Blurb: Sorrow slips in quietly when no one is looking — just like I do. It robs them of life and joy — just like me. Sorrow is a killer in the night, murdering hearts and leaving destruction in its wake — and so am I. I am Tristan Sorrow, I stole happiness, and now she is mine.
He came in the dead of night to steal me, to take me home. He was sent to rob me of my happiness and murder my hopes. Creeping in slowly, he was an unexpected twist in my tale. But he stole the wrong thing, he made me his Queen. Tristan Sorrow stole my heart — and my life.
Every love story is written tragically in the blood of those who fell.
Arthur’s story was so very much worth waiting for…
A huge bravo to Jo-Anne Joseph – in this book she took me from really disliking Arthur to having quite a soft spot for him. The picture I’d got of Arthur, from the previousCavalieri Della Mortebooks had felt a little disjointed and almost contradictory at times. Whether by pure luck or fantastic writing (and based on the rest of the book I’m plumping for the latter) this story drew all those stands together and added enough extra to build a very believable and coordinated picture of the man. Everything we had seen of him previously melded so well with the man we saw in this book.
And then there is Gaia, who I utterly and totally fell in love with. My god she was just kick-ass, tough and determined. Honestly if you don’t love her then I just can’t be friends with you, for me she made this book. Did I mention I loved her and that she was absolutely amazing?
The power battles between Gaia and Arthur were so much fun, this was one alpha guy who wasn’t going to steam-roller all over the girl. Most of the time it was a toss up as to who had who by the balls. This is the type of heroine I love to read about, but I’m fairly certain you already guessed that!
Talking of guessing, this plot has one ‘ta-da – surprise!’ moment after another, this was one abso-bloody-lutely amazing and suspense filled plot. Whilst I could see one tiny twists JUST before it was revealed, for me there was nothing trite or predictable about this plot. It was also so captivating and un-put-downable that I read it in one sitting.
Whilst I’ve enjoyed this series, there are some books that have clearly stood head and shoulders above the rest, this is one of them. For me it had the perfect balance of action, suspense, mystery, conflict and steam and this is a book I am only too happy to recommend.
Blurb: They call me a God, Demon, Monster, Depends on which side of me they’ve faced. I’m cold, with an insatiable thirst for blood, lust, and money. If you’ve got my attention, You’re either next on my list, or about to slip into my sheets.
I’m Arthur Calthorpe, leader of the Tabella Della Morte. I don’t trust, I own. I don’t love, I desire. I don’t ask, I take. And I want Gaia.
The silver haired tyrant is a ruthless criminal, The first time I saw him was in my mother’s bed, But the monster has set his sights on me. He’s relentless, and he’s found my Achilles heel. When he offers me a bargain, I’m hard-pressed to refuse.
What lengths am I willing to go to be free of him, and how far will he go to stop me? The trouble is those eyes and the fact that I want to know the story behind them.
Praise for the novel: “…THIS BOOK, y’all!! It scrambled my brain, put my heart through a blender and scorched my soul. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I never could have imagined this. This bloody, vindictive, sinister and oh-so-delicious masterpiece! …” – Book Addict
“…This is a perfect end to this series, it has twists and turns, harrowing scenes that they have endured throughout their lives and moments of reflection and regret that humanised the monsters. Happiness is fleeting unless you work at it and pursue it and Arthur finds his happy in others pain. He is sinister and brutal and yet beautifully controlled and precise with each movement he makes against his enemies. …” – Obsessed by Books
Author Bio: Jo-Anne Joseph is an indie contemporary romance author, dreamer, doer, artist with a flair for creating stories about the seemingly impossible and second chance romance. Along with a passion for writing, she is an avid reader and enjoys painting and coloring. She also has a deep love for poetry and prose. Her lifelong love affair with words started at a young age and resulted in her debut novel Infinity.
Jo-Anne is a business professional by day and also writes on a volunteer basis for on-line publication Still Standing Magazine and the website Glow in the Woods. Her articles have been republished in several newsletters.
Jo-Anne lives in Johannesburg South Africa which provides the inspiration for the settings in her novels, with her husband Brian and their beautiful son Braydon.
An excellent romantic suspense with a hot sauce of domination
This is definitely one of my favourite books of the Cavalieri Della Morteseries. The author writes with such panache, imbuing her characters with the depth and emotion necessary to connect profoundly with them. Reading this felt like coming home, warm and relaxed, somewhere I not only was happy to be but also never wanted to leave. The story flowed through me, never needing any effort on my part to read, rather it soaked into my very being.
I adored both Dustan and Cherise, they felt so normal and believable, not to mention they had a chemistry that was electric. In many ways this felt very much like Ms Stone’s Owned & Protectedseries, though without the Pet Play and BDSM. There is a definite air of domination by Dustan, though Cherise, despite starting out as an introvert, is very much NOT the submissive. The scenes following where she decided to be a Bad Girl were very hot indeed! Whilst I love my BDSM stories, this was the type of relationship and power exchange that anybody can still enjoy reading about.
The twists, turns and action in the plot held my attention throughout. There are no silly scenes that stretch the imagination – it is enough for me that Dustan is an elite assassin. We don’t need, and thankfully don’t get, ridiculous scenes where he repeatedly and single-handedly battles dozens of men. Where he receives grievous injuries but still takes down a small army. It may seem odd that I’m telling you what ISN’T in the book, but I’m hoping to convey how much this story line worked.
Whilst I was very much looking forward to reading this offering in the CDMseries, I also had high expectations of it. Of course this then leaves one open to disappointment – and I’m always honest when that happens, even when I normally love the author’s work. The wonderful news is that this didn’t leave me flat or scrabbling for words, trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. This book easily stands on it’s own merits and is worth reading even if you haven’t read any of the rest of the series. In fact it is written in a way that means you DON’T need to have read any of the other books.
Valor is an 18+ book ideal for fans of the author, romantic suspense and those who love well written characters and a good plot.
Author Bio USA Today Bestselling Author Measha Stone is a lover of all things erotic and fun who writes kinky romantic suspense and dark romance novels. She won the 2018 Golden Flogger award in two categories, Best Advanced BDSM and Best Anthology. She’s hit #1 on Amazon in multiple categories in the U.S. and the U.K. When she’s not typing away on her computer, she can be found nestled up with a cup of tea and her kindle.
Gawain and Megan’s story was an absolutely engaging read. Despite how it started, it wasn’t the darkest of the Cavalieri Della Mortetales but it was well written, easy to read and captivating. I very much liked both main characters and was very pleased that the author had her heroine undergo counselling, rather than being healed purely by the ‘love of a good man’, and what a genuinely good man Gawain was. Despite being a story of sex slaves and assassins, the darker edge and romantic suspense element still lent it an air of the believable.
Megan’s responses and trauma felt very well portrayed and real. I also loved how Gawain, despite his women loving ways, had an air of vulnerability about him, from the maltreatment his father had subjected him to. It was also good to be reminded that it’s not justfemales who are the victims of abuse. Gawain, despite his profession, just felt like a really good man. Indeed this couple were just so special and I loved reading their story.
I did guess the ‘mystery’ of M pretty much straight away, in fact I think we were meant to . Rather than taking away from the story and excitement I actually found it added to the suspense, because you know something big is going to happen! Knowing who didn’t mean I knew how, when or why.
Redemption more than earned its place in the Cavaieri Della Morte series. It’s a nicely written, quality romantic suspense, with two pleasant main characters and a good plot.
Blurb: My name is Gawain Vincent—one of twelve assassins of the Cavalieri Della Morte.
Steadfast to those I claim as my brothers in arms.
An experienced fighter when ordered into battle.
I’m an admirer of women in any amount or position.
A lover full of stamina and exceptional skills.
But that is about to change.
Because of her. Because of Megan.
She’s scared, battered, and damaged.
Rescued from circumstances beyond horrifying.
The blonde girl with piercing blue eyes who I can’t refuse.
Her future survival seems destined to destroy my family.
All I am a British author, from the depths of the rural countryside near London. In a previous life, I was an accountant from the age of twenty-one. I still do that on occasions, but most of my life is now spent intermingling writing while looking after my husband, two children and two cats (probably in the inverse order to the one listed!). When I have some spare time, I can also be found writing poetry, baking cakes (and eating them), or behind a camera snapping like a mad paparazzi. I’m an avid reader who turned to writing to combat my depression and anxiety. I have a love of travelling and like to bring this to my stories to give them the air of reality. I like my heroes hot and hunky with a dirty mouth, my heroines demure but with spunk, and my books full of dramatic suspense.
Reckless rule-breaker with a taste for violence. It’s what I’ve been called time and again. Carving my way through the names I’ve been given, I’ll rise through the ranks. Collecting your blood as payment for your debts I’m young, I’m hungry, and I won’t be stopped. I take what I want, when I want. Nothing can hold me back. The cross on my back speaks of a past I know nothing about. The history of my family drenched in mystery.
Leeann Mallory My brother’s string of gambling debts has raged out of control. An insurmountable sum that he’s racked up over time. Out of money and out of luck, he did something unthinkable. Playing with my life in a game of chance, he lost. My brother did nothing to prevent me from being taken. The debt collector came in the night, and he snatched me from my bed. Debts must be cleared, and I’m going to be the one to pay it. The question is will it be in blood? Or will it be with my heart
**This is a standalone novella within the series**
Delinquent is a well written, fast paced and exciting romantic suspense. Both main characters had depth and strong personalities, and the chemistry between them was spectacular. In a very ‘it’s me not you‘ way, I just didn’t quite connect with the book. It might have been my mood, it might have been something else. There is nothing I can point at as a reason why I didn’t really love it, indeed on a ‘tick the box’ level it really should have worked for me. So whilst it didn’t wow me, I know that this will appeal to and be enjoyed by many readers. So for that reason I do still recommend that you try it for yourself.
Ally is an International Bestselling Author who writes in the Dark Romance genre, and also poetry, she is willing to expand into other genres if the inspiration takes her. Ally has been writing since she was a teenager, and studied Professional Writing at college. It has been a long time dream of hers to finally become a published author. She finally achieved this in 2018 with her Bestselling debut book, Flower in the Dark. Ally also co-writes with her close friend Michelle Brown under the pen name Ally Michelle. Ally lives in Kent, in the United Kingdom with her husband and stepson.
This book more than holds its own in what is proving to be one amazing series.
Darkest Deeds is yet another action packed, gripping instalment in the Cavalieri Della Morte series. It is the violent, heart wrenching and disturbed tale of Niko, Ava and second chances.
Oh my word this book is REALLY VERY GOOD, the plot had so many twists and turns I got dizzy! I can’t believe how many bluffs, double bluffs, lies, secrets and slight of hands the author managed to fit into this story, yet it never felt over complicated and it was never too confusing to follow – though you did have to keep your wits about you!
I haven’t read any work by Cora Kenborn before but I will certainly keep an eye out for her in future. Both her world building and character development were amazing, my attention was held throughout. I never once felt bored or meh nor was I tempted to skim whilst reading this. I absolutely adored both Ava and Niko, with their blackened and tattered souls. Both are prepared to do bad things but have good hearts at their core.
The lies and manipulations of others have kept them apart for 8 years, but a few minutes in each others company is enough to have passions running high. This pair have an explosive and savage chemistry, theirs is a passion born of violence, lust, hate, love and anger.
There were surprisingly (and pleasantly) only a few full on sex scenes. The focus was very much more on the romantic suspense/organised crime elements of the book. I wouldn’t describe this as a dark romance, but it does have dark elements in it, including some several violent scenes and intimations of abuse.
I believe this book will really appeal to those who enjoy mafia romances, romantic suspense and darker, grittier reads. It’s content makes it an 18+ read, as long as you are older than that then I do recommend this to you.
International bestselling author Cora Kenborn writes twisted romances about damaged bad boys and feisty heroines. From her sexy dark romances to her laugh out loud romcoms, Cora promises her readers a happily ever after, although she’ll take them on an emotional roller coaster before handing it over.
A Southern girl from North Carolina, Cora says “y’all” way too much and has a lifelong addiction to sweet tea. She refuses to “adult” without coffee, thinks pyjamas are acceptable day wear, and considers note-taking during true crime shows to be perfectly normal. Cora spends any free time she has avoiding laundry and convincing her family that microwaving Hot Pockets counts as cooking dinner.
Oh, and autocorrect thinks she’s obsessed with ducks.
An good addition to the series, enjoyable and gritty. I’m fairly certain it’s also the longest story so far.
A Cruel Love was written in a way that made it feel quite dark, although it never really waded any further than the shallows. It’s a twisty and fairly action packed story of opposites attracting. And those opposites, Blossom and Percival, have enough chemistry to power a small city.
I reallywanted to be able to say I loved this book – it had so many of my favourite things in there. A Cruel Love is a good book, however there were just a few things that held it back from being a greatread for me.
First of all several scenes felt very repetitive, we had far too much of Percival blowing hot and cold with Blossom. I got that he was struggling with his feelings verses his job after the first two or three times. I didn’t need to be sledge-hammered about the head with it as much as I was.
Similarly we had more than a couple of scenes of the Irish mafia ambushing Blossom and Percival, which resulted in shoot-outs and him killing half a dozen blokes every time, single-handed and with virtually no injury. There’s a similar scene at the end that was just too far from the ‘shore of reality’. There is a wonderful review by ‘Val Shameless’on Goodreads over here – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… – from which I have borrowed this quote…
However, when stretching the bounds of what is normal, you either have to go ALL the way outside of the realms of “normal” (think fantasy and paranormal, etc.)….or at least keep the ship close enough to the shore for the reader to think, “Well, it could happen. If I squint.”
But, alas, you can only squint so much before you just can’t see. And this one just went a little too far with the H for me.
Val Shameless, Goodreads
The repetitive element of the book, at around the 30-40%, resulted in it feeling slow, the plot dragged and I was definitely looking for something to happen. For me personally some scenes could have been cut without really losing anything from the book. Blossom surprised me with how much I liked her. She was almost too good to be true, but thankfully she never veered into doormat territory. On the surface she might be judged to be naive, but heck who of us would be blase and comfortable in the presence of an assassin and caught up in the world of organised crime.
I really love dark romance and dark erotica, but I did find myself conflicted over Percival. I get that he had to be a bad man, but the fact that he, originally, was willing to kill an entirely innocent woman never sat well with me. I have to say I’m also not sure I believed why she needed to die – she wasn’t getting anywhere with her ‘campaign’ and surely her death would have brought more focus rather than less. Along with his constant hot-and-cold, his very physically cruel treatment of Blossom and his total lack of empathy for the situation he had dragged her into, I found it difficult to warm to him. I like my anti-hero to have some redeeming quality and it took a little too long for me personally to reach that point with Percival.
The sexual tension and chemistry between Percival and Blossom is undeniable, scorching hot and powerful. However, whilst I totally believed in their lust for each other, and it was very well portrayed in the book, I wasn’t so convinced of their falling in love. I’m not sure why because I did believe and buy into so many other emotions that were expressed in the book, but I felt more like I was being told they were falling in love rather than shown.
I hate how negative all that sounds, because over all I DID enjoy this book. I had no issues with the style of writing, in fact I found the story really easy to read. If you’ve been enjoying the series, or are a fan of S.M. Soto, then I’m sure you’ll like this one too.
As a hitman for hire, Percivale is no stranger to violence.
From the moment he saw Blossom Jaymes through the window of her bakery, he knew he was in too deep. Not only was she as sweet as her perfectly crafted treats, but she was a soft-spoken, golden-haired angel that shone like a bright beacon in his dark world. And Percivale didn’t deal in angels. He dealt in death and crime. The even bigger issue? Percivale’s next hit is on said sweet little baker who doesn’t seem to realize how much danger lurks around her with each passing day.
If he doesn’t get the job done, who will?
When Percivale has to decide what’s more important to him—the life of a woman who may very well be innocent or getting his revenge on the men who murdered his family—the lines become blurred. Morals are twisted and a deathly chase ensues that can only result in one thing—Blossom buried six feet under.
Or can it?
Can Percivale let his lust for revenge go in order to save Blossom from the bounty on her head, or will the power she unknowingly holds over him be what gets her killed?
S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern, California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise. #CarbsAreLife
At the moment I just… I just can’t. I need to lie me down in a darkened room, sob quietly and then go to one heck of a lot of counselling.
You spend most of this book a little bit confused, but just persevere – it is SO worth it! The entire tone of the book is just so eerie and sinister and it totally had me hooked. Gareth and Bentlee are such a unique and engaging couple, even if their love is edging on taboo. Avoid spoilers at all costs, and ‘go in blind’. It’s the only way to full enjoy and appreciate the story to its maximum potential.
Martyrisis a fairly short read, it took me less than an hour to complete it. Whilst I would have loved it to have been longer, I’m not sure if it would have then had the same impact. I would have liked to know a little more about who Lynette was, it was a strange bit of information thrown in that didn’t really belong anywhere.
Wow, just, but, wow – mind blown Ms Olson. Congratulations and bloody well done.
The kind of man that will take a beating or a bullet for my brothers and not think twice about it. But anyone that knows my story has only seen the tip of the proverbial iceberg and my intentions sometimes resemble the Titanic.
It’s when I lose control.
I do my best to love and respect everyone because some people need it more than others—even the ones that don’t deserve it.
My name is Gareth Bresett and the only thing that matters to me in this world is Bentlee Gains. I’ll do everything I can to keep her safe from every evil in this world, including myself.
Because while I like to think that I’m the good guy, I find more pleasure in taking out a mark than I do being in her arms.
“WOW! Yolanda Olson played with my brains and I liked it.”
“Without giving too much away, I’ll just say this: it’s dark romance at its finest, so grab your copy today – you’ll thank me later.”
USA Today Bestselling Author, Ellie Midwood
“WHAT IN THE HELL!!! OMG!! I just can’t right now.”
Heather (Goodreads Reviewer)
Yolanda Olson is an award winning and international bestselling author. Born and raised in Bridgeport, CT where she currently resides, she usually spends her time watching her favorite channel, Investigation Discovery. Occasionally, she takes a break to write books and test the limits of her mind. Also an avid horror movie fan, she likes to incorporate dark elements into the majority of her books.
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Beautifully Brutal is the first release in the Cavalieri Della Morte series, a collection of books based loosely on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Only these ‘Knights’ are anything but just and true. They are a group of assassins and fixers who only answer to Arthur Calthorpe, and he certainly hasn’t tasked them with ‘ensuring the peace of the kingdom’.
This intriguing and fascinating idea was dreamed up by the opening author, Dani Rene and, if her book is anything to go by, this is going to be an exciting series of reads.
For me the majority of the book was a solid 4 stars, though it had a few annoying aspects that would often score a book only 2 stars. In the end I’ve compromised on 3.5 stars with the proviso that in my rating system this is still very much a positive review. On Amazon I will be leaving a rating of 4 stars.
I’ve read several other works by this author, this one ranks as the most gripping in terms of story line and pace. It teeters on the edge of darkness, with its background of murder and violence, though in and of itself I wouldn’t label it a dark romance. However it is an absolutely cracking romantic suspense and well worth reading. The mystery and intrigue is incredibly well executed, I often had no idea who to trust, who not to trust, who was good and who was a bad guy. Suspect everyone, trust no-one became my motto!
Beautifully Brutalis a better than average read, for a good chunk of the book it had me on the edge of my seat. However several little things together just kept it from becoming a great read for me.
Pacing at the end was SO quick that I actually lost track of who was where and what was happening at one point. It didn’t help that characters learnt information ‘off the page’ that we weren’t privy to until later in the story. This resulted in me having to go back and re-read part of a chapter or two, using the benefit of ‘hindsight’ to fully comprehend the whys and wherefores of some events. I want to stress that this refers to only a very small percentage of what was otherwise a riveting read.
The story is a little different in that we don’t see the falling in love part of it. Lance and Giuliana are already totally besotted with each other, so the romance aspect was more subtle. However I firmly believed in their connection and love for each other. The pair also shared an intense chemistry that lead to some very hot bedroom scenes. Whilst they don’t actually get down and dirty for quite a while, I still got the impression of a very hot and sexy story. Plus the twisty plot kept me busy, leaving my mind otherwise engaged.
I do agree with another reviewer (on Goodreads) who was annoyed about the man-whoreish ways of the hero. Apparently being madly in love with our heroine, and desperate to know where she is, wasn’t enough to help him keep it in his pants. Thankfully we don’t experience this activity first hand (other than one kiss), but rather via his very arrogant musings on how he can get any woman he wants. It also only really lasts for the first couple of chapters too, so didn’t really impact most of the story.
Sadly the following passage slapped me in the face enough to throw me momentarily out of the story
“Insufferable?” I chuckle. “Yeah, I know. But you love it. I can’t stop thinking about how pretty your virtue looked coated all over my cock.”
Lance Knight, Beautifully Brutal
He’s referring to the blood from having taken her virginity. Just… no, really, no, just – urgh. However I’m sure this is an example of ‘it’s me, not you’ and plenty of readers will love it as much as I hated it. After all isn’t that the beauty of books, that there is something for everyone, and heck it’s easy enough to skim over parts that I don’t care for.
So in summary this was a good read with an exciting plot and decent characters. There’s too much sex and swearing for it to be anything other than an 18+ read, but if you’re OK with that then I do recommend it.
Title: Beautifully Brutal Series: Cavalieri Della Morte Author: Dani Rene Release: April 4, 2019 Genre: Romantic Suspense
TBR: http://bit.ly/BeautifullyBrutalTBR Blurb In a world ravaged with violence, I still think about the beauty who was taken from me. I’ve turned rabid in her absence. The dormant beast she had tamed is ravenous, feeding on brutality and bloodshed. I focus on the kill, until Arthur confesses his trump card, shattering every hope I had of reclaiming her. Focused on the job at hand, I step into the lion’s den, only to find nothing is as it seems. My beast hungers to be satiated. And my beauty is the only one who can feed it. A dark treacherous journey where happily ever after may be just out of reach.
Author Bio: Dani is an international bestselling author and proud member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and the Romance Writer’s of America (RWA).
A fan of dark romance that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s from this passion that her writing has evolved from sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious. It’s in this world she’s found her calling, growing from strength to strength and hitting her stride.
On a daily basis, she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. From the feisty heroines she delivers to the dark, dominant alphas that grace the pages of her books, she promises light in a world filled with danger and darkness.
She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream.