⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!
• BLURB •
I was her partner.
Her ride or die.
She was my lifeline.
Until I did the unspeakable.
I thought I was strong enough, but I was wrong.
I became the monster I was sent to take down.
Losing my lifeline… there’s no surviving without her.
• MY REVIEW •
“Wrapping my arms around him, I grip fistfuls of his shirt and hold onto him as if he’s my lifeline. He is.”
This was a tough one to review, not because I didn’t like it— on the contrary, I was hooked! So much so I read it in one sitting! There were plenty of parts I ended up loving that’s still replaying in my mind as we speak.
But I’m not gonna sugarcoat this, it didn’t necessarily live-up to the expectation I had mentally prepared myself for before going in. Yes, this book has dark elements that can be triggering for some readers. Yes, it’s a suspenseful, crime romance, but if like me, and dark romance reads is your jam, then you may find this one average on the “dark romance” metre.
But what this story lacked in in-depth gritty, darkness, more than made up for in the romance department. I was gripped by the growing bond Daniel and JJ had. Not just romantically, but as partners in crime, and in their steadily developing friendship. There was an instant attraction between them that had me perking up with interest. Seeing them navigate their emotions for one another through dual POVs only made it that much more consuming to read through. 😍🤭 There’s an age-gap but with the dynamics that naturally formed between them, it works, and their relationship feels natural.
The cast of secondary characters all played vital roles in putting dimension into their world and added the support system both Daniel and JJ needed. There’s some strong camaraderie present that you tend to forget at times that not all these characters have the best of intentions. It’s a thought-provoking romance story that has you questioning right from wrong, and whether or not the actions (and reactions) of these characters are truly valid.
It’s relatively fast-paced storytelling, and as it progresses, the build-up increases and the atmosphere shifts to uneasiness and tension. You know just around the corner something big is about to unfold.
Because it was fast-paced, I did think some of the plot points concluded a little too abruptly especially since there was a nice, steady build-up at the beginning. There were a few minor moments that were a little anti-climactic for my liking, but nevertheless, it didn’t take anything away from my enjoying the book. As always, Michelle’s writing is effortless to follow, and you do immediately get attached to Daniel and JJ. They’re complex yet such likable characters.
I only discovered Michelle Heard and her books last year and after having read my first one, I immediately knew her books would be some of my favourite romance reads. Lifeline, like all her previous books is engaging, with intriguing characters, and an unpredictability to its storyline. It was its premise that initially had me wanting to read it, and it did not disappoint. Despite my wanting it be a little more dark and for a more extensive period of time, I was still thoroughly absorbed from start to finish and massively invested in seeing how Daniel’s and JJ’s story would play out.
What has me obsessed with Michelle’s dark romance books is whilst it has a sweet and swoon-worthy romance element, the storyline is weighty. The characters go through quite a journey and it’s nowhere near easy. Lifeline is definitely one of those books that could easily wreck you. It’s emotional, gut-wrenching, and mirrors real-life situations.
I haven’t read romantic crime fiction in years and this book was a great reminder that I need to read more of them in the future. The nail-biting intensity of what’s to come, along with the fist-clenching excitement of seeing a budding romance makes it doubly thrilling.
If you like dark-ish romances set in an underbelly crime world, then I recommend you give this one a go. It’s a standalone novel that can easily be read in one sitting. It has all the elements you can hope for in your reads— vivid world-building, a diverse cast of characters, a detailed, well-written plot, and desired character growth. I recommend it to fans of dark romance and/or romantic crime fiction.
There isn’t anything of Michelle Heard’s I haven’t read that I did not end up falling in love with. Lifeline is another winner, in my books. Daniel and JJ will linger with me for some time! 😊
Thank you Michelle Heard and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 🧡
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