Series: Badlands, Book Two
Author: Natalie Bennett
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2018
Out of my f*cking mind.
I’m not broken.
I’m just a little damaged.
I’m stronger now, stronger than I ever knew.
And it’s all because of him.
This is only the beginning but I already know how it’s going to end.
I’ll be claiming my throne and they’ll be buried in the dirt.
Out of my f*cking head.
We both know how it’s all going to end.
The blood we shed will stain our hands.
There’s not a warning out there that could prepare anyone for this.
5 Stars from Tiffany!
This is a book (series) that you recommend to somebody with the preface, "now don't judge me but...". I'm all for a strong woman as a book heroine, but man, Calista takes the freaking cake. Due to her upbringing, or lack there of, it isn't surprising the girl can handle herself and then some. Some being Romero, leader of the Savages. This review may spoil book one and will be vague as to not spoil this story line.
"He was beautiful and so undeniable sick, like me-the star of every debauched fantasy I had."
They were absolutely made for each other. Romero and Calista instantly felt the draw to one another when they first met. Neither could explain it, however many a ulterior movie is exposed this time around. With The Order, the Savages and the Badlands, there is a lot to keep track of and figure out right along with our characters.
"I had to get Cali's a$$ back where she belonged. I needed her. A king wasn't $hit without his queen."
When we left these two lovers, Cali was taken from Romero and the circumstances were dirty. There was something going on with him, something he wasn't ready to share with Calista just yet. Romero knew she would be okay until he came to collect what was rightfully his.
"We didn't let where we were from or how we were raised cripple us. We were the rejected rebels that lived by our own set of rules."
One thing about this wacky "family" is they sure took care of thier own. Each had a talent that was useful and they would lay thier lives down for one another. It's one scary bunch!
"She was a dark rose finally learning how to wield the wicked thorns she'd been forced to grow."
Romero was quite the romantic (in his own way) this time around. I have at least twenty lines of his highlighted. He was rough on the outside and in the bedroom, but loved his pixie with all of the heart he could muster.
"I'd found my peace in his world of darkness."
The book is well written and absolutely not for the faint of heart. As I read along, I had to keep reminding myself of the horrible pasts these two endured to make them what they were today. Killing machines. Deviants ends Romero and Calista's story, answering questions and filling in the branches on thier convoluted family trees, while opening the door to Arlen's book.
Natalie Bennett is the creator of erotic stories that always come with a warning label. She writes about depraved alpha a**holes and women that love to hate them. Her books don't follow any specific tropes, have no set word counts, and tend to deviate from traditional HEA's.
When she isn't in front of her computer she's spending time with her husband and their three little boys.
Natalie is an avid fan of caramel frappes, horror movies, Shameless, and of course, reading.
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