Brutal Saint; Vicious Empire #2
(#2 within a series)
Publication Date: October 11, 2022
Genre/Tropes: Dark/Mafia/Instant Attraction/Intrigue Romance
Author: Luna Kayne
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
Instant spark, chemistry and total fire!! I loved Brutal Saint from beginning to end.
I admit, the title of the book is a bit duplicitous. Cole’s role within the Saint family is an enforcer, so his nature of how to be brutal is known wide and far, but when he’s not working his personality is completely opposite of that man. Cole’s softer side is all about pleasure and taking care of those he cares about and boy did I envy Harlow multiple times throughout this book. The two sides of his personality come together where he’s commanding and dominant, but it all revolves around pleasure and making sure Harlow is well taken care of. Yes, please!!!
Harlow easily slipped into submission, without even knowing she was doing it. Her life has never been easy, so to have someone take over and instantly take care of all of her needs, it was like the best vacation she’d never been able to take before with the hottest man alive. Trying to fight Cole…why bother, am I right? Kidding, Harlow is an amazing character, independent with spirit, but also a huge heart. I loved her!!! These two are my absolute favorite, so the last two Saint boys have a lot of catching up to do to kick them out of the top spot.
From the very beginning of the book these two were fire and also involved in the ever evolving plot without realizing it. I loved how the plot unfolded, not only between these two, but also as a whole. While the Saint family continued to search for information on Grayson’s killer, Harlow was caught in the middle of that investigation. As the twists kept coming and I was gobsmacked over how it all unfolded Harlow fit in perfectly by Cole’s side through the entire story.
This book ends on another great cliffhanger with the continuing mystery moving on and the next brother on deck. It’s getting tense and I can hardly wait to find out more.
HARLOW IS HUNTING HER SISTER’S KILLER.
AND COLE IS HUNTING HER.
The woman my family is looking for is the one-night stand I can’t get out of my head, and her life depends on me getting to her first.
Harlow is sunshine and light.
I live in the shadows, among the dark and the damned, but there’s something about Harlow that makes me want to take care of her.
I can protect her from what’s coming, but first I need to find her, and I’m closing in.
I learned my lesson the first time, and I won’t give her the chance to get away from me again.
What are the chances that the man I shared a toe-curling, name-screaming, raging hot one-night stand with is part of the crime family that’s after me because I saw something I shouldn’t have?
One hundred percent. The chances are one hundred freaking percent.
At least I wasn’t stupid enough to give him my real name.
Now I’m on the run with everything I own stuffed into a tattered backpack.
I never thought I would see Cole again, but I was wrong, and we’re no longer strangers who shared a night.
Now we’re on opposite sides of a war that threatens to tear our worlds apart.
* Brutal Saint is the second book in the Vicious Empire dark romance family saga series.
**The series must be read in order for the best enjoyment.
#1 Cruel Saint
#2 Brutal Saint
#3 Wild Saint
#4 Savage Saint
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