[Book Review] Russian Tattoos: Obsession by Kat Shehata

Russian Tattoos: Obsession by Kat Shehata

Russian Tattoos Series

(Book #1)

Kindle Edition: 300 pages

Published January 12th 2016 by Limitless Publishing

Genre: Dark, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Russian Romance, Mafia

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Synopsis (From Goodreads)

Falling in love isn’t a crime—but falling in love with a Russian mafia boss could be deadly.

Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life, so when he becomes employed by Vladimir Ivanov—a sexy Russian with an array of tattoos and an accent that weakens her knees—a bit of danger is within Carter’s grasp. Behind her father’s back, she enjoys spending time with Vladimir at his lavish estate. But is he really the upstanding businessman she believes him to be?

Vladimir Ivanov reigns as godfather of a Russian mafia crime ring.

Vladimir spent five years of his life in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who gets what he wants, and after stalking the gorgeous tennis player for years—he wants Carter. A little charm melts her heart, and behind the scenes, he orders his henchman to track her every move.

He’s a tattooed stick of dynamite ready to blow at the slightest spark.

As their romance reaches deadly levels, Carter senses something’s not right. When she’s lured into a compromising position at the hands of a shady European drug dealer, she calls in Boris, Vladimir’s right hand man, to rescue her—without telling Vladimir. With his authority questioned, he sets out to teach Carter a lesson about loyalty she’ll never forget.

When Carter realizes she’s in too deep, she must fight for her freedom before the attraction turns fatal.

But the Russian bratva plays for keeps, and Vladimir’s fierce lust to possess her spirals their romance out of control

My thoughts on Russian Tattoos Obsession

If you know me a little bit, you will find easy to realize why I love book like this so much. A clue? See the title? It says Russian. Yeah. I have a thing for books that feature Russian men and when it’s about the mafia, even better.

This book started fairly good with Carter, being taken by her father to meat his possible new boss. She is a tennis player and she find an even ground with that subject to speak with Vladimir for the first time, even as she notices some things from his surroundings.
Vladimir it’s not your average Russian man. No sir. He is THE Russian man. He wants Carter. And what Vladimir wants, he gets. So he hired her father to keep tabs on her, more so than the ones he is already keeping.

A problem in the tennis club where Carter trains and works makes the two of them cross paths again and he offers her a job after being fired. She takes the job without having a single clue that she is getting herself willingly in a place she can’t leave… not alive anyways.

Kat Shehata does a supreme job at describing the things Carter has to endure in the hands of Vladimir, Boris and his men. Be warned that this author do not hold punches back and you will find yourself with a huge problem while reading if you are expecting this to be a romantic novel. There is romance in it, don’t get me wrong but, it’s not exactly pretty most of the time. Worst when you have a female protagonist with an ability to find trouble.

What made me love this story so much was the honesty in it. Raw pain, drinking, blackmail, straight in-your-face threatening, punches, killings, and more. Call me whatever you want for this but I like it. There is not many people out there that will be willing to be so real and don’t sugar coat things or skip scenes just to make the faint of heart not drop to their knees sobbing.

When I reached the end I was a little crazy because it looks like there was another story to be told after this. I was not wrong. The author it’s working on the second book and it’s going to be a trilogy. I’m waiting at the edge of my seat to grab the next book because… I’m a sucker for a great hard honest story.


Boris grinned sadistically like and overgrown housecat with a mouse tail dangling between his lips. “Of course, boss. I’ll put her to work”

Note to wasted self: never hand the keys to your sobriety over to a foxy Russian gangster

Awesome. Call me a whore, point out you know my darkest secret, and then make everything better by buying me dinner.


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kat-shehata-authorKat Shehata’s first career involved caring for exotic, dangerous, and adorable animals as a zookeeper. As an author, Kat weaves her love of animals into her work. She is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling children’s book Animals on the Other Side written with Sylvia Browne.

She is an avid tennis player and spends her free time playing matches in a recreational league in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in creative writing from Spalding University.

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