Sex, Lies and Nikolai
Sex, Lies, and Nikolai is a dark sexy read about struggle. The struggle against your body’s chemistry between another and the struggle to provide for those that depend on you…including yourself. What would you do if you were offered the opportunity to ease some of your stress but at a great cost to yourself. What price would you be willing to pay to “earn” the help you so desperately need?
My Rating: 5/5
She’s never had enough. Enough money to pay the bills, enough time to spend with her sister, or enough food to eat. Going without has become the norm for Alina. She knows nothing different. She’s just trying to get by and care for her young sister. She wants a way out and sees that in an opportunity from Nikolai. She’s heard about him, the whispers of his coldness and depravity. But when she’s sees him everyday, it’s not coldness she experiences but a spark of interest. She is determined to provide for her sister at any cost. In what way will she have to earn his help?
My thoughts ya’ll:
Alina is stuck in a dead end corner store job working for Ivan, the Russian. She is in the cycle of poverty of too many bills, not enough money and no way out. Having been a broke college student and former welfare kid, I can relate to her feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
Nikolai is at the edge of her life creeping closer every day, just wanting a taste. She is riveted by his presence. She doesn’t realize just how much she wants him, craves him until it’s too late. They have intensity and passion that ignites when they kiss. It can be felt just by their heated looks. And do you feel the heat! Ooooooweeeeee. R.J. Lewis knows how to bring characters to life and steam up the pages while doing it. It was such a sensual and lust filled read.
As the darkness and hoplessness of Alina’s situation grows, Nikolai is there to save her, but it’s covered in sex and lies from both sides. The darkness is mentioned and felt, but not in the way you’re thinking. There are no chains and whips and R.J. does a tasteful job of showcasing life’s dark side of sexual assault and brutality of women without making your stomach churn as some dark reads can…not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’ve read my fair share, but sometimes I just can’t stomach it because I know there are women going through the exact thing at this very moment.
I don’t feel that R.J. is given the credit that is due to her. I’m not sure why, because I’ve always come away from her books with a hangover, just longing for more of the character’s stories. She makes Alina’s situation so life like and real, you feel her pain physically. The passion between Alina and Nikolai is written like an actual live wire. You feel her lust, confusion, and shame as if it’s your own.
It is a dark read, I cannot stress that enough.There are a few scenes of abuse and just plain scariness and they definitely get your heart pounding and you look over your shoulder a little more after reading it. As I said before, I tend to steer away from the darker reads because of the head space it puts me in. But I’m an R.J. fan, so I just had to read it. She writes the hopelessness of Alina and even Nikolai with a realness that alludes to her having experienced these feelings at some point in her life.
Why you should read it:
If you’re a fan of R.J. Lewis, you must read it. If you’re not a fan yet, you will be when you’re finished. Read this because you like a little dirty with your happily ever after.
About the Author:
R.J. Lewis is a New York Times best selling author. She lives in Vancouver with her family. She’s the author of several other titles including the Ignite series and the Loving Lawson series. I know reading Sex,Lies, and Nikolai will make you want to read more of her work so check out her amazon author page here.
Think Nikolai and Alina burned up the pages with their heat too? Let me know what you thought down below:)