake that gets her and her lover caught. He's killed and she's all but disowned. She's taken in by Ven's family and for a while it seems that life might be looking up.

Ven has always been intrigued by Diana. She could be the Queen to his King when it’s their turn to run the first families. However, the perceived betrayal to him and his family has him leaving Diana to fend for herself. Ven didn't realize the cost to his soul until he saw her in the Games.

If you enjoy dark reads, then this is the book for you.

Ven is the second installment in The V Games series. The books can be read as standalones but are so much better if read in the order the authors intended.

Veniamin Volkov's life has been plotted and planned long before he was even an adult. His destiny is to run the Volkov empire. Ven is powerful, smart, and oh so sexy. The first families are to be feared. They make the rules and when you cross one of them, vengeance will be theirs. There was always a closeness between Ven and Diana even as children, but they were never supposed to be together. Diana was to be married off to Vlad, but when her affair was brought to light she was dumped at Ven's doorway like trash. Ven knew from that moment he would take care of Diana, she was going to be his.

Diana was doing what she had to do to protect Irina. After taking time to mourn her lover, she made a plan for vengeance. She wasn't the delicate rose everyone thought she was. She was about to prove herself in this man's world.

I loved the dynamic between Ven and Diana. She wanted him but didn't need him to take care of her. She was stronger than anyone knew.

This author duo is an amazing writing team. The suspense factor was high and the twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat.

I can't wait for Vas!

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Thriller, Romance
Triggers: Click HERE to see Avid Reader’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

WARNING: This is a very dark romance. If you're sensitive to things, I would not recommend this story as there are a ton of triggers.

Ven and Diana's story is a dark one. You cannot decide whether to root for them or condemn them. I really liked Diana's character. She was strong and dangerous, delicate and vulnerable. She was an amazing character. Complex and well written, well developed too.

Then you have Ven. He is complicated, dangerous, mean, and demanding. He demands and commands respect, but also terrorizes too. He sometimes acts like a toddler not getting his way and then other times, acts like he's in control of himself. He loves Diana with a fierceness that is unrivaled.

These two characters are amazing together and you can really see their history. The action in this story keeps you on the edge of your seat and you want to root for them, but also want to see them fail. It's a book that evokes a lot of emotion. I really enjoyed it.

Book two in The V Games was everything I was hoping for from the collaboration of Ker Dukey and K Webster!! I highly recommend reading this series in order, as Ven picks right up from where Vlad ended.

In this world of the Russian mob there is a hierarchy, everyone knows their place, and this especially applies to the women. The darkness and depravity know no bounds and seeps into every aspect of their lives. Please be advised this series, and story in particular, contains human-trafficking, rape, murder, and drug use.

Diana has fallen from grace, as a woman from a First Family this is an awful place to be, and needs to find herself. Thankfully her childhood crush, Ven Volkov, is there to catch her... or is he?

I loved every single chapter in this book – EVERY SINGLE ONE! Diana is NOT a wilting-flower, she will NOT be condemned nor disrespected. I love her strength, determination, and grit. Ven is my new book boyfriend. He's strong but kind, scary but sweet, and the perfect man NOT tainted by his position in the mob.

Overall, this story has everything: darkness, action, romance, suspense, and at times, humor. The twists and turns kept my eyes glued to my e-reader, but the characters truly made me fall in love. I wasn't convinced I would like the series based on the first book but now I'm a total believer!

Also Available in The V Games Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Vlad Blog Tour.

Ker Dukey

My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up. My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

Connect with Ker

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Google+  ~  Instagram
Dukey's darKER souls Facebook Group

K. Webster

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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Krazy for K Webster’s Books Facebook Group

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Ven (The V Games #2) by Ker Dukey & K. Webster to read and review for this tour.

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