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(Smirnov Bratva #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,358 ratings  ·  254 reviews
She was a ghost, in heels.

She was there, then she wasn’t.

She would play with my emotions like a well-played guitar.

Then she would disappear. Making me want to strangle her.

Maybe she wasn’t a ghost, maybe she was the giver of sin. Because we sinned every time we touched, every time she was near.

Her lips were shaped like a heart, deceiving you at every word.

Her body was
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Published September 21st 2016
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Olga therebelreader
4.5~5 stars

What an amazing book! It had so many of the elements that I look for in a book: drama, great dialogue, easy storyline, more drama, secrets, crazy drama, and STEAM! Kazier and Elina’s story is beautiful. It’s full of heartache, secrets, misunderstandings, steam, love and hate.

Kazier is the up and coming Russian mob boss. He’s cold. He’s ruthless. He’s terrifying. He’s just all alpha man who knows how to please a lady. He knew he wanted Elina and only Elina from the moment he first saw
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
3.5 "These characters are nuts" stars!!

You already know that I am a cover ho. Do you see that guy??? Hello???

So... I think it was another case of it being just me. I think I built this book up way too much in my head. With all of the social media hype that I saw for this book (and participated in), when I got the ARC I was sure that the book would be phenomenal. Especially because reviews had already been posted. So I went in with some pretty high expectations. And then...

It pulled nothi
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

Book Description

She was a ghost, in heels.

She was there, then she wasn’t.

She would play with my emotions like a well-played guitar.

Then she would disappear. Making me want to strangle her.

Maybe she wasn’t a ghost, maybe she was the giver of sin. Because we sinned every time we touched, every time she was near.

Her lips were shaped like a heart, deceiving you at every word.

Her body was created straight from my fantasies, one I craved to bend to my will.

Her heart, well, who the hell k
Rachel K
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
It wasn't a bad read but I didn't like the heroine. At all. I wanted Freya to be the heroine but when I think about it, I'm glad she's not because there's no way Kazier is good enough for her. I want to read her story now :) ...more
3 Romeo and Juliet stars

It seems everyone is recycling the greats recently. Though Jane Austen seems to rule supreme, it was nice to see a Shakespeare reboot.

The only reason this wasn't a 4 star read for me was the lack of h's POV. We don't get hers until after the 50% mark. They have almost no "present time" on page interaction until after 70%. There's just not enough page time with the h to decide how I feel about her as a character. The OW fiancé has about the same amount of on page with the
Aղցela W.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good read. Kazier is the son of a Russian mob he is also a politician. Elina, is the granddaughter of a rival Italian family they have been engaging in a love affair for two years. For Kazier it was just at first sight when he first sees her in a club. When his father tells him that he is marrying another he can't stop thinking about her. This was my first time reading this author. This book drew me in and I loved it. This book was well written with no errors in grammar or spel ...more
Aliana Milano
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd just like to put the fact that I'm a mafia whore out there. Just saying.

So when I got an ARC of Distrust I about peed in excitement because this author has a reputation of writing amazeball stories.

And she did NOT disappoint. It was refreshing to read a mafia book that was in depth and in which you could tell that research was done and time was taken to write the pages. I would most definitely recommend it to fans of Ashleigh Zavarellis' mafia series - I've read her book Ghost and it was inc
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!!

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What first pulled me into this book was the cover. I mean come on have you seen this guy??? He is so fine. He grabbed my attention so easily.

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This is the first book that I have read by this author and it was pretty interesting. The blurb doesn't give you much to work with so I was pretty much going in blind.

Kazier is the head of the Smirnov Bratva. Dangerous and crazy is what this guy is but I loved it and I thought it was extremely sexy. Kazier is obsessed with Elina. This m
Sep 27, 2018 added it

Call me picky BUT I just didn't like the storyline from the very start! I couldn't continue not even til the end:(
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, keep me reading and wanting to know what happens next. I loved the other characters in this book and hopefully will get their stories. I would definitely recommend this book.
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
Actual rating 4.5 stars

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You know those authors who when you pick up one of their books to read you just know that you are going to be in for a suspense filled, white knuckles, stomach knotting ride? Well for me T.L. Smith is an author whose books do this to me every single time, and Distrust did exactly that. I couldn’t breathe at times because I wasn’t sure if I could handle what would happen next. The angst, the
Another brilliant read from TL Smith

T.L Smith has once again delivered an on the edge,gripping and riveting read in Distrust, with fascinating, intriguing and interesting characters and a plot that had me captivated to the end I was left hungry for more and can't wait for the next book in this series.

Never a dull page, action packed, hot with angst, danger, drama, just brilliant.

Kaiser, Alpha with an A, hot, demanding powerful, feared, a mafia boss he's a man on a mission, a man with an obses
Nic Spears
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided in exchange of an honest review*

You know I always get excited when TL announces she's writing a new book as I know she is going to deliver one hell of a bloody good one. And 'Distrust'....fuck is it good.

Cold and ruthless. He wouldn't bat an eyelid when asked to kill...except when it comes to her.....

"In a world full of color there needs to be dark because Darkness is the best place to be."

Secretive and elusive. She comes when least expected and is gone by morning. A ghost...and h
J. C.  Red
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-safe
The first time I tried something from this author I DNF'd almost immediately, but I'm so glad I gave this a chance, I think her writing has evolved a lot since Krinos.
What I loved about Distrust is that it stayed true to the characters, but most of all, that I could finally read a trope I've been waiting on for years (and only found in one other book): where the heroine is the mistery and the hero is the doormat (only when it comes to her, though) who can never say no to her. It was incredibly
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by this amazing author and let me tell you, I could not put it down once I started reading it today. TL has a way with words that just made this story flow. What a rollercoaster of a ride. I loved all the characters in this book, even Death. He is a different kind of crazy in itself. I love Mafia books so this was a no brainer. I would definitely recommend this book. I can't wait to read the next book.
Kristy & Kayla - My Person's Books
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read
Every time we see TL Smith with a new release coming we get giddy. Her covers are to die for and her synopsis' are always intriguing and leave us wanting more. Distrust is the first book in the Smirnov Bratva series and we cannot wait for more!

We love the way TL starts her books her prologues always reel us in. The suspense, angst, chemistry, raw and grittiness is intoxicating! The buildup of suspense makes our heart race leaving us on edge with Kristy dying for a spoiler, we are left frozen in
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I dont now why it is that I EVER underestimate this lady. She puts a form of art out that not many people can accomplish. She is rough, dirty and so effin sexy. (her writing that is) She stops my heart at times and speeds it right back up. I can not believe the feelings that her books invoke. Amazing...

Ok so pretty much you have Kazier and he is a mob boss's son that will then become the boss if everything pans out. He is rough around the edges and only soft heart ONLY for one woman but rough i
Brenda Travers
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy Hell TL Smith you are a total Bad Arse...

Distrust is the story of a very Dark Russian Mafia Family, Smirnov Bratva to be exact. And let's just say there is a War between this family and one other that will take no prisoners!!

Now Kazier who is the unofficial head of this Mafia Clan (although his Father believes he still decides the rules) is a very very dark man with a thirst for just one woman Elina, the woman that evades him whenever she feels the need, what is her secret, why is she playi
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What did I just read?


This beautifully twisted and consuming masterpiece will chew you up and spit you out. The plot had so many puzzle pieces that kept me on edge. I devoured this book in one sitting. I could not put it down. Nothing about this story was predictable. TL Smith is an author who can seriously write and this 5 STAR masterpiece proves she a pure genius. Distrust had the perfect balance between romance, drama, and suspense.

Kazier is a Russian Mafia bos
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THIS INCREDIBLE BOOK completely stole my heart and had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning to VERY end. This isn't your average Mafia book... it's more... it's pure sin!!!!

I found myself absolutely captivated by the storyline and the character's! (I call dibs on Kazier Smirnov) Not only does T.L. Smith deliver a truly gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, give-me-more read she brings the reader into this world that she has so beautifully created.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who i
Diz Reads 4TLOReading
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately for me it took a lot to give this book a 2, I agonised over this decision as I love TL smith, but honesty is the best policy.

I couldn't connect with the characters, I found nothing I could emotionally connect with, and to be truthful there was a great basis for a great story but it fell a little flat and rushed for me.

It needed more time and depth spent on it. There was so much it could have been, but it left me feeling a little empty.
Valerie Z
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok

I have a massive love and hate relationship with this book.

PS, I freaking hate Freya.
PPS, don't worry, Freya is not the heroine in this book.
Simona Misevska
My only complaint about Distrust is the end. I don't like HFN it's like unfinished story for me (author says the couple will reapers in the next book but for me is not the same). The writing is strange, raw,but in the same time you will not stop reading until last page. ...more
Sarah Armstrong
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 bratva stars

Wow, they ending was crazy.
This book was filled with so many turns, it was crazy. I loved it. Incredible writing. Off to book 2
Everything was so vague, I could not connect.
Lost my interest. You may love it. It did not work for me. Reading is subjective.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Strange....very strange....
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Still not sure how to really rate this book. I'm somewhere between 3,5 and 4 stars....

Distrust is my 4th book of T.L. Smith and so I quite hat some expectations. I guess. And it took me a while to get into this story. Respectively getting used to the fact that the first half is told only from Kazier's POV and I didn't get any connection to the woman he's apparently obsessed with. She's as much ghost to me as a reader as she is to Kazier.
Well, now that I'm writing this, it occurs to me that this
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She was a ghost, in heels.

She was there, then she wasn’t.

She would play with my emotions like a well-played guitar.

Then she would disappear. Making me want to strangle her.

Maybe she wasn’t a ghost, maybe she was the giver of sin. Because we sinned every time we touched, every time she was near.

Her lips were shaped like a heart, deceiving you at every word.

Her body was created straight from
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

Distrust is the first book I've read by this author, and I did enjoy the read. I found it a little slow to start with, but it soon picked up pace. I actually found the secondary characters of Anton, Victor, Death and Pollie more interesting than the main 2 characters of Kazier and Elina. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series about Death and Pollie, they were fascinating together in this book.
Courtney Brown
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.8 Stars So I have come to love TL Smith in a very short time .. and this really intense read was not a disappointment it was so different from anything I have read before a lot of mafia and killing and family rivalries and pure freaking madness.. so why 3.8 Stars is because I felt like it was a little disjointed and while I was sucked into this world it didn't hold me like her other books have me maybe possibly if it was by somebody else I wouldn't have been looking for that little bit more ho ...more
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USA Today Best Selling Author T.L. Smith loves to write her characters with flaws so beautiful and dark that you can’t turn away from. Her books have been translated into several languages. If you don’t find her in her home town of Queensland, Australia you can usually find her travelling around the world to sitting on a beach in Bali, to exploring Alcatraz in San Francisco or walking the streets ...more

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