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(Russian Tattoos #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  904 ratings  ·  145 reviews
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’
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Limitless Publishing
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Jan 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Russian prison tattoos are some of the most eerie, terrifying, iconic artwork that I have ever seen inked on human skin. They tell the story of a man (or woman as a matter of fact) as clearly as a written autobiography and those stories ain't pretty.

Stars on the knees to show that you will not bend before the authorities. Dagger through the throat to boast that you are a killer. Myths, religious iconography, pop culture logos, even political statements abound. The symbols and their secret meanin
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4.5 'Something Good' Stars *****

I regret nothing. I'm so happy that I got a chance to read Russian Tattoos. It wasn't what I was expecting.


I understand why some of the readers don't like Carter. She acts young and makes some bad decisions. But I can't blame her because she just wants to be a normal college girl. It also doesn't help that her beauty attracts the wrong attention.

My connection with Carter grew stronger the deeper I got into the story. I loved her thought process, humor, str
Aղցela W.
This was a really good book. Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life. When her father who is out of work gets a job from a Russian businessman Vladimir Ivanov who is a sexy Russian mob boss with tattoos. Carter had an older sister Sophia who died in a car accident. Vladimir had a ruthless underboss Boris who mad it his mission to teach the young naïve Carter some painful lessons. When Carter starts working for Vl ...more
☮ mary


The unhinged "hero" who suffers from some sort of personality disorder ... the most stupid female creature as the "heroine" ... various scenes where said heroine is beaten up, threatened and raped ... one dimensional secondary characters ... flimsy excuse of a plot and you have Russian Tattoos Obsession IN A NUTSHELL ...


I honestly wish this sad attempt at romance writing was a joke unfortunately it's the real deal, well according to Kat Shehata !! This is not DARK or in no way or shape a LOVE
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book gave me a lot of insight into the Russian mafia and the tattoos that go with it. The romance, was just meh! The H (russian mafia kingpin) is not around for most of this series and the h is left to fend for herself - which she does - usually unsuccessfully (probably because she isn't the brightest tool in the box). She rushes into danger even after she's been warned and does nothing but make trouble for herself and the H. An otherwise engaging story lost a couple of stars for this dumb ...more
Melanie (mells_view)
20% DNF. I tried. It just didn't feel like it was going anywhere. ...more
09/27/20 currently free in Dynasty: A Mafia Collection Dynasty A Mafia Collection by Ginger Ring

Vladimir Ivanov comes into Carter Cook's life an answer to her families prayers. Giving her dad a new tech job, after being laid off past the point of stability. She's instantly attracted by the beautiful Russian, who also happens to be a former love of her deceased older sister. Initially that connection is what draws him into her life, but her resemblance to her sister also pushes him to take it
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
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Russian Tattoos - Obsession is book one in the series and is a Romance, Suspense written by Kat Shehata. I was gifted a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review through Xpresso Book Tours .

3.5 What the Hell Did I Just Read Stars!

The Review:
Not all is what it seems! That should be the theme of this book.

Russian Tattoos left me with mixed emotions. I liked it. I really did. I loved the writing which was very well done. But about h
Kim Black
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

OMG, this book! I am still speechless and amazed at this gem of a book! It was heart breakingly amazing. Horribly brilliant and I am desperate to read more of this story!

Anyone who knows me, understand that I love a devastating story almost as much as I love a HEA story. This book gave me the chills. I found myself completely invested. Three times, I felt tears rolling down my cheeks, unable to pull my eyes away for my kindle to compose myself. Kat,
Vanessa Serrano
Jun 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one, absolutely no one.
Recommended to Vanessa by: Nobody, it was my mistake.
There's not amount of words in this world to express how much I hate this book, I got that it was a dark romance but what I read wasn't dark it was rubbish!!! I don't even want my money back, keep it but erase this horrendous book off my mind. Times like this are when I ask myself why Goodreads hasn't added the 0 stars options or more like - 10. I'm scarred for life with this Author, and although it's been a while since I read this thing I just had to scream to the world my feelings towards this ...more
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Surprisingly good.

You are warned! Cliffhanger!
RCK *don’t be all, like, uncool*
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This was awful! I hated Carter. She made one dumb decision after another. Based on the way she acted I would have thought she was 14, but she was actually 19. Everyone treated her like a child. Even though she was legally an adult, she had a 10 o'clock curfew. She was a pathological liar. She wouldn't have had half of the problems she did if she hadn't lied about pointless shit. It annoyed me that she was into almost every guy she met. With her interests in men, it was hard to believe she was a ...more
Pint-Sized Vehemence
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was pretty awful, but I was expecting a stupid trashy romance novel, so the bar was set pretty low to begin with. Then you figure in that there's not a whole ton of romance and only like one sex scene..., so it falls below the "trashy romance" low expectation mark and it's that much worse...who'd have thought it possible?

The whole plot basically revolves around a young girl whose father is hired into a legitimate job with the boss of the Russian Mafia. She then ends up the object of s
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was so bad that I don't even have the words to describe how bad it was! I dunno what the hell I was expecting but it wasn't this crap. 300 pages and no fucking ending!

What I hated about this story... the characters were all flat, there was no depth to them. I wish Carter had wised up a bit earlier but then again she was portrayed as a dumb child. Vladimir was your average Russian monster (REALLY STERYOTYPE MUCH?!?). The entire story was full of abuse, it felt like the author really hates wo
Michelle Cage
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow this was really good, this is a new author for me and I really like the mafia genre so when I saw the teasers for this book I knew I had to read it and it just kept me captivated. There are so mant twists and turns that leave you guessing. I will be honest and thought a Valdimers interest with Carter was a little strange at first but as the story progresses it becomes more apparent as to the reasons. I was sad at the end but I see that I will eventually see Vald and Carter again.
Apr 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Horrible, horrible, horrible. I'm pissed at myself for finishing it. ...more
Nov 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Patricia Maia (The Bookery Review)
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mob
I have to be honest, I didn't know this author's work, but the blurb of this book completely attracted me!
Now that I've read it, I'm in a state of confusion and quite dumbfounded because I never thought it would be this good!
Why confused tho? Well, there are secrets everywhere, the twists are so big that left my mind in knots and the end promises so much more, that I cant, honestly, wait for the next book, because this cant be a standalone!!! No way!

Vladimir is the boss of a Russian mafia crime
Bibliophile Wonderland Reviews
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Okay for all my dark and twisted ladies who love dark read this is for you. I have read my fair share of dark but this is dark. There was a lot going on most of the time so it can be kind of confusing but once you get use to it its smooth sailing from their.
Carter Cook is the main heroine in the story, is a college student and a competitive tennis player. I could sort of relate to her because like her I also had over protective parent. She just wanted her freedom to do what she pleased.
Deb Carroll
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I am actually at the 3.5 stars on this one but since Amazon won't let me do that.....

I want to love this book because I can see so some serious potential but I can't like all. I just don't feel anything but dislike for him. I think he could be an amazing alpha male if he wasn't such an obsessive and abusive man. When Carter is covered in bruises and beaten by his right-hand man he just excuses the behavior as how it is and doesn't do anything to correct it. Carter is ripe for being
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, abuse, suspense

Brilliant, funny, and a little different story about the Russian mob. Vladimir loves Carter. Or does he? Who does Carter, a college tennis player, want - Vladimir or her longtime crush Ryan? What does Carter want - in the Russian mob or out? Does she even have a choice? What is different about this is the absolutely perfect blend of Young Adult and New Adult. For such a story to be so readable by both audiences is a testament to the talent of Kat Shehata. Indeed, I recommend it to ages 1
Heather Pollock
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Russian Tattoos Obsession

QueenZany 4 Star Review

Russian Tattoos Obsession
by Kat Shehata

Heck yes!! A quick Russian Mafia book!! That is gritty, dark and raw!!
Yes it's not for the faint of heart. But enjoy these types of books. Has the power to take you to another realm. In this case it's a visual effect. Which would be perfect for a series adaptation. At least in my mind. Im now hooked on this series!

Arc was provided in exchange for an honest review!
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Very dark but all in all a great book! 👍
The heroine actually annoyed my by how much she changes her mind 🤣
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Mixed review…

I am not sure how to review this book I can honestly say I have never read a book before that I found so enjoyable but at the same time struggled with large sections of the plot as well as the characters…

Mafia/Bratva romance is one of my go to genres and I really loved the premise of this story..Carter is a sassy, gifted tennis player.. and Vladimir is the intimidating boss of her Father….their relationship from the start is complex housed in a web of deceit and secrets as graduall
Ana Rente
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
---Read and reviewed for The Bookery Review---


I knew nothing about this book or about this author when “Russian Tattoos – Obsession” landed on my Kindle.
“Russian Tattoos” is Kat Shehata debut’s novel in this genre and I must say that she did a wonderful job.
This story is so much more than what is in the blurb.
It took only a couple of minutes to finish the first chapter and I was wondering: what the hell?? After this moment, you know there’s so much more than the story can tell.
Carter is a nine
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

Edgy. Sexy. Suspenseful. Intense. Dark(ish). Kat Shehata has an explosive, heart pounding series out that will leave you on the edge of your seat...gripping the pages...and gasping for air. I'm not sure how I've missed this author in the past but you can be sure she's on my radar now.

The Russian Tattoos trilogy has quickly become an addiction of mine I do not want to shake. Addicting. Captivating. Intriguing. Mysterious. Gritty. Raw. These three books following Carter and Vladimir were s
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Kat 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, Ohi

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