Sunday, March 24, 2019

REVIEW: Violent Delights by Jessica Hawkins

Title: Violent Delights
Series: White Monarch #1
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 19, 2019


Court: This book just slayed me.  We love Jessica Hawkins so I will put that out there first, but she also has this amazing ability to write a book in a way that is captivating but holds all of the cards and releases them one at a teeny tiny time. I honestly don’t know how she does it. Shel: Preach, Court, PREACH. Jessica Hawkins has become an easy 1-click for us and exactly for the reasons listed--she captivates us from the very beginning and has us dying for more at the end. 

Court: The story of Natalia and Diego and Cristiano is a complicated one that goes back to when they were kids. We also have some unreliable narrators that are part of the cartel so you can imagine it’s hard to discern who is telling the truth and how often they do. I tried to savor the story as much as possible, but in other words I ended up reading it every available dinner. At the Grand Ole Opry intermission. The bathroom. Everywhere, until I ended up with a finished book in less than 12 hours! Shel: Lol. And that's why I love Court. She's just like me--reading at every available interval of time! And with a story like Natalia, Diego and Cristiano, you can't blame her. There's this interesting dynamic between them all and as you go on, the things you think you know suddenly you begin to question...and will continue to question until the very last word. BRING ON JUNE, y'all--I need book 2!

Court: I thought that Natalia’s innocence and naivety hopefully sets her up to be a character of strength in the next books...And...well, I’ll just say it’s bittersweet that the next one comes out in June which isn’t that long but I’m desperate and this one could have went on for a thousand pages and I wouldn’t have been sad! (As usual!) I really enjoyed this one and am so glad to have read it! Shel: I liked Natalia's juxtaposition of innocence and strength and I look forward to her being less naive and more worldly and even stronger as this series continues. I'm very interested to see what happens when we start reading in June!


“She is mine.” Three words from two different men.
A life, future, and love I don’t get to choose.

In the de la Rosa family, old grudges run deeper than loyalty, and betrayal is a three-letter word: war. But this feud isn’t between enemies. It’s between brothers. And I’m the prize.

I was born a princess among criminals. An untouchable among thieves. Heiress to a life others have killed for, and one I'd do anything to escape. I vowed not to leave without Diego, my first love and best friend, but if his ruthless brother has his way, I won’t leave at all. Cristiano de la Rosa is a man as big and bold as his legend. Once upon a time, he was our cartel’s best soldier . . . until he became my family’s worst enemy.

A man like Cristiano will bend fate to his will to get what he wants. Even if it means dragging me to hell—and tearing me from his brother's arms.

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Author Bio

Jessica Hawkins is a USA Today bestselling author known for her "emotionally gripping" and "off-the-charts hot" romance. Dubbed "queen of angst" by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she's garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart...and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in New York and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.

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