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(Las Vegas Sidewinders #9)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  61 reviews
**Vladimir is a STANDALONE hockey romance, part of the Sidewinders Series*

Professional hockey player Vladimir Kolnikov grew up in a Russian orphanage with nothing. Now, the 23-year-old left wing for the Las Vegas Sidewinders has everything he ever dreamed of, including a brilliant career and a fiancée whom he adores. At the altar, Vlad's cold feet have nothing to do with t
Published February 22nd 2018 (first published February 21st 2018)
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Elizabeth Swain
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story of Vladimir and Rachel is a story where both characters have to look deeper into each other to trust and find a binding forever love ~ Elizabeth @ White Hot Reads

There are many times in their story that I want to just slap "Vlad" upside the head... that said this makes you want to keep reading. You want Vlad to get through the bad that he must pursue to seek his happiness. Our poor Rachel must go through trials herself to get her HEA.

This story is filled with friendship, laughter and
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the drama!

This series is all about drama. The best, delicious, warmest, over-the-top, cannot get enough, oh so good drama! The hockey players of the Las Vegas Sidewinders franchise, and the women (and men) who come into their lives, make a group of friends – a family – that I can’t get enough of…
This time out, Vlad is working his way to, hopefully, his happily ever after. He and Rachel hit it off right away as seen through flashbacks of their relationship. As things fell apart, it was goo
April Symes
Vladimir: Las Vegas Sidewinders (Book 9) by Kat Mizera ---This is Vladimir and Rachel’s story. The story starts off with a bang when the wedding of hockey player Vladimir Kolnikov and actress Rachel Kennedy was supposed to happen suddenly didn’t. Rachel is blindsided when the groom never showed up. She is left trying to pick up her life and figure out what happened. What no one knew is the groom Vlad had been sitting in his car in front of the hotel, having a panic attack. He was looking back at ...more
Ana Rita
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gimme, gimme more from this author and I'm on cloud nine...
Kat Mizera has this effect on me. I mean, every new book and I'm always eager to read non stop and get more from her. Amazing right?
Her writing is hot, intense, sweet and sometimes wild, just the way I like it.
Vladimir is her latest release and it's the ninth book from the Sidewinders series. Let me just say that I've started this backwords....
This books explores the lifes of Vladimir and Rachel.
Vladimir wasn't always a famous hockey
Nancy Mederos
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotionally beautiful!

Vladimir by Kat Mizera pulled at my heart strings, it was a great second chance romance. It is book nine in the Sidewinders series, but it can be read as a standalone. As someone who has read every book in this series I highly recommend it! I loved it!

Vladimir Kolnikov, a hockey player for the Las Vegas Sidewinders made a huge mistake walking away from the woman he was madly in love with. The day Vlad was set to marry Rachel Kennedy, a very successful actress, he has a pani
Krystal Amora Book Reviews
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vladimir: Las Vegas Sidewinders (Book 9) by Kat Mizera
I was waiting for this book to be released. I’m a huge fan of the Sidewinders series created by Kat. She has been able to draw me into the sports romance genre. For several books now we have heard about Vlad and Rachel, so I was very excited to read this. Rest assured it did not disappoint and is full of surprises.
Within the pages of this latest read the complexity of the dynamic between the characters becomes apparent very quickly. The situa
Nicole Smith
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-romance
This book was packed with emotion. It's pulled at my heartstrings at times and also broke my heart at times. With everything that Vlad and Rachel go through I just want them to get their HEA. It's a tough journey for Vlad and Rachel. There is a happy twist in this book. One that I felt was very fitting. Over all an emotional story that will leave your heart happy sighing by the end.
Diane Lynch
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hockey-romance, ebook
Kat Mizera scores with VLADIMIR, the ninth book in the Sidewinders series. NHL star Vladimir Kolnikov stands up actress Rachel Kennedy at the altar, needing to discover his past back in Russian where he grew up an orphanage. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.

I loved this book. I read a lot of hockey romances. This one took on a new twist. I enjoyed the Russian hockey perspective. I recently watched RED ARMY directed by Gabe Polsky. I think that put me in the perfe
Isha Coleman
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
In life there are moments of glory and instances of courage. It's hard to know which one is headed in our direction and how we'll react to the challenge. For Vlad and Rachel the road to happiness is paved in pot holes. Will they survive the twists life hurls their way? Kat Mizera has a gift for seduction. Her stories sizzle with heat, but Vladimir goes a step further and breaks your heart. Through the maze of unanswered questions and heartbreaking choices, Vladimir is a story of survival. It's a ...more
Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading
Vladimir Kolnikov seems to have hit the lottery. He’s a rising NHL star that is about to marry his hollywood sweetheart . . .so when he has a panic attack in the parking lot an hour before his wedding and leaves his fiance at the altar, she is stunned right along with their friends and teammates. He finds himself back in Russia looking for answers about his past . . . someone has to know something about his parents. He can’t contemplate a real future with Rachel when he knows nothing about where ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story starts with the wedding of hockey player Vladimir Kolnikov and actress Rachel Kennedy. While everyone is in the Chapel waiting, Vlad is sitting in his car in front of the hotel, having a panic attack. He is wondering how he ever came to this point when he came from nothing, feeling like a fraud (hockey star marrying TV star). So instead of talking to anyone about his panic, he hops on a plane to Russia to go back to his beginnings in an orphanage, thinking he needs to know more about h ...more
Boy this book took me on one emotion filled journey. When Vlad left Rachel at the alter I wondered how he, and the author, would convince me to forgive him. Forgive him I did and it wasn't long before I was hoping and praying that Rachel would forgive him too.

After the wedding debacle, the book takes us back to when Vlad and Rachel met. I think this was necessary in order for us to know and understand Vlad. The story then continues to move forward and backwards in time, which I have found irrita
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books-2018

Vladimir: Las Vegas Sidewinders by Kat Mizera is book 9 in the series, yet it's a complete standalone. This is Vladimir and Rachel’s story. And I was sooooo excited to get my hands on it!!

The book starts off at Vlad and Rachel's wedding. When Vlad has a panic attack because of his past, it effects his future. And Rachel is left blindsided, and devastated when Vlad just leaves her at the altar with a text. Vlad wants answers to his past, growing up in a Russian orphanage. So he heads back home t
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vladimir by Kat Mizera is an emotional tale that takes you on a journey with two people who've been hurt. Vladimir went in a direction I never expected it to but I really enjoyed it. There were a few times throughout the story I wanted to smack some sense into both Vlad and Rachel because damn these two can be frustrating. Even though these characters are celebrities, we see both their public and personal sides and how being a celebrity effects their relationship and their choices. I loved that ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kat writes very original stories and the very best in hockey romance. I really enjoyed the perspective of both a Russian hockey player and an actress. With him we went back to Russia to learn some things. And with her story she has major health issues after he leaves her at the altar at their wedding. Very interesting!!
Leah Dynes
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It took a few chapters to get immersed into it, but once it happened, I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to Vlad and Rachel. After a called off wedding leaves both of them with broken hearts, Vlad goes home to Russia to find out about his past. When he gets back, he tries to get Rachel to forgive him, but she has been dealing with her own issues. Will their love be enough??

I haven’t read the other books in this series, so it was great that this could be read
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 pucking good stars.
I love the Sidewinders, there’s no denying it, but this book was very different than the rest. There’s definitely moments that added up to me going through a box of tissues, but every moment was worth it for Vlad and Rachel’s HEA.
In true Sidewinders fashion, there were twists thrown it that made me do a double take. Did I just read that? No... yes, yes I did. And it was grand!
I loved the whole adventure that this book took me on, it was one hell of a roller coaster.
Ana Rita
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gimme, gimme more from this author and I'm on cloud nine...
Kat Mizera has this effect on me. I mean, every new book and I'm always eager to read non stop and get more from her. Amazing right?
Her writing is hot, intense, sweet and sometimes wild, just the way I like it.
Vladimir is her latest release and it's the ninth book from the Sidewinders series. Let me just say that I've started this backwords....
This books explores the lifes of Vladimir and Rachel.
Vladimir wasn't always a famous hockey
Britt Franks Red Hatter Book Blog
You know those books where you want to smack the characters and throw your kindle, but the story is just so darn good you can’t put it down? That exactly how I felt while reading this. I *should* have been so mad at their stubbornness I stopped reading, but Kat Mizera so beautifully wrote Vlad and Rachel’s story I couldn’t stop myself from being totally sucked in.

Bouncing between the present and past for the good first half of the book you’re able to fully see the sweet love that exists between
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG Vlad shattered my heart, I LOVED how this book starts with him having a panic attack right on the cusp
of his wedding to Rachel Kennedy (who we know from being Jamie's ex girlfriend) a famous actress and
the LOVE of Vlad's life. But Vlad feels that he is not good enough for Rachel because he grew up in an
orphanage in Russia. Vlad leaves and goes back to Russia to find answers. Rachel is shattered she cannot
believe that Vlad did this to her. OMG and top of him abandoning her she has a huge life
Amy Stephens
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second story I've read in Sidewinders Series by Kat Mizera and I am just so enthralled with this author's writing. I can't wait to go back and read the other books because she writes with such heart and passion. I also like that the stories are standalones so you're not forced into reading them in order.

I knew from the blurb that this was going to be a deep, intense story and it was, but it was sooo good. I liked the way the author did the first chapter, then went back to tell the s
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading Vladimir, I experienced the whole range of emotions. Vlad walks away from the woman he loves on the the worst day imaginable, their wedding day. Not because he doesn't want to marry her but because he needs to know who he really is. Rachel, the actress left behind at the altar is devastated. But the hits don't stop there for Rachel. Can Vlad find himself and then can he win back the love of his life?

We get to see Vlad and Rachel and how they fell in love but we also see Vlad work t
Sheila Schoenauer
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love second chance romances and I really enjoyed this book. Vladimir and Rachel are such an amazing couple. I was irritated with Vlad for leaving Rachel with just a text message and taking off. But he really redeemed himself in the end. My heart broke for Rachel and everything she had to go through. I can understand her pain and anger but I was also irritated with the amount of times she pushed Vlad away. That is how he helped redeem himself though, by not letting her push him away. I enjoyed ...more
Emily Utsch
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read in this series, and I am now dying to read the rest. I love sports romance. There was a bit of sports in this, but not much playing action. However the sports politics were involved and of course the team comradeship played a large part.
The first half of the book flipped back and forth between the past and present. I usually dont like this, but it was worked in very well. This book is not a typical romance in that we see them meet and fall in love and get mar
Cheryl Whitty
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Vladimir is slightly different from the normal type of Sports Romance we used to. When Vlad meets Rachel it was almost love at first sight. Everything appears to be moving so well until Vladimir does the unthinkable. This is told in dual pov using flashbacks of the relationship. Vladimir loved Rachel, but did not feel good enough because off his feeling of abandonment after being left by his mother as baby.
So Vladimir goes the Russia to found out why
Cindy Hughes
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved! Loved! Loved It!

Vladimir is the 9th book in the Las Vegas Sidewinders series. It was fantastic! I loved it!
It was an emotional roller coaster ride that I’m glad I was on!
This is Vlad and Rachel’s story.
The story goes back and forth between past and present telling how they met and fell in love.
The day they were to get married Vlad had a panic attack and ran off leaving her at the alter.
Vlad has demons from his past that he has to face before he can move on with his future. He hurts Rache
Dana Busenbark
I am so excited that we get Vlad's book finally! I love this Russian teddy bear! We also get to know Rachel better in this book. Being that this is their story, and we all know of the curse about the Sidewinders, we can expect nothing less than some harrowing bits here and there. Will this be the story where love does not triumph? What happens when Vlad goes back to Russia? Why does he go? What happens? After he returns just after the start of the training season, what happens? There were a lot ...more
Jodi Bird (Ruby Red Romance Review)
4.5 Star Review by Jodi for Ruby Red Romance Review

I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and kept me wanting more from Vlad and Rachel. I sympathized with Rachel and all she went through. Not being left, but other things. There were times that I wanted to kick Vlad in the balls. No, I'm not kidding...if he was real, I would have.

I gave this book 4.5 stars because I felt it went on a little longer than it should. I lost interest in parts. Not because I didn't like it, but because I fel
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book I knew it was going to have a lot of different emotions going on with Vlad leaving his bride to be at the altar giving her no true reason and leaving her heart broken. Even though Vlad needed to go back to Russia and find the answers that have been haunting him, Rachael was left trying to keep herself and her career together.
And as usual it is so great to have the bond of the Sidewinders show just how they are not just a Hockey Team, they are a Family. Wil
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kat Mizera continues to wow me with the Sidewinders hockey series. The latest installment was packed full of love, drama, and suspense. The story was filled with unexpected twists and turns. The story is so well written and I was able to connect with the characters. I have to say their were moments I wanted to shake Vlad but in the end he redeemed himself with me! The author worked her magic to make Vlad and Rachel’s story beautiful yet unpredictable. I highly recommend reading the entire series ...more
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