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• BLURB •
Two rival serial killers.
One common enemy.
Forensic anthropologist Dr. Jack Sorensen is the perfect serial killer. In the bright lights of his public persona he’s a respected scientist, a leader in the field of human decomposition. But in his shadowed secret life he’s a ruthless and elusive killer, unseen by the authorities who have failed to follow his faint trail of destruction. Beautifully cold, brilliant and cruel, Jack wants nothing more than to keep his life captured in his vise-like grip of control. And Jack Sorensen never makes mistakes…
Until he underestimates Dr. Kyrie Roth.
Wildlife biologist Kyrie is the enemy Jack never noticed, another murderer in his midst. A killer with equal cunning and stealth as the great Jack Sorensen, she knows all his darkest secrets, even the pieces of a past he might have forgotten. Kyrie has created the perfect habitat for her favorite research subject, but she’s finally had enough of being bitten by the beast that lives at Jack’s core. Pushed past her breaking point, Kyrie has decided to do whatever it takes to make Jack suffer. But when Kyrie’s traumatic past descends on her broken oasis, the only person who can help Kyrie banish her painful shadows might just be her greatest enemy.
History can’t always be left to decay in a cold grave. Time has a way of thawing secrets, leaving them to shine as bright as bleached bones in the sun. Can Jack and Kyrie set aside their battle and survive a world built to hunt them? Or will they kill each other first?
• MY REVIEW •
“Creatures designed like us were not meant to bask in the light for long. Where we lurk, the darkness always finds us.”
Wow. Dark psychological thrillers are not in my usual wheelhouse of romance reads, but I am so unbelievably glad I took a stab (no pun intended) at this one! 😁
It was fast-paced, constantly developing, and most importantly, kept me on my toes. There’s some predictability in the storyline, but for the most part it was twisted, totally crafty, and unputdownable.
As a reader who doesn’t read a lot of crime thrillers and stalker romances, I am completely recommending this to fellow romances readers wanting to dip their toes in this sub-genre. It’s a relatively quick read and a standalone to boot, so there’s no long-term commitment to this gritty world, but whilst you’re in it, it’s suspenseful from beginning to end, and will constantly have your mind turning with the mysteries surrounding Jack and Kyrie.
Two serial killers— enemies-to-lovers that evolved into so much more. Although there’s some raunchy, and at times depraved sexual content, just know it’s a slow build-up to get to it. Coming into this book I hadn’t expected a slow-burn romance, but it certainly built quite an anticipation and made their relationship all the more intricate.
I loved the tension build-up as things slowly unravel between the two, and how the vivid world-building set a danger-lurking atmosphere throughout. Whilst I’m already familiar with Wolfe’s writing, Weaver on the other hand was a new-to-me author and this book was my introduction to her work. Together they have written a wowing, giddy-inducing dark/ stalker/ psychological thriller romance. I haven’t read anything like it before and I found myself effortlessly enjoying the ride with these two devilish serial killers!
Yes, its utterly sick, undoubtedly warped, and may cause a pearl-clutching gasp or two, but it was also thought-provoking, heart-breaking, and immediately had me emotionally invested. Kyrie and Jack both have some in-depth psychological issues that stem from past experiences, but as twisted as their actions are, I also found their mindset and reasonings understandable. They definitely pushed the boundaries, enjoyed the hell out of it, and dare I say, so did I! There’s a lot of dark content, but it’s balanced out by light-hearted banter, entertaining game-playing, and hilarious humour inserted in the most unexpected of times.
Please note, there are some sensitive subject matters included that some readers may find triggering or disturbing to read. It contains graphic violence, torture, murder, kidnapping, blood play, and drug use. It also has strong sexual content with some kink play. Intended for readers 18 + only.
Told from dual POVs, you’ll see the inner workings of Kyrie’s and Jack’s serial killer minds. I loved discovering the complexity of both their characters and their backstories that lead to their present ways. They live two interconnecting lives and it was interesting to see how they juggled both simultaneously. I may not read dark thriller romances, but I am an avid true crime documentary fan, and this work of fiction certainly parallels some of the dark true crime stories I’ve seen. The devil is in the details, and this one had it in spades (again no pun intended)!
There’s a great balance of action and suspense and romantic elements. It may be a relatively shorter-length book, but it packed a punch with well-developed characters and a well-written plot. Jack and Kyrie are outstanding and, in some ways, damaged, but they’re fleshed-out characters with certain strengths and weaknesses that I found relatable. Even with their strong killer tendencies, they’re genuinely likable characters.
I found this dark romance refreshing and a nice break from my usual go-to romance reads. I highly recommend readers to give it a try.
Thank you Trisha Wolfe and Brynne Weaver for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💙
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