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Didn’t you get the hint yet? I’m always hungry for a taste of retribution with the need to purge. I’ve drowned in my own blood and welcomed the taste until it fueled me to revive. I’m Afon Nikolin, third in command of The Dudnik Circle. The Russian Mob, in case you need a label. The woman I claimed as my future wife, without her knowledge I might add, is part of the Itali Didn’t you get the hint yet? I’m always hungry for a taste of retribution with the need to purge. I’ve drowned in my own blood and welcomed the taste until it fueled me to revive. I’m Afon Nikolin, third in command of The Dudnik Circle. The Russian Mob, in case you need a label. The woman I claimed as my future wife, without her knowledge I might add, is part of the Italian mob. She has the same taste for retribution, except she almost paid for it with her own life. Revenge can eat you alive, drag you down until there’s only a shell of a person left, or will cost you everything this world has to offer. With multiple enemies targeting both sides, we have no other choice but to rely on each other. Everything in life is a risk, either with your heart, or your last breath. I’m willing to risk it all when it involves saving her, but will it be enough for the both of us? **This dark, intense, standalone romance is not for the faint of heart. You've been warned.**


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Didn’t you get the hint yet? I’m always hungry for a taste of retribution with the need to purge. I’ve drowned in my own blood and welcomed the taste until it fueled me to revive. I’m Afon Nikolin, third in command of The Dudnik Circle. The Russian Mob, in case you need a label. The woman I claimed as my future wife, without her knowledge I might add, is part of the Itali Didn’t you get the hint yet? I’m always hungry for a taste of retribution with the need to purge. I’ve drowned in my own blood and welcomed the taste until it fueled me to revive. I’m Afon Nikolin, third in command of The Dudnik Circle. The Russian Mob, in case you need a label. The woman I claimed as my future wife, without her knowledge I might add, is part of the Italian mob. She has the same taste for retribution, except she almost paid for it with her own life. Revenge can eat you alive, drag you down until there’s only a shell of a person left, or will cost you everything this world has to offer. With multiple enemies targeting both sides, we have no other choice but to rely on each other. Everything in life is a risk, either with your heart, or your last breath. I’m willing to risk it all when it involves saving her, but will it be enough for the both of us? **This dark, intense, standalone romance is not for the faint of heart. You've been warned.**

30 review for Afon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Crescent

    I have never read a book by Esther E. Schmidt, so I was nervous for a couple of reasons. The first, this was book 3 in the series, and the second, I’d not done a review in a very long time. Anyway, from the first page I was pulled into the story and I didn’t want to put it down. Afon is one of the kind of guys I love. He’s loyal, strong, in control, and above all protective. Andy, the woman he wants has known pain and violence, and believes herself to be broken. This is not the case, not when i I have never read a book by Esther E. Schmidt, so I was nervous for a couple of reasons. The first, this was book 3 in the series, and the second, I’d not done a review in a very long time. Anyway, from the first page I was pulled into the story and I didn’t want to put it down. Afon is one of the kind of guys I love. He’s loyal, strong, in control, and above all protective. Andy, the woman he wants has known pain and violence, and believes herself to be broken. This is not the case, not when it comes to Afon. He understands her. He gets her. Above all else, he wants to help her and to show her that she’s not broken, that he’s the right man for her. I like that she didn’t walk all over him and that he asserted his dominance but not in a mean kind of way, if that makes sense. It was necessary to get through to Andy, for her to see that he wants her and that he loved her more than anything. He also never judged her and did everything he could to help heal her. I’ve not done a review in a very long time so I’m trying not to give away any spoilers. I picked this series up in book 3 and I don’t think you need to read the other books to enjoy this one. Of course, I’m going to because why not, I’m curious about the other characters. This is a well written, captivating mafia romance. Thank you so much to Esther for allowing me to read an ARC of this.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Ap.

    I've been waiting for Afon & Andy's story to come out since reading Yegor & Ruby's story and you could literally cut the sexual tension with a knife, which is actually Andy's main choice of weapon to use, ha, ha ;) Not everything is as it seems and Andy fits in that category perfectly... We saw her as a strong, untouchable wall of force of nature in Yegor's story but here we get to see her both sides; the strong warrior and the vulnerable girl she once was and I liked the way Afon navigated throu I've been waiting for Afon & Andy's story to come out since reading Yegor & Ruby's story and you could literally cut the sexual tension with a knife, which is actually Andy's main choice of weapon to use, ha, ha ;) Not everything is as it seems and Andy fits in that category perfectly... We saw her as a strong, untouchable wall of force of nature in Yegor's story but here we get to see her both sides; the strong warrior and the vulnerable girl she once was and I liked the way Afon navigated through it all. He knew when his Andy needed him to be snarky and arrogant and when she needed him to be patient, gentle and most of all, that she felt wanted and loved. Andy thinks she's damaged goods because of what happened to her at 16 years old... can't give any spoilers but lets just say that it made her the person she's today and Afon doesn't see her the way she sees herself, as "damaged goods", but as his counter-part, his woman forever, no matter what. I loved that about him so much <3 Also, I liked their chemistry together even though the book isn't all about sex, it does have some steamy scenes, but it's also about one man claiming what's his, first mentally, then emotionally and lastly, physically... and when that happens you wouldn't even be able to imagine in what circumstances it happened but it was still HOT but I can't give out spoilers but I can give you a hint... it was messy, very messy surroundings where the intense lust takes over Afon and he can't resist claiming his woman ;) This story had my emotions up and down. It made me mad, it made me cry for Andy's story, her pain and how she felt like she wasn't worth anything but Afon made her realize differently and I loved his approach when he started to claim Andy properly... his way ;) I was also cheering when the baddies got what they deserved too ;) I loved the epilogue so much! Thank you, Esther E. Schmidt for that awesome epilogue :) it's the longest we've ever gotten and I absolutely loved it <3

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Having read read the first two books in the Dudnik Circle series, I knew that Andy and Afon’s story would be electric. I must say Ms. Schmidt did not disappoint me. I loved this book from the first chapter to the epilogue and the storyline is perfect for this dynamic couple. Andy has been off the grid recuperating from her shoulder injury and plotting her revenge on Marco. During those months Afon has been patiently waiting for her to surface so he could claim her as his bride. When he finally lo Having read read the first two books in the Dudnik Circle series, I knew that Andy and Afon’s story would be electric. I must say Ms. Schmidt did not disappoint me. I loved this book from the first chapter to the epilogue and the storyline is perfect for this dynamic couple. Andy has been off the grid recuperating from her shoulder injury and plotting her revenge on Marco. During those months Afon has been patiently waiting for her to surface so he could claim her as his bride. When he finally locates her, she has gone on a killing spree, killing all of Marco’s men. But sadly Marco escapes which means she is still in danger. Afon returns Andy to his own in order to protect her while she finishes healing. While she is there Afon informs her that he has been given her hand in marriage by her brother, Ricca. Andy is livid over that, as she knows she can not be a wife to any man and she doesn’t want to disappoint Afon. You see, due to Incidents in her past, she can not stand to be touched by any man and she’s been totally broken for intimacy of any type. With Marco coming for her and Afon wanting her in ways she can only dream of, what is Andy’s next move? Will she get her revenge on Marco? Once Afon learns the truth about her will he stick around or bail? Is there any way these two can work around the brutal incidents from her past or will they marry in name only? This is one action packed thrilling storyline that will have you saying OMG as events unfold. Kudos to Ms. Schmidt for giving us another great book with alpha males and kickass females who are not only tough, but strong, protective and fight for what’s theirs to their dying breath. If you like mafia action and no holds barred romance, I highly recommend purchasing Afon and the Dudnik Circle Series. 2 Thumbs Up for an amazing 5 star must read book/series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Neringa Neringiukas

    This was amazing. I absolutely love Afon. That man is just perfection. Dangerous, ruthless, sexy, patient, bosy, loyal, possessive, loving.... I could go on and on. Sorry, but my mind only can focus on Afon and nothing else. lol The whole story was awesome. I couldn't drag myself away. It was just catchy, with heart stealing H, with strong, blood thirsty h, and I loved to meet guys and theirs kickass girls from previous books. This was amazing. I absolutely love Afon. That man is just perfection. Dangerous, ruthless, sexy, patient, bosy, loyal, possessive, loving.... I could go on and on. Sorry, but my mind only can focus on Afon and nothing else. lol The whole story was awesome. I couldn't drag myself away. It was just catchy, with heart stealing H, with strong, blood thirsty h, and I loved to meet guys and theirs kickass girls from previous books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elysian Fields

    Can I give this story more than five stars?! I love this series so hard and have been looking forward to Afon’s story from the beginning. This did not disappoint. I loved everything about it so I will try and write a review that shows why without fan-girling and gushing too hard. Lol. Afon is the third in command of the Russian Mafia. He is strong, dark, stoic, and patient. He has known for quite a while that his love is from the Italian Mafia, now he just has to get her to understand that they b Can I give this story more than five stars?! I love this series so hard and have been looking forward to Afon’s story from the beginning. This did not disappoint. I loved everything about it so I will try and write a review that shows why without fan-girling and gushing too hard. Lol. Afon is the third in command of the Russian Mafia. He is strong, dark, stoic, and patient. He has known for quite a while that his love is from the Italian Mafia, now he just has to get her to understand that they belong together and that he would never take away her strength or her rights. Andy is the co-head of the Italian Mafia and is struggling with what has happened to her in the past and her need for revenge; and I do me NEED. She is the ultimate definition of passionate and strong, determined to end the man who hurt her, her only focus is on that revenge. When Afon interrupts her life she has the desire to run away, but soon finds that he is her best advocate, protector and partner. There was so push and pull between these characters, but that was only because of Andy‘s focus. I loved the way that Afon was patient with her and gave her exactly what she needed without taking her power away. In one sense he was like her brick wall, there to support her and keep her safe. I loved his passion for her and his willingness to push her when she needed it and to back off when did. Afon knows her better then she knows herself and that makes a wonderful story. This story is labeled as dark, and I do believe that there were some dark elements but it was not so dark as it was disturbing. The darkness (in my opinion) was what happened to --- and how that affected her mind and body. The darkness was needed and complimented the story line perfectly. I highly recommend this story to any reader who loves possessive men, passionate and strong women, and wants to enter into a wonderful world. I

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michele McMullen

    Afon and Andy are powerful couple . Afon knows that he needs a bride as strong as himself. The moment he lays eyes on Andy he is determined to claim her for his own. He watches her and the moment that she is in her element and finishes an amazing job he swoops in and gathers her weathered warrior body and takes her back to his home...….hopefully their home to care and let her regroup. Andy comes from a tough family ..Italian mob tough . She was kidnapped on her 16 birthday by a rival family and b Afon and Andy are powerful couple . Afon knows that he needs a bride as strong as himself. The moment he lays eyes on Andy he is determined to claim her for his own. He watches her and the moment that she is in her element and finishes an amazing job he swoops in and gathers her weathered warrior body and takes her back to his home...….hopefully their home to care and let her regroup. Andy comes from a tough family ..Italian mob tough . She was kidnapped on her 16 birthday by a rival family and broken . She has the physical and emotional scars to prove it that being a constant remainder of her past . She knows deep in her heart that no descent man would ever want her so she put up barriers and walls to keep all suitors out, until he comes in and begins to chisel them away. She has had her eyes on Afron from the moment they met she never thought that after her trauma that she could have those feelings toward a man. She soon realizes that she is to be his bride and he will do anything he can to show her she is a worthy life partner ! I loved Afon he is not only a helleva Alpha male he is arrogant, bossy, strong, and quite the beef cake but truly has a romantic interest in the head strong Andy!! ~~Michele McMullen~~

  7. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis Wolford

    I really hate to see this series come to an end, but what a way to end it. It brings all of our favorite Dudnik Circle members together for one funny and heartfelt time. Afon is going to take Andy, whether she likes it or not. He’s doing this by letting her be herself, and by protecting by arranging to marry her. Andy, has a past that she is having trouble letting go of,but Afon is trying to help her. Afon, has given her his love and understanding, while helping her realize that she loves him. She i I really hate to see this series come to an end, but what a way to end it. It brings all of our favorite Dudnik Circle members together for one funny and heartfelt time. Afon is going to take Andy, whether she likes it or not. He’s doing this by letting her be herself, and by protecting by arranging to marry her. Andy, has a past that she is having trouble letting go of,but Afon is trying to help her. Afon, has given her his love and understanding, while helping her realize that she loves him. She is ashamed of her past, even though it wasn’t her fault about what happened. Eventually, they take care of the problems and over come her reservations of her ability to over come her past. They fall deeper in love with each other. Now on to the next generation of Dudnik Circle members.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)

    Oh how I loved Afon! He was just perfect. He knew that they were meant to be together regardless of what she has been through and he went after what he want. He is alpha, domineering, dangerous not only physically but on your emotions as well, he is loyal to a fault, hot in and out of the sheets, he is cold-blooded to those who cross him or those he cares about and just perfect for Andy. Not only that but he knows that he is going to have to be patient with her but he can only be so patient. He Oh how I loved Afon! He was just perfect. He knew that they were meant to be together regardless of what she has been through and he went after what he want. He is alpha, domineering, dangerous not only physically but on your emotions as well, he is loyal to a fault, hot in and out of the sheets, he is cold-blooded to those who cross him or those he cares about and just perfect for Andy. Not only that but he knows that he is going to have to be patient with her but he can only be so patient. He wants her as his and is determined to show her that they are perfect for each other, that she isn't the broken woman she thinks she is. Another book that I definitely recommend. I have yet to be disappointed and I don't see that happening anytime soon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Afon knew Andy was for him shortly after they met. However Andy was taken and then needed the time to heal and Afon has been waiting. Now he has found her again and arranged a marriage with her. Andy though wants nothing to do with Afon or a marriage. Afon though has patience and has a plan to earn her trust, but the threat that haunts Andy is still out there, will he be able to keep her safe? This was incredible. I wasn't sure about Afon in the beginning but boy do you fall head over heels for h Afon knew Andy was for him shortly after they met. However Andy was taken and then needed the time to heal and Afon has been waiting. Now he has found her again and arranged a marriage with her. Andy though wants nothing to do with Afon or a marriage. Afon though has patience and has a plan to earn her trust, but the threat that haunts Andy is still out there, will he be able to keep her safe? This was incredible. I wasn't sure about Afon in the beginning but boy do you fall head over heels for him. Liked Andy, she is intense but you get why. Another fantastic addition for the Dudnik Circle.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dee Shelvey

    This is the first book of this series that I have read. It can be read as a stand alone. But now I feel like I need to read everyone else in this series. Afon is the man in charge but knows how to bring a person back to themselves. Can he make his routine work for Andy? We he be able to get her to accept him as hers? There is a connection he can’t shake and uses his Mafia ways to get his woman. Andy is lethal on her own. She doesn’t need a man to complete her. She can handle herself and get her o This is the first book of this series that I have read. It can be read as a stand alone. But now I feel like I need to read everyone else in this series. Afon is the man in charge but knows how to bring a person back to themselves. Can he make his routine work for Andy? We he be able to get her to accept him as hers? There is a connection he can’t shake and uses his Mafia ways to get his woman. Andy is lethal on her own. She doesn’t need a man to complete her. She can handle herself and get her own revenge. How dare her bother break his life time promise and just give her away? To some Russian! Can Italian and Russian Mafia really get along? You will have to read and find out!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Schaub

    Afon is book 3 of the Dudnik Circle series and if you have been following along with the series, you know that we have been waiting for this story for what seems like forever (even though it hasn’t been that long). Afon claimed his woman long before she knew it but she wasn’t quite ready for him so he waited. Andy hasn’t had it easy and the last thing she wants is a man around her, let alone touching her but something about Afon is different. This couple has to navigate their love life while eva Afon is book 3 of the Dudnik Circle series and if you have been following along with the series, you know that we have been waiting for this story for what seems like forever (even though it hasn’t been that long). Afon claimed his woman long before she knew it but she wasn’t quite ready for him so he waited. Andy hasn’t had it easy and the last thing she wants is a man around her, let alone touching her but something about Afon is different. This couple has to navigate their love life while evading danger, will they all make it out alive? If you have not read Esther’s books before you are definitely missing out. Get started today!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stories in Review

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great story, I loved it. Little steam closer to the end, but with the storyline, you're definitely not missing out. Safety: There is talk of her being raped when she was 16, it was descriptive, only a couple paragraphs, but I like to mention it for some who don't like to read things like that. https://youtu.be/woHVH7TWRx0 Great story, I loved it. Little steam closer to the end, but with the storyline, you're definitely not missing out. Safety: There is talk of her being raped when she was 16, it was descriptive, only a couple paragraphs, but I like to mention it for some who don't like to read things like that. https://youtu.be/woHVH7TWRx0

  13. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Lara

    love this amazing series♡Andy and Afons story rock.Has everything Love intrigue action intense beautiful broken.Keep going from start to finish.Cant wait for Riccas story

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Rouchelle

    If you want to read a mob book with not only a strong female lead but one that will not only hurt your heart for all that she has been through, but will have your jaw unhinged at what she is capable of doing...READ THIS BOOK! This read is impossibly good and will not only take your breath away but will probably have you rooting for the bad guys for once, because these people are ruthless in their revenge and Andy is one of the worse. She is set on vengeance against the man who took her. She esca If you want to read a mob book with not only a strong female lead but one that will not only hurt your heart for all that she has been through, but will have your jaw unhinged at what she is capable of doing...READ THIS BOOK! This read is impossibly good and will not only take your breath away but will probably have you rooting for the bad guys for once, because these people are ruthless in their revenge and Andy is one of the worse. She is set on vengeance against the man who took her. She escaped once and willingly walks into his place with one intention...killing that piece of #[email protected]#! She is in her killzone when Afon enters the place and sees her amongst the death that she has created. She doesn’t “see him” though...she looks at him but he knows...she is still in that zone and he must approach her carefully. Although he doesn’t escape her totally, he manages to get to he as her physical injuries, mental anguish take hold and adrenaline leaves and she crashes. He brings her to his home where she is tended to and lays in his bed resting. His revelation to her leaves her angry. She is his, he is promised her and he will marry her. He gives her three weeks. One for her wounds to heal and for her to eat and become healthy. Two to regain her strength and her fighting ability. Then they will marry. She is his equal, she is what he wants! Once she has gotten her strength back, he must also help to heal her mentally. She suffers from panic attacks and he needs to tread very carefully but firmly to bring her mind back to the strength it was before everything that had happened to her. Then and only then will she be able to go after Marco and rid the world of the scum that he is. Then and only then will Afon claim her as his wife. But there is another problem affecting both of the mobs and one that will have them bonding together to rid themselves of this problem. This is an amazing read with incredibly well written and developed characters who will have you wanting to delve into their dangerous lives. Afon is definitely Alpha Male, but then..Andy is also Alpha Female...but in the bedroom, Andy is the one to submit to the man who will heal her in more ways than one. Andy is strong, beautiful and smart. She has lead her own gang for years, but now that her brother has agreed to let Afon have her as his wife, she knows that she will no longer be able to run her own gang and that infuriates her even more than the contract does. When all is said and done, Andy sees the love that Afon has for her and slowly allows the physical attraction that she has for him turn into something much more. An incredible read that will have you turning page after page to see what happens next. I highly recommend this book!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Wideman

    This is the third book in the series and can be read as a stand-alone. I just can not get enough of Esther’s books. This one was no different and I loved it so much. Afon is second in command to Tarzan, third in command of the Dudnik circle. He knew the moment he saw Andy that she was meant to be his. Not in a my property way but in a my life way. Andy is going through somethings right now and Afon knows it. He doesn’t want to shelter her or stop her no. He wants to heal her and show her how gre This is the third book in the series and can be read as a stand-alone. I just can not get enough of Esther’s books. This one was no different and I loved it so much. Afon is second in command to Tarzan, third in command of the Dudnik circle. He knew the moment he saw Andy that she was meant to be his. Not in a my property way but in a my life way. Andy is going through somethings right now and Afon knows it. He doesn’t want to shelter her or stop her no. He wants to heal her and show her how great they can be together. He doesn’t want to change her he wants to support her in every way. Andy hasn’t lead an easy life she is an Italian mob princess. She has known all her life that certain things are expected of her. She helps run her mob family with her brother. But things are about to get interesting when she learns that Afon has claimed her and her brother has signed a contract giving her to Afon. She will have to realize that Afon isn’t like most other men. He wants her for her not for what she can give him, a connection to her mob family. This book was fantastic and I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. I love Afon and Andy so much. Really all the characters in this series. Peacock also makes an appearance in this book. They all have each other’s back and will do anything that is needed to protect who they consider family. Afon would walk through the fires of hell for Andy if need be. I just can’t say enough about their story. While not your typically love story theirs is still a love story it just involves some bloodshed. Once Andy realizes that what has happened to her in the past doesn’t affect the way Afon sees her she begins to realize what they could have. He wants her to be whole and happy and would do anything for her. Andy is such an amazingly strong woman. She has been through hell but isn’t going to let what happened keep her down with the help of Afon nothing can stop her.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Hodges

    This is freaking amazing! It is as described very dark and intense, both main characters are strong, both used to violence and fighting. Andy has been on the receiving end of the violence, the horrors have shaped her life along with her family history. Afon claimed her but she doesn't know it when he finds her trying to get her revenge. Action packed suspense story that just keeps giving, it isn't just the hard side of this that got me it was the softer edge that Afon shows with his patience and This is freaking amazing! It is as described very dark and intense, both main characters are strong, both used to violence and fighting. Andy has been on the receiving end of the violence, the horrors have shaped her life along with her family history. Afon claimed her but she doesn't know it when he finds her trying to get her revenge. Action packed suspense story that just keeps giving, it isn't just the hard side of this that got me it was the softer edge that Afon shows with his patience and understanding with Andy. He still maintained his toughness and determination but also talked to her, calmed her and gave her time. He was gentle but also could be strong and tough if it was needed. This story has so much content, a lot of characters all very alpha in their own rights. Working together against a common threat, yes the violence is graphic as is the sexual content but it works in this plot it has to be this way or it wouldn't have the impact and it definitely does pack a punch. I could go on but I don't want to give to much away or spoil it for any who haven't read it, I am a strong follower of Esther's books and each time a new one comes along I don't think she can match the previous ones but she does. She proves me wrong, for which I am very thankful. I wait with baited breath for her next book, I also long for a time when I can go back and re read all of her books in series order one after the other because I know I will be lost for days, I wont surface until I've finished them

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie Kavanagh

    Where to begin...I have read all of Esther’s book and this one really brought out feeling I didn’t expect in a very good way! Anima Mia, My Soul was the perfect name that Afron gave to Andy because she definitely was his soul. I loved Afron from the start and how he didn’t give up on Andy especially after everything she had been through since she was sixteen and in Yegor’s book. He stood by her and helped her heal the way she needed to even though she wasn’t happy at first. Afron definitely show Where to begin...I have read all of Esther’s book and this one really brought out feeling I didn’t expect in a very good way! Anima Mia, My Soul was the perfect name that Afron gave to Andy because she definitely was his soul. I loved Afron from the start and how he didn’t give up on Andy especially after everything she had been through since she was sixteen and in Yegor’s book. He stood by her and helped her heal the way she needed to even though she wasn’t happy at first. Afron definitely showed his gentle side with Andy which I loved. On to Andy, boy was she a kick ass woman! She fought her way out and found her true soulmate in Afron. Even though she thought she was broken, Afron stood by her to show her she wasn’t broken but a strong powerful woman. “Another got to my heart. There’s something about a strong woman, thinking she’s broken and taking a lot of blows in life, but managing to crawl out of the darkness with her head high.” I also loved the bond these woman have with each other and how they help each other through difficult times. It was also great getting to see how the others couples have been doing and how there lives are changing too!! Another five star must read book!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim Brewing

    This is not your average love story...this is the story of two dark souls finding each other. Seriously, these are not people you want mad at you, but would love to have at your back. Afon is the perfect alpha to me. He is a man's man that won't hesitate to take care of business, thinks a hidden knife is a great gift and is so damn possessive, but loving. I love when he describes his "hits to the heart" moments. He shows his patience with his long game when it comes to Andy. Now Andy is not a dam This is not your average love story...this is the story of two dark souls finding each other. Seriously, these are not people you want mad at you, but would love to have at your back. Afon is the perfect alpha to me. He is a man's man that won't hesitate to take care of business, thinks a hidden knife is a great gift and is so damn possessive, but loving. I love when he describes his "hits to the heart" moments. He shows his patience with his long game when it comes to Andy. Now Andy is not a damsel in distress at all! This woman kicks butt and takes names. She too won't hesitate to take care of business, loves gifts of weapons and didn't think herself capable of feelings, but Afon brings out feelings she wasn't expecting...even jealousy! Can Afon show her how perfect and unstoppable they can be together or will the past hinder the future? Esther has a writing style that just works for me. I eagerly look forward to her releases and love her covers. Even with as dark as this book can be (seriously, both characters are in the mob) I found my giggle moment - the cheer leading squad! It really showed, to me, how far the character had come.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Supple

    Esther has done it again she drew me in and had me hooked till the very end. I loved how Esther built up the storyline it wasn’t to fast paced so we got to see and enjoy the main characters as they developed. Afon was sexy as hell, he’s alpha to the core, he’s bossy loyal lethal, and protective of those he calls family but underneath all that he is a man who’s not afraid to show he respected and treated his woman as an equal. And to me that was everything. Andy what can I say except my heart hurt Esther has done it again she drew me in and had me hooked till the very end. I loved how Esther built up the storyline it wasn’t to fast paced so we got to see and enjoy the main characters as they developed. Afon was sexy as hell, he’s alpha to the core, he’s bossy loyal lethal, and protective of those he calls family but underneath all that he is a man who’s not afraid to show he respected and treated his woman as an equal. And to me that was everything. Andy what can I say except my heart hurt at times for her over stuff that had happened in the past ( you’ll have to read the book to see what had happened) But at the same time you couldn’t help but admire how she came back fighting and didn’t give up. While I’m sad this is the last book in this Russian Mafia series. I’m definitely looking forward to reading about the Italian Mafia men that were introduced in this series. If you love Mafia books then you will love the Dudnik circle series

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Pawn

    Wow. This is by far my most anticipated read for 2018 and favorite book I’ve read by Esther. I loved Afon from the beginning when he was mentioned in Ford and Tarzan’s story and couldn’t wait to read his and Andy’s story. He was so hot and alpha, ruthless, caring, loving, loyal, affectionate, demanding and yet everything that you could possibly want in a man. And Andy was stubborn, headstrong and definitely had a backbone.. but that’s also why I loved her and thought they were made for each othe Wow. This is by far my most anticipated read for 2018 and favorite book I’ve read by Esther. I loved Afon from the beginning when he was mentioned in Ford and Tarzan’s story and couldn’t wait to read his and Andy’s story. He was so hot and alpha, ruthless, caring, loving, loyal, affectionate, demanding and yet everything that you could possibly want in a man. And Andy was stubborn, headstrong and definitely had a backbone.. but that’s also why I loved her and thought they were made for each other. This story was definitely a slow burn, page turner-leaving me feeling, angsty and heartbroken for what happened to her and how Afon made her come back. He gained her trust, loved her from the beginning and his patience and loyalty had me falling in love with him all over again *SWOON* I definitely recommend this book. I absolutely loved it. I hope there’s a story about the children!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’

    I haven't read the previous books in this series, but now I am definitely going back and reading it Aron was my type of hero. Sexy, strong, dark, loyal, controlled and so protective. From the moment he met Andy he knew she was the women for him. But Andy has known pain and she feels broken. But Afon knows she is so much more than what she believes she is. He knows her. And he will Do everything in his power to help her and show her that he is the man for her. I loved this story, it was full of ang I haven't read the previous books in this series, but now I am definitely going back and reading it Aron was my type of hero. Sexy, strong, dark, loyal, controlled and so protective. From the moment he met Andy he knew she was the women for him. But Andy has known pain and she feels broken. But Afon knows she is so much more than what she believes she is. He knows her. And he will Do everything in his power to help her and show her that he is the man for her. I loved this story, it was full of angst, full of action kick ass moments. Alpha males wanting to protect his women but also a women who knows how to take care of herself. I haven't read a mafia book in a while, but this one was exactly what I would expect from this type of genre. Definitely going back to reading the previous books☺️❤️

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Marlowe

    Loved this book. Esther E. Schmidt did a wonderful job on Afon. It was well written and had a great plot. I couldn't put this book down. Afon and Andy were great characters. Afon was strong, fierce, possessive, and protective. Andy was tough, she's been through a lot, she's a fighter, she was strong, and smart. Afon and Andy fit well together. Their connection was strong, good for one another and the chemistry was off the charts sizzling. Afon and Andy were a perfect pair. I'm going to stop ther Loved this book. Esther E. Schmidt did a wonderful job on Afon. It was well written and had a great plot. I couldn't put this book down. Afon and Andy were great characters. Afon was strong, fierce, possessive, and protective. Andy was tough, she's been through a lot, she's a fighter, she was strong, and smart. Afon and Andy fit well together. Their connection was strong, good for one another and the chemistry was off the charts sizzling. Afon and Andy were a perfect pair. I'm going to stop there, I don't want to give anything away. I just highly recommend reading. It's a 5 star read. A great book. Thank you, Esther E. Schmidt. Fantastic work as always :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    melanie allen

    This is the first book in this series I’ve read and what I Series it is, so amazing Esther writes absolutely amazing books full of sexy strong women and alpha men who love there women hard. The characters flowed beautifully together. There chemistry undeniable from the start, I love the way the story flowed keeping intrigued and waiting to see what happened next. I would highly recommended this series. I will definitely be buying the first two books in the series. I love everything Esther writes This is the first book in this series I’ve read and what I Series it is, so amazing Esther writes absolutely amazing books full of sexy strong women and alpha men who love there women hard. The characters flowed beautifully together. There chemistry undeniable from the start, I love the way the story flowed keeping intrigued and waiting to see what happened next. I would highly recommended this series. I will definitely be buying the first two books in the series. I love everything Esther writes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Davis

    So, I absolutely LOVE everything ESTHER E SCHMIDT.....and this 3rd installment of The Dudnik Circle??? It was everything I wanted, she nailed it! Afon is just so incredibly alpha, intense, dangerous and HOT! The way he loves Andy is so all consuming and I love how he brings her back to "life" and shows her how a real man treats a woman. She is so bad ass and also so damaged. Afon's love shows her what she has been missing and reading about it was perfection!!! I do believe Afon is my new fave ma So, I absolutely LOVE everything ESTHER E SCHMIDT.....and this 3rd installment of The Dudnik Circle??? It was everything I wanted, she nailed it! Afon is just so incredibly alpha, intense, dangerous and HOT! The way he loves Andy is so all consuming and I love how he brings her back to "life" and shows her how a real man treats a woman. She is so bad ass and also so damaged. Afon's love shows her what she has been missing and reading about it was perfection!!! I do believe Afon is my new fave man from Esther. This is an incredible read!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Claire Powell

    Holy sin of a sinner, AMAZING start to finish (two hour's solid). Afon and Andy, yeah hot as hell before, during and after their relationship. This story has everything love,hate,friendship, vengeance I could go on but read it for yourselves. Now Esther E Schmidt well I would say I hate her BUT, she thrives on those word's it fuels her (dare you to out do yourself woman). I'm a huge fan of the Esther bible's, all her book's rock no matter the series but this is one of my favourite to read and I s Holy sin of a sinner, AMAZING start to finish (two hour's solid). Afon and Andy, yeah hot as hell before, during and after their relationship. This story has everything love,hate,friendship, vengeance I could go on but read it for yourselves. Now Esther E Schmidt well I would say I hate her BUT, she thrives on those word's it fuels her (dare you to out do yourself woman). I'm a huge fan of the Esther bible's, all her book's rock no matter the series but this is one of my favourite to read and I strongly suggest reading this series, in order to get the best experience.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda Diamond

    I literally just devoured this book! Afon is uber alpha, sexy and determined, Andy is a warrior but she has had a really bad stuff happen and Afon is just what she needs even though she may not realize it at first, but she can't deny the attraction between the two of them!! This is such a fantastic, fabulous ,awesome book!! Definitely a favorite but then all Esther's books are my favorite!! Beautifully written!! Awesome story, love catching up on the other characters!! Love love love it!!!! I literally just devoured this book! Afon is uber alpha, sexy and determined, Andy is a warrior but she has had a really bad stuff happen and Afon is just what she needs even though she may not realize it at first, but she can't deny the attraction between the two of them!! This is such a fantastic, fabulous ,awesome book!! Definitely a favorite but then all Esther's books are my favorite!! Beautifully written!! Awesome story, love catching up on the other characters!! Love love love it!!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    Afon and Andy are such a great couple that I have been looking forward to for a while. While they are both head-strong, Afon knows what he wants and will do whatever is needed to accomplish it. Even signing a contract making Andy his wife, before they have really talked. These two are wonderful together. They also take care of each other, but really want to take the problems on themselves. It was so great to see a more caring side to both as they wanted to take care of the other. I received an AR Afon and Andy are such a great couple that I have been looking forward to for a while. While they are both head-strong, Afon knows what he wants and will do whatever is needed to accomplish it. Even signing a contract making Andy his wife, before they have really talked. These two are wonderful together. They also take care of each other, but really want to take the problems on themselves. It was so great to see a more caring side to both as they wanted to take care of the other. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tammi

    Another great story from Esther E Schmidt!!! This one had the perfect mix of hot steamy dark mixed with a sweet blooming love! I loved it! Definitely one of my favorites by her!! Afon was all alpha demanding but tender and understanding. Giving her time to heal mentally and physically. Andy this girl is one tough chic! Lived through a horrifying incident only to become a bada$$! I seriously devoured this book in an afternoon, could not put it down!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Esther never disappoints! Afon and Andy's story was just the kind of mob romance story I love. It was an action packed book with tons of action and romance. I really love when the heroine is badass and can handle her own! I love how Afon took cared of Andy when she was injured and was the perfect man for her. It's refreshing to read a mafia romance with no cheating and the woman is not a housewife who lets her husband boss her around. *ARC* Esther never disappoints! Afon and Andy's story was just the kind of mob romance story I love. It was an action packed book with tons of action and romance. I really love when the heroine is badass and can handle her own! I love how Afon took cared of Andy when she was injured and was the perfect man for her. It's refreshing to read a mafia romance with no cheating and the woman is not a housewife who lets her husband boss her around. *ARC*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    I usually don't like mafia books but Esther has a way to catch my interest no matter which genre she writes. Sometimes gruesome, brutal, bloody but always with a captivating , oh so sexy, love story. Afon and Andy did not disappoint - Afon is the alpha male we all dream about and Andy complements him in strength and finally love. They find their light in each other in an otherwise dark world between Mob and Russian gang. Well done, Esther, well done!!! I usually don't like mafia books but Esther has a way to catch my interest no matter which genre she writes. Sometimes gruesome, brutal, bloody but always with a captivating , oh so sexy, love story. Afon and Andy did not disappoint - Afon is the alpha male we all dream about and Andy complements him in strength and finally love. They find their light in each other in an otherwise dark world between Mob and Russian gang. Well done, Esther, well done!!!

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