Score for the plus sized ladies in this romance! This is the fifth book in this series; however, it can stand alone. The story revolves around a very successful plus sized Black woman, Bianca and a rough and tough Russian named Sergei. Sergei has been waiting in the wings to make his love known to Bianca. Bianca is best friends with Vivian, the wife of Sergei’s boss. His boss happens to be the head of the Russian mob. Sergei is the head bodyguard of the Russian mob.
Sergei is absolutely an alpha male. Once he gets his chance to make his move on Bianca, he goes all of the way. He does not mince words about his desires. Sergei loves Bianca’s assertive ways in public; however, in the bedroom, he is the one in charge! The sex scenes are very steamy, yet well written and romantic. Bianca is self-conscious about her weight; however Sergei loves her curves and continually affirms his love and red hot desire for her. I really liked the way Sergei is hard on the outside; however when is comes to his plus sized lover, he is absolutely smitten. In fact, he believes that he is the fortunate one, because Bianca is sexy, assertive, and business-minded, unlike the needy skinny women who are always chasing him.
One of the obstacles to their love is that Sergei is “owned” by the Russian mob boss for protecting his family back in Russia. To pay him back, Sergei is an underground mix martial arts fighter. Bianca does not approve. However, Sergei must pay his boss back so that he can work on bringing his mother and brother to the United States. His goal is to pay his boss for his freedom and get out of the mob. He wants make a “clean” life with Bianca.
Another obstacle to their love is a racist skinhead group that is stalking Bianca. The skinheads believe that Bianca had the skinhead who killed her brother murdered in prison. Sergei vows to protect her. Also, a former boyfriend who happens to be a cop gives the two lovers grief by taunting Sergei. He tries to convince Bianca that Sergei is bad news. There are several really good scenes in the book in which the two discover each others’ painful past and current needs. There are good action scenes too.
Overall, this is a well-written novel with several twists and turns especially at the end. The book flows well and is easy to read. The ending was satisfying. I loved that the heroine was a plus-sized Black woman and the object of desire for a powerful Russian. Bravo!
-Reviewed by Pamela