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Publisher's Summary

My boss. My sin.

I’m not the type who has one-night stands. 

It wasn’t supposed to happen, okay? 

A couple of drinks and a sinful British accent later and I’m in bed with a stranger. 

Of course, I left first thing in the morning because I’m a responsible adult. 

An adult who has a new job that I need in order to keep my double life a secret. 

Little did I know I’m not, in fact, responsible. 

Because the stranger I left in bed? Yeah, he’s not a stranger after all. 

He’s my new boss. 

Knox Van Doren might have a charming smile, but a true villain lurks beneath it all. 

And like any villain, he’ll use my sin against me....  

Empire of Sin is a complete stand-alone. No other books should be listened to prior to this.

©2022 Rina Kent (P)2022 Rina Kent

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❤️ LOVED.. LOVED.. LOVED IT ❤️

Once I started this very addictive listen I just couldn’t stop because the relationship dynamics of a woman on the run, a man obsessed, sizzling chemistry and a delicious push ‘n pull between the hero and heroine kept me entertained, engaged and eager for more.

Anastasia.. a beautiful caged bird who has escaped her gilded guarded life and is determined to start her freedom with a one night nameless bang.. and the British businessman whose licks are giving her tingles and shivers seems more than happy to oblige. Knox.. a handsome, sexy, smart, dominant, dark and damaged Lawyer who doesn’t do twice and isn’t looking for more so he’s very happy with the mysterious blond’s proposition. Yet, when Knox wakes in the morning, their explosive chemistry, hot sex, feisty connection and blood on the condom has him wanting more.. but, with the touch of cold sheets where an intriguing little liar should be, Knox really feels the loss. Fast-forward two weeks, neither one can get the other out of their minds, however Anastasia has reinvented herself and turned into a plain Jane.. and a chance lift encounter on day one of her new job, unexpectedly brings Knox back into her life. And, the push ‘n pull, chemistry, passion, heat, humor, hurdles, hoops, shadows and secondary characters that follows in their riveting possessive journey, had me listening way into the wee small hours.

Worth a credit? Yes, I loved all the highs and lows in their dual POV love story which was expertly brought to life by John and Vanessa and I think her male voice may just be my favorite 🤫🤭😉😊.

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Nobody can write like Rina Kent

This book! (MY FAVORITE)
This audio! (THESE NARRATORS WERE PERFECT. John and Vanessa played these characters to perfection)
This author! (WRITES LIKE A DREAM EVERY SINGLE TIME)
THESE CHARACTERS!!! OMGGGG I AM SO IN LOVE!!!!!!! Knox was EVERYTHING!!! He was just....SO much more than I thought he would be, and what is crazy is, I already LOVED him in other books so you can only imagine how PHENOMENAL he was in this. His possessiveness, his dominance, his ruthlessness, and the sex.. WOW, it was freaking HOT!!! And lets talk about Miss Jane/Anastasia shall we? I CANNOT EXPLAIN HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS WOMAN! She was PERFECT for Knox! The chemistry between them both before they got serious, to the way they were with each other after just made me melt. I also LOVE LOVE LOVED seeing so many older characters in the other books. It gave me such nostalgia.. Nobody can write like Rina Kent. I will be thinking about this book for days and weeks until Empire of Hate is out. Daniel's story may even blow this one out of the water! 5 stars just isnt enough for what I want to give this book, heck this Empire series. 10 stars.

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Male Narrator Sounds Too Old

So this book is exceptional. Wouldn’t expect anything less from the great Rina Kent!! While the narration is also good, the male narrator just sounds too old for the Knox I have in my head. Knox is only 28 and this guy sounds middle aged. Otherwise, I have zero complaints and would bet money you will LOVE this book. Definitely recommend!

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Hiding in plain sight …

It was supposed to be one night, but it turned into so much more. Knox and Anastasia’s twisted tale is full of secrets and lies. It’s dark and complicated and their push/pull dynamic was fun to watch. I loved the character crossover. It’s like catching up with old friends.

John Hartley and Vanessa Edwin do an incredible job of bringing Rina Kent’s story to life.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Need a 6th Star!!

I'm a huge Rina Kent fan & have all her books.... EMPIRE OF SIN is now one of my FAVORITES!!! I've been anxiously waiting for KNOX'S story. It didn't disappoint. I couldn't stop listening until the very end & then wished for more! The NARRATION is STELLAR!

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Empire

Empire of Sin (Empire #2) is a dual pov lovestory. The narrative is intriguing with this dark and twisted tale. Secrets and lies intricately weaved throughout this dark umbra romance. Smexy times and sinful ending.


John Hartley, Vanessa Edwin dual pov was excellent. I loved John's inflection, it's hot and his portrayal of Knox was just right. Vanessa is a talented narrator and she brought out Anastasia's character.

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Mafia Romance

This was my first book by Rina Kent! The world she creates is so intricate. Anastasia is trying to escape her life when she meets Knox. Knox was a force to be reckoned with. He is an Alpha through and through. I loved his possessiveness over Anastasia and there was nothing he wouldn't do to be with her. I enjoyed the lawyer aspect and the case they worked on pulled on my heart. The side characters were fun too as I know they all have their own books. I listened to the audiobook by John Hartley and Vanessa Edwin. John Hartley was new for me but I thought his deep British accent was perfect for Knox. I loved all the different voices and accents Vanessa did for the side characters. If you love dark Mafia Romance then you should definitely check this one out!

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Great narration

After reading the first book I was expecting something different, but really liked this.

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Love this story!!


Anastasia and Knox were imperfectly perfect for each other and I couldn't love their story more. If you love a darker shade of romance then this book is for you.

Anastasia wants a night were she can be free of her family expectations and protection, being a Russian mafia princess has a weight on her soul that she doesn't want and wants out of that life. So when she stumbles upon a perfect dark stranger in a bar she is incapable to turn away . Little does she know that this stranger soon will become her boss.

Knox only knows dark, his demons have been present for a lifetime. He is a successful lawyer who always wears a mask to disguise his true nature. He appears ruthless and uncaring so when he crosses paths with the woman that he can't get out of his head his mission at first is to make her pay for lying to him.

Their relationship is intense and consuming and Knox won't stop until he knows all of Anastasia's secrets, he becomes the definition of POSSESSIVE and will fight until Anastasia is completely his.

This age gap, work place romance was everything I was expecting and more.

*I received a audio code from Valentine PR and I'm so thankful because the narrators did a fantastic job bringing all the emotions of this book to life*

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Spellbinding story and narration!!!

Empire of Sin, an Audiobook by Rina Kent is the exciting story of Knox and Anastasia (Jane). I was so swept up into the story of these characters, I couldn’t stop listening!!! She just got a new job and is out celebrating…when she meets Knox. They hit it off…but both have secrets….both are running from their pasts…both are haunted by things that they keep buried.
I LOVED this story!!!! These characters are beautifully wrought, well-defined, and completely mesmerizing to the listener!!! I adore Knox…so complex, protective, and caring. Anastasia is strong, independent, and committed. Can’t wait for more in this phenomenal series!!!

This Audiobook was narrated by John Hartley and Vanessa Edwin. Hartley’s Russian accent just sends chills down my spine!! Thoroughly enjoyed his performance of all the characters!! Vanessa did an excellent job as well, though some of the Russian words were mildly mispronounced. Overall, I was thrilled with their performances!!

I am volunteering to leave a review for an Advance Reader Copy of this Audiobook.

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  • Stephany
  • 01-14-22

Absolutely brilliant

Loved both narrators, they did an outstanding job bringing this characters to life… steamy scenes are so hot in this book! Wow… and the chemistry between our characters was amazing… I loved the plot I loved seeing my favourite characters from past books again

I’m just sad it ended

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  • Jocelyne
  • 05-24-22

Knox and Anatasia!

This is the second book in the Empire series. This is a series of standalone romances, well written, with overlapping timelines. Knox and Anastasia's story is emotional, and grippingly captivating. Knox is handsome, enigmatic, possessive, dominant, and very protective. I liked his determination. Anastasia is a wonderful character, beautiful, strong, and caring. Their relationship is intense and passionate. The storyline is filled with danger, secrets and drama. The supporting characters are intriguing. I loved to see again Nat and Gwyn from the first book. I liked the epilogue. John Hartley and Vanessa Edwin did an excellent job with the narration. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to listening to Empire of Hate, Daniel’s story, the next book in the series.

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  • Wanderer Dreamer Romance Reader
  • 05-21-22

Hot, sexy, enemies to lovers romance!

Empire of Sin is book two in the Empire series and is the complete standalone story of Anastasia Sokolov and Knox Van Doren.
Anastasia wasn’t born a mafia princess, however she soon learned that the tiara, title, and castle come with a hefty price tag…freedom. Ana decides she wants to have one sinful night with a stranger before she starts a new life on the run, far away from her family.
Know, a notorious criminal lawyer walks into a bar in New Jersey and immediately see’s the gorgeous blonde in a red dress with a butterfly on her back at the bar. He takes her to a hotel and only realises she was a virgin the next morning when he wakes up alone and sees the blood on the condom and wash cloth.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and Knox is surprised to see the woman who has occupied his thoughts in the elevator, only she has completely changed her appearance and introduces herself as Jane Summers. He knows it’s Anastasia and has no idea why she’s lying but is determined to find out. They are hiding sides of themselves from each other while giving in to the lust and desire they feel for one another in a no strings arrangement.
The incredibly talented Vanessa Edwin and John Hartley bring Anastasia and Knox to life. Vanessa’s sweet, melodic voice was simply perfect to portray the angelic on the outside and vixen on the inside runaway mafia princess. John’s deep, gruff British brogue was perfect to breath life into the perfectly imperfect, dirty talking, alpha-hole. I love this pairing together; they really complement one another and are amazing.
I loved to Knox and Ana’s story. If you love a good enemies to lovers, one-night stand to lovers, friends with benefits to lovers trope with a damaged dirty talking alpha-hole who knows his way around a woman’s body and a sweet, innocent yet strong and independent heroine then grab this audiobook and lost in it as I did, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Nikitasbookreviews
  • 05-19-22

loved this one!

Loved this book and Knox was 🔥🔥
This book sucked me in from the beginning and I love the constant push and pull between him and Anastasia and his possessiveness.

There were definitely some scenes that were 🥵 and I loved it all!
Absolutely recommend this one!

Ps: I definitely loved the fact that the other characters from her previous books made some cameos, that was literally the best parts for me!

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 05-19-22

The second in the series

This is Anastasia and Knox's story, two strangers, one night, and then chemistry sparks and gets in the way, add forbidden romance to it and you get the perfect combo. The story will hook you from the start, this Empire series is getting better by the page. All characters are fantastic, Knox's past will have your heart, while Anastasia will become a favorite heroine. This two started on a journey you will definitely need to read to enjoy.

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  • xxBooksILovexx
  • 05-15-22

Great Listen!

Another great book by Rina. Anastasia & Knox were really hot. So many twists & turns. Excellent narration by Vanessa Edwin & John Hartley.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 05-09-22

What a ride!

Rina Kent is keeping me on her wild ride with the Empire series! I am captivated by the stories, and love the plots! This story features Anastasia. A Bratva princess breaking free from her family, she has disguised herself and now works for the law offices of Weaver & Shaw in the IT department. We previously met her in the first book of the series, and she tended to be a lone wolf, nerdy type of girl. But not in this story! She puts herself out there and finds herself in bed with one of the lawyers in her firm. The arrogant, British Knox Van Doren loves his one night stands, but there is something different about this one. And when he wakes, she is gone! That never happens. Now with a few bits of her real life, he seeks her out finding she is not only an employee, but a liar! And our story begins. Heat, passion, fear, danger, deception, family, memories best forgotten and a growing love that is impossible to break, this book has it all. Anastasia is a powerful character. She is young, but mature, Brave, persistent and loyal, she will do what she has to, She loves with her whole heart and knows what she wants. Knox shows us a bunch of sides to his personality. He holds secrets that explain so much, and he is obsessive and protective. This story flew by, kept me completely engaged and excited to see where is all would end. I can't wait to delve into the next book in this series.

John Hartley and Vanessa Edwin and an amazing team. Hartley gives us that strong, alpha male that Knox is. He understands Knox and brings out all of the emotions he can with this performance including the Russian accent. Edwin pulls out all the stops as Anastasia. She has an incredible array of emotions to portray and gives us both British and Russian accents! This team is fantastic and made for an enjoyable listen.

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  • Bette
  • 05-09-22

Brilliant Story & Narration🎧 Sinfully Amazing!

Rina Kent continues to wow me with another amazing novel set in her “Empire” series, a series of standalone books, each one featuring different lead characters, some characters appear in each other’s books but you do not have to know their story to enjoy the books. But I will say, each book is as amazing as the other, and no two are alike, all new and original storylines and plots which make the series even more special and unique. This book drew me in immediately, grabbing my attention and captivating it the entire time. I also found the two lead characters intriguing from the moment they were first introduced with a determined and brave Anastasia out by herself in a bar looking for a hookup, something she has never done before. And then he sits next to her, a gorgeous man with a British accent, an arrogant man with fire in his eyes and exudes trouble. Instead of running, she stayed, and together they had a memorable and steamy one-night stand before she disappears during the night, leaving him wanting more until he finds out she was not entirely truthful to him. Knox Van Doren does not like liars and that is exactly what she was. Anastasia escapes from her life and reinvents herself, changes her appearance and her name to hide her true identity, she is now Jane Shaw. Jane gets a tech job in the IT department of the prestigious law firm, Weaver & Shaw. The last person she imagined running into was him, her one-night stand, and he recognizes her despite her disguise and gives her a hard time about being a liar. She denies his allegations, but he is relentless and is determined to find out what her deal is. The chemistry between these two is explosive but Knox refuses to entertain it or a liar, but he could only deny himself for so long. Anastasia/Jane is determined to not reveal who she really is, not just for her sake but for those around her too. And she is not the only one with secrets and past demons, Knox has a closet full of his own. The back and forth banter between this two is remarkable, as is when they give in to their desires. The complexity to these characters and the world building is phenomenal. It was great to learn more about both of them and to watch as the layers of ice around Knox’s heart started to thaw. I admired Anastasia for her bravery and for standing up to what she believed in. There is never a dull moment in this wonderfully written and plotted enemies to lovers romance novel, there is plenty of drama, angst, twists and turns, thrilling suspense, heartfelt emotions and some smoking hot loving. Rina Kent, thank you for another amazing story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fabulous narration, once again Rina Kent chose the perfect cast to bring her characters and story to life. John Hartley and Vanessa Edwin are wonderfully talented narrators and versatile voice artists. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, giving each a voice that is a perfect fit to that character’s persona, sounding believable and just as I picture the character to sound, accents and all. Vanessa Edwin’s Anastasia was spot on, she grasped her strength and determination, as well as her vulnerabilities and insecurities when she showed them. John Hartley nailed it as Knox grasped his angry alpha-tude right from the start, even softened him up a tad when he started to thaw. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the character’s emotions and projected them into their performance and had you feeling every single one. These entertaining storytellers are a pleasure to listen to and their narration enhances an already brilliant story to another level. Thank you for another amazing listen!

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  • Kat Y
  • 05-09-22

Age gap with a side of Mafia, yes please!

This one is an age gap workplace romance with a hint of Mafia, and I loved this story. The main characters were likeable, even when Knox was being a nightmare I still liked him. Anastasia is the Mafia princess running from a life she hates, trying to be a plain Jane at work. I remember her from Book 1 and I’m so glad we got her story. Some of the timeline is in sync with book 1. It’s always fun to see the same events from another couple’s perspective.

Vanessa is always able to pull you in. Her voice is expressive and I loved that she really made me get Anastasia. John gave us the alpha Knox through and through but also lets us see the reason he’s built those walls around his heart. The dynamic was clear and I really enjoyed this audiobook.

There are secrets and lies and a sprinkling of Russian Mafia appearances. It just gave this story a little more edge. Anastasia can’t believe she enjoys submitting. She’s perfect for the domineering Knox. The air between these two is charged to the max and there’s a healthy dose of throat grabbing, yes please and thank you, Rina.

No clues as to the plot because you really need to read/listen to it to enjoy the little twists and turns and revelations.

A great addition to this addictive series.

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  • Julia TeamStarlite
  • 05-08-22

Empire of Sin

A fantastic story!
Sexy, interesting, full of terrible pasts, action and emotions.

A great part of the Empire series.