The Swan and The Jackal by J.A. Redmerski

TSTJPages: 261

Goodreads Rating: 4.21/5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Romance, Suspense, Dark, Thriller, Adult, Crime

Publishing Date: March 5, 2014

Publisher: Self Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share.

And then Seraphina was gone.

It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead.

But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die.

Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?

My Review:

Also posted on Goodreads

Nothing is more exciting than to hear the story of Fredrik Gustavsson — The master torturer, The Specialist, The Jackal. I got more curious and intrigued with him on Reviving Izabel. He is attractive, compelling, and clever but also dangerous. In the series, this is by far the darkest story I’ve ever read. Brace yourself if you’re going to read this book.

Like Izabel, Fredrik had an awful childhood experience that traumatized him for life. He’s a heartless monster. He became more of it when his wife and the only woman who can match him, Seraphina Bragado betrayed him. They have an unfinished business and he wants to conclude it. However, he needs to find her by imprisoning Cassia Carrington. She was a kind, innocent and loving woman. She brings the lightness in him and a total opposite of the vile and cruel Seraphina.

The story is a total mind-fuck. What. the. heck. was. that?! It is something I totally didn’t see coming. I just can’t believe it. That twist left me conflicted, sad and brokenhearted. That revelation made me speechless. It is a bitter ending but I’m satisfied with it. My heart breaks for both of them. My fucking feels. I’m drained. I need a happy book right now. Once again, I’m amazed with this masterpiece.

B

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