The Player (Chicago Bratva #8) Read Online Renee Rose

Categories Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Mafia, Romance Tags Authors: Series: Chicago Bratva Series by Renee Rose
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Total pages in book: 65
Estimated words: 63758 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 319(@200wpm)___ 255(@250wpm)___ 213(@300wpm)
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The Player (Chicago Bratva #8)

Author/Writer of Book/Novel:

Renee Rose

Language:
English
ISBN/ ASIN:
B09XF5GZQ4
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Players will play.
Flynn Taylor, rock ‘n roll heartthrob, plays fast and loose. He’s with different girls every night. Yes, girls plural.
On the brink of becoming not just a Chicago sensation, but an American icon, he’s everything I should avoid.
Then again, maybe it doesn’t matter. I’m so damaged, I’m not even capable of a relationship. He might be the perfect antidote.
The temptation I need to lure me back to the side of the living. He could help me get over my trauma. Attempt physical intimacy.
If it goes wrong–no harm, no foul, right?
If only I can keep my overprotective bratva brother from threatening to kill him if he even touches me…
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Chicago Bratva Series by Renee Rose

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PROLOGUE

Nadia

The sound of metallic parts clash in my ears. Cigar smoke fills my nostrils. I hear girls screaming and pleading nearby.

Nadia, look at me. Look here. He slaps my face hard enough to make my head spin. Open your pretty little Russian mouth, whore.

“Nyet…nyet!”

I jerk awake at the sound of my own voice pleading into the darkness.

I try to move, but I can’t–my wrists are immobilized–chained to the bed.

No, wait. They’re not. I sit up and rub them to be sure. I’m free. It was just a dream.

Another flashback.

The lamp beside my bed glows because I can’t fall asleep in the dark. Worse, if I wake in darkness, I scream until I’m hoarse.

I blink, looking for the cots. For the other girls chained to them, but I’m in my own bed. My own bedroom. Not in the basement of Leon Poval’s sofa factory but in our luxury apartment in Chicago. In the bratva building they call the Kremlin.

My brother Adrian and his girlfriend Kat are in the next bedroom. I probably woke them with my cries.

“I’m all right,” I call out in Russian, in case they’re bracing for my screams.

I climb out of bed and walk to my sewing table to pick up my sketchbook.

Three years ago, when I was a different person altogether, I dreamed of designing wedding gowns. I worked as a seamstress doing alterations in a high-end bridal shop and went to school to study fashion design.

Now, I barely leave the apartment. Agoraphobia keeps me trapped here with my sketchpad full of designs and a sewing machine I never use.

I flip it open to the last drawing I made. Four musicians on a stage. Each wearing punked-out versions of a business suit in black pinstripes and red accents. The jackets have one or both sleeves roughly removed, without a neat hem. One has a lapel missing from the left.

The female lead singer is in tiny shorts with fishnets underneath and a pleated red skirt just on the sides of the shorts. Her red tie is wrapped close around her neck like one of the collars Kat likes to wear.

Then there’s her brother, Flynn–the lead guitar player. Tall and dashing. I have him in the jacket missing both sleeves, showing off his shoulders. A red t-shirt underneath–no tie. Black pants with skinny legs. I haven’t sketched his face, but my mind conjures it from memory.

Pirate smile. Eyes that crinkle at the edges. A warmth and ease that extends beyond his lanky form.

He’s the one thing that lures me out of this building. Away from the security I derive from living in the fortress of the Russian mafiya.

I know his friendliness toward me is just that–a casual amicability he extends to everyone in his sphere. I know he takes a different girl home every week–sometimes two. At the same time.

Flynn is a player. Not the guy for me, and yet I’m drawn to him.

He gives me a reason to try to conquer my PTSD and panic disorder. A reason to leave my room.

I fully expect he’ll wreck my heart–that probably can’t be helped. But heartache has to be better than the torment of solitude. Or worse–being afraid to feel anything at all.

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Flynn

Nadia is having a panic attack.

I'm in the alley behind Rue's Lounge sharing a blunt with my buddies in the band when the stunning young Russian comes flying out the emergency exit door gasping for breath.

She veers quickly around the corner like she doesn't want to be seen.

“I'll see you guys inside.” I push off the wall and pass the blunt back to Ty, our drummer. I don’t call attention to Nadia, the girl who lives in my sister’s building. I'm sure she wants privacy while she tries to get control.

I'm all too familiar with what a panic attack looks like. My mom suffers from anxiety and depression, and I've spent my entire life helping her navigate it. Lightening her moods. Working to make her smile.

I stroll around the corner like I'm still just out for a smoke and find Nadia with her back against the bricks and tears streaming down her face. I don’t know her that well. Not well enough to presume she wants to talk to me right now. Or that I’m any comfort to her.

But I’m incapable of walking away. Not before trying.

Her eyes widen when she sees me, and she gasps harder to catch her breath, doubling over at the waist, her hands resting on her ripped jeans.

I lean my back against the brick wall beside her, so we're side by side. No direct eye contact. No threatening interaction required.

After a moment, she lifts her torso, but she’s still unable to breathe. Her face is red and tears leak from the outer corners of her eyes. I can't think of any words to say, so I just take her hand and thread my fingers through hers.


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