Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Taking Over Trofim
Author: Talon P.S./Princess O.S.
Series: Dominion of Brothers #4
Heroes: Trofim Laszkovi/Shay Wilks
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 169 Pages
Publisher: Talon P.S./Princess O.S.
Release Date: January 29, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Trenton Leos has always been known to many as the Dominus, the man to go to for the perfect D/s match. However, Trenton and his brothers are about to find out that he and their lifestyle has become the target of a political cleansing. A shady operation with very deep pockets comes to the surface when Trenton is asked to investigate a dark secret that threatens the future of Pyotr’s younger brother, Trofim Laszkovi and his lover, Shay Wilks.
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Trofim Laszkovi would never forget how right it felt to be in Shay’s Wilks’ arms five years ago. But Shay’s father made it abundantly clear with threats hard to ignore, that Trofim’s family would pay the price if he didn’t stay away from Shay. So with the help of a friend, Trofim made a career move that put him an ocean away from his family— and his heart.
Even now, having finally returned home only a year ago to the family he missed, Trofim hadn’t dared allow himself to look in Shay’s direction.
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Shay Wilks has done everything he could to keep his father’s plans for him at arm’s length and protect his internship as a doctor from ruin by the same man. All in hopes that the only man Shay has ever loved will one day return to him.
Now, five years later, Shay finally has another chance to be with Trofim. If only he can convince Trofim they are better together than apart as well as get out from under his father’s brutal hold in time before Shay loses Trofim again— for good.
Review: I have pretty much fallen for all of the Laszkovi brothers at this point and was looking forward to Trofim’s story. It’s always nice to see the other characters involved, and with a family like this, that’s sure to happen.
Shay and Trofim are reunited here, but there is a whole lot of back story that comes with that. They were initially separated when Shay’s evil father forced them apart by making life hell for Shay and Trofim, as well as Trofim’s family. His father basically stopped at nothing to make sure his point got across that he would not have a gay son. Fearing the safety of himself and his family, Trofim left and dove into his modeling career overseas. He eventually returned, but it was about a year before Shay was able to make his move again.
Shay comes across as demanding and selfish at first, but it quickly becomes clear how much he loves Trofim, and vice versa. Shay has been interning at the hospital (underneath Trofim’s brother, Pavle) and with only a few months left before that ends, he feels he will be free and clear of his father and able to fully support himself, even though his father has been withholding money from him. Needless to say, Shay and Trofim decide their love is too strong to give up on, and so they carry on reigniting their passionate relationship as they bide their time.
But things don’t go well for them, as you can imagine. Shay’s father doesn’t stay quiet for long before he starts causing problems again. This causes Trofim to seek other help in the form of Dominus Leos. Being back in the club and seeing the guys was one of my favorite parts of this story. Unfortunately, even though they end up playing a big role here, we only get glimpses of them. They end up being more involved in the master plan than expected, with Trenton in the crosshairs and Diesel having some mystery person looking out for him. We never really got closure or even very many details where these things were concerned, and I found I was longing for more of their story. I’ve wanted more of Diesel since day one, and the unsolved mystery surrounding him, as well as things that were hinted at in this story, only solidified that feeling.
As for Trofim and Shay? Well, they are really sweet together. I was rooting for them the whole time, wanting to hug and cry over the details of Shay’s abuse from his father and then hug and cry in outrage over Trofim’s later issues. There are some things that were a bit hard to believe which took place in the hospital, but really, the love and caring of the Laszkovi brothers and of Trofim and Shay just shone through.
As with the previous books, I really enjoyed this one and cannot wait for the next one. I’m really hoping for more Diesel and possibly Paris, but look forward to wherever this story might lead.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*