Book Reviews, Dark Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Red Thorns by Rina Kent

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Red Thorns; Thorns Duet #1 
(#1 in a duet)

Publication Date: June 10, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Book Duet/New Adult/Intrigue/Dark Romance

Author: Rina Kent

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Dark, dubious, and with a splash of mystery that kept those pages turning! I love how Rina mixes intensely dark moments while still pulling at emotional heartstrings. She is the queen at pushing boundaries and it will bring me back to her books time and again.

Sebastian and Naomi might be one of the most twisted couples I’ve ever read, but I love that they get one another from the very beginning. Naomi and Sebastian see the darkness that lives under the masks they wear around everyone else and that darkness calls to the other. While their relationship begins on a bet it gets super intense rather quickly and the bet becomes almost background noise, along with their families. The intensely heated scenes are completely consensual, passionate, and while they are dark, it made me happy that these two young people found their kink together at such a young age. There is also a mystery that winds through the entire story that ends on a huge cliffhanger, I can hardly wait to see how that plays out in the next book!

Lastly, I want to address that while Rina does warn that this book is dark, I’ll be redundant and say that it’s extra dark. However, I do hope that readers don’t kink shame Rina for writing a couple that pushes boundaries. What Sebastian and Naomi do and how they do it is intrinsic to the story, but take those triggers seriously if extra dark isn’t in your wheelhouse. Now, me, I love a good story and Rina Kent is an amazing writer. Red Thorns is just the first part of this dark tale and I’m looking forward to what’s coming next.


A bet turned into a disaster.

Sebastian Weaver is the star quarterback and the college’s heartthrob.
Rich. Handsome. Bastard.
Everyone’s attention flocked toward him and all the girls dreamed to be with him.
Not me.
At least, not until he made a move on me.
See, I thought I was stronger than Sebastian’s charms.
I thought I could survive being his target.
I thought wrong.
Little did I know that he will make my most twisted fantasies come true.
Fantasies I didn’t know existed…

Red Thorns is a dark new adult book that contains dubious situations some readers might find offensive and/or triggering.

This book is part of a duet and is not standalone.

Dark New Adult Romance that contains dubious/triggering content.


This book is part of a duet and is not standalone.

Thorns Duet:
#0 Yellow Thorns
#1 Red Thorns
#2 Black Thorns

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