XV (Fifteen)

XV (Fifteen)

by Lana Sky

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Mistaken for her beautiful half-sister, Ellen Winthorp is taken captive by a madman who declares that she will be his "fifteen": the fifteenth victim of a vicious mafia blood feud. Armed with only her instincts, Ellen must resist her captor for as long as she can—which is easier said than done the more she's exposed to the complex man beneath the beast.

Because Mischa Stepanov isn't a mindless monster—he's a wolf, and she's the unwitting doe caught in his midst.

Unraveling the torment of his past may be her only hope of salvation...

Or the secrets uncovered may destroy them both.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156488872
Publisher: Lana Sky
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Series: War of Roses
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 162,587
File size: 761 KB

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XV (Fifteen) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sharon_Arundel 1 days ago
This story of mistaken identity is one of mystery, intrigue, suspense, depravity, mental illness, twists and turns, which takes the heroine (Ellen) through a slew of emotions. Ellen has experienced darkness before and survived, although this is a whole new level of darkness, she is still determined to survive yet again. This is a very dark book and is loaded with possible triggers. However, if dark suspense is your thing then hold on tight as this book shall leave you breathless! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
MariaLB 4 days ago
Left me breathless. Truly moving and captivating story. I'm speechless... I don't know where to start with my review, so I will start at the end. In truly master-like style the cliffhanger left me wondering, thinking, conjuring up possible scenarios. Like in the best psychological thriller movies, you watch for the whole time with pounding heart, trembling hands, sometimes you want to close your eyes so no to see those horrible scenes and you think you are closer and closer to solve the mystery... and suddenly... - 'Bang! THE END!'. Dirty, raw, almost horrible - but so mesmerizing in the ugliness that I couldn't stop reading. Perfect psychological study of victim being held captive, of victim suffering from years of physical and psychological abuse. And the beast, the monster just pictured perfectly. All emotions presented on pages are raw, almost animalistic. Two broken souls trying to survive in the cruel world that took from them everything that could bring them joy, happiness, peace and love. In this world there is no place for this kind of feelings. There's only cruelty, abuse, lies, vengeance, betrayal, anger and searing pain. The plot flows just in a right pace, full of angst, mystery and suspense. I loved that as a reader I don't know everything, it added to the mystery and suspense. Made me guess, made me wonder, made me think. All the characters and their qualities presented in the book are thought through perfectly. Reading this book gave me feeling like watching really good movie. Great, fantastic read! Kept me captivated from the first to the last page. Now, I can't wait to read the next part. I just need to breathe...
Joyffree 6 days ago
"The known is always better than the unknown" - Ellen I am not sure which way is up and which is down and I'm not sure how I feel about it This is the first in a series and Sky lays a lot of groundwork in the first half of this book. We meet some of the major players and some of the minor ones, who possibly may become major ones. A few of the possible plot-lines are presented and all kinds of dark and nasty secrets are hinted at but very few are fully revealed. Still, no idea who is on the dark side, you think I jest, at this point I honestly think the only person I trust is the one I completely loathe. It felt like there is a lot more going on in the background and I am just missing a couple of pieces to put this all together, though I have some thoughts. I admit this is one of the things I both love and loathe about Sky's work. She keeps me on edge throughout her twisted tales. I begin to question everyone's motives and I have found that the cruelest of deeds can actually be the kindest of mercies. With XV I felt liked I was constantly thirsty for more, I needed answers and I only found questions!!! The suspense is truly killing me! Be warned this ends on a bloody big cliff hanger! Ellen has me on the fence as to my feelings regarding her mental stability. I swear there are times I want to shake some sense of self into her. Only getting glimpses of her past bothered me as I tried to fully grasp her thoughts. I truly wish we had been given more as to Why? How? Her brother and sister also left me questioning WTF? And Robert? Mischa will never be redeemable as far as I'm concerned. I need answers - I need them now This is a graphic story - lots of blood, torture, darkness - all the gooey stuff vengeance is made of - just a heads up if this isn't your usual cup of tea you may want to skip this one.
Tiff_S 6 days ago
XV: Fifteen left me absolutely breathless. It was a dark and brutal story with scenes of unthinkable violence. It was so well written, with many secrets and twists, I couldn't put it down. It does end in one heck of a cliffhanger and has me anxiously waiting for book two. Ellen was the ultimate underdog, she had been all her life. From a young age she was hidden away, a dirty little secret, and never measured up to her half-sister. Then she became the wife of an abuser, someone who only wanted candy on his arm and someone he could control and possess. Despite all that, Ellen was a fighter. She was never going to let Mischa win without putting up a fight. My heart broke for her though. She had definitely been conditioned by her husband. Her undying loyalty for him was tough to take. Mischa had an ax to grind and a hatred of the Winthorp family that stemmed from a terrible injustice over two decades ago. It didn't matter to him how a person was related to the Winthorps, he just wanted revenge. He did unspeakable things to Ellen. He was cold and relentless. However, there were glimpses that eluded that maybe he was different with Ellen than any of his victims in the past. Despite the events that took place between these two, you can't help but wonder where they're going to end up. Mischa made Ellen feel in a way she never had before. I also got the impression Ellen did the same for Mischa. It will be an interesting and twisted ride, that's for sure. *I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This is my honest review.*
Anonymous 6 days ago
So this book is a dark story of Mischa, an intense, cold man. Mischa is out to destroy the Winthrop Family, and Mistakenly takes Ellen. Ellen has already gone through torture in her life, but in captivity Mischa wages mental torture, that Ellen has not been though before. Can Ellen survive he tormentor? This book is full of twist and turns, and the intense emotions suck you in. Must read for any Dark romance lovers. 3.5 STARS I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Anonymous 7 days ago
This is a very dark psychological drama that thrills with its deeply emotional look at revenge and family secrets. It reels you in immediately, and demands that you stay vigilant as these strongly written characters go head to head in a century old blood feud. Ellen is one of the Winthrop daughters, hidden away from most of the world. She is kidnapped by the brutal Mischa, who thinks she's her sister Briar. And this is where the true fight begins. Mischa is unpredictable and violent...But he underestimates Ellen's strength. He tried hard to break her down, but fails. She has already been through her own hell, and Mischa can't penetrate that mindset. Ellen starts to compare the two monsters while trying to understand why it's all happening. "Which is worse? To be used slowly and sparingly? Or to be chewed and swallowed alive?" Ellen starts to find solace in Mischa's care, no matter how hard it is for her to comprehend it. This fuels a strange obsession between Ellen and Mischa. "And I wake up knowing what true hell is. It’s not the measured cruelty Robert dished out. It’s not fearful memories or repulsive scars. It’s peace— being able to find it, even for a second, while in the arms of a monster. What a terrible power to lord over someone." The story ramps up the tension until it finally pops. And it's a riveting journey to read about. I do wish there was more reveal during the first half, but the writing is excellent and anxiety inducing...exactly how this author undoubtedly wants. Now my anxiety demands more. Book two is coming soon.
Lanablake 7 days ago
This is a truly dark but captivating psychological read. Ellen is a stepsister to Robert and more. She is kidnapped by Mischa who is a member of the Mafia. This is a extremely well written story, but not for everyone. I personally could not stop reading it. These tortured characters both angered and broke my heart. Don’t look for a HEA because of many cliffhangers. Truly excellent read! I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.