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(Colors of Crime #5)

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A Dark Mafia Romance

She Tried To Kill Me...

She crept into my room with a syringe full of poison.

Now she’s my prisoner.

She refuses to tell me who sent her or why.

But I’ll get every last secret out of her. Through pleasure or through punishment.

I captured her and now she belongs to me…
“Emerald” is a dark and dominating mafia romance, Book 5 in the Colors of Crime series. It
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published February 12th 2020
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Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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My thanks to BookSirens, the author and publisher for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
I normally don't read gangster/mafia/bratva based stories. Sorry, but criminals are not romantic to me AT ALL. However, the blurb for this one captured my interest. A paid assassin is caught by a leading Bratva member while she attempted to kill him. Hmmmmm, let me give this one a shot!

I knew I would have to skim over many violent scenes (and Yep, that happened - a lot!) but the chemistry
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This was a really great story, one that was full of fantastic mafia-themed suspense and sizzling hot romance. I really enjoyed the way Sloane and Ivan came together for the first time; it was really hot and intense and set the stage for a great story. One thing I would have loved to see was for the push/pull between them to have gone on for longer, because I enjoyed the way they battled each other and really wanted more of it. Regardless, it was still a really enjoyable story with an intriguing ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great installment to the series. This one however is more of a stand alone, you don’t have to read the rest to understand this one.

This book is somewhat different. There is way more action and mob stuff then the previous books. Yes, there is attraction between the H and h, but it just seems to take a back seat to the action. I did not feel the emotional pull between Sloane and Ivan that Ms. Lark’s characters have had in the last books. They way the hooked up really didn’t lend itself to
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this as an ARC for my honest review

I really enjoyed reading this was a short read of 190 pages and it packed a punch. There were a few moments during her capture that I was uncomfortable with but overall was able to connect with the suspense of the story. This is a case of insta love that happened in the span of days. I enjoyed the action and the POV prospectives of each character as they were not always together during the suspenseful times.

This is the 5th book in a series
K. Lynn
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The sensational hit series, Colors of Crime, continues to exceed all expectations with this latest book! Ivan and Sloane, who should be enemies, end up working together to bring down the corrupted elite. Their character's personalities compliment each other making them stronger and loveable. Both, hardened by life, find their soul's other half in each other. This is a first-rate story filled with plenty of intrigue, suspenseful Bratva action, and a fiery romance. I highly recommend this whole ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The plot of this book was original and highly entertaining. I loved every minute of it. Sloane's job is what brings her into Ivan's life, but her strength is what keeps her there. Sloane is Ivan's match in every way. This book flows nicely and is well written. I love the two main characters, but there are some great characters on the periphery as well. I have red some of the previous books in this series and they are all great in there own right. All the books so far seem to be standalone as is ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have loved this colors of crime series. I liked this one because it set the stage for what was to come in the story. We found out that Sloane was a hit woman and that she had come to Russia to stay looking for her father and found out that her CIA father had become so paranoid in the end that he doesn't get shot or killed with poison or anything he thought would kill him he gets run over by a vehicle. So Sloane decides to stay and because her father had taught her everything that a CIA ...more
Sherlock Hughes
This book was WOW, and I ended up reading it in one sitting cause I couldn't put it down! It had everything you would want in a Mafia romance story and then it added an insta-love type component which was definitely unexpected. This was my first book by Sophie Lark but I already have her other books added to my TBR list!

Sloane is a hit woman, with the nickname "Angel of Death", that has never screwed up an assignment. She puts in all the works, gets clean kills and gets out with out ever being
Rhiannon Overby
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emerald can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.

Sloane is unlike any woman that Ivan has ever met. She is strong, clever, cunning, and he soon comes to realize that she is his equal; Ivan has finally met his match. When Sloane breaks into Ivan’s secure compound he has two option, kill her or use her to his advantage. The chemistry between these two is off the charts from the very beginning, so Ivan chooses to get information out of her in an unconventional way. I am always a sucker for stories
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HOLY HELL! Sophie Lark is a new to me author, and I found myself asking, where the hell have I been all this time?! Emerald was a fantastic story which ticked off all my boxes for the perfect rating, especially since it claimed every bit of my attention from the jump. First of all, I'm totally in love with Sloane, aka The Angel of Death, who is a strong & brilliant heroine. Her assassin lifestyle is to take marks out, but here's the thing, they can only be baddies, no children or good people ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Buckle up! Sophie rocks this baby, weaving a cocoon around you, so intricately and tight, drawing you deeper into this tangled web, melding this baby together seamlessly. A roaring vortex of inexplicable circumstances and inadvertent events, bursts this bad boy into a tailspin with an astonishing culmination. Sparks fly as drama, tension, intrigue and mounting suspense spirals, keeping you riveted on a razors edge. Add exciting thrills, undercurrents, sizzling
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This mafia boss is well protected and untouchable, or so thought, until the woman assassin finds her way to him, in more than one way.

Ivan Petrov is the boss of the Petrov Bratva and he’s a powerful man. The only trouble is that there is a new bratva boss in touch trying to take over St. Petersburg. The only problem is that he doesn’t play the game the way the regular bratva does. He’s a dangerous adversary that Ivan has to fight in a different way than he is used to.

Sloane is a woman with a
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The books in this series just keep getting better! I really liked Crimson but this book has topped it. I feel like Sopgie Lark has definitely found her feet in Mafia romances and is giving readers a fully rounded story with great characters and good plot twists.

What I loved about this book was that I was drawn in by the love story between Ivan & Sloane and the Bratva drama that was going on. There was some insta-lust with Sloane and Ivan after he caught her trying to kill him, and some back
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She was what he never knew he needed and she was his!
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Sloane had been raised by her dad, a former CIA operative. He taught her everything she knew and she put those lessons to good use as an assassin for hire. However, nothing he taught her enables her to escape the clutches of her latest target when she became his captive. She was a feisty little thing and easily overcome, but well trained and deadly. He wanted answers and he was surprised when she gave them. He wanted to punish
K.  Ramjohn
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emerald is my first novel by Sophie Lark and I enjoyed it. This Bratva mafia romance held my interest from beginning to end with its non stop action, fascinating characters and interesting storyline. I loved Ivan and Sloane together and I enjoyed going on this adventure with them. They were perfectly matched and you could just feel the connection between them from the start . This story was fast-paced, original and highly-entertaining. It was well-written and layered and draws you into the ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emerald is the 5th book int the Colors of Crime Series but can be read as a standalone. This was the first book I've read by Sophie Lark and I was delighted. It was action-packed, suspenseful and intense.

Sloane and Ivan are a perfect match. A relationship between a paid assassin and a Russian mafia boss seems ideal. But not when the said assassin is paid to murder the Bratva Lord. I loved Sloane, she's feisty and cunning and has no inhibitions. She knows what she wants and doesn't hesitate to
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so enjoying Ms. Lark's mafia romances. I just love the heroine's name in Emerald: Sloane. But, this is not the only thing going for this book. Ivan is sexy as all get out! There are twists; there are turns.

Ivan is meant to be alone right? Sloane too! But, there's something there between these two strong people. Will they combine their strong minds and defeat their enemy?

Ms. Lark I was highly entertained. Love the dialogue and how you do a deep dive into the characters. I feel like I know
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG WHAT A STORY. ITS JUST A FANTASTIC READ. Wish i could give you more stars !!!!!
Sloane is hired as an assassin Based in St. Petersburg she had just completed one job when another quickly comes along and she would be silly to pass on half a million. SO she quickly takes the job. But when she sees who it is , maybe she should of passed on his one. The job is for the death of a Bratva boss. But things dont go as planned as when she looks at his face she gets distracted giving Ivan enough time to
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sophie Lark is a new to me author. This is Book 5 in her Colors of Crime Series. This can be read as a standalone. I found Emerald to be a fast-paced, suspenseful and easy read. I finished the book in one sitting and enjoyed every minute of it. Ivan and Sloane have great chemistry and they are hot together. Ivan and Sloane were equals and I loved that about them. She wasn’t a helpless character. She was pretty badass. Overall, I love romantic suspense books that have plenty of action with the ...more
Kristy Halseth
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an advanced reading copy.

I read a lot of book but this angle was a little different. I really enjoyed it. The only thing I would have liked is more back story on most of the characters. They were all so interesting enough that I wanted to know more about them. Even the bad guy.

While normally not a fan of insta-love, the connection between the two felt organic within the story and it actually worked for me in this case. I really think this series is quite good.
Margaret McGovern
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful action packed mafia romantic suspense. The blurb doesn't give much information but it is descriptive so you want to explore the book. The characters of Ivan and Sloane were excellent and so well written. Being a book about the Mafia one should expect violence. This has been an excellent series. I received a complementary copy of this book via Hidden Gems and chose to write a review. I look forward to reading future books by Ms. Lark.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of "EMERALD" What a great storyline full of adventure, suspense, intrigue, mystery, action, secrets, attempted murder, hot steamy sex scenes, dark intense twists having you turning page after page.
Sloan is an assasson/hit woman sent to kill Ivan Petrov the leader of Petrov Bratva crime family in Russia and someone wants him dead but he turns things on Sloan she's now his to do what he wants.
Ivan is fighting a hostile takeover things become interesting so much action
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in the series and can be read as a stand-alone. Sloane is hired to kill Ivan, the head of a Bratva. Ivan catches trying to kill him and he plans to learn all of Sloane’s secrets. Fast-paced read with plenty of drama, suspense and steam. I liked the characters and the story rally drew me in. A good read.
Leanne Bryson
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed reading all the Colors of Crime books. Just when I thought they couldn't get any better, Sophie Lark gives us Ivan and Sloane's story. These two have intense chemistry from the minute they lock eyes....when Sloane is standing over his bed getting ready to kill him! This book grabs you from page one all the way through The End. Ivan and Sloane are well written, compelling characters, and absolutely sizzle. The story has twists and turns you've come to expect from Ms. Lark. Each of ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Sophie Lark outdid herself with this one! It’s her best book in this series and instantly became my favorite one!

I loved the storyline, it was intriguing and intense with lots of mafia action and suspense. The writing flowed well and had me turning pages so I couldn’t help myself but read it in one sitting! I thought I would miss 3rd POV but in the end I think it worked much better this way, it was easier to connect to characters.

I also liked that it was so much darker than all previous
Kayla Pocernich
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book number five in the Colors of Crime Book series. Sloane is a hit women with a very tough background and she is very good at her job. But does she have what it takes to score a big player and take him down. Ivan Petrov is the head of the Petrov Bratva crime family in Russia. Ivan is a big, tough muscled, born leader of his men but someone wants him dead and he needs to find out who that person is. Sloane attempts to do this job but Ivan counters her attack and eventually. Ivan and ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this dark mafia romance with Sloane as the smart tough as nails hit woman for pay. Her job went sideways when she decided to lift a flash drive off of her mark and was later kidnapped, tortured, and dominated by alpha mafia Dom, Ivan.
Well written. Easy to follow dialogue with dual POVs that enhanced the storyline. I really enjoy when authors create a strong heroine with just enough vulnerability that reaches the tough hardened hero.
Well paced with just enough drama and graphic scenes to
Linda Whitacre
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Lark is a great storyteller. I love her Russian Bratva stories and this one is AWESOME. Sloane is a hitwoman with a tough background. She does really good work. Sloane's next job pays a big score to do-in a big fish?? Ivan Petrov is the head of the Petrov Bratva crime family in Russia. Ivan is a big, tough muscled, born leader of his men but someone wants him dead. Sloane attempts the job, Ivan counters and eventually, these two find they are a perfect match. The story really holds your ...more
Jeanne Jabour
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Good Read...

Emerald was the second book I've read from author Sophie Lark. And, just like the well-developed characters and story in Crimson, the first novel I read, Ms. Lark continues to show how talented she is as an artist able to craft a good tale with compelling characters and plot line. In Emerald, Ms. Lark presents the story of Sloane, a woman conditioned by her former CIA operative father from early childhood to protect and defend herself, withstand torture, maneuver daring
Theresa Doherty
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How to make a living, Sloane is a contract killer and good at it until she take a contract that will change her life. Ivan Petrov head of Bratva heard the door open and waited till they were next to the bed the struggle that followed showed Ivan his assassin was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Sophie Lark pulls out a the stops in these books by paying attention to details she brings a dark suspense alive with a comic touch.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am
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