It started with one innocent look across a room in Paris. He was a lot older than me. A Roman god dressed in an Italian suit, surrounded by an aura I couldn’t resist.
When I ran into him again, he effortlessly pulled me under his spell. But little did I know, a night full of carnal pleasure would cost me everything.
When Enrico Marchetti wanted something, he didn’t just take it. He possessed it. Now, his sights were set on me. There were secrets this man was keeping. They surrounded him, his dead wife, his children. I wanted no part of it, but there was no escaping him. He had taken me to his kingdom, locked the doors, and thrown away the key.
Now the only thing left to do was fight. Even if it killed me.
Eva Winners released her first novel Second Chance At Love in 2020 and has been writing feverishly ever since. She writes about everlasting romance for every century focusing on characters emotional development and always guarantees an HEA. She loves yoga, wine and her kiddos. In her spare time, she seeks adventures either hiking through trails or exploring the beaches. Writing books has always been her passion and she brings real life to the forefront in everything she writes about. Deeply passionate characters and stories will draw you in and you’ll never want to leave. Follow Eva Winners on social media!
A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of dark and contemporary romance.
She loves writing about tortured heroes and the strong heroines who love them. When she’s not putting her characters through hell, she can usually be found watching documentaries in the name of research.
She lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.
I came to Miami to relax and rest after a year of sadness and loss.
Instead I end up kidnapped by a man I don’t hate as much as I should.
Beck claims to be using me to get back at his brother.
To make Andre pay for what he’s done.
But I’m not so sure.
Not when he touches me the way he does.
When he puts his life on the line to keep me safe.
I’ve never wanted a man to possess me. Claim me as their own.
Not until him.
Beck understands me. Gives me room to breathe even while keeping me close.
But someone wants to take him away from me.
And Beck’s about to find out he’s not the only one willing to put their life on the line.
Disavow is book two of the Sons of Sin Series.
• MY REVIEW •
“No man has ever wanted me enough to say I belong with him.”
Things have heated up with book two in the Sons Of Sin series. The first half of this story was immensely gripping. I could not get enough of the interactions between Madison and Beck the minute they crossed paths. From the constant banter, to the zingy chemistry, to the constant surprising developments in their budding relationship.
It’s fast-paced storytelling for the better half of the book before the pacing slows down midway once Madison and Beck are in the thick of things with The Association— a criminal underworld of sorts Beck and all his brothers are in connection with. I enjoyed the romance elements of this book. In my opinion it’s a lot more attention-grabbing than the first in the series, and I found the MCs chemistry a lot more genuine and organic in its development. There’s a lot to take in with Beck’s world that there’s times early on I found myself losing interest in that side of the storyline. After Madison had been incorporated into his business I felt the atmosphere shifted. I was anticipating dark and gritty elements and tons of suspense that never really presented itself. What I initially thought would be mafia romance, was really more contemporary with minor mafia-esque vibes.
I do recommend reading the first book in the series before starting this one as there’s an interconnecting storyline amongst the brothers that carries throughout. Although it’s essentially in the contemporary romance genre, there are some dark subject matters that may be disturbing or triggering for some readers. It contains violence, kidnapping, and sexual assault. It’s intended for readers 18+ only.
Whilst I did enjoy this book overall, I found having no epilogue left Madison and Beck’s story with a lot more questions than answers. There’s some character growth present but not as much as I would’ve liked. I have no doubt Madison and Beck will feature in future books, but it still would’ve been nice to see some sort of conclusion in this one. I do however like that the ending segues to the next brother’s story in the series.
This being the second book, I can definitely see a lot more developments amongst the brothers and see more of their family dynamics. There’s complexity there that is gradually building and leaves you intrigue to see more.
The writing itself is effortless to follow, told from dual POVs, and is constantly progressing. There’s an array of characters, all of whom have made impressions— some more than others that I hope this won’t be the last time we see some of these secondary characters as I found their stories were just as interesting as the MCs.
If you’re interested in dipping your toes in mafia romance without the dark and grittiness elements just yet, I recommend giving the Sons Of Sin series a try. As I mentioned earlier, it’s mostly contemporary but there’s still an underlying mafia/ underworld setting, it’s just tamer than the usual dark and mafia romance stories already out there.
The characters are both likable and relatable that had me instantaneously invested in knowing more about their stories and seeing a romantic connection develop. The world-building is still relatively in its early stages but I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more dimension as the series expands. It has a little bit of spice thrown into a lot of sweetness, and there’s also unpredictability throughout that ultimately kept me engaged. It’s a great read with cool friendships and the makings of a hefty brotherhood.
Thank you Willa Jade for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💙
“It doesn’t matter where you run to, Little Rose, I’ll always find you.”
I am in giddy, blissful contentment, yet a part of me is also in utter devastation knowing that Captured By A Sinner was the epic conclusion to the Sinners series. Viktor and Rosalie’s story took me on a complex, in-depth emotional journey that I never wanted to see come to an end.
When it comes down to it, I was soooo not prepared for the heart-rending developments. From the moment Viktor and Rosalie’s worlds collided their lives altered and there was no righting it back. Not only was Viktor and Rosalie’s every interaction intense to the point where I felt like the oxygen was getting sucked out of the room, but seeing their relationship organically evolve over time whilst they navigate through an array of mental and emotional angst had me totally transfixed.
The connection that these two had throughout despite their age-gap and the captor/captive dynamic they’ve fallen into will have you swooning. The forced proximity, banter, and sexual tension made their coupling all the more entertaining. Viktor’s intentions and unique nature played an influential role in Rosalie’s life during her captivity, and in my opinion what sets their relationship apart from the previous couples.
I’ve found each of the books in this series pretty solid quality in regards to storytelling, and this book cemented how much I love each and every dynamic sinner and their gritty corner of the underworld, and how this series has fast become one of my all-time favourite mafia romances (alongside the Saints series). This fifth and final book was a culmination of the strong brotherhood, the fierce heroines, the “Saints” who paved the way and the “Sinners” who strengthen and diversified it.
Whilst all the books are interconnected standalone novels and can even be read in any order, this however is one story I strongly recommend you read last. The books prior build-up the suspense and complex developments between Viktor and Rosalie that by the time you do read this one, you’ll be buzzing with anticipation in seeing how their story will all unfold.
I love how Heard has laid out this particular story; providing a hearty backstory that gives you a full understanding of Viktor’s behaviour and reasons behind his motives— and ultimately Rosalie’s conflicting feelings. With their twisted backstories setting the gritty atmosphere for the rest of the book, it was more than a romance story. It was three-dimensional, genuine, and in many ways mirrored real-life experiences.
The author’s warning for this book is not to be taken lightly. It contains dark, sensitive subject matters that may be triggering for some readers such as, death, kidnapping, graphic violence, physical assault, sexual abuse, and trauma resulting from these events. It has strong adult content intended for readers 18+ only.
In saying that, Heard has consistently written grade-A romance reads that I highly recommend. Adding this one to that ever-growing list! Along with a well-balanced ratio of mafia to romance elements, I also found this story to be a refreshing and gripping approach on the stereotypical captive romance trope.
It’s well-paced, told from dual perspectives, and effortless to follow. There’s no easing into this one— it’s action-packed and explosive right from the get-go that you’re immediately transported to their world. It’s brutal, gut-wrenching, and filled with apprehension. But on the flipside, it’s also full of heart, hope, and an unshakeable love one dreams of finding in their lifetime. 😊
All in all, this final book had everything I could have ever hoped for— from the suspense, to the unpredictability, to the constant push-and-pull, to the panty-melting scenes! The appearances from the Priesthood, contrast of family dynamics, and the fleshed-out characters and plotlines topped it all off. It was all there for me. I can’t fault it and without a doubt enjoyed the hells out of it! If fellow mafia romance readers and avid fans of Heard are willing to bear the consequences of a hangover then I’m positive readers will eat this one up… and most likely in one sitting too!
Thank you Michelle Heard and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡
Given as a gift. Kept as a prisoner. Fighting to be a queen.
She was given to me as a gift, with a twist. I was to keep her safe, protect her.
An old friend called in a big favor, and now I have this innocent young woman in my home.
The lines blur and the heat between us ignites.
She’s my good girl gone bad, and I’ll burn the world down to keep her safe.
But as we grow closer, old secrets rise to the surface.
I’m supposed to keep her safe, but she hasn’t told me everything.
I can’t protect her if I don’t know the truth, and soon things take a dangerous turn.
One even my power and money might not be able to fight.
He’s my owner. For a few months.
It’s all fake though. Really, he’s supposed to protect me.
The trouble is, he wants more. I can see it in his hungry gaze.
Worse still, so do I.
Yet the world he inhabits is dangerous. and full of sin. Too much for a girl like me.
Then he says three little words, and I’m lost.
“My good girl.”
I’ll be his good girl, in private, but I also want my rightful place by his side.
As his queen.
I won’t give up this fight because it is the most important of my life.
Then fate throws us a curveball, and a secret I’d long thought buried resurfaces.
My past and my future are at war. I can only pray my future wins.
• MY REVIEW •
“Be careful what you wish for in life, because oftentimes when we get our wishes, they are traps.”
Oooh. I like. Second book in the series and Jones has upped her game where the Volkovs are concerned. In a world where things are all screwy and dangerous men have all the power and influence, Sasha Volkov is a formidable, yet swoon-worthy presence at Leah’s side… and it could not have been a more intriguing read!
Whilst the overall outline of this story has similar blueprints to the first book in the series, Jones still manages to ensure differences amongst the Volkov brothers and their relationship with their respective heroines. Although Sasha and Nikolai have similar traits, they also have contrasting characteristics, and this book re-iterated those distinctions.
I may have been on the fence with book one, but I was completely absorbed throughout this sequel by Sasha, Leah and their story. They’re definitely more my jam! 😊 I usually try and avoid romance reads that contain any sort of BDSM and/or “impact play” (a term I’ve recently come to learn) of any kind as they’re not my kink (no pun intended). When I realised this book touches on these topics I admit I had doubts on whether to continue. So glad I did! Sasha and Leah are an engaging couple with such an interesting dynamic. An opposites-attract coupling who realise they’re more alike than they first thought. Their romance toes the line of insta-love but there’s enough developments throughout that gives their relationship genuineness and depth.
Whether it’s through jaw-dropping scenes, well-placed and unexpected comic relief, or intense interactions between Sasha and Leah, these elements in this steady-paced narrative keeps you on your toes. Just like with Marked By Him, it featured very little of the action and suspense where their criminal organisation is concerned. But unlike the first book, with how this story progressed, it didn’t feel like it was missing that dark element. There was plenty of developments between Sasha and Leah.
“This has become all or nothing. So what do I want? All? Or nothing?”
They’re both likable and entertaining characters. Leah is a down-to-earth heroine whom I found to be fairly relatable yet quite unique in her own right. Sasha is Sasha for a reason, and his backstory is the reasoning behind his character and why I think he’s the perfect match for Leah.
You’ll also be fictionally transported to a vivid London backdrop with plenty of British jargon thrown in by Leah. I, for one didn’t understand any of it but I was highly curious all the same! 😜
It’s a great read that in my opinion leans more towards contemporary than dark romance. It deals with realistic and relatable issues of social standing, family dysfunctions, and personal insecurities adding a lot of heart and soul into their story. It also broached on human trafficking/ prostitution but it’s not overly graphic or triggering. It can be read as a standalone but there’s a continuous storyline in the background interconnecting the Volkov brothers. I would recommend you start at the beginning of the series to get the full scope of the world-building and the extent of the brothers’ relationship and dynamic.
If you enjoy minor BDSM in your romance stories with an age-gap and captive romance tropes, give this one a try. If you’re an avid fan of criminal syndicate romances looking for your next read, the Volkov brothers are Slovakian which I found to be a cool little change of pace from the many Italian, Russian, and Irish criminal underworld/ mafia-type romance reads out there. It may not be as dark or gritty but this book delivers on the romance aspect ranging from kicks and giggles, to aww-inducing sweet, to full-blown smutty, before concluding on a HEA!
Thank you Skye Jones and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💛
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His ink on my skin. His ring on my finger. His protection for life. My heart as payment.
She came to my territory to spy on me. No one does that and lives. But this girl, she’s a rare beauty, beyond any I’ve seen.
I want her under me, not under the ground. She’s a temptation I have to conquer, and so I make her an offer.
My mark, on her skin. The Volkov family insignia tattooed on her shoulder, to tell the world she’s mine, and she earns my protection.
It starts out as a game but becomes an obsession so fierce it might burn the world down.
Trouble is, I can’t tell who is winning the game.
The stakes have never been higher, and we’re both playing for keeps.
As a low-level street informant, I thought I’d finally gotten out and could resume my life, but I was mistaken. My handler had one last job for me.
He wanted me to worm my way into the world of Nikolai Volkov, Slovakian arms dealer and all-round a very bad person.
The first day of working at his mysterious Club V, I knew I was in over my head. Powerful, beautiful, and full of charismatic energy, he enticed me … and terrified me.
So here I am. A girl out of her depth, being dragged under by the kind of man she most certainly shouldn’t be messing with.
He says he will protect me, so long as I wear his mark and become his.
At first, I try to tell myself I can play his twisted games, but as time goes on, he takes over my body, my heart, and now he wants my very soul.
Nikolai Volkov is either going to be my downfall, or my savior, and I don’t know which.
NB: This can be read entirely as a standalone novel. It is a dark romance. For a list of what that entails, please visit my website.
• MY REVIEW •
“They say falling in love is the same as going insane, or becoming a drug addict.”
This first book in the Club V series was my introduction to new-to-me author S.R. Jones and the devious, angst-ridden underworld she has created. The premise was intriguing to say the least; I liked the idea of an undercover spy/ crime boss romance storyline.
The storytelling is well-paced, told from multiple POVs, and a constant emotional rollercoaster. I had expected a dark, suspenseful romance read, but found it to be less dark and gritty and more contemporary and angsty (which isn’t a bad thing). Although Nikolai’s world is set in a criminal syndicate backdrop, you don’t actually get an in-depth view into his world as his volatile relationship with Sienna is the focal point for the majority of the story. I haven’t looked into Jones’ backlist of books yet, so I’m unsure if this world already exists in other books but if like me and this is your first, just know the underworld element is not as vivid as it might seem.
But please note, it does contain sensitive subject matter that may still be triggering for some readers such as, sexual harassment/ assault and violence. This book is intended for readers 18+ only.
I love seeing witty, light-hearted banter here and there and occasional game-playing between leading characters. The first half of the book really sucks you in as Sienna and Nikolai begin their bargain. But as the story progresses and Sienna starts finding her groove, I did find her one-upmanship a little excessive at times. For the most part she’s a likable character and heroine, but some of her motives and actions were questionable (surprisingly more so than Nikolai’s). 🤔 Nikolai has a couple of different sides to him. He’s a possessive alpha but he’s also an acquired taste that I think plenty will find enticing regardless of his way of thinking at times.
The chemistry between the two is without a doubt hot; never knowing which direction their interactions end up—getting their mack-on or completely butting heads. Either way, these two have some serious addictive exchange throughout that kept me turning the pages.
“I can give her the life of a queen, but queens aren’t free. They remain trapped by their royal duties, and she would be trapped by what it means to be with a Volkov.”
However, their relationship and their individual characters could’ve used deeper, genuine developments. Not as much growth as I was hoping for, especially considering the complex situation Sienna and Nikolai have put themselves in. I was anticipating intensity and edge-of-your-seat moments that unfortunately never really occurred, and ultimately felt like something was missing from the overall ambience of the story that would’ve given it the oomph it so greatly needed.
But in saying that, it does have great bones, and as mentioned earlier the premise was what initially caught my attention. Despite lacking darkness and grit, as a whole it’s still an enjoyably sweet romance story with two leading characters who have quite a zingy coupling. As well as secondary characters who played pivotal roles in not only adding dimension and a third-party perspective to Sienna and Nikolai’s relationship, but also in displaying the structure, hierarchy, and loyalty to Nikolai and his expanding enterprise. It also teases you with Nikolai’s family dynamics and what the future holds for the Volkov brothers. I found them all to be such interesting characters that I’m curious to know more about their own life stories.
The conclusion to Nikolai and Sienna’s story kicks-off the continuation of the series with the next Volkov brother in Given to Him. From Sasha’s appearances in this book, I’m looking forward to reading his story next!
It’s a little tamer than the usual dark, mafia-type romance books I read, but I would still recommend it to fellow dark romance readers who enjoy reading about bossy alpha-heroes and defiant heroines. I think it’s a great read for those who are looking into dark romances but not quite ready to go gritty as of yet.
Thank you Skye Jones and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💛
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I’m a pawn in a twisted game of power and revenge. And he’s a masterful player.
He’s going to hold me and hurt me, protect me and punish me. In a dangerous world of wealth, decadence, and sin, I have no choice but to sink into to the arms of my enemy.
There’s a price to be paid, though. I must surrender control to enter this new wonderland of seduction. And I must learn to find strength for the fight that’s coming. Being a Morelli has never been so dangerous.
The warring Morelli and Constantine families have enough bad blood to fill an ocean, and their brand new stories will be told by your favorite dangerous romance authors.
WARNING: This book is intended for readers eighteen years old and over. It contains material that some readers could find disturbing. Enter at your own risk…
• MY REVIEW •
“Since meeting Nick, I have felt like I’ve been falling down a deep hole that leads to a land of complete chaos and madness.”
This story has delved deeper and deeper into Wonderland, I’ve become more and more invested in seeing how it will all come together for Lyriope and Nick.
I love my fairy tales but I’ve never been big on Alice in Wonderland. But Hensley’s clever take on the classic tale has definitely turned my head upside-down! 🙃 I’ve nibbled on the mushroom, eaten a huge hunk of the cake, and taken a good gulp of that “drink me” potion. I am all in with the unpredictable Wonderland that Hensley has so marvellously re-imagined for her own story. This second book has amped up the stakes with plenty more suspense, new set of twists and turns, along with another intricate layer added to Lyriope and Nick’s relationship.
It’s fast-paced storytelling, and a relatively quick read to get through. It concludes on an unbelievably jaw-dropping ending that had me cursing the book gods for the cruel, yet enticing peek at what can be expected from the third and final instalment of the trilogy.
What started out as a mutually beneficial deal between Lyriope and Nick, has turned into a maze of emotions, careless actions, and risky outcomes. The Morellis and the Constantines, along with a new rival have finally caught up with Nick’s illustrious world, and are making grand moves to ensure only one empire holds all the cards.
Because of these new developments the story has taken a darker turn with this book containing sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers. Kidnapping, graphic violence, and overall domineering actions take place. It’s intended for readers 18+ only, and also includes strong sexual content.
As the story hits the nitty-gritty, these leading characters displayed a lot more growth, which is a welcoming depth to the overall narrative and world-building. Both Lyriope and Nick are complex characters who’ve each experienced tragedy in their past that have ultimately caused personal hang-ups. But despite all their issues, there’s a sense of cohesiveness to their partnership that I was slowly but surely embracing as more time passed.
Besides the angsty yet blistering romance, the group dynamic amongst Nick’s close-knit circle was a surprising but nevertheless interesting highlight within. The secondary characters were on-point; having a diverse range of personalities that I adored seeing, whether they were morally grey characters or not.
Hensley has not only sucked me into this lavish world of make-believe, with the extravagant backdrops and dreamy promises of HEAs, but her storytelling was effortless to follow and instantaneously drew me in. I admittedly was on the fence after reading King Of Spades, not entirely sure whether I liked the premise or the leading characters for that matter, but I’m relieved I hadn’t prematurely closed the book on this trilogy because Queen Of Hearts cemented my emotional and mental need to finish Lyriope’s and Nick’s story.
At first glance, I hadn’t considered it to be such a headliner of a story, yet Wonderland and having a secret Morelli heir and a man of endless possibilities making waves amongst two powerful warring families has added a new element to the world of the Midnight Dynasty, and an entertaining and edgy new playing field for new and existing characters.
It’s drama-filled with the perfect amount of danger thrown in. It’s another fitting display of the twisted and ruthless families. This book has a gradual uneasiness that culminates on a noteworthy ending. I’m loving this newest addition and cannot wait to read Ace Of Diamonds. It’s a must-read for fans following the Morellis and Constantines, and for readers who are intrigued by this modern, twisted Alice in Wonderland-inspired dark romance. The majority of the book focuses on Lyriope and Nick’s lustful romance with the story told from dual POVs, but it still has a nail-biting atmosphere with suspenseful plotlines in place that will evoke some deep emotion out of you.
Please note, it is a continuous storyline and book one; King Of Spades must be read first before diving into this second part.
Thank you Alta Hensley and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! ❤
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Cinderella said to be kind, have courage, and always believe in a little magic.
To survive in my world, you have to be dead inside, be on guard at all times, and never dream of the impossible.
You never dream of anything because you don’t just get to stop working for the Polish mafia.
But you can be stolen from them.
Well, kind of.
When Gabriel Demir, head of the Turkish mafia, attacks my boss, I’m caught in the crossfire.
I’m taken captive, interrogated, and soon find myself in the position of maid again. Only this time, it’s for the Turkish instead of Polish.
This time it’s for a dangerously attractive man and not the insane one I’ve known all my life.
This time I find myself fantasizing about my boss instead of dreaming of ways to escape.
This time I’m not threatened with pain and death but with pleasure.
But can I step out of the maid’s uniform and into a ballgown?
Do I dare cross that line just for a moment in the spotlight?
• MY REVIEW •
“He might not be my prince, but he’s definitely my savior.”
I am in love with Stolen By A Sinner! 👏👏👏 We’re only halfway through this series and it’s already phenomenal, and the two previous books have been addictive as hell… but this one just hits a little differently— it’s extra special.
Everything was on point, from the initial premise, to the expectations, to the overall execution of the storytelling! It may sound simple enough for a book to coincide with its synopsis but there’s plenty of cases where it ends up becoming a bit of a hit and miss, and you’re left with a story that headed in a completely unsuspecting direction. Heard had undertaken a Cinderella tale set in a modern Mafia world and ended up not only delivering but surpassing all expectations. I honestly cannot stopping re-reading it. The stories, the developments, and ugh… the characters have all but consumed my thoughts, and I don’t see it fading away anytime soon.
Right from the very beginning there’s already a vivid sense of uneasiness and fear as Lara takes us into her depressing, isolated world. Although it was still early days into the story, it was already such a pivotal period of Lara’s personal story, as it provides both an understanding of her circumstances, and ultimately the backstory to the main narrative between Gabriel and herself.
Such a winning pair of leading characters that complement each other so well. Gabriel is the next Mafioso in the series to share his story and believe me when I say he’ll leave his mark on your heart, but Lara’s character growth is utterly moving, to say the least. She’s very much the focal point, with the majority of the storyline revolving around her. With her youth, lack of life experiences and relationships, she’d been severely conditioned to accept her standing on top of constantly keeping her wits about her.
There’s nothing arrogant about Gabriel’s strength and authority, yet he’s undoubtedly a powerful, intimidating-as-hell hero who willingly (and effortlessly) slipped into a solid supporting role for his heroine. I found it to be such an intriguing dynamic getting to witness such a gradual, genuine relationship form between that two through patience, compassion, and acceptance. As the story progressed you can literally see trust building, that made their entire relationship all the more heart-warming and realistic as it evolved.
It’s a pretty harsh and emotional read. I’d lost count of how many times I either welled-up with tears or downright blubbered. You can’t help but be heartbroken for Lara and all that she’s endured. It’s such savagery and a deep sense of loneliness. It touches on mental health and wellbeing, and reflects on multiple societal and economic issues. Don’t take Heard’s warning of this book lightly, as it contains serious triggers and intended for readers 18+ only.
But in saying that, for readers who have no issues with sensitive subject matter, I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s my first ever Turkish Mafia romance, but what also attracted me to the story was the Cinderella-themed synopsis. So, if you enjoy any of the following romance sub-genres and tropes, I really think this one will be to your liking! 😊
“If you want me to be your prince, I’ll be your fucking prince, baby.”
Modern-Day Fairy tale
Opposite sides of the tracks
Cross-Cultural/ Interracial Characters
Dark Mafia Romance
There’s such a well-written cast of characters included that seriously elevated this book to heavenly status! I haven’t loved an entire group of people (albeit, fictional) in a very long time. This is the type of support system dreams are made of. They brought about friendship, strength, loyalty, and also displayed a deep contrast between Lara’s and Gabriel’s worlds. And if that wasn’t enough, the additional light-heartedness and much needed (but surprising) comic-relief was the cherry on top of an epic fairy tale romance story!
What I’ve quickly discovered with each book in this series is that I really enjoy (and look forward to) getting to learn another language. It may just be a few words but the way Heard has incorporated diversity and culture into these books added another layer to the world-building and almost transports its audience to new travel destinations. It also makes her characters and their world a lot more fleshed out.
Stolen By A Sinner is journey worth experiencing for yourself. It’s an emotional rollercoaster— you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll swoon, and then you’ll cry some more. It’s a standalone novel in The Sinners Series but it’s a complete story—epilogue and all!
It’s easily one of my favourite reads of 2022!
Thank you Michelle Heard and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡
From the first night I bedded her I knew I was playing with fire.
And now I must face the consequence.
I betrayed my best friend. A man who was more a brother to me than my own blood.
And as her stomach swells with my child, I fear I have lost her too.
She claims men hold all the power in our world, but she has brought me to my knees.
I love her. I know that now. Too little too late.
Breaking a heart is easy. Mending one is where the difficulty lies.
But a predator lies in wait of her. And I’ll do anything I must to keep her safe.
• MY REVIEW •
“He cups the back of my skull in his palm, drags me to him, and kisses me. It’s a kiss of possession. Of claiming. But something deeper. Something unbreakable.”
What a beautiful conclusion to Mercedes’ and Judge’s journey. They’ve come full circle and this book was a culmination of the struggles, the push-and-pull, and the emotions they both went through, as well as the growth in their characters and within their relationship since the fateful day Mercedes and Judge became entwined in each other’s lives.
Since starting this trilogy, I have been anticipating each book, and it was no different with this one— I read it easily in one sitting. I’m in happy contentment knowing that they FINALLY accomplished their HEA, but knowing that this trilogy has come to a close also left a bittersweet feeling.
I really hadn’t expected for Mercedes to win me over, but she has, and not only that, she’s more than managed to get me emotionally invested in her story. The fact that I was #TeamMercedes numerous times throughout these books is a testament to how gifted Knight and Zavarelli are as writers having been able to turn the nature of one’s character around in such an effortless way. I’m still taken aback by how quickly I became somewhat protective of Mercedes now knowing the full extent of what she’s had to endure.
If you’ve read the first two books, you wouldn’t want to leave the trilogy hanging but not reading book three, right?! Trust me when I say this book sums it all up— from the secrecy, the danger, to all the familial drama. When it comes to Mercedes’ and Judge’s journey, all the unfinished issues, all the things unsaid, and any lingering questions have been resolved.
*cough* Although there’s good odds that we’ll see certain characters again… possibly in their own books *cough* 😉😁
Super fast-pacing, but still manages to keep the existing in-depth storytelling and flow that the first two books created and developed. I quickly discovered that it was just as equally emotional. The world-building is phenomenal, with IVI’s rich history and decades worth of laws and traditions in place, it really does feel like you’ve stepped into quite an unpredictable society that’s all very hush-hush. It’s mesmerising, vivid, and pulls you right in. And as Mercedes (and even Judge) has disclosed on multiple occasions it’s not a world without restraint.
This book very much encompasses two separate worlds colliding as Mercedes and Judge reach their breaking points. Whilst we see a gradual character growth in Mercedes all throughout the trilogy, Judge has always been a little more adamant. But you’ll see a side to him that will genuinely have you feeling more lenient towards his alpha-caveman style behaviour. Secondary characters brought upon a lot of influence in how this story progressed and showcased the importance and the impact a support system can be for both protagonists. I found the friendships/ comradery so organic and authentic that despite the dark world they inhabit, this aspect of their story is still something you can relate to.
It’s by far my favourite story from Knight’s and Zavarelli’s exclusive world of The Society. But I can’t reiterate enough how much I recommend all the books from this world. Each standalone/ duet/ trilogy can be read in any order but in my opinion, it’s best to read The Society Trilogy first and foremost because it’s the introduction to IVI, as well as to Mercedes and Judge.
This particular book doesn’t have any triggers, but I should point out that first two in the trilogy do contain sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers. The characters have mental, physical, and emotional trauma stemming from graphic violence. It also broaches on substance abuse. It’s intended for readers 18+ only.
A gritty, suspense-fuelled romance story that’s full of complexity and heart. Both Knight and Zavarelli have created some memorable characters with some pretty savage stories in the past that stays with you, I consider The Rite Trilogy as one of those stories for me. Each book has been consistently gripping, angsty, and leaves you wanting more. It’s a must-read in my books (no pun intended)!
Thank you Natasha, Ashleigh, and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! ❤
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Yet she stands tall against me, taunting me with her rebellion.
But we all have rules we must live by.
And I have broken the most sacred.
I took her to my bed.
I claimed that which did not belong to me.
And now that the beast within has had a taste, it wants more.
• MY REVIEW •
“Some of our most painful experiences are the ones that leave scars nobody can see. That doesn’t make them any easier to live with.”
I have no words. Mercedes and Judge have taken up residence in my mind—and I’m not even one bit concerned! Her Rebellion is a straight-up solid continuation from His Rule!
More danger! More developments! More at stake!
The intensity and fast-paced storytelling transitioned seamlessly onto this second book that it almost didn’t feel like there was a month-long wait to read it. 🙌 I’m telling you now, if you were on the fence about Mercedes De La Rosa in The Society Trilogy, this story will undoubtedly have you loving her! I don’t think I’ve encountered a heroine like her in such a long time. The level of character growth she’s displayed is unbelievably amazing—going from a morally grey secondary character to a full-blown genuine, strong-willed heroine!
I was thrilled to see that the push-and-pull relationship that developed between Mercedes and Judge was still very much present, but that it had also evolved into this time-sensitive secret love affair that’s brutal in so many ways yet just as sweet and passionate… but heart-stopping all the same time. I lived for those moments because they were few and far between. It was, in my opinion what had me completely and immensely emotionally invested in seeing this next part of their story unfold.
After the jaw-dropping cliffhanger that His Rule concluded with, I was eager to see the direction Mercedes’ and Judge’s story would head towards. Would Judge finally open up? Would Mercedes have the strength to move on? When will we see the pivotal turning point in their relationship?
If you like slow-burn romances… or should I say start-stop affairs, then hunker down because you’re in for a treat! 😜
And if, like myself you ended up getting hooked on this trilogy after reading the first book, you would’ve undoubtedly have had questions that needed answering. I’m happy to report as the plot thickens within this book, some of those lingering questions do get cleared up… only for new questions to take its place, that is. Sigh.
From the saucy, flirtatious romantic elements, to the suspense, intrigue, and secrecy surrounding these characters, it wasn’t at all hard to escape into their world. The edgy atmosphere from start to finish really played well in keeping its readers absorbed in the story. Told from dual points of view, I enjoyed seeing the contrasting internal dialogues of both protagonists— seeing the similarities and differences where their feelings are concerned had me either giggling with excitement or face-palming in discontent. 😅
The simultaneous storylines, alongside appearances and interactions by secondary characters kept-up the complexity of the overall narrative. I’m always a fan of crossovers from other book series’ and I thought Knight and Zavarelli did an outstanding job at corresponding timelines and events to ensure readers can read the books from The Society in no particular order.
Just like the first book, Her Rebellion ends on a cliffhanger. If you’re unaware, this is a continuous story therefore this trilogy needs to be read in publishing order. I should also point out, this part of the story contains sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers, such as graphic violence, abuse, and kidnapping. These characters have gone (and are still going) through a lot of darkness and cruelty that resulted in a lot emotional, physical, and mental scarring. This trilogy is intended for readers 18+ only. Please note, it also contains strong sexual content.
Although not yet completed, this trilogy fast become my favourite story from the ever-expanding world of The Society that Knight and Zavarelli have vividly created, and I highly recommend it to avid fans of dark romance books. It has the perfect balance one would expect from this romance sub-genre; a gripping, well-developed, gritty love story with tons of surprises. It’s a guilty pleasure read full of heart and substance. (There are certain parts of this book I can’t stop going back and rereading, it’s that good)!
I’m eager to see how it will all conclude in Their Reign! After the things both Mercedes and Judge have had to endure, they most definitely deserve a HEA!
Thank you Natasha, Ashleigh, and Give Me Books PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! ❤
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