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Posted September 17, 2012
Fresh, Light & Sophisticated. A Romance with a visit from Vadim!
Aleksandr Voinov's voice takes on a fresher, lighter tone yet remains sophisticated in this highly enjoyable romance. I've been anxiously awaiting this new look at the next generation of his Special Forces characters. While it's possible that this book was written purely to indulge his fan's wanton pleading, I honestly believe this project was something the author enjoyed pursuing. THE CHARACTERS There's much better than me out there for you. Nikolai Krasnorada - Strong, gorgeous, open-minded and introverted. Nikolai is a surprising character to develop from the madness that is Special Forces. He feels normal, average and yet leads a lifestyle many would envy. An explorer by nature or just seeking something he's never known, he works hard to keep a birds-eye-view of his family's, uh, unique quirks. "The harmless one" Henri LeBeau - Smooth, rich, flirtatious and the enemy. Wow, what's not to like there? Vadim sat...back to the wall, seemingly playing with his smartphone -- or really plotting who to kill first...with nothing more than a coctail umbrella. Vadim Krasnorada - I had instant concern for Vadim in this story. The god-like strength is subdued, vulnerable and he fears losing someone he loves deeply. His brilliance, cunning and protective nature are completely intact. I love him more than ever. Anya - So like her mother. Competitive, manipulative, mean. I have to say that it was quite interesting to watch Voinov work with the more "normal" characters of Nikolai and Henri. As a fan, I've seen him develop and present some fascinating, unique and complex characters, so seeing his ability with regular guys was enlightening. THE STORY It turns out, for me, this was the perfect contrast to Special Forces. A modern story reflecting a more progressive, yet far from perfect world. Opening within the exciting and fast-paced corporate world, Nikolai and Henri are in high-level discussions relating to corporate mergers and takeovers. The two men are both successful in business but have each forestalled their personal lives. The tentative attraction is acknowledged, but Nikolai is not one to be pinned down. His family has not given him much reason to seek anything long term. There are glimpses of the parents and family who have worked to achieve certain levels so that their children can have a different type of life. For all that parents strive to make their children's lives easier, smoother, those children must still attain their own sense of self via pitfalls and success. A strong and necessary undercurrent in the book revolves around Nikolai and Vadim's incomplete relationship. I found myself crying for Vadim. I think you will too. The Anya twist is reminiscent and surprising. Voinov's genius was showing when he developed this plot line. I have to wonder how long he was sitting on that idea. THE WRITING The chemistry and the banter. This is why I think Voinov found enjoyment in these characters. It was clear in the writing style that he liked both Nikolai and Henri and I found it delightful that he could interest me in such normal, warm and "real" guys. The story was quick, lively and well written. Again, I would say this would also be an excellent introduction into male/male romance. The pace, tone and visuals are easy to sink into. The longer I digest this book the more satisfaction I'm taking from it. If this is Aleks' attempt to appeas
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Posted August 21, 2013
GOLD DIGGER is a thoroughly enjoyable read, perfect for anyone l
GOLD DIGGER is a thoroughly enjoyable read, perfect for anyone looking for a story with a wonderful balance of lighthearted and heavier moments without going too far in either direction. The various story elements worked so well to give the romance storyline some great depth; Voinov had me just as interested in Nikolai and Vadim working through their father/son issues and Nikolai and Ruslan trying to save their company as I was in watching Nikolai and Henri's very satisfying romantic journey.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2013
3.5 - 4 stars. I didn't realize Gold Digger was a spin-off stor
3.5 - 4 stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I didn't realize Gold Digger was a spin-off story from Special Forces (SF), featuring Nikolai Krosnorada. When I figured it out, I HAD to pick this up to read.
Overall, GD is an enjoyable read devoid of melodrama as seen in Special Forces. After all, we aren't fighting with guns and knives - instead, we are in the midst of a corporate war. Despite the political conflicts that occur, a majority of the story is focused on relationships, which includes:
1) Nikolai and Henry - as lovers
2) Nikolai and Vadim - as son and father
The dynamic between Nikolai and Henry was refreshing and a complete contrast between Vadim and Dan in SF. Both characters were easily likeable. However, what I enjoyed even more was the relationship between Nikolai and Vadim. I even found myself tearing up at some of the scenes, because it helps provide some closure to this particular loose-end at the end of SF.
The only criticism I had to GD is that it was such a simple story. I think this is more from my love of complex story (minus excessive melodrama), but GD is what I consider a simple read that doesn't require much mental processing. Perhaps in this way, I found some parts kind of boring (at least, the parts pertaining to the political conflicts). However, the relationship aspect of the story was very entertaining and helped me move on.
Do you HAVE to read SF to enjoy Gold Digger? Absolutely not. Vadim is the only past character that significantly plays a role in GD. Other characters as well are mentioned, but don't play a vital role. However, I did find myself enjoy this novella even more and appreciated the references to SF.