February 17, 2023

REVIEW Recovery Road (Torpedo Ink #8) by Christine Feehan

Recovery Road (Torpedo Ink #8) by Christine Feehan
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: January 24, 2023
Format: Audiobook (Personal Library)
Publisher: Berkley 

Christine Feehan’s Recovery Road is the latest addition to the Torpedo Ink series and focuses on Kir ‘Master’ Vasiliev. The only member of the club who still has a criminal record, Master is the one the club calls on when they need to take care of things within the walls of a prison. Fiercely loyal to Czar and the others, Master does his duty with the knowledge that each return to prison is slowly killing him and the thought that his brothers and sisters in arms see him as expendable. Once he meets Ambrielle Moore and saves her from a ring of human traffickers, however, both of their lives are changed forever. 

Before I go into anything further, please, please check the trigger warnings before starting to read this book. If you’ve been keeping up with the series and the members of Torpedo Ink, you know that Torpedo Ink did not have happy childhoods and Master was no exception to that rule. Despite all of the heavy topics the author deals with, they do a great job with balancing the violence and darkness with the romance and action. The list I’ve included below is by no means exhaustive, but it should at least give readers an idea of what to expect.  

I really found myself connecting with Master and Ambrielle. They both have a way with numbers, and their relationship seemed more authentic and real than those featured in previous books. No matter the fact that they only knew each other for minutes prior to getting married, they just seemed to click like they found their missing piece. I loved how Ambrielle brought Master out of his shell - the scene in the Floating Hat was touching, and it was nice to see how invested the club members are in all of the children. I was extremely amused by Seychelle and Savage’s prank on Jackson - I burst out laughing, which isn’t something I can say has happened often in the books I’ve read by Christine Feehan (the last time I can remember was maybe Mikhail’s prank on Gregori in Dark Celebration?) 

On a separate note, I really appreciate how they switched narrators from Jim Frangione to Ryan West. Given that Jim Frangione has narrated so many of Christine Feehan’s books for her other series, the new narrator helps differentiate them a bit. 

Overall, Recovery Road is another powerful, dynamic and emotional paranormal romance title from Christine Feehan. It, of course, also includes the sizzling scenes that the author is known for. Master and Ambrielle’s story is one of the deepest in the series so far and definitely tugged on my heartstrings. I hope they continue to make appearances in future books. 

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Human trafficking (victims, discussed), Rape (Victims, discussed), Explicit sex, Pedophilia (Victims, discussed), Torture (Flashbacks and discussion), Child abuse (victims, discussed), Parental Death (on page), Violence, Guns

About the Book

Kir “Master” Vasiliev doesn’t care whether he lives or dies. He’s a burnt-out shell with no one and nothing but his club. Whatever Torpedo Ink needs, Master will put himself in harm’s way time after time. If he doesn’t make it back, he’s certain everyone will move on just fine.

Investment banker Ambrielle Moore knows her own mind, and she’s not willing to settle for anyone. So when a second-rate gangster and his thugs try to coerce her into marriage—and giving up all of her family’s money—she’s having none of it. Until they turn to cold-blooded murder.

Grieving and enraged, Ambrie is ready to go scorched earth on her captors when Master shows up anticipating a damsel in distress. But Ambrie is nothing like he expected, and everything he never knew he desired....

About the Author

Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 90 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, GhostWalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, the Sisters of the Heart Series, Shadow Riders and Torpedo Ink. All of her series have hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.

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