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Return on Investment [Kindle Edition]

Aleksandr Voinov
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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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.

Return on Investment is the new gay financial thriller from EPIC Award winner and Lambda Award finalist Aleksandr Voinov.


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About the Author

EPIC Award winner and Lambda Award finalist Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he works as a financial editor. His genres range from science fiction and fantasy to thriller, historical, contemporary, thriller, and erotica. His books were/are published by Random House Germany, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing and others. If he isn't writing, he studies sports massage, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He single-handedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, the history of chess, european magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons. Visit Aleksandr's website at www.aleksandrvoinov.com, his blog at www.aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com, and follow him on Twitter, where he tweets as @aleksandrvoinov.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3051 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 44 Raccoons (11 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LQQSYYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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EPIC Award winner and Lambda Award finalist Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where where he is making his living as a full-time writer and gentleman at large. His genres range from science fiction and fantasy to thriller, historical, contemporary, thriller, and erotica. His books were/are published by Random House Germany, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing and others.

If he isn't writing, he studies sports massage, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He single-handedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, the history of chess, european magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.

Visit Aleksandr's website at www.aleksandrvoinov.com, his blog at www.aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com, and follow him on Twitter, where he tweets as @aleksandrvoinov.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I adored this book! 5 huge stars!!!! 22 Oct. 2014
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Return on Investment is, according to Aleks himself, a book that doesn’t fit into any category – there’s not enough action and violence to be a thriller, and not enough romance to be a full-on romance novel. And yet, that is what I loved most about it. Its originality, its honesty, its own incredible personality. I’m so tired of books that have been pre-made and shaped in a mould that you can predict every single plot twist and ‘drama’ resolution. But, alas, that’s what publishers want, and I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to Aleks who took the gamble to self-publish this book and bring it into our lives.

Return on Investment feels personal. I could see Aleks in every scene of the book – probably because I was aware of his financial editing background, but more so because every word felt undistorted by the publishing mould. There are a few not politically correct references and quite a few scenes that would make romance readers cringe due to the lack of melodrama, heartfelt declarations of love or regard for personal safety. It all made it real.

I must admit I know next to nothing about finance and just thinking about it makes me yawn. Despite that, I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much. I can safely say it’s one of my favourite of Voinov’s now! What I liked about the ‘finance talk’ was that it wasn’t simplified, or at least that’s the impression I got. There was a lot I didn't understand, but at the same time I walked away from this book knowing a lot more about that world than before I started. Too many authors over-simplify the terminology of the subject matter of their books, over-explaining everything as if talking to a child and I dislike that immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting financial thriller and mm romance 8 Oct. 2014
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As I've found with other Aleksandr Voinov books, putting this one in a romance category doesn't seem strictly fitting, it is so more than a story of two lost souls finding each other. The relationship is integral to the story but it is set within a financial thriller.

The notes I made while reading this start at the beginning with 'God, what a distressing prologue'. Wow, hand to mouth in horror, what a way to start and then knowing what I've just read would be the explained by what was to come I couldn't read quick enough.

This is set in the ruthless world of finance in London, lead up to the stock market crash. Drugs, partying, booze and sex are part of the landscape for those within the industry and rather naive analyst Martin is drawn into this. He seems too honest for this world, he trusts too much and so easily gets carried away by seedy Alec. Martin is easily manipulated by Alec and as a reader it's easy to be dragged into it, seeing Alec as an encouraging mentor rather than an abusive manipulator. Martin has a crush, schoolboy innocent crush, on his boss Francis, a man who takes his anger out on Martin easily and could be considered a bully. Martin dares to speak to Francis when others don't and learns the trade from him. At first Martin doesn't fit in this cut-throat world, I feel the need to protect him but with cruelty of Alec and the business knowledge from Francis he becomes hardened, braver and far more savvy to the goings on around him.

This book is excellent, the story is exciting, the characters pack a punch drawing you in, and the start of the book made sure you were gripped until the very end.
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Might I call a novel about highly motivated businessmen, complexly layered friendships and realistic sex "beautiful"? Oh yes, you bet your sweet bippy, and I just did. Beautiful.

The Prologue. Really. It sets the tone, until it takes the next turn, and the next.

After that, this story starts off with a deceptively comfortable, leisurely pace. All the while, a low hum of tension is flowing beneath the surface.

I liked Martin right away and that continued throughout the entire story.

Josh intrigued me. Alec made me smirk and hold my breath at the same time. Francis was a dark cloud ready to break apart with the lightening of his tightly wound self.

A few chapters in, I realized... well, that I had been properly sucked in. And that undercurrent of tension? Ever present and undeniable.

The writing feels effortless just as it should. The dialogue realistic and meaningful, nothing superfluous.

Let's really get into this:

Martin is, frankly, naïve at varying levels. He's had his share of hookups and had to work hard to get into uni and get this job, this career, so he's no stranger to working for what he wants. He's just not nearly as worldly when it comes to people: if someone is nice to him, they must have his best interests at heart... right? He's got a lot to learn.

Francis is a gold mine, no matter where and for what you may be digging. He's smart, probably technically brilliant. He can read people as if no flesh, no bone stands between him and their inner thoughts. He's so closed off, keeping things ultra-close to his vest, that most of that knowledge he's gained from so much experience remains tucked away. Except... when it comes to Martin.
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Published 7 months ago by Bluevitriol
4.0 out of 5 stars Another quality book from Voinov.
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