by Clarissa Wild
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 27, 2016
Animal. Monster. Beast. That’s what they call Viktor Melikov, the man who hides in the dark … But even monsters need to be loved. The moment he sees the girl hired to dance for him, everything ceases to exist. It’s a feeling he’s unfamiliar with … and craves more than anything.
Alexis Kidd sells her body. Not because she wants to, but because she needs to. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to support her family and survive.
Now she must dance for a man hiding behind a veil.
But when the urge to take a look grows too strong … Alexis gets more than she bargained for.
More than Viktor was willing to give.
Inspired by a fairytale, VIKTOR is a standalone Contemporary Romance by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Clarissa Wild.
This is my second book of Clarissa Wild and similar to what I experience while reading her previous work Twenty One there are some suspension of disbelief and when the story ended I still have a lot of questions swirling in my head. I feel like the author need to spend more time tightening up her plot a bit to avoid loose end. The good thing is, Clarissa always manage to keep me engage with her characters, the plot is never dull and before I realized it, I finish the whole damn book on one sitting.
Viktor Melikov is the beast in this story. A scarred man with a secret past living in a mansion with his helper, Winston. He often hired women to dance for him while he hide behind the curtain, but when he saw Alexis, the first woman who dare to actually look at him, the last thing he expect was how their lives were so closely intricate.
Alexis Kidd is a whore who was hired to strip and dance for an elusive man at his mansion. She lives with her sister, Alisha, who is a thief and together they survive with their illegitimate work. When Alisha make a rash decision to break into Viktor's mansion, Alexis paid the price when he decided to keep one of them.
I love reading about Beauty and the Beast retelling and this one started off great with Viktor's elusiveness and grumpiness and his overall vulnerability did capture the essence of a tortured and scarred hero awaiting for the one woman who can love him for who he is. His POV also came off with a little hint of humor in it that make him likable instead of being an all out jerk with a stick up his ass.
Alexis came off as naive at first, when she didn't even bat an eye when she have to enter the creepy mansion all by herself. But I guess being a street rat all her life, nothing faze her. I find her growing affection for Viktor believable and happen quite naturally. But the interaction between these two especially when it came to whether Viktor allowing her to leave or not, I had a severe whiplash. Come on, dude, make up your mind.
During the first sex scene, although is really hot and arousing, I can't stop thinking that the poor guy is severely hurt and he was clearly pounding his way to oblivion. I like a man in all their macho glory, but at least let the poor guy rest a day first before showing off his sexual prowess.
There is another underlying plot behind the romance which is about their connected past. This plot actually left me with a lot more question than answer. Bottom line is Alexis' life is in danger because of who she really is and Viktor is trying to protect her, but at the same time I feel like they didn't think this through and totally ignore the biggest problem that I can spot from a mile away.
In regards of the climatic ending, it was so badass that I find it hard to believe. How did a whore turned into Lara Croft all of a sudden? I know this is fiction and I shouldn't overthink it, but I can't help myself. While I'm reading the action scene, my eyes just got bigger and bigger and threatening to pop out. For those who don't mind reading far-fetched plot, this book is actually quite engrossing and entertaining.
“Why am I still here?” she whispers as my hand disappears into her panties.
“Because you want me. Because you can’t leave.” I slide my fingers between her slit. Her folds are already wet for me, even before I’ve laid a hand on her. I grin against her skin, finally understanding why I want her so much. She needs it rough … and rough is all I am.
“You used this against me, Lexi …” I whisper in her ear. “Used your pussy as a tool to get information.”
“It wasn’t just that …”
“Show it to me then.”
The nightgown falls down to the floor, exposing her naked body right in front of the open window. But with no one around, neither of us cares. I’m going for the kill.
“Make me believe the lie that’s us,” I say, rubbing her clit.
“It’s not a lie …” she murmurs, her breaths coming out in short gasps.
“You only say that because my hand is around your throat,” I say, dipping my finger into her pussy. She gasps out loud as I go deep and swirl around inside her. “Because I own this pussy.”
“Fuck …” she moans.
I groan and then pull away, releasing her from my grip entirely. A confused Alexis turns around and props herself against the windowsill, her eyes pleading with me as I walk backward. My cock is hard, but my desire to know where we stand is much more urgent. Her legs draw together and she clutches her body as another draft enters through the window, her nipples peaking from the cold.
I can’t help biting my lip as I watch her become befuddled while I sit down on the chair on the opposite end of the room.
“Go on then …” I say, rubbing my bottom lip with my index finger. “Carry on with the little show you had going in my workroom.”
She stares at me for a few seconds before leaning back. Her eyes glance over her shoulder to the opened window. I wonder if she’s thinking what I’m thinking. If she’s hesitating … trying to decide whether to run or stay … if she wants me more than her freedom.
But then her eyes settle on me as I zip down my pants and pull out my cock.
There’s a gleam of desire in her eyes … one that makes me grab a hold of the base and say, “You want this? You can have it … after you show me you really want it.”
Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, Stalker, Twenty-One (21), and Ultimate Sin. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.