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When I give an order, I expect it to be obeyed. She’s too smart for her own good, and it’s going to get her killed. Against my better judgement, I put her under the protection of my powerful Russian mafia family. So imagine my anger when the little minx ran. For three long years I’ve been on her trail, always one step behind. Finding and claiming her had become an obsessio When I give an order, I expect it to be obeyed. She’s too smart for her own good, and it’s going to get her killed. Against my better judgement, I put her under the protection of my powerful Russian mafia family. So imagine my anger when the little minx ran. For three long years I’ve been on her trail, always one step behind. Finding and claiming her had become an obsession. It was getting harder to rein in my driving need to possess her… to own her. But now the chase was over. I’ve found her. Soon she will be mine. And I plan to make it official, even if I have to drag her kicking and screaming to the altar. This time… there will be no escape from me.


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When I give an order, I expect it to be obeyed. She’s too smart for her own good, and it’s going to get her killed. Against my better judgement, I put her under the protection of my powerful Russian mafia family. So imagine my anger when the little minx ran. For three long years I’ve been on her trail, always one step behind. Finding and claiming her had become an obsessio When I give an order, I expect it to be obeyed. She’s too smart for her own good, and it’s going to get her killed. Against my better judgement, I put her under the protection of my powerful Russian mafia family. So imagine my anger when the little minx ran. For three long years I’ve been on her trail, always one step behind. Finding and claiming her had become an obsession. It was getting harder to rein in my driving need to possess her… to own her. But now the chase was over. I’ve found her. Soon she will be mine. And I plan to make it official, even if I have to drag her kicking and screaming to the altar. This time… there will be no escape from me.

30 review for Vicious Oath

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anovelqueen

    ***4 STARS*** Zoe Blake continues this epic trilogy with Damien and Yelena’s romance. Yelena has caught the attention of Damien “Demon” Ivanov, enforcer of the family. She has also come to the attention of the Colombian and Russian mob due to her horse racing scam. That combination is not good but Damien is determined to protect her and Yelena is determined to run. When he finally catches up to her the fireworks fly. This is a dark romance and these Ivanov men have a firm hand and believe in discip ***4 STARS*** Zoe Blake continues this epic trilogy with Damien and Yelena’s romance. Yelena has caught the attention of Damien “Demon” Ivanov, enforcer of the family. She has also come to the attention of the Colombian and Russian mob due to her horse racing scam. That combination is not good but Damien is determined to protect her and Yelena is determined to run. When he finally catches up to her the fireworks fly. This is a dark romance and these Ivanov men have a firm hand and believe in discipline. These books are not for the soft hearted so beware. The chemistry was electric between these two. Well written and I am really looking forward to the last book in the series. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ⚔Irunía⚔

    Short afterword that should be at the end of this graphomaniac text but I bare hatred for any semblance of order: Damn… I wanted to keep this review short and simple :/// Okay-OK-ay (take 2), I’ve managed to finish the book so I’ll write my trash review and be done with this author… forever. Not because she is an untalented writer. She probably is. I’ve just come to sweet realization, based on my brief experience with her books, that we’re not compatiable as a reader/writer duet. My mind is alway Short afterword that should be at the end of this graphomaniac text but I bare hatred for any semblance of order: Damn… I wanted to keep this review short and simple :/// Okay-OK-ay (take 2), I’ve managed to finish the book so I’ll write my trash review and be done with this author… forever. Not because she is an untalented writer. She probably is. I’ve just come to sweet realization, based on my brief experience with her books, that we’re not compatiable as a reader/writer duet. My mind is always a dark and chaotic place to be right after I read stories I didn’t particularly enjoy, but I’ll try to keep my nasty books’ bully side at bay just this once. Thank goodness, I have only three points to make, regarding: 1) sex scenes (urgh); 2) the heroine; 3) the Russian language. LMAO (at least I had a good laugh). I’m totally victim blaming myself when it comes to this particular point; believing that authors who write smutty books actually give a damn about being respectful of other cultures…so NAIVE):/ 1) I must admit that this story surprised me solely with the fact that it all didn’t boil down to wild sex with a barbaric Russian male like I initially expected it would (I’m not actually believing my own choice of words here). The plot wasn’t interesting or intriguing enough for me (mostly cat and mouse routine that got old soon with an outward danger thrown in) but at least it did exist in the realm of this book. Boo. Sex happened in the second part of the book but the intense foreplay starts assaulting you (no pun intended) right from the very beginning and I cannot help pointing out that I, indeed, felt bothered by it how it was displayed. Putting aside my general dislike for dirty (aka considered hawt), porno style description of intimacy that is filled to the rim with blinding lust but is lacking in sweet and tender details like caring touches, prolonged eye-contact (sorry, I’m that cheesy🤡), sex was presented in a very patriarchal and, let’s cut the bullshit, degrading for women light. Sex as a tool to execute male dominance and a way to ensure female obedience is the concept AS OLD AND UNAPPEALING AS A MAMMOTH DUNG. I prefer mind games and manipulation🤡. LOL. When the heroine is talking about her sexual activities with the hero she uses the words like “forced upon me” and fights him every now and then but at the same time she feels extremely aroused and thinks about letting him go all the way which MAKES ME CONFUSED AS FUCK because although the readers know her true feelings, the hero, despite him claiming otherwise, doesn’t. Ask any rapist, he would tell you that his victim wanted him and was asking for it. I’ve read quite a few books featuring rape and dub-con scenes and I’m mostly fine with them (because I have no business judging women for exploring taboo subjects) as long as rape is called and regarded as what it actually is. Rape. PUNTO. All these half-hearted attempts at drawing excuses for the male character’s rapey behavior by portraying the act as something the woman in fact wanted and needed (in her thoughts), despite all the outward signs (crying and fighting) clearly telling the said male otherwise? U-T-T-E-R B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T. I don’t buy it. 2) I saw some reviewers say this heroine is a badass… Not me giving this book 2 stars just because she managed to stab the hero with a knife. For a second there I felt admiration for her lack of sensibilities (but that’s until a few pages later she gives all the reins to her vagina yet again,😂). Also she succeeded in escaping the hero a few times but unfortunately my brains don’t perceive this a sign of her extreme craftiness or cleverness… The only thought that circled my mind amounted to a simple question “is the male lead really that dumb?”🤡👹. The curtain falls. 3) Oh my…oh my… aren’t the Russian phrases in this one a little gem? Honestly, I don’t even know what to think of this author’s researching schemes anymore… Colour me intrigued😳. a) Just to maintain the experimental integrity, I used Google translator in order to translate the deeply cherished by the author phrase “my little fallen angel” into Russian (overused endearment in the story) and guess fucking what??? Google translator, that poor little thing that had to endure my continuous contempt for so -so long, did in fact translate this one correctly as “moy malen'kiy padshiy angel”!!! “Moya malen'kiy padshiy angel” is not okay, guys, especially used by the hero I am supposed to find attractive. And I’m not about to start explaining why because I already did it in my other review. LOL. So my question is…what other means does the author resort to when translating into Russian? / By the way, am I the only one who finds “my little fallen angel” rather weird as an endearment, be it in English, Spanish or Russian? / b) Levin Nikitina. Yes. Who knows knows. 😂 Are there any Russian speaking people out there capable of explaining what the actual fuck is that? LMAO. My brain stopped functioning for a second when I saw that. This strange thing named Levin Nikitina is supposed to be her stepfather. Levin is a Russian/Jewish surname, not a name. Nikitina? It´s a feminine variant of this surname. I´ll stop here because I´m lazy and I´m not being paid for my editing commentaries (sadly). At times I was fairly amused, other times I skimmed because it didn’t hold my interest, so 2 stars it is. Take my review with a big grain of salt by the way. P.S. I urge the authors who cannot resist the temptation to give a human form to their stereotypes about Russians to NOT be squeamish about asking for help from Russian speakers. The Internet is a great invention, ya know. Isn’t this an ethical thing to do, after all? I know that not in the scariest nightmares did Zoe Blake imagine that some of her readers would be petty enough to call her out on her lack of proper research but … ........................................................................................................................................................................... Okay-OK-ay, this book is all over my feed lately so I'll read it... Though it features a Russian male lead and I know that I'm probably setting myself up for an epic disaster. Also I want to see if the author keeps Google translator as her bestie or she has improved the research skills🤞🤞🤞😌 since our first encounter

  3. 4 out of 5

    Isabella. R

    4 I Will Punish Your Ass Stars ⭐ You’ll not meet a saucier and more kickass heroine then Yelena Nikitina in Vicious Oath. Presently on the run for pissing off the Italians and Colombians, she’ll have no choice at this rate than to accept the help of Russian Enforcer Damian Ivanov. Take a risk. Dream big. Chase the Impossible. Raised by a low life, Yelena has been hustling since she was a teen. From petty theft to successfully punting on horses, she’s in over her head. So, at 18 she flees with her b 4 I Will Punish Your Ass Stars ⭐ You’ll not meet a saucier and more kickass heroine then Yelena Nikitina in Vicious Oath. Presently on the run for pissing off the Italians and Colombians, she’ll have no choice at this rate than to accept the help of Russian Enforcer Damian Ivanov. Take a risk. Dream big. Chase the Impossible. Raised by a low life, Yelena has been hustling since she was a teen. From petty theft to successfully punting on horses, she’s in over her head. So, at 18 she flees with her best friend. Except at that time she had caught the eye of Damien. Not realising his intentions were to marry her to keep her safe, she never imagined he would continue searching for her. I still had every intention of marrying her. She would be mine in every respect of the word. Except now, I wouldn’t bother asking first. How could a tiny blonde allude his grasp? Damian may have been initially drawn to Yelena’s spark and beauty but now…he’s in complete awe of her. It’s taken him three years to find her. Keeping her is another complication. He wrenched my head back to rest on his shoulder as he whispered into my ear, “You should be very scared right now, malen’kaya shalun’ya, because I’m going to hate fuck you into next week.” Their history has been entwined from the beginning. Yelena may resist Damien at every turn (and trust me she is totally equipped to) however these two are fire together. They are equally matched and destined. There was something so arousing about being taken by man. To being held down and having an incredible, mind-shattering orgasm forced upon you by expert hand. And then I had to go hit him with a brick. I’m sure this author thinks I have bipolar since I wasn’t a big fan of Savage Vow, the first book in this interconnecting series. And yet this time around, I was totally digging Damien’s manhandling and rough sex. In this instance I felt that Yelena was strong willed and naturally gravitated towards the darkness; so they fit. Vicious Oath had great banter, hot AF sexual encounters and a great storyline and characters. Bring on Betrayed Honor! ARC provided by author in exchange for my honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nova B

    I’m giving this a 3 cause it made laugh 😂 like seriously it was funny. Not sure if that was suppose to be the case. I didn’t like that he was trying to replace/get over her in the 3 years she had gone with anyone that looked like her. I hate this in romances is it suppose to be romantic it’s not it’s quite silly and disgusting.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aou

    I am depraved!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darlene I read WAY to many books

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 ⭐ We are in book 2 in this series and this one was more plot then smut lol. And more cat mouse type of chase. It was alittle slow in the beginning we learn more about these two. Yelena has messed up she did something to get on some bad men's radar and Damien is trying to help her. His first plan was to ship her far away because he was also attracted to her. But that plan was doomed when he found out more of Yelena past and wanted her to be his and she ran away from him. Now 3 years later he f 3.5 ⭐ We are in book 2 in this series and this one was more plot then smut lol. And more cat mouse type of chase. It was alittle slow in the beginning we learn more about these two. Yelena has messed up she did something to get on some bad men's radar and Damien is trying to help her. His first plan was to ship her far away because he was also attracted to her. But that plan was doomed when he found out more of Yelena past and wanted her to be his and she ran away from him. Now 3 years later he finally found her and he is going to do everything in his power to make her his. And I laughed at how Yelena handled everything she was kinda smart and knew what to do. She stabbed!! And had escape plan after escape plan. She was very crafty in escaping Damien 🤣🤣. Like I said above there relationship was alot of push/pull until there was more danger. But that didnt stop Yelena from chewing out Damien and didn't stop Damien from chasing after his woman. I'll be honest at one point Yelena did mess up so Damien can catch her because running away 101 never use a card 🤣🤣🤣 so I knew she was done running.  I cant wait for the next couple. Low angst,No ow/om drama (unless you count the dancing),No cheating, Drama, slight secondary characters, sexy times, virgin gal and no manwhore (he mentioned he tried to get over h during the separation never shown on page) Recommend- yes/maybe Cover-⭐⭐⭐⭐ Heat level-🌶🌶🌶 Slowburnish Older/younger couple 21h/30H Seperation 3 years (she was 18 he was 27) Push away from both (but mostly h) Ice play Anal play/sex Spankings/pubishments Mention past abuse (h step father hit her) Violence Hea Epilogue

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bookaddict lass

    Smut - smut-smut, but of questionable character (hot+cringey). The captor-captive routine got repetitive - - - - - > I got bored...

  8. 4 out of 5

    V. Simran

    Oh my god. I loved this book so freaking much. 😭😭♥️♥️♥️ I want more. This series is a must read. 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  9. 4 out of 5

    TheBookPlatypus

    My favorite of the series so far! I love Yelena! This book is a huge cat and mouse game. Yelena gets herself in trouble with her insane intelligence and ends up winning a crap ton of money on horse betting.... illegally. “My job in the Ivanov family was to associate with the types who only crawled out of their holes in the dead of night. I kept to the corners of fine society. Dark corners for doing dark deeds. It was how I had earned the moniker Demon Damien. If I showed up on someone's doorstep, My favorite of the series so far! I love Yelena! This book is a huge cat and mouse game. Yelena gets herself in trouble with her insane intelligence and ends up winning a crap ton of money on horse betting.... illegally. “My job in the Ivanov family was to associate with the types who only crawled out of their holes in the dead of night. I kept to the corners of fine society. Dark corners for doing dark deeds. It was how I had earned the moniker Demon Damien. If I showed up on someone's doorstep, there were no more second chances. It was game over.” What we find out really early on is that Damien, while a scary mother fucker, cares about Yelena on a deep level. “My feelings for her were now not just a part of me but the only breathing warmth in my body.” Yelena is his younger sisters best friend and throughout the years, he felt bad for her knowing she didn’t have a good home life. Catching her stealing, he in present time regrets not digging deeper and helping her out. So when he found out she dug herself a deep ass hole of T-R-O-U-B-L-E.. he wants to help her out. Truly. Yelena knows Damien is into some bad shit. She literally thinks he’s going to kill her. No trust in this relationship from day one, she flees. If you read book one with Gregor and Samara.. you know Samara and Yelena ran and successfully ran for three years dodging these Russian bad boys. Here’s where the book gets fucking amazing. Turns out, Yelena is a badass and has been taking self defense classes for the three years and manages to literally whoop Damiens ass and flees. It’s a cat and mouse game. SO MUCH SEXUAL TENSION. This book was pure 🔥🔥🔥🔥 The smut was 5/5. It was insane. Zoe Blake knows how to write sex and kinky scenes. It’s a race against bigger enemies for Yelena as she’s got evil men trying to track her down and figure out how she can win on horse racing every time. Damien is trying to get this girl to stop for a damn minute and save her ass. She’s no damsel in distress. And he’s all alpha brutality. Will she submit? These two... are freaking steamy as hell. I absolutely loved this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Thinking out loud

    DELICIOUS!!!! Zoe knows how to write dark. Loved every second of the devourlishious dark read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ria | Abstract ♥ Books

    ALL MY REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG: ABSTRACT BOOKS Never in my life had I underestimated a man before. Never in a million years would I have thought I would become his one driving obsession. Demon Damien Ivanov went on the hunt that night — and I was his unwitting prey.” Star Rating : 4.5 / 5 stars POV : Dual Cliffhanger : None Hero : Damien Heroine : Yelena Pace of the story : Fast Angst Rating : 3/10 Heat Rating : 9/10 Triggers Involved : Dub Con scenes And ALL MY REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG: ABSTRACT BOOKS Never in my life had I underestimated a man before. Never in a million years would I have thought I would become his one driving obsession. Demon Damien Ivanov went on the hunt that night — and I was his unwitting prey.” Star Rating : 4.5 / 5 stars POV : Dual Cliffhanger : None Hero : Damien Heroine : Yelena Pace of the story : Fast Angst Rating : 3/10 Heat Rating : 9/10 Triggers Involved : Dub Con scenes And she would pay. She would be mine in every respect of the word. Except now , I wouldn't bother asking first.” Plot Summary : Damien has always been a ruthless man. There is a reason he is known as the Demon Damien. His reputation makes people shake in fear. The only one who has come closer to thaw his heart is Yelena. That is until she betrayed him. Now he has no choice but to chase her and make her regret her actions all the while tying her to himself permanently! Yelena had always liked Damien but at the same time he scared her too. She has gone too far this time and many dangerous people are now after her. She thinks Damien can protect her but then finds out that all he wants is to control her. So now she has no choice but to run . She thinks He will forget about her in some time. Ohh , how wrong she is. Damien has not set his eyes on his prey and there is now way he is letting her go at any cost!! Overall Opinion : I was in such a book funk and wanted a delicious dark tale to get me out of it. I have recently discovered this author and am not ashamed to say that I am absolutely addicted to her brand of darkness!! Zoe Blake is the queen of writing amazing storylines and steamy Dubcon scenes which are both my kryptonite. This book was the same! Damein and Yelena have one hell of an explosive tale of which I enjoyed every word. There were a lot of dubcon scenes so please be careful about that. It was dark and gritty making me love every word of this masterpiece! The ending was the best part of this book and I can't wait for more from this author. I already know who are going to be the next couple and I am particularly excited about them. A must read for all the dark mafia Romance lovers out there! Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Bookbub | My Blog

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fantasy Land Romance Reader

    OMG, I LOVE Damien and Yelena's story. I thought Savage Vow blew me away. But Damien and Yelena's story took my breath away. Each book is wonderful in its own right. With Vicious Oath, we get a very strong and intense woman in Yelena. She doesn't take anyone's crap and that includes Damien. The way these two go after each other in and out of bed keeps you wanting more and more. Vicious Oath is a book that keeps you going all the way through and then makes you wonder what the hell just happened. OMG, I LOVE Damien and Yelena's story. I thought Savage Vow blew me away. But Damien and Yelena's story took my breath away. Each book is wonderful in its own right. With Vicious Oath, we get a very strong and intense woman in Yelena. She doesn't take anyone's crap and that includes Damien. The way these two go after each other in and out of bed keeps you wanting more and more. Vicious Oath is a book that keeps you going all the way through and then makes you wonder what the hell just happened. You want to keep reading even when the story is over. If there is any series to read this year it is the Ivanov Crime Family! Blog: http://myfantasylandblog.com/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fantasylandblog Twitter: https://twitter.com/fantasylandblog Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fantasyland... BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/27664...

  13. 4 out of 5

    allie

    I love a strong badass heroine

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim Parker

    Yalena is by far my favorite reluctant bride. Her quick wit an can do attitude were a perfect paring. She had that true ' phuck you' attitude I wished more lead females had in dealing with brutish men like Damien- who I expected would have been a bit more stern considering the lengths she went through to keep him away from her. (A brick REALLY 😅) But at the same time I appreciate his generosity and gentle nature with her considering the barriers he had to break down just to get through to her. T Yalena is by far my favorite reluctant bride. Her quick wit an can do attitude were a perfect paring. She had that true ' phuck you' attitude I wished more lead females had in dealing with brutish men like Damien- who I expected would have been a bit more stern considering the lengths she went through to keep him away from her. (A brick REALLY 😅) But at the same time I appreciate his generosity and gentle nature with her considering the barriers he had to break down just to get through to her. This Author has given us yet another wonderful tale finely woven in fine arts and high fashion . Fiesty women and men who love them. I'm sure the next installment is sure to be just as amazing a journey as ever!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeanny

    1 star This book should be titled A Tale Of Rape. I can’t even... I’m just so angry 😡 stay away from this entire series it should come with some serious trigger warnings. I’m staying away from this author for my own mental health. Please just read my comments on quotes & under live activity for a more detailed look at my thoughts while reading this book. 😤 Trigger ⚠️ Warning: Rape, violence against woman, No consent. Etc etc

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hey Lin

    I'm always going to be a Zoe Blake fan. Why? She writes books that have a hint of darkness, but not TOOOO dark for me. She skates right in the middle of what I'm comfortable with. This is book 2 of the Ivanov crime family and it was my favorite of the two so far. Yelena is a girl on the run with Demon Damien right behind her. The timeline is actually during the same time as Gregor and Samara's story in Savage Vow. You don't have to read Savage Vow, but it would be helpful. Plus, that's also a gr I'm always going to be a Zoe Blake fan. Why? She writes books that have a hint of darkness, but not TOOOO dark for me. She skates right in the middle of what I'm comfortable with. This is book 2 of the Ivanov crime family and it was my favorite of the two so far. Yelena is a girl on the run with Demon Damien right behind her. The timeline is actually during the same time as Gregor and Samara's story in Savage Vow. You don't have to read Savage Vow, but it would be helpful. Plus, that's also a great read =) Yelena is a smart, cunning girl who is not a damsel in distress, but still a vulnerable woman. I love insta-love and Damien definitely falls for her from the beginning. I love that she gives Damien a run for his money and doesn't take any....thing 😂 There is a bit of dubcon during the $ex scenes so if you're not a fan or if it makes you uncomfortable, this may not be the book for you. But there is a pommel horse scene and it was amazing! It was the first time I've ever read a scene like that!! LOL! Anyhoo, I loved it. Thank you Zoe Blake for this phenomenal read, and I'm looking forward to Nadia's story in Book 3!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I am simply blown away by the caliber of the author to produce characters amd story lines this amazing! This is a huge step up from Savage Vow (the first book) and that book is lit, in my opinion. We get so much from this book. From Yelena's side of the story before and during her 3 years of running away from Damien (not overload info and not so much repetition), from her past with Damien up to the present was tastely incorporated by the author. I love Damien's obesSi0n and p0ssəsiveness for Yel I am simply blown away by the caliber of the author to produce characters amd story lines this amazing! This is a huge step up from Savage Vow (the first book) and that book is lit, in my opinion. We get so much from this book. From Yelena's side of the story before and during her 3 years of running away from Damien (not overload info and not so much repetition), from her past with Damien up to the present was tastely incorporated by the author. I love Damien's obesSi0n and p0ssəsiveness for Yelena. His hunger to care, serve and protect her is so very macho and swoon-worthy. I also love Yelena's sassiness and feisty attitude. It perfectly matches Damien's character and personality to a T. Everything about them screams "meant for each other" vibes. I alsp love thr camaraderie between all the guys and how they make fun of each other and also talk about their girls and how they keep them on their toes. There's just so much I love in this story and I'm so excited in diving into this series more especially now that we had a glimpse of the third book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really recommend you read book 1 Savage Vow. Damien and Gregor hunt for their brides at the same time and they find them both at the same time. NOW back to these two crazy kids. Damien a.k.a Damien the Demon and Yelena a.k.a His Fallen Angel. I love Yelena with her Horoscopes reference through the book and she head strong & smart. My heart broke for her past & Damien regrets handing her over to her step father that use the beat her. Both characters are strong and they have regrets. Damien is d I really recommend you read book 1 Savage Vow. Damien and Gregor hunt for their brides at the same time and they find them both at the same time. NOW back to these two crazy kids. Damien a.k.a Damien the Demon and Yelena a.k.a His Fallen Angel. I love Yelena with her Horoscopes reference through the book and she head strong & smart. My heart broke for her past & Damien regrets handing her over to her step father that use the beat her. Both characters are strong and they have regrets. Damien is dangerous and he will doing anything to protect his very clever bride. Yelena is in danger because of her intelligence for horse racing and that has kicked up a few feathers that I want to use her method & they want their money back. ❤Bring on Mikail & Nadi, codename Kitten ☆MUST READ☆ Dark, Enemies to Lover, Mafia Romance with some action and suspense.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Yelena is a feisty firecracker! Always keeping Damien on his toes. There was never a dull moment between these two. Can I talk about how she also has the worst luck? Nothing, and I mean nothing, was going right for her. I felt a little bad for her a couple of times saying girl, don’t do that! That’s not going to end very well for you. Damien was all hot and an alpha. Always watching her. Always waiting. Willing to play her games until he had enough with her feistiness. Sometimes you just have to Yelena is a feisty firecracker! Always keeping Damien on his toes. There was never a dull moment between these two. Can I talk about how she also has the worst luck? Nothing, and I mean nothing, was going right for her. I felt a little bad for her a couple of times saying girl, don’t do that! That’s not going to end very well for you. Damien was all hot and an alpha. Always watching her. Always waiting. Willing to play her games until he had enough with her feistiness. Sometimes you just have to say no and enough is enough. He never once put her on the back burner. Her happiness is all he ever wanted. When he nearly couldn’t protect her, towards the end, I felt my heart drop to my stomach for him.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tina Locklear

    This was a page turner that catches your attention from the beginning, it is filled with lots of twist and turns and i absolutely enjoyed the two main characters they are from different worlds but fate has brought them together. Yelena is quite headstrong and feisty can she obey the one man who owns her? Damien is not only an Alpha male but he wants Yelena to obey or face the consequences. He is very dangerous and dominate male and he is a force not to go up against, but has he met his match with This was a page turner that catches your attention from the beginning, it is filled with lots of twist and turns and i absolutely enjoyed the two main characters they are from different worlds but fate has brought them together. Yelena is quite headstrong and feisty can she obey the one man who owns her? Damien is not only an Alpha male but he wants Yelena to obey or face the consequences. He is very dangerous and dominate male and he is a force not to go up against, but has he met his match with the sassy Yelena? Not a dull moment in this one because Yelena gives Damien a run for his money. She would rather face her punishment than obey Damien and follow his rules. This is an amazing well put together story with everything from steamy parts, to the chase and seeing how defiant Yelena really is to the rules set by Damien.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    Zoe Blake has done it again!! I am once again reminded why I love her writing sooo much. It is insane how much she puts into her books as far as the research she does. It is obvious in the beautiful descriptions she uses and the scenes that she lays at our feet. It easy to picture yourself being right there in the middle of the world she created. Damien and Yelena.....OMG what a couple! Yelena is such a scrawny kick ass fire cracker. I think all little girls should aspire to be as awesome as she Zoe Blake has done it again!! I am once again reminded why I love her writing sooo much. It is insane how much she puts into her books as far as the research she does. It is obvious in the beautiful descriptions she uses and the scenes that she lays at our feet. It easy to picture yourself being right there in the middle of the world she created. Damien and Yelena.....OMG what a couple! Yelena is such a scrawny kick ass fire cracker. I think all little girls should aspire to be as awesome as she is. Damien is a lot of mouth watering, scarily sexy Russian hotness that you can't help but root for in his chase of his love. Seeing these two come together and kept me on my toes the whole way through. Can't wait to continue reading about the Ivanov Crime family in book 3!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ana Elena

    A book that's so deliciously nasty it will steal your heart, shock you, and make you demand more even after it seared your soul with its every decadently, alluring words and you became insatiably obsessed! A book that's so deliciously nasty it will steal your heart, shock you, and make you demand more even after it seared your soul with its every decadently, alluring words and you became insatiably obsessed!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liz Booker [Liz's Luscious Reads]

    This book started off really strong, fizzled out towards the middle, and built back up in the end. 4 stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    World Of Books 65

    I loved the first book in the series, and I was so excited for the 2nd and boy I wasn't disappointed, Zoe Blake nailed it. I am addicted to the 'Ivanov Crime Family', I can't wait for the next story! 'Concerto broad, romantic and powerfully done, the Rhapsody witty, fleet of foot and full of sparkle' 'Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto Number Tw0' is Demon Damien's, and it turns out Yelena's favorite piece of music. It perfectly describes them. Damien is strong and powerful, but this dark m I loved the first book in the series, and I was so excited for the 2nd and boy I wasn't disappointed, Zoe Blake nailed it. I am addicted to the 'Ivanov Crime Family', I can't wait for the next story! 'Concerto broad, romantic and powerfully done, the Rhapsody witty, fleet of foot and full of sparkle' 'Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto Number Tw0' is Demon Damien's, and it turns out Yelena's favorite piece of music. It perfectly describes them. Damien is strong and powerful, but this dark mafia story brings out, if reluctantly, the romantic side of him, but only for one woman Yelena, she is fleet of foot and full of sparkle and at times witty. Savage Vow, the first book in the series, introduces us to Yelena, the young girl who has got herself into some series trouble, with some very bad people. Damien has always had a soft spot for the beautiful Yelena, ever since she was a young girl, but as he moves in to help her she flees, but now 3 years later Damien is hot on her tail, and her day's of hiding are numbered. 'Vicious Oath' like a good concerto, has a great Crescendo, an increase in excitement, danger, and action, one that again left me breathless. Little things made this book that little bit special. The McDonald toys, the dented hip flask, that reminded Damien of his father. Those little attention's to detail are what makes this book stand out. Well done MS. Blake, you have done it again with the 2nd book in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    So book two of the Ivanov Crime family does not pick up were the other left off per say.. it’s like the beginning again but the main focus on a different couple. Normally this irritates me to no end , but they way this was done it both feels brand new and ties in a whole lot of C+ C music factory moments I had from book one and yet pushes further then book one at the same time. It’s so hard to explain it, once you read it you will do get what I mean. Anyways, this FMC has got to be my fav FMC Bl So book two of the Ivanov Crime family does not pick up were the other left off per say.. it’s like the beginning again but the main focus on a different couple. Normally this irritates me to no end , but they way this was done it both feels brand new and ties in a whole lot of C+ C music factory moments I had from book one and yet pushes further then book one at the same time. It’s so hard to explain it, once you read it you will do get what I mean. Anyways, this FMC has got to be my fav FMC Blake has ever written. Yelena is a bundle of contradictions, strong and soft, independent but compromising and a no holds barr kind of girl we all picture ourselves to be and/or strive to be. I love the contrast of her character and it leaves me begging for more but once again I met with my unwelcome friend Cliffy and I sit here wishing I had book three in my greedy little hands NOW

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Everything I hoped it would be and so much more!! Wow, what a wild ride. From the very first moment that we met Yelena in the last book, she made an impact. She was such a stand out character and I could not wait for her book. Zoe did not disappoint!! This was AMAZING!! Holy crap!! Damien is just a force to reckon with and he has finally met his match. I LOVE how she is his weakness and she is so badass. The chase scenes we epic and man did she make him work for it. If you are looking for a lay d Everything I hoped it would be and so much more!! Wow, what a wild ride. From the very first moment that we met Yelena in the last book, she made an impact. She was such a stand out character and I could not wait for her book. Zoe did not disappoint!! This was AMAZING!! Holy crap!! Damien is just a force to reckon with and he has finally met his match. I LOVE how she is his weakness and she is so badass. The chase scenes we epic and man did she make him work for it. If you are looking for a lay down and submit kind of girl Yelena is not for you. She was fantastic and there were moments where I was DAG girl!! Did you just do that?? I love Zoe's books, I love this series, and I loved seeing our beloved characters come together for one another. Demon Damien was everything I wanted him to be. This is a must-read and it deserves far more than 5 stars..

  27. 4 out of 5

    R Rais

    This is the second book of the Ivanov crime family series. Even though each book is complete standalone, but i suggest you read from the first book since you'll get spoiler. Yelena and Damien's story happen in almost the same time line with Samara and Gregor's in Savage Vow. So we gonna have a glimpse of their story from different POV. A little spoiler for you who havent meet Samara and Gregor. Yelena is the step daughter of a two bit criminal waaaay under the ladder of the Russian crime family. A This is the second book of the Ivanov crime family series. Even though each book is complete standalone, but i suggest you read from the first book since you'll get spoiler. Yelena and Damien's story happen in almost the same time line with Samara and Gregor's in Savage Vow. So we gonna have a glimpse of their story from different POV. A little spoiler for you who havent meet Samara and Gregor. Yelena is the step daughter of a two bit criminal waaaay under the ladder of the Russian crime family. Abuse, abandoned and unwanted since she was a child, Yelena become more mature than her friends even at 18. She is also smart, clever, braver and reckless at the same time. While Damien is the second son of The Ivanov family. He is dangerous, deathly, dominant, and the Enforcer of the family. He is the demon Damien. Oh and he's scorpio to the T! My God this man reminds me of the ex who we shall not be name but with more package! If the ex already buried in the sea, i would walk through fire for Damien! Lawwdylawwwd the way Zoe describe him is perfect Scorpio! Damien is the man you wanna bash his head with a brick then climb him and go to heaven! He's hot as sin! His first kiss wake her with desire she never taste before. His first punishment burn her blood like lava under her skin. Yelena know's he own her. But God forbid she let her self vulnerable again. She will run and fight when Damien will catch her and hold her to his side with all his might. Zoe always know the perfect formula of strong, brave girl and her dominant, take no for an answer alpha. This book have all the ingrident perfectly cooked! I love how Zoe put the hard edge of Damien as the mafia man meet his more softer side for Yelena and classic music. I love how Zoe make the clear line between Yelena the teenager with her flashy dress and the older Yelena with so much better taste in fashion. Small but clear line to see her grow to the woman she is. I love the steamy scenes! Their first time definitly depict their charachteristic. Rough, passionate, no mercy, yet all consuming. And the foreplay with the pugil stick? That was HOT! Then the padded pommel horse? Hotdang! My a*s is on fire! Love their chemistry! I love the way Damien hold her tight and not letting her go just for her own good. I just can't with plot line " i'm letting you go cause i love you" I simply love this book for its dominant alpha, his strong girl and the author love for details.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Intel Chicky Reads Romance (Kara Merideth)

    Yelena Nikitina has a problem. Her mom is dead. Her step-father is an abusive ass. So she had a plan to take care of herself, because no one else has ever done it. It *may* have been illegal, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do. But Yelena got greedy and stepped on the wrong people’s toes. They’ve figured it out and she’s got to get out of town quickly. Luckily for her, one of her two best friends, Samara, wants out too because she’s had a marriage arranged to Gregor, so they decide t Yelena Nikitina has a problem. Her mom is dead. Her step-father is an abusive ass. So she had a plan to take care of herself, because no one else has ever done it. It *may* have been illegal, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do. But Yelena got greedy and stepped on the wrong people’s toes. They’ve figured it out and she’s got to get out of town quickly. Luckily for her, one of her two best friends, Samara, wants out too because she’s had a marriage arranged to Gregor, so they decide to run together. But she doesn’t count on Damian chasing her too. Damian. Gregor’s younger brother. The muscle. Always staying in the dark corners, watching. Damian doesn’t understand his feelings for Yelena, what makes him want to protect her. To be her champion. For three years he has been tracking her. She’s been staying just out of his reach and by the time he finally catches up he is a man obsessed. And he’s not letting his little fallen angel get away again. Vicious Oath is the second installment in the Ivanov Crime family series. It can be read as a standalone, but best read after Savage Vow, but also contains some characters from Sweet Cruelty. If high handed, anti-hero stories with dubcon isn’t your jam, you probably won’t like this book. It is a dark, more gritty romance with a hero that’s super jealous/possessive, who knows “what’s best” for his heroine. Zoe Blake fans will NOT be disappointed! Vicious Oath is seriously my favorite Zoe Blake novel yet!! This book is absolutely wonderful and the story had me gripped until the very end. There was just SO much chemistry between Yelena and Damian. Every time they came together was hot as f*ck and it just kept building! Yelena was a wonderful, strong, take charge kind of heroine that wasn’t going to passively accept her fate, fighting till the end. Damian was everything you want in an anti-hero; super sexy, protective and alpha, but also indulgent and thoughtful. I felt like I really got to know these characters and was invested in their happy ever after. We were able to see all our favorite characters from her past books and there’s a great lead in to Betrayed Honor - I cannot wait!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate V

    4.95 stars! I was 100% in the mood for an overbearing alpha and mafia romance and I loved every second of Damien and Yelena's story. Yelena is Samara's friend from book 1 and they run away together much to the dismay of the men interested in them. Damien is captivated by Yelena's fire and grit and is furious when he discovers she's disappeared. Yelena has gotten herself into some trouble with some ruthless men and her stepfather is a bad man and he intends on protecting her. However, it takes thr 4.95 stars! I was 100% in the mood for an overbearing alpha and mafia romance and I loved every second of Damien and Yelena's story. Yelena is Samara's friend from book 1 and they run away together much to the dismay of the men interested in them. Damien is captivated by Yelena's fire and grit and is furious when he discovers she's disappeared. Yelena has gotten herself into some trouble with some ruthless men and her stepfather is a bad man and he intends on protecting her. However, it takes three years to track her down. Once he finds her, he intends on making her his. What he doesn't expect is the fire and grit she had at 18 has matured and Yelena is now a badass ninja who doesn't let anyone use her as a doormat. Once Damien finds her, it's like a HOT game of cat and mouse. Add in the suspenseful element of making sure Yelena doesn't fall into the hands of the Colombians and you've got an action packed "can't put it down" read. Can Damien save Yelena before it's too late? Will Yelena trust Damien and will they find their HEA? I loved Yelena. She was fierce and strong and Damien was the perfect yin to her yang. Damien was controlling, overbearing and dominant and I couldn't get enough of the way Yelena and him burned up the sheets and the streets. I especially loved how Blake pulled the story together at the end. Just a super well written story. The ONLY thing that bugged me was a few spelling errors. Overall, I really enjoyed this sexy mafia romance and I can't wait to read Nadia's story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Darkreads

    Vicious Oath is book two in the Ivanov Crime Family series by Zoe Blake. It tells the story of Samara's friend and escape partner Yelena and Gregor's younger brother Damian. While this story is set in the same world and takes place at the same time as Gregor and Samara's, to me, it had a very differnt vibe. This was very much due to Yelena's awesome character. In Vicious Oath, Damian truly finds his match in Yelena who is by no means a helpless damsel. She can certainly go toe to toe with the si Vicious Oath is book two in the Ivanov Crime Family series by Zoe Blake. It tells the story of Samara's friend and escape partner Yelena and Gregor's younger brother Damian. While this story is set in the same world and takes place at the same time as Gregor and Samara's, to me, it had a very differnt vibe. This was very much due to Yelena's awesome character. In Vicious Oath, Damian truly finds his match in Yelena who is by no means a helpless damsel. She can certainly go toe to toe with the single-minded Demon Damian and even best him from time to time. This book was an entertaining game of cat and mouse culminating in Yelena's ultimate capture and surrender. But she certainly made Damian work for it by escaping his clutches over and over. And Damian relished the chase, almost as much as the creative and hot punishments he got to dole out once he caught up to his little fallen angel. It wouldn't be a Zoe Blake book without some pretty hot scenes, though, if I had one complaint, I would have wanted some more of those between Yelena and Damian. Another awesome part of this story is all the fashion that's vividly described and clearly well researched. It's obvious that Ms. Blake is passionate about the subject and it brought another dimension to the characters as well as giving them some common ground. While Yelena and Damian's story comes to a happy resolution, the book ends on a cliffy that's making me very impatient to get my hands on Nadia's story!

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