BEAUTIFUL TEARS (Enemies to Lovers #1) by C.P. Mandara

Over on Goodreads, this is the Dark Erotica groups BOTM for August and I was only to happy to join in for this book. I very much enjoyed the story, once or twice I felt the pace slowed and that the story wasn’t moving forward as quickly as I’d like, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment. The author has written two complex characters who you shouldn’t like but somehow you do. S he doesn’t hold her punches and whilst we don’t experience some of the more horrific events as they occur, we do still get to hear about them and suffer the consequences of them.

The writing, plot and characters all combined together to produce a captivating read. There are some incredibly hot BDSM type scenes, though they do contain elements of non-consent/dubious consent. However there is no rape and only really one incident of true physical abuse. The book easily held my attention and it was really easy to read.

Whilst the book is set in the UK, it has clearly been adapted to appeal to the larger US market, neither of the protagonist names are typical of England (or the UK as a whole) but that isn’t a ‘biggie’. I did have an issue with a twist at the end, based on the fact that Brandt had served time in prison I can’t see how that trip would be possible, but since the book ends BEFORE that trip I will withhold further judgement. (Edited to add – the author discussed the book with us and yes she is aware of this and does have alternative plans!)

This was certainly good enough of a read that i will definitely be continuing with the series. I’m also happy to recommend it to others, as long as they are ok with dubious consent, non-consensual BDSM without intercourse and the blurb appeals to them!

4.25 stars

Five years ago I told a lie that would land Brandt Browning – local hero and heir to the Mentley Mill fortune – in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

I ruined his life with three small words. “He did it.” I didn’t even have to be there to testify in court. It was too easy.

But that was five years ago. And now Brandt has been released.

He’s coming for me.

This time I’m not waiting around. I’m going to run so far away that no one will ever find me. The trouble is, you can’t hide from money. Eventually Brandt will catch up with me, and when he does, he’ll want payment in blood.

I’m not strong enough to resist the pull between us. If that man gets his hands on me he’ll realise I’m still half in love with him – and that can only end in disaster.

AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TWSV96D/

AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07TWSV96D/

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46777971-beautiful-tears

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