Blood to Dust by L.J. Shen

BtD.jpgPages: 309

Goodreads Rating: 4.02 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Dark Romance

Publication Date: July 17th 2016

Publisher: Self published

Summary (Goodreads):

His name is Beat, and I should hate him.

Bound, blindfolded and bruised, I’m tied in his basement, waiting for the men who stripped me from clothes and humanity to collect his debt to them. Me.

His name is Nate and I should hate him, but I don’t.

I’m not supposed to know his real name, even worse, I’m not supposed to care. He is nothing to me but means to an end. The plan is simple: break free, collect the pieces of my broken soul, kill the bastards and run away.

His name is Nathaniel Thomas Vela, and I’ve never seen his face, though I hear that it’s beautiful.

Behind the rugged and handsome exterior, there’s a quiet murderer, a killer who thinks guns are for pussies and ends people with his bare hands.

His name doesn’t matter, neither does his face, but what does matter is my heart. And right now, sadly, it’s his.

Blood to Dust is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

I buddy read this book with Ari. 🙂

I’ve been seeing this book around Goodreads. Since, I’m still in the mood for dark mafia-themed books I gave this one a try. I dive into this blind and after reading this book, it left me with mixed feelings. I like L.J. Shen’s writing style. It’s good and I like the way she writes her characters. The main characters, Prescott and Nate/Beat are broken, ruthless and unreliable. Their lives are messed up in the most fucked up way. Nate/Beat’s task is to keep an eye on Prescott for days while waiting for Camden (Prescott’s abusive ex.) to claim her. He’s doing this as part of a deal he had with Godfrey in exchange of protection.

I struggled getting into the story and I almost had a reading slump because of it. Also, it’s not as dark as I have expected and it lacks the thrill and excitement. No mind fuck twists. The characters are pretty strong after all the harshness they endured and they do deserved a happy ending. However, I didn’t like how it ends. It made the characters weak. (view spoiler) It’s a HEA story but I think it could have been better and more twisted.


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