I’ll Be Your Wolf by Darcy Rose

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As a lone wolf, I’ve been out on my own for a long time.
I keep my distance from humans and stay hidden in the woods, making sure I never get too close.

Until the day I find her lying on the forest floor, beaten, broken, alone.
I never expected my mate to be a human, or so beautiful. Everything about her makes me want to mark her and claim her as mine. But I can’t, I won’t. Not yet.

Things get worse when she tries to escape, and the wolf in me breaks free, revealing the beast beneath. My mate can run, but she can never hide.

This is a short and steamy novella including dark elements. Story ends in a HEA.

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• MY REVIEW •

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As the blurb mentions, this was a short dark romance story. What it doesn’t mention is it contains serious subject matter that may be triggering for some readers, such as kidnapping, sexual abuse (including non-consensual sex), and violence.

I have not read anything by Darcy Rose before. It was the blurb (along with the pretty cover) that had me intrigued with wanting to read this story. But I’m not going to lie, after having read it, there were a lot things I hadn’t expected from the storyline that ultimately made me rate this book the way I did.

Both the main characters; Emma and Cole were likable on some level but a lot of their mindset and reasoning behind their actions didn’t quite make sense or was just off-putting for my taste. I get that this is a fated mates romance but Cole’s human mentality wavered on several occasions throughout that had me cringing. Same went for Emma. There were moments when I thought her feelings were relatable and authentic for the ordeal she’s been forced into but then out of nowhere her actions would contradict it and she’d be okay with what was happening. 🤔

I’ve read plenty of romance novellas but despite their short length still managed to create world-building, set a gripping atmosphere, a flowing storyline, and gradual character growth. Unfortunately I’ll Be Your Wolf fell a little short in my opinion in all those elements. It had a good start, getting you a little curious about Emma and her life— even Emma’s and Cole’s first encounter was interesting… but it quickly headed in a direction I just wasn’t feeling.

I don’t mind captor/ captive romance storylines. I can believe the heroine when she starts developing feelings for her captor without it seeming like a case of Stockholm Syndrome. I think it has a lot to do with how well the author has developed her characters and their journey. In this case, it was difficult to believe any in-depth feelings between Emma and Cole because there wasn’t enough development in their relationship. It didn’t come off genuine despite them being mates.

The overall storytelling was choppy that I had a hard time really sinking into the story and connecting with it all. I do still like the overall premise of it— the push and pull of being in a situation where you’re stuck with a stranger that you never would’ve guessed to be your destined mate. It’s told from dual POVs so I at least was able to get an insight to both Emma’s and Cole’s (along with his wolf’s) thoughts about the situation they both found themselves in with one another.

Emma’s personal story is shared relatively early but I thought Cole’s was delved into a little late, so by the end it all seemed to wrap-up a little too abruptly. Putting the storyline aside there is a lot of lust and steamy scenes, and plenty of chasing. If you’re not too fussed with story development and enjoy an occasional bit of smut/ erotica, then this dark little shifter novella might be right up your alley.

You get a good chunk of the wolf shifter elements in this novella, there’s no lacking in Cole shifting from human to wolf and back again, even seeing how Cole and his wolf co-exist. There were a couple of attention-grabbing moments between Emma and Cole that kept me reading to see where their twisted affair would lead to.

Overall, I thought it was an okay read. Some pros and cons. I do enjoy shifter/ fated-mates type romance stories, but I just wasn’t fond of how this particular story played out (especially with all the non-consensual acts included). Not a bad read, it just didn’t end up being my cup of tea. And it hasn’t put me off from possibly reading any more of Darcy Rose’s work in the future! 🙂

A story you can definitely read in one sitting. If you’re a fan of dark shifter romances and have no issues with triggering content, you might like this one.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐

Thank to Darcy Rose and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💛

🔔 Interested in reading I’ll Be You Wolf? Grab your copy here: Amazon


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Savage Prince by Alison Aimes

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He’s a notorious crime lord—and he’s on the hunt for her.

Maxheim Skolov is mafia royalty. Worlds above her. Ice-cold and merciless. Driven by duty and dark secrets.

Tess is property. Expected to submit. Imprisoned by ruthless criminals determined to break her for information she can’t afford to give.

Because she’s got a secret that could change everything–and the last thing she wants is to put it in the hands of her enemies.

Except there’s something different about the heir to the Skolvo crime family that awakens long buried instincts within Tess and draws her toward the man inside the beast.

A force more dangerous than anything she’s faced to date.

So, she runs. But she won’t get far.

For mafia prince Maxheim Skolov, hunting down the rebellious, spirited female is a certainty. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her secret.

The real question is what he’ll do with her—and to her—when he catches her.

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Savage Prince: A Dark Mafia Omegaverse Fated-Mates Romance is the second book in the Ruthless Warlords series. It is a scorching HOT standalone, though it is recommenced to read the series in order for greatest enjoyment.

*Book 1 in the series is Ruthless King: A Dark Mafia Omegaverse Fated-Mates Romance. 

*Forbidden Flame: A Dark Mafia Omegaverse Fated-Mates Romance is a stand-alone novella in the same world.

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• MY REVIEW •

Oooh there’s a new Alpha in town! Scooch a smidge would you, Nikolai…? 🤭😍

After reading Ruthless King and Forbidden Flame, I was absolutely itching to read the next book in this series. Savage Prince was full of emotion and heart that I couldn’t help but swoon over Maxheim’s and Tess’s love story.

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In Ruthless King, you’ll find the eldest brother and head Alpha, Nikolai whose dominating Alpha-hole personality that could have your head jerking back in shock. In this story you’ll read about the second oldest; Maxheim, who in comparison to Nikolai is sweet, and a more accommodating Alpha to his mate. His personality is almost opposite to his brother who’s always so hard and pushy, whilst Maxheim is definitely more considerate of Tess’s feelings and insecurities. He’s such a genuinely likable character. So, if you’re not a fan of the overly-controlling, arrogant Alpha character type, then I truly think Maxheim will be more to your liking. 😉

I’m new to the Omegaverse world, with this one only having been my third book but I find this romance sub-genre in general fascinating. Aimes has created an expansive and vivid world-building, and it’s only growing more as each member of the Skolov family’s story gets told and their overall family story gets more complex.

These are the main elements you can expect in this book:

  • Science-Fiction
  • Romantic Fantasy
  • Paranormal
  • Diverse range of Aliens
  • Supernatural Abilities
  • Intergalactic Mafia

I’m an avid romance reader, but I admit I’ve never really gravitated much towards sci-fi/ paranormal as much as I would dark or contemporary romance ones, but this series hooked me in so easily with its unsuspecting storylines, interestingly multifaceted characters, and the fascination of a world where its citizens are divided by an archaic hierarchy: Alphas, Betas, and the mystifying Omegas who at first may seem like the ones who are powerless, but you soon discover that there’s more than meets the eye. I was also really curious to see how the additional Mafia elements included would mesh with the sci-fi in this romance.

FYI: It actually works well together. A dark alien mafioso?! Who woulda thunk it?! Well Aimes did! It’s bloody brilliant!

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Please note: This book is intended for readers 18+ only. It contains strong sexual content. Although the backdrop is set in a futuristic, galactic world, it also contains realistic sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers, such as human trafficking, violence,  physical, sexual and drug abuse, and emotional blackmail. Please take into consideration before starting the book. 

A relatively well-paced storytelling that flowed nicely. It’s told in third person point of view which I admit took a little time to get used to as it doesn’t necessarily get told from either one of the leading characters’ perspective but the focus of the story does shift back and forth from either Maxheim’s or Tess’s current situation. You’ll know what I mean once you read it. 

If you read Ruthless King first, you’ll get an insight into how Maxheim and his family first discover Tess. The initial premise is what had me wanting to read his story. An Alpha prince and an Omega slave?! Yes please! It’s an opposites attract storyline with a Cinderella-esque vibe to it.

There’s a good amount of character development from both the main characters. As the story develops, you see a gradual change in both Maxheim’s and Tess’s attitude and mentality, especially when it comes to their connection as mates. A lot of the story revolves around figuring how to solve their problems without sacrificing their relationship — there’s a ton of suspense and build-up with plot twists I had not expected at all.

This romance story has plenty of intensity between Maxheim and Tess with a good chunk of hot and heavy scenes. But what made their coupling for me was the amount of time and effort Maxheim put into getting to know Tess and ensuring she felt at home with his family. All the impulsiveness, the flaws and insecurities made their budding relationship all the more believable, especially when you see how much they’ve grown, not just as individuals but as a couple by the end.

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Savage Prince is action-packed with a protective alpha hero, a caring heroine that comes into her own, and a story that focuses on the bond of family and values the importance of love and mate-ship. It was swoony. It was steamy as hells. It was downright a captivating read! It keeps you on edge with it’s unpredictability and array of secondary characters whose motives are unclear that you can’t help but form theories.

I also adored the light-hearted comic relief provided by the Skolov brothers all throughout. There’s nothing like brotherly love and banter to break some of the tension! Seeing the various personalities of each Skolov sibling and how they interact with one another was a treat to see. 😄

If you’re looking for a romance read set in a fantasy/ paranormal/ sci-fi backdrop, then you have to try this one. As the author mentions, you can technically read Savage Prince without having reading Ruthless King first but I agree in recommending you read in order. Each love story is separate, but there’s an ongoing story in the background that interconnects each book. Starting the series from the beginning will provide a better reading experience and understanding of their world.

I found Aimes’ writing effortless to follow. With a thrilling opening scene, I was invested in Maxheim, Tess, and the entire story right from the very beginning. Amazing book two in the Ruthless Warlords series. I’m excited to see how this world will expand from here!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Alison Aimes and Grey’s Promotions for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading Savage Prince? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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