Painted Scars by Neva Altaj

Posted May 24, 2022 in Release Blitz Tags:

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Charming, captivating, and seductive,


And a cold-blooded killer.


But I married the Pakhan of the Russian Bratva anyway.


I had to; it was part of the deal.


Now, I’m faking marital bliss,


As I tremble with fear,


And I cannot wait to be out of the clutches of this ruthless man.



I get anything I desire.


And I want this perfectly imperfect little manipulator.


The way she can deceive anyone into believing she’s crazy in love with me,


Just makes me want her even more.


She doesn’t know it yet,


But I am not letting her go.


The deal – is off.



How much do you owe them?” I ask.
“Three million dollars.” 
I stare at him with my mouth wide open. “Dear God, Dad.” 
I bend down and place my forehead on my knees, trying to control my breathing. I’m not marriage material, no one in their right mind would offer three million dollars in exchange for six months of marriage. There must be a catch. 
“He’s ninety, isn’t he?” I mumble into my knees. 
“I don’t know how old their pakhan is, but I don’t think he’s ninety.” 
“Eighty then. I’m so relieved.” I’m going to be sick. 
“They said it’ll be a marriage in name only. You won’t have to . . . you know.” 
“Sleep with him? Well, if he’s eighty, then he probably can’t have sex. That’s good. Eighty is good.” 




3.5 stars
I enjoyed this! Fake marriage, forced proximity, that was all good. I found Nina to be a unique character and I enjoyed her. Roman was a bit typical for a mafia guy. However, I did appreciate that he was not cruel or hateful to Nina. Right from the start you know this arranged marriage wasn’t really what he wanted, but he never takes that out on Nina and I really thought that was great. Both of them have so much baggage they could fill an airplane hanger, so there is angst. Overall, this was a good intro into a new world and mafia romance fans will enjoy it!


Meet Neva Altaj

Neva Altaj writes steamy contemporary mafia romance about damaged antiheroes and strong heroines who fall for them. She has a soft spot for crazy jealous, possessive alphas who are willing to burn the world to the ground for their woman.

Her stories are full of heat and unexpected turns, and a happily-ever-after is guaranteed every time.


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