Beyond Books Review: Ford (Dudnik Circle #1) by Esther E Schmidt
Series: The Dudnik Circle #1
Author: Esther E. Schmidt
Cover Design: Esther E. Schmidt
Release: August 19, 2016
Didn’t you get the hint yet? I’m not a nice guy. I’m the man you need to fear. Hell, I sell fear. We call it protection, but in the end? Fear is what they want in return for their payment. I’m Grigory ‘Ford’ Dudnik, head of The Dudnik Circle. The Russian Mob, in case you need a label. We take care of threats, gangs, enemy or distasteful situations our clients may find themselves in. We have an obligation to do what’s wrong on a regular basis but even within the fine lines of murder and just plain old handling shit, we’ve got honor.
If that’s not enough…I’ve managed to tangle myself up with the head of another gang. Tarzan. Type of person? Hanged a man at a construction site, climbed the rope and stomped on the guy’s neck while swinging on the rope. Seems like Tarzan wanted to kill him twice.
My past and future seem to collide as we are contracted to handle a gang connected with snuff films. Loose ends are now left dangling; I either need to grab hold of the ropes and string knots or cut ties. Or feel the burn of the rope around my throat, leaving no room for revenge.
*** This steamy, dark, kinky, standalone romance is not for the faint of heart. You’ve been warned. ***
We received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
What can I say about this book other than its dark and dirty and I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for the faint of heart. The book contains issues of kidnapping, murder and assault so if any of those things offend you I suggest you give this book a miss.
Ford is the male lead of the story and not exactly the nice guy you might expect him to be, actually he is beyond that. He’s head of The Dudnik Circle or in simple terms the Russian mob. Patience is the female lead and well she’s just Patience, I don’t want to say too much about her character because I don’t want to spoil the book, but let’s put it this way, that girl is badass.
Some people could perceive Ford and Patience to be the bad guys of the story and in a way they very much are, but I actually fell in love with both characters through the good and the bad. Ford is dominant and loves to be in charge, but there is no way Patience will let him walk all over her.
Once I started this book I actually struggled to put it down even for a moment because the author pulled me in with the story and action, and with the little twists along the roller coaster of a journey.
There was one death in the book where it happened so quickly if you blinked you missed it, but one of the characters actually explained that sometimes the heat of the moment gets the better of them and people die before they want them to. I actually like how that was added in or I would have found that death quite disappointing.
Overall I loved the book from start to finish and did not find that any of the topics offended me in anyway and it actually gave some of the characters more depth, and reasons as to why they are who they are. If you don’t mind you stories nitty gritty and with lots of dark subjects covered then I definitely recommend this book.
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About the author:
Esther E. Schmidt author of Areion Fury MC ebook series. She’s a graphic designer that also loves to write. She released the first in this series, Areion Fury MC, in October 2015. Other series soon followed; Broken Deeds MC (spinoff Areion Fury MC), The Dudnik Circle (Mob/Mafia), The Swamp Heads.
She loves to write erotic Romance about bad boy Alpha’s with a heart for only one woman. To make it a bit interesting, that woman needs to be a badass herself. She loves to workout and even her storylines most times comes by walking on the treadmill.