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Kat Shehata, Author of RUSSIAN TATTOOS – OBSESSION, Ponders Whether Vladimir is a Good Guy…or a Bad Guy (with a giveaway!)


Do you consider Vladimir a good guy or a bad guy?

Being an author is the best job in the world. I love what I do, and I am grateful for every single person who chooses to read my work. The best part of my job is creating characters—especially the good guy / bad guy character. In Russian Tattoos, Vladimir is two characters rolled into one. He’s a charismatic businessman who treats his love interest, Carter, like the most important person in the universe, but he is also the pakhan—the ruthless boss of a Russian mafia crime ring.

I love writing the intense and dramatic scenes where Vladimir unleashes his dark side, and I equally enjoy the scenes where Vladimir lets his guard down and reveals a soft and loving side of himself to Carter. My favorite gritty scene is the one that was most difficult to write: Chapter Twelve—Filthy.

Up until this point, Vladimir has displayed his sexy, suave, and charismatic side to Carter. She is enamored by his charms and looks up to him, especially after he hires her father and rescues her family from financial hell. In this chapter however, she has lied to Vladimir and is about to meet his dark side—the pakhan. Vladimir dishes out a verbal lashing to Carter that shows there is more to his personality than simply the charming businessman she has grown to adore.

Vladimir is a bad guy in some respects, but he’s not all bad.

Their relationship is tumultuous, but there are many tender and romantic moments as well. Vladimir is guarded with his feelings and when he reveals his sensitive side to Carter, their relationship blossoms into a romance. My favorite sexy scene is Chapter Forty-Five—An Imaginary Line.

The scene takes place in Miami, Florida and Vladimir is doing everything in his power to show Carter how much she means to him. It’s not the expensive hotel suite, the flowers, or fancy food—it’s the moment when Vladimir shares his feelings and shows Carter how much he cares for her. He’s playful, loving and sexy, but underneath the surface, the pakhan is waiting to make his entrance. Will Vladimir prevail or will the pakhan? Russian Tattoos is full of twists and turns that will leave you guessing until the very last page.


Kat Shehata went to school with a bunch of animals–literally. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Zoo’s Animal Conservation and Care Program. Her first career involved caring for exotic, dangerous, and adorable animals as a zookeeper. She has had her shirt ripped off by a jealous orangutan, hand-fed grapes to fruit bats, played tug-o-war with a three-toed sloth, and escorted an elephant down Pete Rose Way in the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade. As an author, Kat weaves her love of animals into her work. She is the co-author of New York Times bestseller Animals on the Other Side.

She is a competitive tennis player and spends her free time smashing tennis balls, cheering on her teammates, and playing matches in a recreational league. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, three kids, and an enthusiastic poodle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in creative writing from Spalding University.

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Russian Tattoos – Obsession
by Kat Shehata
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: January 12th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Falling in love isn’t a crime—but falling in love with a Russian mob boss could be deadly.

Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life, so when he becomes employed by Vladimir Ivanov –a sexy Russian with an array of tattoos and an accent that weakens her knees—a taste of danger is within Carter’s grasp. Behind her father’s back, she enjoys spending time with Vladimir at his lavish estate. But is he really the upstanding businessman she believes him to be?

Vladimir Ivanov—godfather of a Russian mafia crime ring.

Vladimir spent five years of his life in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who gets what he wants, and after stalking the gorgeous tennis player for years—he wants Carter. A little charm melts her heart, and behind the scenes, he orders his henchman to track her every move.

He’s a tattooed stick of dynamite ready to blow at the slightest spark.

As their romance reaches deadly levels, Carter senses something’s not right. When she’s lured into a compromising position at the hands of a shady European drug dealer, she calls in Boris, Vladimir’s right hand man, to rescue her—without telling Vladimir. With his authority questioned, he sets out to teach Carter a lesson about loyalty she’ll never forget.

When Carter realizes she’s in too deep, she must fight for her freedom before the attraction turns fatal. But the Russian mafia plays for keeps, and Vladimir’s fierce lust to possess her spirals their romance out of control.


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  1. Thanks for hosting today, Becky! 🙂

  2. RUSSIAN TATTOOS, the best Russian mafia book ever!!!

  3. I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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