A political marriage to the young brother of the famous General Barry, a leader known his ruthless brutality, is the last thing nineteen year-old Bianca Mason wants. But an alliance with these men will keep her father’s citizens safe from the endless Barry raids and be another step toward the return of modern civilization. Unfortunately, Bianca puts the entire treaty in jeopardy when she confesses a traumatic personal secret to her intended groom, and he refuses the marriage. Desperate to keep the peace, she gratefully accepts when another brother steps in to take his place.
Kent, the other Barry brother, is known for his strong leadership ability, fair treatment of his troops, and brilliant military strategy. He is also a known for his burn-scarred face and his reputation as a sadist. When confronted with the disintegration of a much-needed treaty, he grudgingly steps in and marries Bianca, a girl traumatized by long-ago assault who doesn’t like to be touched.
Kent must teach Bianca, as only he can, how to surrender herself fully, trust in him completely, and become the woman he needs. Only then can they both find happiness.
This dark romance novel contains mature situations and sensitive subject matter, and contains triggers some readers may find discomforting. It is a work of fiction and is intended for adult readers 18 and older.
In a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world Bianca has to marry one of the powerful Barry brothers in order to form an alliance that will protect her father’s territory. One conversation makes the prospected groom run away from the commitment and another brother step in his place in order to secure said alliance. Both Bianca and Kent have pasts and secrets that will affect and shape their relationship. Surrounded by lies and political intrigue these tortured souls must find the right path to make it work.
This book is one that took me way out of my comfort zone, but I don’t regret it one bit. The fact that he’s into the whole BDSM thing is part of his personality and, though I was a bit reluctant when it came to that part, I loved the way the author handled it.It’s an amazing story with no waste whatsoever. I was mesmerized by the characters, their flaws, the political intrigue and the little details that make part of it.
This is not a cookie cutter romance. It’s dark, sad and painful. The backdrop of suspense and political drama makes for a very good story and I highly recommend it.
5 Book Corner Stars
Heather Knight doesn’t go for billionaires with helicopters or country club fellas who sip Moscow Mules by the pool. She likes her men Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to know. She began reading romance when she was thirteen and apocalyptic fiction during college. She’s combined her love for the two genres in her new adult romance series, which is set shortly after a catastrophic worldwide event. Her books push the boundaries of both romance and erotica and are classified as Dark Romance.
Heather lives in the Mid-Atlantic with her own bad boy and dreams of one day leaving that snow behind forever.