• Sweet Cruelty

  • Ruthless Obsession
  • By: Zoe Blake
  • Narrated by: Lauren Sweet, Tor Thom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (361 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It was an innocent mistake; she knocked on the wrong door. It was mine.

If I were a better man, I would've just let her go. But I'm not. I'm a cruel bastard. I ruthlessly claimed her virtue for my own. It should've been enough but it wasn't

I needed more...I craved it.

She became my obsession. Her sweetness and purity taunted my dark soul. The need to possess her nearly drove me mad. A Russian arms dealer had no business pursuing a naive librarian student. She didn't belong in my world. I would bring her only pain. But it was too late...she was mine and I was keeping her.

Sweet Cruelty is a dark romance stand-alone novel intended for mature audiences.

©2021 Zoe Blake (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Great Read

Strong believable characters. Well written and good narration.Hot and steamy in all the right places

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WARNING: Trigger Alert

The first five chapters of the book describe Emma's rape by Dimitri. Once she gets away from her rapist, her roommate calls her a slut for losing her virginity to a rapist "with a pirate scar." It goes downhill for another hour from there. Couldn't finish the book it was so poorly written. The only saving grace were the narrators.

If you are looking for a good Russian Bratva audiobook series - go check out JT Geissinger's Queens and Monsters.

Sweet Cruelty is NOT creditworthy.

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Zoe Blake never disappoints!

I love the story and the performance! Great romance story. Emma and Dimitri are perfect for each other, I can wait to finish Mary and Vaska

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Great book!

Dimitri was an over-the-top alpha and became extremely possessive and obsessed with Emma. With him, no meant nothing. He was filthy rich and when she knocked on his door by mistake looking for someone else, all bets are off. I hope Emma's best friend and Dimitri's best friend get books of their own. Lauren Sweet and Tor Thom did a great job with the narration. Tor Thom did an especially good job with the Russian accent.

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  • DR
  • 10-24-21

Thorough enjoyed it

Good story, good narration. Can’t wait for book two! I hope they use same narrators!

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LOVE

I love this book so much. It has been one of my favorites for a while. It is my go to when I can't decide what I want to read next. I was so excited to see that it was available on audible. I like to listen to books while I am working, doing chores around the house or when I want to actively want to ignore my husband and kids.

Lauren Sweet and Tor Thom had very pleasant voices to listen to. I found Lauren easier to listen hear clearly, probably because Tor's voice was significantly deeper so I had to focus more to hear him clearly, especially when he is using a Russian accent. Overall, the listening experience was great.

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Exciting, Fun ,and sexy as hell !

Love it , it's so exciting and thrilling , I have to admit I would love to be taken away by a tall sexy , rich generous
man , this story doesn't dissapoint , it's worth the read so enjoy ! .

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LOVED IT

Loved it!! I read the books almost a year ago, so when I came across "Sweet Cruelty " on audio I had to get it. It was narrated beautifully. I absolutely loved it.
I sincerely hope that the rest of series will follow.

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10 Scorching hot stars!

10 Scorching hot stars!!! This story had me at the first word. No one weaves a story with wicked twists and curves like Zoe Blake! An incredibly strong, powerful, hot Russian who does not accept the word “no”. Spellbinding and captivating. The narrators are amazing!!!

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Wonderful

love this book. Waiting on audible for the next book in the series. so hurry

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  • Babs
  • 03-08-22

🔥🔥❤️ Hot romance

First time listening to this author and the book was surprisingly good. I really enjoyed it, I do tend to avoid sweet little librarian stories but this one was worth a listen. The narrators did an excellent job. 5 ⭐️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-22

Straightforward story

I absolutely love this story. The contrast of Emma and Dimitri makes it wholesome. Though I prefer reading, being able to listen saves me time. Great story telling as well.

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  • Katie
  • 10-15-21

wow.... simply fantastic

Absolutely loved this audio. Highly recommend. Really hope the other two books become audio books

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  • Stephany
  • 10-12-21

Deliciously hot and romantic

Good girl Emma meets Russian arms dealer Dimitri

She is a sweet virgin and he is a cruel criminal

The story is full of hot 🥵 scenes and some BDSM… I loved how Dimitri embraced his protective and possessive instincts towards Emma, and how Emma allowed herself to be open not only sexually but emotionally

This is a very sweet romance with tons of triggers… so please check those. There’s dub con and lots of spanking

Did I mentioned this is really hot?

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  • Miss Reads-a-lot
  • 10-27-21

Lacks plot but great narration

It’s better on the erotica than on the storyline but easy to listen to while doing other things.

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  • ANONYMOUS
  • 02-06-22

It took awhile to work out...

I couldn't put my finger on exactly why this book fell short for me until near the end.

There is WAY to much internal dialogue from both characters at critical moments. Right in the middle of sex or during a kidnapping moment it would meander off into a lengthy explanation that made you forget what was actually happening. It made the sex scenes tiresome and boring and what little action there was fall flat.

The other problem was the male narrator didn't pair his voice with the explanation of the emotion Dimitri was supposed to be feeling. He would be speaking in a calm monotone when it says Dimitri was furious, frantic, aroused...it didn't fit. Other than deepening his voice occasionally he didn't really change. The 3 stars for performance is for the female narrator...she was quite good.

As to the story there really isn't one. The beginning was very dub-con and Dimitri was OTT controlling over someone he had barely spoken a complete sentence to or listened to a complete sentence from.

Insta love on steroids from both sides but we had to listen to endless internal dialogue from Emma regarding how hot he was, no he is a criminal, oh he is just too sexy, no he is too controlling, oh I'm too horny to say no, but wait you guessed it she does...play, rewind, repeat.

Again the tired troupe of bad boy meets innocent virgin though the author tried to make it slightly more palatable by making Emma 23yrs old. God only knows how old Dimitri is - I might have slept thru that part 😴