Book Review · Romantic Suspense

SCARLET MARK by Lexi C. Foss

5 Stars is simply not enough!

Wowsers, this might not be the darkest or grittiest of the series but it is by far and away the most compelling and believable love story of the bunch.


Lexi C. Foss is a fairly “new-to-me” author. I read the beginning of an as yet unpublished romantic suspense in an anthology, which I really enjoyed. However you still have those ‘Was it a fluke?’, ‘Will I enjoy this?’, ‘What if I hate it?’ questions running through your head. No it wasn’t a fluke, yes I DID enjoy it and thankfully the last one wasn’t even a possibility.


Whilst Scarlet Mark contains some dark themes, it isn’t a particularly dark read per se. However that ISN’T a criticism. This story didn’t need to be dark, in fact I’m pretty certain it would have spoilt what is an absolutely fantastic romantic suspense. Not just that but it is one heck of an emotion filled love story too. 

Whilst I have enjoyed the Cavalieri Della Morte series, not many of the books have totally convinced me of the MC’s love for each other. Not only did I believe in the love between Amara and Killian, I felt it. The emotion in this book is so convincing you could almost touch it. My heart raced when we were in danger, my stomach clenched and blood ran cold when we relived the most dreadful of memories, my pulse pounded as the lust flowed through our bloodstream and I fell in love with Amara and Killian as they fell in love with one another.

For me the main reason this book didn’t feel to dark AND the reason I loved it so much was Killian. He is a man who lives on the edge of right and wrong, but he was a man with morals, a man with a good heart and a man who would raze the world to it’s foundation for the woman he loved. He was alpha, he was edgy, he was dominant and dark but most importantly he was respectful and thoughtful.

Amara was just as wonderful, complex and rounded a character as Killian. I loved that she didn’t morph overnight into some bad ass killing machine. The scene in the playroom at the masquerade ball, oh my word that scene broke a part of me.  That scene, that vulnerability, that damage, hurt and terror, it was perfect in its honesty. It was real and it wasn’t the only time this book shook my emotions and made me feel.

I’m almost tearing my hair out in frustration at my inability to produce a review that does this book justice. Once started, this was a book that I just wanted to keep reading, not just to the end but forever. Not once, not one single time, did I want to set it aside or skip parts. There was too much happening, the writing was too engaging, the plot too fascinating and the characters too compelling to do anything other than read. EVERY. SINGLE. WORD.

If you only chose to read one book from the series, make it this one. If you love romantic suspense read this book. If you like books with dark themes read it. Read it if you just enjoy a bloody good love story with well written and believable characters. In fact if you enjoy romance books of any genre or trope READ THIS, you won’t regret it.

Wowsers, this might not be the darkest or grittiest of the series but it is by far and away the most compelling and believable love story of the bunch.


Lexi C. Foss is a fairly “new-to-me” author. I read the beginning of an as yet unpublished romantic suspense in an anthology, which I really enjoyed. However you still have those ‘Was it a fluke?’, ‘Will I enjoy this?’, ‘What if I hate it?’ questions running through your head. No it wasn’t a fluke, yes I DID enjoy it and thankfully the last one wasn’t even a possibility.


Whilst Scarlet Mark contains some dark themes, it isn’t a particularly dark read per se. However that ISN’T a criticism. This story didn’t need to be dark, in fact I’m pretty certain it would have spoilt what is an absolutely fantastic romantic suspense. Not just that but it is one heck of an emotion filled love story too. 

Whilst I have enjoyed the Cavalieri Della Morte series, not many of the books have totally convinced me of the MC’s love for each other. Not only did I believe in the love between Amara and Killian, I felt it. The emotion in this book is so convincing you could almost touch it. My heart raced when we were in danger, my stomach clenched and blood ran cold when we relived the most dreadful of memories, my pulse pounded as the lust flowed through our bloodstream and I fell in love with Amara and Killian as they fell in love with one another.

For me the main reason this book didn’t feel to dark AND the reason I loved it so much was Killian. He is a man who lives on the edge of right and wrong, but he was a man with morals, a man with a good heart and a man who would raze the world to it’s foundation for the woman he loved. He was alpha, he was edgy, he was dominant and dark but most importantly he was respectful and thoughtful.

Amara was just as wonderful, complex and rounded a character as Killian. I loved that she didn’t morph overnight into some bad ass killing machine. The scene in the playroom at the masquerade ball, oh my word that scene broke a part of me.  That scene, that vulnerability, that damage, hurt and terror, it was perfect in its honesty. It was real and it wasn’t the only time this book shook my emotions and made me feel.

I’m almost tearing my hair out in frustration at my inability to produce a review that does this book justice. Once started, this was a book that I just wanted to keep reading, not just to the end but forever. Not once, not one single time, did I want to set it aside or skip parts. There was too much happening, the writing was too engaging, the plot too fascinating and the characters too compelling to do anything other than read. EVERY. SINGLE. WORD.

If you only chose to read one book from the series, make it this one. If you love romantic suspense read this book. If you like books with dark themes read it. Read it if you just enjoy a bloody good love story with well written and believable characters. In fact if you enjoy romance books of any genre or trope READ THIS, you won’t regret it.

Scarlet Mark (Cavalieri Della Morte) by Lexi C. Foss

A Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 23, 2019

TBR Link: http://bit.ly/ScarletMarkTBR


Blurb:
Deceit requires punishment.

But what happens when the mark is innocent?

Killian “Dagger” Bedivere
My latest assignment has evolved into a game of deciphering whom to trust—the renowned politician who hired the Cavalieri Della Morte, or the runaway bride?
She’s gorgeous, conniving, and everything I crave in a woman.
She’s also my target.

Rule number one: Never fall for the mark.
Rule number two: Fuck rule number one.

Amara “Scarlet” Rose
I never wanted this world, but the decision wasn’t mine to make. I always belonged to him. Now there’s a new player on the board—one hell-bent on destroying all my plans.
He’s lethal, handsome, and everything I should fear.

Rule number one: Don’t trust anyone.
Rule number two: Do everything you can to survive, even if it means breaking rule number one.
And rule number three: When in doubt, kill.


*This novel is a stand-alone romantic suspense featuring an assassin from the Cavalieri Della Morte world.

Buy Links: Kindle Unlimited
Universal Buy Link: http://lexicfoss.com/scarletmark/
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2VWxrcA
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2VUPD6v
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Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2VUlmVm


Author Bio
USA Today Bestselling Author Lexi C. Foss is a writer lost in the IT world.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their furry children.  When not writing, she’s busy crossing items off her travel bucket list. Many of the places she’s visited can be seen in her writing, including the mythical world of Hydria which is based on Hydra in the Greek islands.  She’s quirky, consumes way too much coffee, and loves to swim.


Social Media Links
Website: http://www.lexicfoss.com
Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/LexiCFoss
Twitter: https://www.Twitter.com/LexiCFoss
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