Author Spotlight : Aleksandr Voinov –– His Works, My Addiction
While there are a lot of different kinds of readers out there, when it comes to authors, I believe we can narrow those readers into 2 types.
The readers who choose the books they read based on the author, or the readers who basically just reads anything and everything as long as it fits their liking.
Me? I am the latter.
Honestly though, I am pretty easy when it comes to books. As said in my Goodreads bio, your girl is truly down for anything and everything as long as there is a big dose of romance in it.
What can I say, we all need some good, sexy, delicious lovin’ every now and then.
And when it comes to Voinov though, I go nuts.
I don’t know why, I don’t know how. It was as if my mind has been drugged. Because when it comes to Voinov, all rules and precautions are out the window. I might not be sure of anything else in the world, but I know one thing for sure : I want to read everything and anything this man writes.
Because my god, let me just tell you, anything Voinov touches turns to gold. Honest. Cross my heart.
That writing skill of his is truly to die for. Not to mention, his ability to write angsty romance though. He deserves a freaking medal just for that alone. One of these days, his angsty scenes are going to kill me I tell you.
Voinov has the uncanny ability to make everything he puts on paper so fascinating and captivating. He write books –albeit romance – with a background of World War, finance, and sometimes even high fantasy. Trust me when I say this, I have read a ton of romance books based on WWII, or political romance books, and most of the time? I couldn’t go through half of the book.
But for some reason, whatever Voinov writes – be it finance, stocks, even grocery lists – he has this exceptional skill to make even the most complicated things sounds so simple and easy to understand. At the same time also make it so engaging at the same time. I don’t know what it is about his writing, but there is just something about it that makes me want more and more. Whenever I read his books, I always find myself getting pulled into the story and having a hard time trying to stop reading halfway.
Which is why, if you are a lover of the M/M genre books and have not yet heard of Voinov, or have not yet read any of his books. Definitely, definitely give him a try.
Here are a list of Voinov’s books that I have read that I think all and every M/M lovers should get their hands on:
1. Special Forces : Soldiers
Special Forces is the story of a Scottish SAS soldier and a Soviet spetsnaz soldier. Two enemies who meet in the line of duty during the early days of the Soviet Union’s last war in Afghanistan. Behind enemy lines respect and finally love grow … but that’s only the official version. This epic spans across over twenty-five years of their lives. It’s harsh and violent, but life is cruel and they just do what they need to survive.
I have finished this book a while ago, but until this day, I still think about the characters : Dan and Vadim.
And these days, whenever someone ask for a good M/M books to read, Special Forces : Soldiers are one of the tops ones that pop into my head immediately.
Yes, it is that good.
Honestly, if you are an angst whore – excuse my French – like me, this one is a definite must read.
For me personally though, I would recommend reading this one as a stand alone even though it is part of a series. I tried reading book 2, and unfortunately could not finish it since the story took a complete 180 turn from the first book. I mean, unless you enjoy reading a story about open relationships and threesomes, in that case, then I think you’ll enjoy book 2 and 3 as well.
2. Unhinge The Universe
SS Lieutenant Hagen Friedrichs is the sole survivor of a party sent to retrieve his brother—and the highly sensitive information he’s carrying—from behind enemy lines. But his daring rescue attempt fails, and Hagen becomes the prisoner.
Allied command has ordered Captain John Nicholls to extract critical intelligence from their new Nazi POW. His secrets could turn the tide of the war, but are they real? John is determined to find out . . . and to shatter the prisoner who killed his lover during the attack on their tiny base. The deeper he digs, though, the more he realizes that the soldier under the SS uniform is just like him: a scared, exhausted young man who’s lost loved ones and just wants to go home.
As captor and captive form an unexpected bond, the lines quickly blur between enemy, friend, and lover. And as horrifying rumors spread from the front lines and American soldiers turn their sights on the SS for vengeance, John may be Hagen’s only hope for survival.
This book is basically a subtler version of Special Forces.
If you were to compare the two, I would say : “Special Forces” are more intense and gut wrenching. It’s like that over protective brother that is all about brute force, and is always out for blood. On the other hand, “Unhinge the Universe”, is more refined, poised and controlled. Compared to SF (Special Forces), Unhinge the Universe would be the shrewd and cunning cousin who is secretly planning for everyone’s demise. *laughs*
Review to come (girls’ scout promise – is that even a thing though)
3. Return on Investment (Return on Investment #1)
Martin David, an eager but inexperienced financial analyst, is the newest member of the investment team at Skeiron Capital Partners in London. His boss is an avowed financial genius, but he’s also overbearing and intense. Despite his erratic behaviour, Martin can’t help being drawn to him both professionally and personally.
Too bad his boss doesn’t seem to feel the same. In a firm where pedigree and connections mean far more than Martin’s newly-minted business degree, Martin feels desperately inadequate—at least until he meets the enigmatic investment manager Alec Berger, who promises to help Martin establish himself in the financial community. Martin is so charmed by Alec’s sophistication and wit that he gives him data that should have stayed confidential.
Then the financial crisis hits. Banks burn, companies teeter on the brink, and Skeiron’s survival is at stake. Martin is pushed into the middle of the fight for Skeiron—against both the tanking economy and a ruthless enemy who’s stepped out of the shadows to collect the spoils.
This book kept me on my tippy toes throughout the story. I mean, most of Voinov’s books do that to me, but, this one literally had me wriggling like a caterpillar trying to figure out who is the bad guy and who is the good guy.
Not mention. Martin’s boss, Francis? That man is damn fine, I tell you.
Here, let me share one of my favorite quote from this book :
“Fuck him.” Francis sounded as final as if he’d hatched a murder plot. Martin knocked, and Francis’s head flew up. Holy fuck. The man’s face burned with murderous rage, eyes positively gleaming. “Yes!?” Mistake. Huge mistake. Martin felt almost like he had been punched in the gut by that intensity, that wrath that didn’t seem to care where it was directed. What now? Did you want coffee, too? Bullshit. Whatever he’d say, it was bullshit, and Francis would know that too. “Are you okay?” Too honest a question, and he didn’t expect it to protect him. Francis stared, still breathing hard. And by God, him losing that composure was frightening and sexy in an entirely dark way. The breathing could be erotic, too.
“Fuck him.” Francis sounded as final as if he’d hatched a murder plot.
Martin knocked, and Francis’s head flew up. Holy fuck. The man’s face burned with murderous rage, eyes positively gleaming. “Yes!?”
Mistake. Huge mistake. Martin felt almost like he had been punched in the gut by that intensity, that wrath that didn’t seem to care where it was directed. What now? Did you want coffee, too? Bullshit. Whatever he’d say, it was bullshit, and Francis would know that too. “Are you okay?” Too honest a question, and he didn’t expect it to protect him.
Francis stared, still breathing hard. And by God, him losing that composure was frightening and sexy in an entirely dark way. The breathing could be erotic, too.
And last but not least of course, here are a list of Voinov’s books that are lying safe and snugly in my TBR shelf. Below are all the books of Voinov’s that I plan to read, but haven’t, yet.
1. Dark Soul Vol. 1 (Dark Soul #1)
Stefano Marino is a made man, a happily married west coast mafia boss who travels east to await the death of a family patriarch. All the old hands have gathered—of course sharks will circle when there’s blood in the water—but it’s a new hand that draws Stefano’s eye.
Silvio “the Barracuda” Spadaro is protetto and heir to retired consigliere Gianbattista Falchi, and a made man in his own right. Among his underworld family, being gay is a capital crime, but the hypersexual—and pansexual—young killer has never much cared for rules. The only orders he follows are Battista’s, whether on the killing field or on his knees, eagerly submissive at Battista’s feet.
But Silvio has needs Battista can’t fill, and he’s cast his black-eyed gaze on Stefano. A fake break-in, an even faker attack, and Silvio is exactly where he wants to be: strung up at Stefano’s mercy, driving the older Mafioso toward urges he’s spent his whole life repressing. Stefano resists, but when the Russian mob invades his territory and forces him to seek aid, Gianbattista’s price brings Stefano face to face once more with Silvio—and his darkest desires.
So apparently, I initially put this one in my no list.
I know. You’re confused. Honestly, I am too. Now that I try to recall why I put this series into my no pile in the first place, I came up empty. What an odd ball I was, putting Voinov’s works in my no pile. Psh. It’s Voinov. Everything he writes is an instant yes for me.
Jokes aside though, I genuinely cannot remember why I had this one in my no pile. But worry not, I have rectified the situation and put it on my top priority list *wink*
As for the series, I have been warned that even though this series was listed as “romance”, there was barely any. Though I have also been told that it was one hell of a series, and the chemistry between the leads are through the roof. So I guess we’ll have to read and see?
2. Incursion (Incursion #1)
Fighting with your back to the wall is all well and good—as long as you’ve chosen the right wall.
When the local authorities ask Kyle Juenger to hunt a shape-shifting Glyrinny spy, he can’t refuse. After all, he can use the reward to replace his paralyzed legs with cyberware, and maybe even to return to his home planet. Besides, he hates the morphs—those invasive, brain-eating monstrosities whose weapons cost him his legs.
Kyle’s best lead is the Scorpion, a mercenary ship armed to the teeth. Grimm, the Scorpion’s pilot and captain, fascinates Kyle. He’s everything Kyle lost with his legs, and he’s from the same home world. He’s also of the warrior caste—half priest, half savior. But Grimm’s been twisted by life as a merc, and Kyle’s stuck undercover as a criminal on the run.
That doesn’t stop Grimm from coming on to Kyle, or from insisting he’s more than the sum of his past and his useless legs. But Kyle has other concerns—like tracking a dangerous morph who could be wearing anyone’s face. And as if things weren’t complicated enough, Kyle can’t tell if Grimm is part of the solution . . . or part of the problem.
This one is a sci-fi. And while I am not really into sci-fi, I am down to give it a try.
There has been quite a hype surrounding this book, and a lot of people loved “Incursion” and kept demanding that Voinov expand the story. And surprisingly, Voinov really did decide to continue the story into something longer as this book has now become a duology.
The first book of the Incursion series – this book – is only a short 95 pages read. So for those of you who are looking for something short, or even for those of you who are looking to give Voinov’s work a try, I think this one would be a good starter dip-your-foot-in-the-water book?
3. Broken Blades
They only had one night together—a stolen interlude at the 1936 Olympics. After Mark Driscoll challenged Armin Truchsess von Kardenberg to a good-natured fencing match, there was no resisting each other. Though from different worlds—an Iowa farm boy and a German aristocrat—they were immediately drawn together, and it was an encounter neither has ever forgotten.
Now it’s 1944, and a plane crash in hostile territory throws them back together, but on opposite sides of a seemingly endless war. Facing each other as opponents is one thing. As enemies, another thing entirely. And to make matters worse, Mark is a POW, held in a cold, remote castle in Germany… in a camp run by Armin.
They aren’t the young athletes they were back then. The war has taken wives, limbs, friends, leaving both men gray beyond their years, shell-shocked, and battered. The connection they had back then is still alive and well, though, and from the moment Mark arrives, they’re fencing again—advancing, retreating, testing defenses.
Have they been given a second chance? Or have time and a brutal war broken both men beyond repair?
4. Test of Faith
July, 1187: Saladin has defeated the Crusader army at The Horns of Hattin. While hundreds of his comrades have perished in the battle, Thierry de la Tour Rouge, a Frank and Templar Knight, has survived only to be taken prisoner by the Saracens. Stripped to his woolen leggings and linen shirt covering and tied like an animal to the pole of a tent, Thierry fears torture in the attempt to break him and his faith.
Abdul Basir is French by birth and a convert to Islam. As an advisor to Saladin, Abdul has been accepted by the Saracens and regarded with respect, but he will never be one of them. Thierry has been bought for him and while Abdul owns him, he cannot guarantee that Saladin will spare Thierry’s life.
In the spirit of acceptance and forgiveness, Thierry chastely kisses Abdul, hurtling them both into a clash of faiths and a contest of wills. One man motivated by the fulfillment of a long-lurking fantasy and the other by the need to survive and keep his faith intact. In the process, they come to show each other mercy, kindness, mutual respect and trust—enough to reveal their desire for one another.
As Saladin holds the fate of Thierry’s life in his hands, can Abdul ensure the safety of this honorable crusader who has become his brother? Or will he have to find the strength and courage to let Thierry go in peace?
5. Hostile Ground
After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.
To protect the strippers, only gay men can work the club. Ridley, the cold and intimidating head of security, knows exactly how to test potential new hires-including Mahir. From the minute they meet, Mahir and Ridley engage in a dangerous dance of sex and mind games. Mahir needs to find his evidence before Ridley figures out he’s a cop-and before they both grow too close to betray one another.
As the game goes on, Mahir burrows deeper into the operation, where he learns there’s much more happening than meets the eye . . . and why every cop who made it this far has been silenced with a bullet.
Honestly though, I have no idea how many times I have seen readers rave about this book. This has been recommended to me so many times I have lost count.
I haven’t have the chance to read it yet – apologies – but from all the fangirling that I have seen from the lovers of “Hostile Ground”, this one seems to be another one of Voinov’s work that just gives you all the feels. While making you horny all at the same time.