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Counts of Eight

(The Four Families #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Two captive dancers. One cruel master. A single performance to determine whether they live or die.

★★★★★ "Dangerous, haunting, twisted, powerful; this is what true dark romance is meant to be." -The Flamingo Bookshelf Review-

Anya has served as a talent slave for one of the four families since she was kidnapped three years ago. She has accepted her fate, knowing that the fou
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published May 31st 2020 by Brynn Ford
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❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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'COUNTS OF EIGHT' is the first full length book in the series 'The Four Families', by new to me author Brynn Ford.

Mention DARK and I'm on it!! My heart needs a little darkness in it to survive!! And even though this wasn't as dark a book as I've read it was dark enough to satisfy me. I read this in record time, inhaled it, devoured all the words and fell in love with our captives.

Meet our two

MY RATING: 5 +++++ STARS...

Anya, a talented dance slave, and victim of the Mikhailov family have suffered a lot at the hands of Nikholai Mikhalov...raped, beaten, and served three years in slavery. Every time the Mikhailow Family organizes a meeting where the talent slaves entertain the members of the Four Families.
Boys in Books are Better
BETA read

Oh my good Lord! Brynn Ford has told me that she was inspired to start writing by our mutual favorite author, Pepper Winters. And I can tell!
This first installment has me salivating for more!! I can't wait to get books 2 and 3!!

Brynn is a semi-new author, she released a duet last year (which if you haven't read it, you really should, btw), and she has decided to take a stab at the world of dark and dark romance. And I have to say... she's nailed it!

I just about don't even know where to
LianaReads blog
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A very well written story with characters that draw you in with their darkness and strength and willingness to make everything better in a world of captivity.
It’s darker than I was expecting and the author warning needs to be taken as it comes because there’s a lot going on that many people won’t like but I enjoyed it quite a lot.
It shows so much of the unseen part of some people or lifestyle that we appreciate but don’t know much about behind the scenes in real life. It also reminds me of som
Jess *lovetolovebooks*
I could have loved a monster.
But I could never love the Devil.

I don’t really like comparing authors because each author is so unique, but I’ll make an exception in this case. What I’m about to say is meant with the upmost respect and admiration. Who are my dark romance queens? Pepper Winters, Pam Godwin, Tillie Cole....and if the rest of this series is like Counts of Eight then Brynn Ford will be right up there with these ladies. To me, Brynn Ford pulled influences from all three insanely talent
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“If giving up my freedom is the price I have to pay to be yours, then I will pay it. I don’t regret a thing if it means I’m yours...”

This might be the first book that has manage to give me more words than I can use to express how I feel after reading it. A tragic love story, that has no end; the suffer they’re both being held to can crush a soul and yet, they hang to each other like life vests, because the only thing they have besides hope is love…even if it’s forbidden.

Anya. Slave of the Mikha
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars:

I think this book is best enjoyed going into it knowing very little. It follows two dancers who are forced to perform or ultimately die. It's a dark romance that gave me butterflies and so much anxiety while reading. It does end on a cliffhanger but I loved it!

"I could have loved a monster. But I could never love the Devil."

"There are wolves outside but an equally dangerous one within, and I’m currently his prey."

"There’s feral, male energy all around me, one pulsing with ill-intent, t
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
What a ride...

This book was dark and gritty.

Anya and Ezra found hell on earth... abuse, rape all because of a vicious man!

Together, they try to enjoy the only thing that is possible... dancing!

But between them more happens...

It's a roller coaster of pain, hope and heart broken despair and ends with a major cliffhanger!
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!!
Wow I have so many feelings right now! This isn’t your typical dark romance,it’s something completely different from I’ve read before. The dynamic between Nikolai,Anya and Ezra was very difficult to read at times and honestly some of the scenes were heartbreaking too!! I don’t want to give much of the storyline away because I feel like it’s better to go in blindly and not knowing too much!! But if you are looking for something different that touches on very dark themes this book would
♥️Fantasy Land  Book Reviewer♥️
*First time reading author

The first thing I am going to say is heed the warnings. Brynn doesn't back down with the story that she wants to tell. Counts of Eight is a dangerous, at times shows no mercy for the characters that are written, but can't put down kind of book. As a first time reader I only had the blurb to go by so I had no idea what I was getting into. To be honest I am happy about that. So I won't tell you much in my review. I want you to go into this blind like me. I will however te
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Counts of Eight is definitely a walk on the dark side of the romance genre. The main character, Anya was taken several years before by Nikolai to be "talent" for his family. Her talent is she's an amazing classically trained dancer. She is forced to train and dance on behalf of Nikolai's family when the "Four Families" have their gatherings. Since Nikolai "owns" Anya, she is at his mercy in all ways. Let's just say he's not a kind person. Don't go into this book thinking you'll eventually like h ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book It took me by surprise and I loved every single second of it.
Anya and Ezra are captives of Nikolais. Besides being his captives they are also dancers. Who would have ever thought that their lives would be held in the balance and determined by a huge performance. When Ezra comes in contact with Anua she has been broken completely by Nikolais and he just work to being down her walls. I dont want to give away anything about this book besides its amazing a a book that is di
Amanda Anderson (Beauty.and.the.bookies)
This book was so incredible. I was entranced from the very beginning. I am a full fledged fan. I cannot wait for book 2. And then book 3!!!! I am in Heaven! I loved Anya and Ezra! They were both brought to the pitts of Hell together and had to endure a pain nobody should have to. Then made to suffer together. Anya was so strong. 3 years of torture and abuse. Sometimes I felt bad for Nikolai, "moy khozyain” and sometimes I hated him. I must be crazy. To feel for him.

"I could have loved a monster.
When I heard of this book, Counts of Eight, and that the author was inspired by the amazing Pepper Winters... I knew I had to read this. I went in blind and I came out searching for more! This is a new to me author and man did this author hit it out of the park!!

Dark romance has always been my go to and I am so satisfied with this book. I have read much darker books, but I still can classify this as one of those dark books that gets to you in a dark way. The book is for sure one of a kind with
I didn't dislike it but I also couldn't enjoy it. The writing was good and there was emotion behind the words but the 'passion' felt lost somewhere? Idk. Something felt awry cuz I couldn't connect to the characters or the story.

I started off really good and my interest was highly peaked since the tormentor was the woman but the plot devolved into a puppy love sobfest instead of remaining dark.....or maybe I am just a cynical bitch who explained the love away as trauma bonding.

Either way, this
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Counts of Eight kept me completely engaged and connected to the characters. Nikolai is a evil and sadistic fool who like to torture Anya “his slave”, but secretly holds a soft spot for her. Ezra comes along and saves Anya’s sanity, however Nikolai secretly is interested in him as well. This book is very well written and I loved it. It has all discomfort, angst, eventually steam, and drama you could want in a book. There are a lot of dark parts in this book so it might not be for everyone. Howeve ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this story definitely took you for a rollercoaster ride. I loved it. I loved Ezra and his strength to persevere what he had to go through. I also loved Anya and her strength to live in the hell of someone's else's making. But when Anya and Ezra are put together their chemistry is out of this world. What a wonderful book to start this series. Love it. ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can it be September already???!! I need the second book now!!
Tracy Reads
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning this book may contain triggers for some so please read with caution.
Wow what an amazing book!
The twists and turns are gut wrenching and as much as I yell about the cliff hanger I was warned it was coming even if I didn't welcome it!
I need part 2 like yesterday and I can guarantee I will stalk this author until I can get my hands on it.
Brilliant book well wrote
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This book had a very different premise than i was expecting. I hurt for the characters and what they were going through. I was wanting more of the backstory and mindset of a couple of the characters like Nathan.

Still, a good book that had me interested from the start.
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review appeared at Reader's Edyn on June 10, 2020

Anya is no longer living her life. She is merely surviving; doing what she has to so that she makes it through another day. Her dream had always been to become a principal ballerina and she was well on her way – until one fateful day when she was ripped away from the life she knew. Thrust into a dark world of brutality, the vileness of human trafficking, the relentless mental and physical abuse toward her and others, owned and ruled by a man
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Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Four Families Book 1: Counts of Eight
Brynn Ford
Let me just say wow!!
The story plot alone will have u hooked.
I love reading Dark Romance.
This book will have u in your feelings.
This my first time reading from the author
I was not disappointed infact I was intrigued by the story content and the MC
What 𝖤𝗓𝗋𝖺 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖠𝗇𝗒𝖺 went through to survive was hard. Can’t wait to read book 2
Bonnie Natola
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the darkest romance book I have ever read in my reading journey. It blew my mind literally and I’m still in a mild shock. While it does have immensely strong subject material it is also an equally important story and a story that really guts you into your soul. So while I know it won’t be for everyone I would highly implore you to read it if your ok with the themes within it.
Counts of Eight is now in my top 3 favorite books of all time, it’s an insane ride with a cliff hanger that will
Andrea Turner
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you love a good Dark read, this book will not disappoint you! I devoured this bad boy in a day cause I couldn’t put it down.

Anya was stollen to dance and to be a slave along with her partner Ezra. They have to dance like their lives depend on it, cause it actually does!
Nikolai is a master and the devil himself, this man is straight crazy!

This story is going to torment your soul, make your heart skip a mile a minute, cringe, and pray that they make it out alive. It’s dark, gritty, and makes
Heidi Watson
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear lord was this book unexpected! Depraved, sick, just downright wrong....but I LOVED it! Everything that I “thought” would happen as the story progressed...didn’t happen. I like that this book is different. The twists. The damn cliffhanger that just hurts. But is it wrong that I still want Nikolai to feel... to regret..? Book 2 can’t come quick enough, I’m desperate to know what happens⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
OMG, this was such a dark, gripping story! If you like dark romance with themes of kidnapping, slavery, mafia, etc, then I think you'll definitely like this one! Anya finds herself in a horrifying nightmare that she only hopes to survive, day by day. Then one day she's given Ezra as a partner, and suddenly mere survival is not enough. The ending was a jaw dropping cliffy! I need the next one now!! ...more
E&A Book
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I have ever read by this author and I am now a fan for life. Dark, twisted, and gritty this story grabs you and doesn't let go. The dynamic between Anya, Nikolai, and Ezra is off the charts good, even while making you want to scream and rage. I loved it and OMG the ending is absolutely mind blowing. I can't wait to see what happens next with this trio. ...more
May 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
💝 ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Need the next book ASAP!
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
First of all, please do take note of the trigger warnings that the author provided for this book which can be read at the bottom of the book’s blurb. If you have triggers to any of the warnings listed, then I highly suggest that you avoid reading this book or take great caution if you ever decide to go ahead and read this book.

Counts of Eight is the first book in The Four Families trilogy and it follows the story of Anya Antonov, a Russian-born ballerina from New York who was taken away three ye
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Brynn Ford writes dark and dirty romance for daring readers. She is a lover of the dark, twisted, and playful, and strives to bring the unmentionable aspects of passionate romance into h

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