Jun 16, 2015

*Review* Obsidian Liquor by Scarlett Dawn

The Lion Security series fires off with Obsidian Liquor, where no one escapes the Russian mafia's burning flame...
While a brutal competition of America's heroes is held in the United States, Elizabeth Forter is on a personal mission to destroy the Mayor of New York City. But when she’s caught red-handed by a man who kills for a living, her enmity rapidly turns to fear.
Daniil Kozar isn't a man to trifle with, and Elizabeth is forced to strike a deal with the mafia king. Her every action is watched, and she needs to decide how to handle the gun-toting criminal--and his seductive charm.
Daniil may be the devil her father warned about. Or he may be the sensual awakening Elizabeth never knew she needed. Somewhere, Elizabeth's dad is screaming a prayer...
*Originally published in The Obsidian Collection*
*This work contains sexual material intended for readers 18+*
I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
Humorous, hot, and suspenseful - Obsidian Liquor is definitely a ride you want to take.
Elizabeth Forter is a reporter in need of a story, one juicy enough to knock a few power players down a peg. When a charity fighting competition is held for some of the country’s best fighters, Beth seizes the golden opportunity. But when snooping goes wrong not only is her cover blown, it’s blown by the big bad wolf himself. 
Daniil Kozar, head of the Russian mafia, will do whatever it takes to protect his children including making a feisty reporter disappear. When an attempt to discern what Beth is hunting for leads to a drunken hook-up, the mob boss is left confused and Daniil Kozer does not DO confused.
As the two engage in a cat and mouse game, outside forces impact their choices. Can one come out on top or will they need each other to truly win?
What I Loved: Author Scarlett Dawn is the mistress of snarky polar opposite couples who make a true connection and I definitely saw that in leads Beth and Daniil. I felt the push and pull between the characters - Beth's need for a big story versus her attraction to Daniil, Daniil's willingness to crush Beth if her stories impact his family while wanting to protect her from others that may threaten her. Beth and Daniil got to me and I can't wait for more in their story. 
What I Didn’t Love: A little bit more background on several of the background players in Obsidian Liquor would have been helpful (the Mayor, Daniil's kids, Beth's associates, etc.). Several scenes had me scratching my head confused about different characters motivations and the context of certain relationships but then Daniil and Beth would have an interaction and I was right back in happy town.
Favorite Quotes:
“I had just poked the shark with… not even a sharp stick… more like, a twig. It was just enough to irritate him and make him notice me. I sure as hell did not want to be his dinner.”
“Might does not make right. That point of view only creates cretin beasts.”
“True chaos is made by the weak.”
Obsidian Liquor is a read that captured my interest quickly and kept it for the duration. This is a novella so you will be able to burn through it quickly. I recommend checking it out. Beth and Daniil’s story will continue in Obsidian Mask (Lion Security #2). Scheduled to release at the end of July I’m already chomping at the bit to check it out.
Happy reading.

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