Marrow by Trisha Wolfe & Brynne Weaver

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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?

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• MY REVIEW •


“Creatures designed like us were not meant to bask in the light for long. Where we lurk, the darkness always finds us.”


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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.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Trisha Wolfe and Brynne Weaver for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💙

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Mafia Romance: Marriage & Malice by Trisha Wolfe

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Marriage & Malice by Trisha Wolfe

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Rapture, desire, need – the yearning for our passions is the reason we strive, the reason we breathe. I’ve devoted my entire existence to the pursuit of my passion for dance. Ballet is my escape from the dark underworld I was born in to. As a Carpella and the daughter of a made man, I’ve accepted certain traditions. Yet, having just been promoted to principal within a prestigious dance company, I’m so close to being free…

Until a devil with blood on his hands and an Irish curse inked into his skin tears into my world, now passion holds a whole new, sinister meaning. With ruination in his steel-blue eyes and me in his crosshairs, Lucian Cross traps me in his gilded cage and uses me to deliver his retribution.

Forced to sign a marriage contract to unite two warring families, my father traded my life to save his own. Now I’m bound to Lucian, owned by a monster who swore an oath of pain and suffering to the Carpellas.

Lucian’s passion is revenge.

And because my family destroyed what he loved, he’s vowed to destroy what I love. Every night he forces me to dance until my breaking point. He wants to condition me to loathe the very thing that once gave me hope.

I can’t let him break me, but the closer we get to the wedding date, the more entangled I become in his dangerous, tempting world, and I’m losing myself in this man.

His vow is my pain.

My vow is not to fall for the enemy.

But how can I dance with the devil himself and not be singled by his fire?

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• MY REVIEW •

I have never read a romance story with a slow-burn romance that tortured me as badly with how sluggish it developed than this book right here! My gosh, it was like a gradual teasing build-up that led to more teasing and a whole lot of sexual frustration and torture for both protagonists… and *cough cough* me. 🤦‍♀️😅 If you enjoy angsty, SLOOOOW slow-burn mafia romance reads, this story might just be for you!

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Trisha Wolfe is a new-to-me author and this was my introduction to her writing. Marriage & Malice sets a gritty almost squirm-inducing atmosphere right from the opening scene. I was instantly immersed, needing to know what’s to become of Violet and Lucian in this all-out mafia war and enemies-to-lovers story.

Italian mafia vs the Irish syndicate, and caught in the crossfire is Violet who spent most of her life outside of it, training as a ballerina. The premise of the two worlds merging was what initially had me interested in reading this story and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of seeing a nice balance of both elements. There’s an obvious dynamic between Violet and Lucian the minute they meet and it only intensifies the longer they’re in forced proximity.

I did enjoy the build-up to their relationship and the suspense surrounding them. I only wish it didn’t take as long to admit their feelings for one another, and because of that I felt like by the time they were in it for more than the initial arranged marriage and Lucian’s vengeance, the emotions they were feeling wasn’t as in-depth or believable as I was hoping for.

For the most part it was steady-paced storytelling, only occasionally slowing down in certain parts. It’s told from dual POVs and gives you excellent insight into both Violet’s and Lucian’s pasts. Their romance is undoubtedly steamy and their growing attraction for one another is one of the most tantalizing things you can expect to see.

Overall, it had suspense, some unpredictability, and the secondary characters helped create layers in the world-building. It’s a pretty grim and dark atmosphere throughout and putting aside the romance aspect of the story, it has subject matters that may be triggering for some readers. It contains attempted sexual assault, graphic violence, abuse/ torture.

Whilst both protagonists have some character growth, it’s Lucian, in my opinion who had the most development. The further you delve into the story the more you see the subtle changes in not only his demeanor but his mentality towards Violet as he struggles with keeping his revenge. It may be a love story (albeit a dark one), but Lucian is the central character here and the story revolves around his agenda.

As much as I like this book, I do however feel an epilogue is very much needed, whether or not Trisha decides to revisit this world in the future. The ending just didn’t feel complete for a story that’s supposedly a standalone and I was left wanting more for their HEA. 🤔

Nevertheless, I think it’s a great addition to the Underworld Kings. It certainly brings in the darkness, the world of Made Men, along with complexity, villainous characters, and ulterior motives one can hope for in a romantic suspense read. The scenes with Violet dancing were beautiful, and such a contrast to the death and violence that consumed a large portion of the storyline. Lucian is Irish and a real alpha-hole… but for good reason. Violet is thrust back into the world she was born into and discovers she has more grit in her than anyone (including herself) could’ve ever imagined.

If you enjoy reading hate-to-love romances with a dark mafia backdrop to them, give this one a read.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐¾

Thank you Trisha Wolfe and the entire Underworld Kings team for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💜

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