Book Reviews, Dark Romance, Mafia/Gang/Secret Society Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – The Wren by Penelope Black

The Wren; #1 of the Wren and Wild duet
(#1 within a duet)

Publication Date: September 28, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Book Duet/Dark/Arranged Marriage/Reverse Harem/Mafia Romance

Author: Penelope Black

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Gripping storyline with strong female leads. While this is The Wren’s story, we get to meet all the King women and let me tell you, they are amazing!!

Maeve King is the oldest of her five sisters and at an early age takes over the role of protecting and watching over her younger siblings. When Maeve learns she is set up for an arranged marriage, only to further gain her father’s control in the Syndicate, Maeve takes things into her own hands. Because even though the thought of marrying someone she’s never met enrages her, she refuses to let one of her sisters take her place.

Nico, Tommy and Romeo never see her coming and they each, individually meet Maeve all through separate occasions. I love, love, love how everything in this book plays out and how Maeve, The Wren, individually meets each of her love interests, but never really gives them much of a second thought. This is not your typical RH, at least not yet it seems. I’m not going to say too much about anything else, but I do love her individual interactions between each brother.

I can hardly wait for the next part of this duet because everything in this first half has been absolutely great and unexpected.


As the firstborn King, I should be the heir to the Irish Syndicate.

Instead, my father wants to marry me off to the highest bidder to fund a war I don’t believe in.

My carefully controlled life starts to unravel, spiraling out of control faster than I can stop it.

And then I meet them, and I can breathe again.

Tall with perpetual smirks and covered in tattoos, they remind me what it feels like to live.

Remind me that I don’t need someone to save me.

I’m a King. I can save myself.

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