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The Marriage

(The Darkest Lies Trilogy #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  38 reviews
The darkest lies are the ones we tell ourselves.

Faced with the impossible, Roman Avdonin is forced to do anything—and everything—he can to keep Karine safe from the man who wants her back.

Even marrying her.

The thing about marriage? It doesn’t stop you from hurting the one you love the most.

In midst of a mafia war … love is just one small part.
And it certainly won’
Published April 26th 2021
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I really enjoyed this trilogy and seeing both Roman and Karine's growth but given this was a trilogy I needed more details on Karine and her father, Masha, and I also felt like the "problems" were resolved too easily.

Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angsty, emotional, arc, bratva
The ending in the Darkest Lies Trilogy was quite the ending. I wasn’t sure how things were going to end and I must say that it was quite surprising.

So many moving parts to this story. This isn’t just a regular Bratva story but one that added a mental health component. This author has written other stories that have included mental health issues and she always handles them with grace and emotionality.

In order for Roman and Karine to have a safe and forever HEA, Roman must face what is coming fo
Izzie d
Apr 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mafia
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May 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mafia
Bethany Kris is and she will be my favourite mafia queen writer!
But in this trilogy I don't know what happened!
I totally understand that she tried something new but I am loyal to her old writing!
I miss the spark that Marcellos, Chicago War, Gun moll, Corrado's & Alessio's series had!!!
There is no doubt, whatever she writes I will read it but in this one smth was missing.
Tanaka The Bibliophile
Man I love The Darkest Lies Trilogy. This series is everything right in a mafia romance. A perfect mix of romance and suspense. Addictive characters. Romance that will make you tingle. An emotional story that will move your heart. When I first opened the first book, I was completely mesmerized. Now, the last book of the trilogy, everything just seems so captivating to me. I don't want it to end but The Darkest Lies Trilogy is one of my favourite from Bethany-Kris. I am grateful that I had the op ...more
Book three and the conclusion of this story was filled with heart and soul. My heart broke for this couple and for Roman and the choices he was forced to make on the behalf of his wife. Karine's pain tore at our heart for the pain she was going through, even though that pain actually came from a place of love, not punishment or desertion. We loved seeing Roman being just as affected by their separation as Karine was but, not to the point it went but, thank heavens, he had the love of a good fami ...more
Aminah Ahmad
"I think I just realised that I'm happy."

The Darkest Lies Trilogy is concluded in The Marriage, another book full of action and emotion.

Roman and Karine have already been on such a journey, but it isn't over yet. Although we see them marry, their time after that is hardly what you would imagine that of a newly wed's to be. Both are quickly thrown back into the world they're briefly trying to escape, if only for a moment.

My heart goes out to Karine, although Roman is trying to deal with thing
Ari Reavis
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, mafia-mob
This book, this trilogy, was such a breath of fresh air. Not because it was light, but because it was heavy. It dealt with so much and just made me feel all the emotions. It kept me surprised and wondering. It had characters whose choices, at times, were hard to understand, and yet those characters, even in the midst of their risky decisions and rough moments, were so easy to relate to in so many ways.
What I especially loved about this book was that the beginning of it focused almost mainly on t
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bethany-Kris concluded Roman and Karine’s story with an unexpected bang. This final book is no regular bratva book but nonetheless will keep you intrigued from the opening pages of book 1 to the final pages in book 3. The main characters growth from the beginning is one of the things I enjoyed. You watch their journey with bated breath wondering what is gonna happen. This couple is not the norm, their story is unique and this trilogy is a must read.
 ♕ Isa_ Books & Tea _
5 stars especially for the ending scene.

Karin finally grew up into her own and was pretty badass. I loved the realistic aspect of her mental illness. I am myself a psychology student and i found it not only believable but well researched.
I loved this book as much as the others in this serie. However i loved it a little more as i liked how karin was portrayed here (view spoiler)


Still.... I would have liked an epilogue as it ended rather abrupt
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The Marriage by Bethany-Kris is the third and final book in the Darkest Lies Trilogy. Once again Bethany-Kris delivers a mix of storytelling and utter poetry in this thrilling finale. Breathtakingly beautiful, and stunning beyond words, Roman and Karine’s dark love story had me hanging on every word. These two have come a long way from The Agreement which shattered me and then completely obliterated my heart in the most unexpected ways. Roman and Karine started unconventionally to say the least, ...more
A Girl And Her Books
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the third and last book of The Darkest Lies Trilogy by Bethany-Kris that ends the story of Karine and Roman.

Roman wants to keep Karine save. He wants to help her heal. And he will do everything in his power to do that, even to break her trust.

Karine is finally happy. She is loved and she loves back. But this But this happiness lasts little and she feels betrayed by the one she loves the most.

What a explosive ending to this incredible series. This book was brilliant. It was a masterpiece.
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"The world is yours the second I make it safe for you."

Though this book is titled The Marriage and you expect some happiness here, and there is plenty, Bethany Kris did her best to throw in some twists and pull the rug right out from under you. Just when you thought Roman couldn't be any sweeter and more romantic, in his desire to protect Karine he actually takes away choice from her and breaks a bit of her heart. It's painful to see how both Karine and Roman regress here, and it just goes to sh
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mafialovers

The Marriage is the Last call from the Darkest Lies Trilogy. Throughout this series my imagination painted every scene in shades of gray and vibrant red. The world—the life surrounding Roman and Karine was dark but when they came together, or when someone dared to keep them apart—vibrant red. Their love was passionate journey to say the least.

This series was light on the Mafia drama. The plot focused more on their relationship. They put the cart before the horse—married fast, and had to
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another spectacular mafia romance from this outstanding author. This features the Russian Bravta world with the NY Avdonin family and the Chicago Yazov family. The Avdonin prince, Roman has all the arrogance and smarts you would expect. He's not perfect but oh so sexy and brilliant especially when he wants something. It's an instant want when he meets the beautiful Karine Yazov even if she's promised to his enemy. But there's so much more to Karine than her looks. She's a complicated heroine wit ...more
Jennifer Pierson
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Marriage is the conclusion to Roman & Karine's tumultuous journey, and man it went out with a bang! Oh, and by the way, YOU MUST READ THIS TRILOGY IN ORDER starting with The Agreement (Book 1) & then The Promise (Book 2) otherwise you simply won't grasp the amazing amount of development, especially with our MCs. The rubber is meeting the road at this point, and Roman will have to level up to protect Karine, since she's still being hunted so he marries her. He also has to think about what's b ...more
Nov 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book embodies all the reasons I have always appreciated Bethany-Kris' writing. A good mix of atypical heroines and their mafia men, real world problems (mental health), bratva power struggles and mystery. I genuinely wanted to know what in the world Maxim was up to, how Dima would meet his end and how Roman and Karine were going to survive the roller-coaster ride they'd been forced to be a part of. I can't imagine being Karine ans giving Roman so many chances after his many f-ups but it wor ...more
Wafeeya  Razak
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful way to end this amazing trilogy.
I have read All of Bethany Kris books and i fall in love with each and every one and this was just amazing. What a way to end the series!
Karine and Roman journey has come to an end in the most wonderful way. I love the way how Roman goes about making everything works, yes he doesnot get it right always but he does get it and he Keep on trying.
This trilogy of love ,mystery ,bloodshed gets you on a roller coaster ride with all the emotions involve a
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Marriage is a fitting end to this trilogy. The suspense makes for a compulsive read.

Roman is set on helping Karine, but doesn't always get it right. This, on its own proves to be problematic. The sequence of events from the previous books is revealed in its entirety bringing with it some surprises. The biggest surprise being the way how their main problem is resolved. It's well paced and the characters are well portrayed, even with the complexity of one of the main characters. Some of the s
Sandy Lieberman
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The emotions in the beginning of this book had me smiling, excited and happy for Karine, but then I found myself crying for her. My heart was breaking right along with her. I could feel her agitation and despair. And Roman, I could only imagine what he was going through with everything happening. You are going to have to read this book to see what happens in the conclusion of this series, which took me completely by surprise. Bethany-Kris is one of the leading authors in luring you in her storie ...more
Crystal Solis
Sep 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great ending!

Third book in the Darkest Lies Trilogy and it went out with an ending I definitely did not see coming. Karine and Roman have been through so much in this trilogy, the changes they have made in their lives are huge. The trust they have in each other does t come easy, but is there in the end. Some aspects felt a bit rushed, but for the most part it was perfect for them because honestly Roman and Karine are nothing like your normal brat a couples, they are definitely their own unique l
S ( Bookish.vibes.reads )
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Gosh, what a way to end this series.. for me it was a good series Really loved it and Roman and Karine's story was such a roller-coaster ride for me. It makes me happy-sad and somewhat leaves bittersweet feelings inside me. *Teary eyes*

I loved Roman what he did for Karine and even at any cost. Their relationship was so good to watch develop and how the story goes. I didn't want it to end so quickly.
Bethany kris writes such amazing books going to check out more of her books.

*arc received in excha
Jun 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Roman is determined for them to have their happily ever after, but in order to do that he hasn’t to face things and do what’s best for them, even if it hurts Karine.
While Karine finally realises, she’s happy, she has what she’s always wanted, only to find out about being betrayed by Roman, the one person she thought she could trust.
Their happiness doesn’t come easy, they both fight for what they have knowing without the other they can’t survive, but Karine blooms from a victim to a survivor and
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This was a perfect if somewhat unexpected ending to this trilogy. Like the previous books the reader is kept guessing what is going to happen in this multi layered story. Roman's love for Karine still shines above everything even when in his desire to protect and help he gets it spectacularly wrong. I liked the scenes with Roman and Demyan seeing the fractured bond slowly repairing itself. All the twists and story threads slowly come together and I loved how in the end Karine became the strong o ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Marriage by Bethany-Kris is book Three in The Darkest Lies Trilogy. This continues the story of Roman and Karine. So you really should read the previous books: The Agreement and The Promise before starting this one. Roman of course loves Karine but has taken some turns in the path to it by doing what he thought would protect her. This book just like the previous books will have you turning pages to see what will their story bring next. I enjoyed this series and do recommend it.

Cheryl Mcmillan
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and patience creates forever

This story comes to the darkest lies conclusion where you learn with a little patience two wild soul can learn to trust and love one a other Roman keep his cool while falling for the wild and disturbing Karine doing whatever he had to to keep her safe and loved by him such a powerful storyline and terrific story . Love and recommend the series to all
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This was the final book in what's probably one of the most interesting and intense series by BK. I really like both Karine and Roman's journey to their happiness. In this book we got the end of their nightmare and the beginning of their HEA and the closure they both deserved, especially Karine.
I'm very happy with the ending and now I can't wait for whats to come for this Bratva world.
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it

“𝑰’𝒗𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒛𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝑰 𝒂𝒎 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑶𝒃𝒔𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒚, 𝒎𝒂𝒅𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒍𝒚, 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒍𝒚 𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒛𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖.”

This was a beautiful and surprising way to end this series. I enjoyed seeing Karine's and Roman's growth in this final installment. I always found her strong and in this one she surprised me even more and I also liked Roman's character development.
I was also very happy for the scenes we got with Demyan. He's a favorite character for me and he still shined in this seri
Marianela Aybar (Mari Loves Books Blog)
This was intense conclusion with danger, suspense, and some twists I didn't see coming. The author did a good job of keeping me on my toes while also feeling everything. The story touches upon mental health struggles and had me crying at one point because it's poignant. Amazing ending. ...more
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Marriage

This series was so Awesome I love your
Book so MUCH, drama, sangre,psuspense, action and always lots of hot sex and love . YOU ARE AN AWESOME WRITTER. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
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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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