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The Gift

(Bratva Vows #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,349 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Keep your friends close, and your enemies in your bed...

I’m the man they all fear. King of the murky world in which I live.
A Bratva hitman with no mercy.
Then she comes along, courtesy of a mob boss with no morals. She’s given to me.
A gift...mine.
To own, to keep. To do with as I please.
With blonde hair, and violet eyes, and an innocence begging to be tarnished, she t
Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published January 28th 2019
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❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️

Well...this was boring AF. The first 90% of the book got me yawning so many times. Nothing really happens beside them having some awkward sex and a bit of thump-my-chest-gorilla-way from Andrius toward others poor, less lucky duds. The last chapter thought when things FINALLY start to unfold and the "mystery" is reveled was somewhat interesting and picked up my interest again. Not convinced yet if I should go to the next book....

Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am not even half way through and already I am struggling to keep on reading.

“I can’t get my head around the fact he reads the classics, owns a mansion … and kills people in cold blood. The man is an enigma.”

Am I the only one questioning why these small listed facts, would make a man to be an enigma?

So he is a killer, a high ranking assassin, works currently for the bratva. Has more than an adventurous past. And now besides an enigma, he is additionally paranoid? And the reason the heroine mak
Dee's Reading Zone
Dark and gritty mafia series!

Dark, possessive and dominant Andrius been given 'a gift' by his boss, Sergei Allyov! The gift was Violet whose main goal was to bring down Adrius' boss! Her scheme derailed and now she's in quicksand and afraid but also attracted to Andrius and he her. But both are fighting demons and seeking revenge from bad men who took out their families! Both paranoid about the other but luckily Justina is there as a buffer of sorts until Violet's past is revealed by Alesso and
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well darn.....

Woah roller coaster city! I am still sitting here in disbelief! This definitely twisted inside itself making the whole plot very convoluted! I for once have no clue how this is going to turn out. It does leave on a cliff a very tall tall scary cliff. Lots of mob stuff and lots of bad things happening to people. Hard to sort out what everyone knows and what they are going to do with the information.
Jan 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (1/10/2020)! 🎁
Anonymous Girl
As per author: Reading order of the Bratva Vows series:
The Trap: Free Prequel
The Gift: Book One
The Hit: Book Two
***Please note this is a dark romantic suspense and therefore trigger warnings apply!

Book #1~OWN
The Trap: Bratva Vows Prequel
The Trap Bratva Vows Prequel by SR Jones

Book #2~OWN
The Gift: Bratva Vows One
The Gift Bratva Vows One by SR Jones

Book #3
The Hit: Bratva Vows Book Two
The Hit Bratva Vows Book Two by SR Jones
Amanda Marie ❤'s Alpha Reads
5 stars

I love this story! It moves right along without lulls, has a good bit of substance, and I like the characters. I believe in the tension between Andrius and Violet. I like the dimension of adding in Justina's character. I can't wait to read the next book!
That said, there were some grammatical errors, odd sentences that seemed to have started as one thought and finished as another, etc. It took me out of the story a bit when I came across those. But, I like the story so much that it bolster
Ana Rita
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me just say that I was super curious to start this new book. I had loved the first one and had so many questions that I needed to read it fast.
SR Jones created this amazing series and I really love a good Mafia book...
Just by reading one book and I knew I would be addicted. Her writing is that appealing and intense.
The Gift it's her latest release and it's the first book from the Bratva Vows Series. But I need to tell you something, you should read The Trap first. This book is the prequel
Pennie Morgan
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one starts off with a retelling of the ending of The Trap from Andrius' view which gives us more to go on. I definitely recommend reading The Trap before starting this one, it will give you a basis for what is really going on. Violet has lead a troubled childhood starting when her mother and sister were killed and she and her father escaped to the UK and changed their identities, so essentially her life started at age 10. However, now her father has passed away and she has his diary and kno ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first part of a duet, and is Violet and Andrius’ story. Andrius is a cold hearted enforcer for the Bratva, and Violet is handed over to him. No spoilers; this is a definite must read, you will not be disappointed. This is a well written dark romance which is intense, passionate, compelling, intriguing, and thrilling as well as having suspense, secrets, and twists, which all had me totally intrigued and hooked throughout this addictive page turner, and I cannot wait to read the second ...more
Jennifer McGurk Finn
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
To Follow
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Gift

I love this book. I have laughed cried and fell in love with the characters. This is a fast paced story. No let downs.
Tami Lund
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book is insane! I devoured it and hated that I reached the last page and now I have to wait a month before I can read the sequel! I am desperate to learn the conclusion of this crazy, fascinating tale that yes, just like the prequel, had another twist I totally did not see coming!
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mafia
It’s an interesting and solid romance, I like the way the story goes but there are some length in between that when I have to take a break from reading it doesn’t pull me back to continue immediately. Maybe it takes some speed up in the last book.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good story and readable.
Ana Rita
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me just say that I was super curious to start this new book. I had loved the first one and had so many questions that I needed to read it fast.
SR Jones created this amazing series and I really love a good Mafia book...
Just by reading one book and I knew I would be addicted. Her writing is that appealing and intense.
The Gift it's her latest release and it's the first book from the Bratva Vows Series. But I need to tell you something, you should read The Trap first. This book is the prequel
If you have read the free prequel, The Trap, then you already have been introduced to Andrius and Violet. This book picks up right where they left off with Violet being given to Andrius. Andrius works for the Russian Mafia’s Boss. He is a ruthless killer but one little petite women, named Violet could change the world he knows. She has an agenda but keeping it hidden might be more than Violet is capable of. When she is taken and given as a gift to Andrius, can she use him to get what she wants o ...more
Kali McQuillen
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read, 2019-arc
I need the next book now! Couldn't stop reading this!! Violet and Andrius find themselves in a predicament. Both holding secrets but wanting each other. Justina is like a sister to Andrius and will do anything for him, she's got his back.

Violet and Andrius have to watch everything that they say and do when around other people. Behind closed doors is a totally different thing. Can they be what each other need after finding out the secrets that they both hold. When the cold start reality comes out
Fran Zoch, LSoR
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Violet was kidnapped and then given to Andrius now she is forced into a life she know nothing about.
She has secrets just like he does and he will get to the bottom of just who his woman is and not one person can stop him or take her away
Chloe Adams
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Why has it stopped there?!?! Get me to book 2 please!

Get reading this girls it's amazing!!! Honestly I'm heading straight for the next book
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Gift: Bratva Vows - Book One

Violet has been gifted to Andrius by his Bratva boss Sergei Allyov; although Andrius wasn’t expecting this he is going to figure out a way to keep Violet safe from Allyov. Violet on the other hand isn’t going to make that easy, she hasn’t until now realized that the plan she had would never have worked. She did not have a plan for escaping Andrius though.

Andrius, who has felt drawn to Violet has a code of honor and he is going to try honoring that code, never hur
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Violet: Taken Kidnapped. The innocent waitress nobody would miss, nobody would care about. Given to him; A cold-blooded, unforgiving hitman. With sexy eyes and an irresistible body. But he doesn't know who I am, or what secrets I hide.
Andrius: A gift-mine! To own, to keep. To do with as I please. But she's so much more. More than I ever imagined. And I vow to get to the bottom of this...This beautiful
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Andrius is a cold-hearted enforcer for the Russian mob with a strict code of no harm to women or children. He also has a hidden agenda he’s determined to carry out for which his code does not apply. When his current boss hands him a gift of Violet, an innocent (or so she seems), Andrius knows that she may just be the wrench in his plans. Can she be trusted and what is it she’s hiding? Violet has her own secrets, which if known could cost her life, but as much as she fears Andrius, she also unwil ...more
Robyn Corcoran
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read the prequel first and although you don’t have to I think it’s helpful to give background information, on Violet especially.

Andrius is a hired enforcer/killer for the Russian mob boss Sergei Allyov. Feeling generous, perhaps, Allyov gifts him a plaything-Violet.

Gradually we see more and more of Andrius’ background and family history, the reasons why he is like is and does what he does. He is very handsome but he’s also intimidating as well. Violet is still young and grieving but even throu
Katrena Keys
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Andrius has replaced every book boyfriend that I have ever had. Sorry Violet, you have to share. :)

For reals though, the ending of this book made me cry. Actual tears coming out of my eyes. Not like most other books, where I have tears in my eyes, but they never fall. Oh no, The Gift made me cry and the only reason I think I didn't start sobbing, was because I knew Andrius and Violet would have their HEA (it is a romance after all. Also, I read the Mafia Vows first in which Andrius and Violet ma
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recommend reading the prequel before jumping into this book, as it shows what happened to join Andrius and Violet together, from her point of view. This books picks up at the end of the prequel, from Andrius's point of view. I liked that this book alternates between the pair as it lets readers understand what both characters are thinking and feeling.

In the prequel we learned that Violet had been on a quest for vengeance, but in this book we learn that Andrius is looking for vengeance himself.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I become very excited when I find a new author. For me recently that was S.R. Jones. The Gift took me completely by surprise and is my most recent favourite read. I would recommend you start with the prequel The Trap, (it’s free at the time of posting this review), which I also really enjoyed, but isn’t strictly necessary. I love a dark, romantic suspense and I can’t believe I haven’t come across Ms Jones before, especially as the synopsis got me very excited. A great plot, it’s thrilling, and i ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a ride!

This book is an emotional roller coaster. Violet is a young girl who has lost her family and now want to get revenge on a mob boss because he killed her mother and sister, her and her father ended up in th UK with new names. Violet was only 10 and was given lessons to change her accent. After her father's death she finds a diary and learns of what really happened to her mom and sister but doesn't really question why? She thinks her family was innocent. Violet gets a job working f
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
(this is a review of the entire series as a whole, since it doesn’t really read like 2 books with whole arcs, but rather one book in 2 parts)

I had picked up this series after spotting the characters in the Bratva Blood series and knowing right away that this pairing would be much more up my alley.

This was a fun read and I enjoyed the tropes, the steam and the possessiveness that never did verge on not-okay. Was it a masterpiece? No. Did I enjoy the occasional bad decision making of the female pr
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excitement and Intrigue in this Bratva Story!!

Violet is on a mission, hiding her beauty until she can execute her plans. Andrius is also on a mission, and notices Violet despite her attempts to remain unnoticed. When Allyov takes Violet and gives her as a gift to Andrius they both are suddenly in danger. Complications and confused feelings result in an exciting, sizzling read.

Discussions of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice turn to the personal when our mobster asks: “So you’d love a man who di
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

I don’t typically read mafia romances but something in the description intrigued me so I gave it a shot. Man I’m glad I did. Violet has a past and she thinks she’s doing the right thing; she thinks she knows who the bad guys are, but she doesn’t know the whole story. Andrius is a hitman for the mob, but he’s hiding a past, a past that wouldn’t go over so well within the crime organization. Andrius is given Violet as a gift from his boss; even though he doesn’t want her, he takes her to
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