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Essence of Fear: Boykov Bratva

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  283 ratings  ·  72 reviews
The allure of fear is learning to love it.

Viktoria Boykov has heard it all—cold they call her. The spoiled bratva princess. She knows very well what people say when her back is turned. She doesn’t mind; let them talk. It’s better for people to assume what they want about her than for them to know the truth … until him.

Pavel Kotov knows what people say—death they call him.
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Giorgia ~ Reads
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I think I liked this story better than Fractured Ties which was the first stand-alone in the series.

I do love a tortured hero, and I just wanted to protect and care for Pavel. (Not that he needed it, but you know, it’s the type of reaction he inspires)

I think Pavel and Viktoria were kind of made for each other but in a way that makes more sense than it did with the couple in the first book.

They went through horrible stuff and it stuck with them. It altered their life circumstances an
✰ Liz ✰
"I am always going to be yours."

Essence of Fear is another stunning installment to the Boykov Bratva Series. After devouring the first book in the series Fractured Ties, and meeting Maya and Kolya, I simply could not wait to get my hands on more of this family and their action-packed lives. In Essence of Fear, we are introduced to Pavel Kotov a man who has been “enslaved” to the family under the demented Vadim (the father of Kolya, Konstantin, and Viktoria). Now that Vadim has been exiled ba
Whilst I loved Pavel and, at times Viktoria, they kind of got lost in the beginning because I was so confused with not having the opportunity to read Konstantin's as yet unpublished book. There is such a great big honking time jump from where Kolya's book ended and this one starts I kinda got whiplash! I mean, I didn't even recognise Konstantin from the first book to this one, a total change and growth in character that I wanted to witness myself instead of having to see it through this book. Th ...more
Lorraine Lesar
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After getting over my WTF.BK tantrum (and let’s be clear on this, it wasn’t a childish behavioural one. Oh no. This was a full-on extreme violent emotional outburst....but obviously, in a very controlled adult way 😂.
So now (and rightly so), you are asking yourselves why the paroxysm? Well, I was expecting Konstantin’s storyline. What we got was Viktoria and Pavel’s. But (and this is the thing here), it takes place AFTER some major developments within the Boykov Family. We learn that Konstantin
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️

The Boykov Bratvata lives on and this is Viktoria Boykov’s story. This is a dark story with both the hero and the heroine having gone through emotionally difficult moments in their life that have broken them. And when Viktoria and Pavel meet, they are able to see the brokenness in each other to create a connection instantaneously.

This story delves deep in raw emotions. Fear and an Emptiness encompasses Vik’s soul and to function, she takes on a persona as an uncaring bitch. Pav on the other han
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
I absolutely die for Bethany Kris' stories. Essence of Fear was another winner in the Boykov Bratva series. After reading Fractured Ties with Kolya and Maya's love story I could not wait for more. Pav and Viktoria's story was filled with darkness and light; love and passion and the idea that despite hardship, traumatic and painful experiences, love is possible. I loved this story so much.

Pavel and Viktoria were just amazing together. Both broken but in different ways. Fragments of who they could
Jessica Alcazar
This little gem landed on my kindle a few days ago and everything pretty much stopped for me. If it wasn’t for Father’s Day I would have read this in one sitting LOL

Not gonna lie, the prologue had me all kinds of nervous, and not in the way you probably think. I was worried that the violence in this book would overshadow the romance journey and I have to be in the mood to read those. But I’m a (author) junky now so nerves were only in play for two seconds max lol THIS.STORY. I don’t understand
Athena D.
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS

Why am I not surprised that BK has penned another incredible story that will capture and captivate her readers. Viktoria and Pavel have both suffered and are more than a little broken, yet their broken pieces somehow fit to complete the other. Their story was fractured perfection!

I highly suggest you pick up this book! Essence of Fear by Bethany-Kris is an EPIC read that will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ARISTOCRACY!!!

Izzie d
Jun 23, 2020 added it
Shelves: mafia
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Essence of Fear by Bethany-Kris is book Two in the Boykov Bratva Series. This is the story of Pavel Kotov and Viktoria Boykov. I have read the previous book, which did add to my enjoyment of this one. I do think you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Although it has been a really good series you might just want to read the previous book. Pavel has been a tool for and enslaved by Vadim, but now he has been released after Vadim was take care of. So Pavel is working to settle int ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bethany-kris
« Abused dogs never forget where they come from. They can pretend, and act like they’re broken and incapable, but once they’re free… You turn your back once, give them that chance, and I promise, they will take it every time »

Probably the author’s darkest book. The story of the Reaper and the Ice Queen. Inevitably impossible to put down.
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quietly powerful…

Where do I start talking about the incredible characters Viktoria and Pavel? Two damaged souls hiding from others, from life, from themselves. Vik portrayed herself as an icy queen while Pav didn’t want others to seem him at all. The past that held so much pain held both of them back. From facing devastating truths to contemplating a happy future, they had to deal with that before anything else…

When the time came for both to come to terms with themselves, I was already clinging
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked, but that should’ve a surprise because I love everything from this author.

I was really looking forward for this book, or should I say Pavel’s story, and Viktoria been he’s other half was just marvelous.

He is The Reaper, she is the princess of the mafia.

I was in love with this two since I started reading and with every page I turned my interest just keep growing.

Pavel and Viktoria were two broken souls, the madness of some people brake them on ways that is almost impossible to rec
Ari Reavis
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, own-it, mafia-mob
I devoureddd this book. I mean like reading at 4am devoured. It was sooo good.
Pav and Vik were amazing together, but also both had these tragic backstories that made you love them as individual characters. One was trying to get over fear while the other was the very essence of it (which, the title for this book is perfect). No one else could understand them but the other. No one else could catch their interest but the other. Their romance was amazing, both of them overcoming who life had turned
Becky Rendon
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fear can be your greatest enemy or ally

Bethany-Kris surprised me with this one. I thought we'd get a look into Konstantin's life. It was a good surprise seeing behind the ghosts in Viktoria's eyes. It was an even better glee watching her get her revenge.

Essence of Fear is a twisted reminder of an evil only few are forced into contact with. The evil responsible for so much suffering...and the blinders they had in place to the truth.

My blinders fell away before Vik's and still it didn't soften th
Lori K
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I received and ARC for my honest review.

This is the second book in the boykov bravata world. And can be read as a stand-alone but if it was me I would start with Fractured Ties.
Bethany-Kris is one of the few authors on my list of read everything they release without looking at the blurb or knowing what I’m getting into. This book proved as to why I’m never disappointed as Bethany has a way of writing that pulls you in and keeps your attention. Now I have a thing for dark and twisted books so t
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bethany-Kris has once again knocked it out of the park. Pav and Viktoria’s book was raw, sexy and action packed. I couldn’t put the book down and when it ended I wanted more. Two broken pieces fit perfectly together like they were a part of each other. I absolutely loved their journey and highly recommend this one who love broken a hero and heroine. An epic read!
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I felt this book was good. The faults with it seemed out of order. It was done purposely from the the author,I hope, but it throws me off. It does gives a preview of what's it come.

Pav and Viktoria relationship makes sense. Both broken from her father's interference.
Suzanne (Lily)
3.5 Stars

Slow start but there was enough happening to keep me reading on 🙂

I liked Pav and Viktoria but I struggled with Vadim and the darkness he exuded.

The overall story didn’t grab me like a BK book would normally do so. Not sure if my lack of book buzz was due to me or the story...
One of BK’s darkest reads and I loved every heartbreaking moment.
Tanaka The Bibliophile
Ever been sucked in deeply by a book? Ever had the plot of a book take your breath away? Ever devoured a book so much, spent every moment reading the book and indulging on every single moment of the book? Bethany-Kris steals my heart with effortless stories with strong women and dangerous alpha heroes. Every inch of her stories makes me high every single time I read them. Books like Essence of Fear that bring in an unforgettable romance layered in an addictive and mind blowing story. Heart Throb ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

When I first started reading this I was a little confused as it doesn’t start where Fractured Ties ends. We have skipped quite a bit of time and the Boykov Bratva has moved on a LOT so I thought I must have missed out a book, so I went to seek it out however I remembered this series is shared between two authors and London Miller is doing books 2 and 4, which are not out yet! So I decided to continue reading anyway and I must say I am glad I did.

I really enjoyed this one, Pavel and
Wendy Livingstone
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Viktoria and Pavel are both broken by their pasts, and from the moment they meet there is an instant connection between them when they both realize that the other is in as much pain as the other. Pavel will do whatever he has to in order to protect her, and their journey together is tough as they slowly break down each other’s walls and move on to heal. This is a well written dark story which is addictive and filled with danger, suspense, emotion, violence, and love as well as being a raw, gritt ...more
Viktoria is a Boykov princess that is ice cold. She allows no one in to see the real person she is and how she is terrified of her circumstances. Pavel is known as the enforcer for the Boykov Bratva and has no life to come home to at the end of the day. These two are instant chemistry and sparks fly between them. Can Pavel keep Viktoria safe from enemies? Will the people within the family stand in the couple's way? An intense read. ...more
Live, Laugh, Love
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dark pasts have made two broken souls. You wont be disappointed diving into this story.

I prefer to read a story knowing the bare minimum and this story is best read that way.
Aleia L
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Two people who were “broken” by one tyrants choices find happiness together and I absolutely loved it! Pav and Vik were amazing! They both were absolutely crazy but complimented one another so well! This was an amazingly written story and I definitely enjoyed reading!
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Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Loved it but it felt like I was missing some information. It was almost like I skipped a book, but I know I did not. I loved the characters growth together and they way they learned to navigate the world on their terms. I also enjoyed the revenge they got. I guess my dark side was glad the PC way wasn’t followed! As always up for more!
A Klue
Rating: 3.5 stars

Viktoria is a broken mafia don daughter heroine hiding behind a rude, cold demeanor and icy stare. It seems to be the essence of her being because we are told that repeatedly, even in another series where she briefly appeared. Here, however, graphic, brutal verbiage/details are revealed in the form of sexual assault flashbacks that shed some light into that persona. Personally, I do not need or prefer vivid images to get a clear picture of horrific abuse. A simple sentence summi
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The author of too many novels to count, Bethany-Kris is a Canadian, lover of much, and mother to four sons, a glaring of cats, and a pack of dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, a snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a spouse calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she ca ...more

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