Torrid by Nikki Sloane is NOW AVAILABLE!
The release week special edition features a BONUS BOOK of Sordid (previously banned on Amazon!)
PRAISE FOR TORRID:
“Hold my gun because I need some alone time after reading this! Nikki Sloane creates yet another stirring romance full of heat and mayhem to stir your soul. Five dark and panting stars for Vasilije and Oksana!” – USA Today bestselling author, Sierra Simone
“Scorching hot, darkly complex, and deliciously dirty, Torrid is one of the best mafia books I’ve read all year!” – NYT Bestselling Author, Anna Zaires
“Dark, edgy, and so deliciously dirty. Torrid is insanely good!”- USA Today Bestselling Author, Natasha Knight
“Definitely judge a book by its cover on this one! Nikki Sloane delivered a story that lives up to the amazing cover and beyond. So sinfully hot that I couldn’t stop reading. Dark, dirty and delicious. I want more from this author now.” – USA Today Bestselling Author, Alta Hensley
Vasilije Markovic is the prince of the Serbian mafia and one of the most powerful men in Chicago. His smile may be razor sharp, but he’s crueler than the devil.
I’m playing a dangerous game and betting my life I’m going to win. I pretend to be his pawn. I do as he says and move where he tells me, letting him think he’s in control as I position myself for revenge.
Every turn brings us closer. His grin doesn’t seem as evil when we’re alone. Behind closed doors, I welcome his unrelenting and vicious personality. He’s confessed all his secrets, but I’m holding one back and it’s a game changer.
If I survive the board, this pawn turns into a queen. I become the most powerful player and send all the other pieces running. To get what I want, I must make sacrifices, but am I willing to draw the line at him?
★ ★ ★ ★
Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF
I hadn’t realised that Torrid was book two of the Sordid series, it made no difference as this felt like a I was reading a standalone. The first book is about the brother Luka, in hindsight I probably should have read it first, but the author managed to give enough information on his story so I didn’t feel like I had missed anything, nor really spoilt the first book in any great detail should I decide to go on to read it. I’ve read Nikki Sloane only once previously, quite some time ago, I wasn’t familiar with her writing style and it was like reading a new author. The cover is attention grabbing, crisp and clear and I like it is kept in black and white.
Initially I was drawn in by the blurb, the theme is one of my favourite genres to read. I’m always looking for a unique twist to the story, something that sets the book apart, and while I believe the author has tried this, I don’t think it read so far differently from other books. I liked the musical theme running through the story and this lent for a little bit of difference but otherwise – this was an okay read for me.
I struggled with the beginning; the prologue and the first few chapters. I felt the author was trying a little too hard with her analogies, it made for some reading issues for me. To me analogies should roll off the tongue, sound natural, but I came across a couple that read in a complex manner which meant the flow of the story didn’t run as smoothly as I would have liked, and I had to re-read a paragraph or two for them to sound better. There was also the repetition of a few words, which by the end of the book had me gritting my teeth. There are more words to use than evil and cruel, I would have liked to have seen these two words used less. As for Nikki Sloane’s writing style, once I was comfortably in the story I did enjoy it, easy enough to read and had a decent amount of depth a reader can relate to.
Character wise, Torrid gives you an alpha bad boy that the ladies love to love – Vasilije Markovic. Oh yeah, this guy is a law unto himself, and a total asshole of seismic proportions. He doesn’t care about very much except the idea of blood and revenge, and a little bit of filthy, detached sex. He’s not a man one falls in love with. He rattles about his big, old house, plotting and plotting, and is quite rude in all the wrong ways. Vasilije is a well written character, there’s no disputing that, but I wonder if the author intentionally made him seem like a boy playing at a man. That’s the overriding impression I got from him, some of his actions were immature and churlish but fitted him to a tee in all honesty. He comes across sometimes as intimidating, with a foreboding manner but I think the overuse of the words previously mentioned spoilt the characteristics trying to be conveyed. Oksana had a heart of stone, seemingly complimenting Vasilije and egging him on in his worst moments. She had her own story which quietly unravels in the background until it’s too hard to hide. I didn’t think her big reveal was all that amazing but it suited where it landed in the story. Together these characters are a formidable force and Oksana ultimately wins her reward two-fold when the empire falls.
There’s some kink in here for the readers that like that kind of thing, some very good action scenes too. The suspense angle felt diluted in places but there is still enough to keep a reader guessing a while and wondering what’s on the horizon. In terms of a dark read, for someone like me it was gritty in places but not stomach curdling, the dark elements are tame in comparison with some other books of the same genre. I think this was a four-star read once I got over the hump at the beginning. I’d recommend it, especially if you want something fluid and fast paced with a lot steam thrown in.
About the Author:
Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, is married with two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn’t be any happier.