Book Reviews, Dark Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Dangerous Temptation by Giana Darling

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Dangerous Temptation; Dark Dream #1 
(#1 within a series)

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Taboo/Age Gap/Dark Romance

Author: Giana Darling

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



A taboo romance that also brought tears to my eyes!!

First of all, this is my first Giana Darling romance and WOW what a book to dive into. Secondly, I LOVE the entirety of the Morelli and Constantine worlds and Giana has made a fantastic contribution to the Midnight Dynasty.

Now, most taboo romance books I’ve read are sizzling hot with forbidden themes and dark undertones and of course taboo tropes. However, this is the first one that brought tears to my eyes multiple times. Seriously, over and over again I was wiping my eyes and then in the next chapter I was back diving into the darkness that was this story. Holy Smokes!! The highs and lows of this story was like nothing else!!

Tiernan is an evil Morelli, although he calls himself Tiernan McTiernan. Don’t worry, his name makes sense in the story. He is forbidden temptation, he is the dangling apple hanging from the tree in Eden. He has nefarious intentions and is up to no good. Yeah, he’s dark and delicious all wrapped up in a smoking hot package, but then he displays these sides of vulnerability and ugh….he’s even hotter. I am totally eating that apple all the way to the core. Does he have issues, of course he does, that’s why he has nefarious plans, but that’s also why I love this trope. A seriously bad guy that can be reformed, am I right?!

Bianca Belcante is sassy, young, and basically the matriarch for her household because her mother doesn’t look after her or her little brother, Brando. (BTW, he is the sweet, tear inducing, you are going to need tissues, adorableness in this story.) Bianca will do anything for her brother and this is how she ends up living under the roof of one Tiernan Morelli-I mean McTiernan, after her mother dies. Does Bianca also have issues…oh yeah, but this is also why she works well with Tiernan. They challenge one another and basically bring out the worst and the best in each other.

This is only the first part of their story and it ends on a cliffhanger…gah…I need more of their sinful story now!


He arrives all dressed in black. Diamond cufflinks. A watch on his tanned wrist that cost more than we would ever see in a lifetime of work. He carries a single red rose for my mother.

Months later, Tiernan Morelli lays red roses on my mother’s grave. That same day, he tells me that he is my new guardian.

I should have known from the very start that he had more in common with the thorns than the rose. Now I know the truth: I’m a pawn in his dangerous game of revenge. I was too young and naive. Now it’s too late to save myself from his clutches.

I belong to him.

Dangerous Temptation by Giana Darling is releasing October 26, 2021!

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