Smutathon Book Recommendations: Out of Your Comfort Zone [Dark Romances]

We’re down to my last batch of book recommendations and this one has a trigger warning. The books I’m about to share are all dark romances and this sub-genre isn’t for everyone. Expect subjects that will make you cringe like abuse, profanity, drugs, kidnapping and all the crazy dark shits I don’t even want to mention because it’s problematic. You’ll probably need a re-breather for these books.

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I warned you guys. These books are dark and twisted. Brace yourself and READ THESE BOOKS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Here are the books:

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Blog Tour: Debase by Rachel Van Dyken

44309093Pages: 460

Goodreads Rating: 4.73 / 5  stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Dark Romance

Publication Date: April 30th 2019

Publisher: Self Published

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Debase, the final book in the Eagle Elite Series and the first new book in the Elite Bratva Brotherhood by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken is Live!

With blood on my hands, I held her.
With death in my soul, I took from her.
With the devil in my heart, I coveted her.

There’re many definitions of Hell.
My list was exhaustive, my definitions tragic.
Tonight I was adding something new to the very top.
Girl number six thirty-two.

She arrived on my birthday, the same day, every year, I play Russian Roullete and pull the trigger.
She was my omen.
My end game.
She made it personal.
And for the first time in my life, I gave in.
A virgin mob boss with no soul.

My name is Andrei Petrov.
They call me the devil.
All I want is for the pain to end.
All she wants is for me to share it.

I am the last remaining heir to a dynasty that should burn in Hell.
And my last wish remains for it to die with me.

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Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

tePages: 366

Goodreads Rating: 4.38 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Dark Romance

Publication Date: January 8th 2019

Publisher: Self-published

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Nino Falcone is genius and monster. As the right hand man and brother of the Capo of the Camorra, his lack of feelings is a blessing, not a curse – until his brother asks him to marry for the sake of the Camorra.

Kiara Vitiello, cousin of the Capo of the New York Famiglia, is chosen to marry Nino Falcone to prevent war with the Camorra, but what she hears about Las Vegas makes her veins pulse with terror. After her father betrayed his Capo and paid with his life, her family thinks marriage is her only chance to bring honor to her name; but only Kiara knows she’s a faulty prize given in return for peace.
A man incapable of emotions and a woman scarred by the past – an arranged marriage with the potential to unite, or destroy…

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Bound by Love by Cora Reilly

BBLPages: 406

Goodreads Rating: 4.22 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Mafia Romance, Dark

Publication Date: December 4th 2018

Publisher: Self-Published

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Nobody expected them to fall in love.
When Aria was given to Luca in marriage, people were sure he’d break her.
Aria feared the worst from a man like him.
A man without mercy.
But somehow she gained his love.
Love – a weakness a Capo like Luca shouldn’t risk.
When Aria betrays Luca by going behind his back for her family, she realizes too late that she might have lost what she’s fought so hard to get in the first place: Luca’s trust.
The trust of a man who never allowed himself to trust someone unconditionally before.
Can their love survive in a world of betrayal and death?

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Release Blitz | Raw: Rebirth by Belle Aurora

RawRebirthPages: 482
Goodreads Rating: 4.09 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Dark Romance
Publication Date: January 2nd 2019
Publisher: Self-published
Summary: 
It had been six years since my world was turned upside down.
He exposed me to the darker side of life and I could never go back to the person I was.
I had been through more things the average person couldn’t even relate to.If I had the chance to go back and do things differently though?
Not a chance.I’d pick him a thousand times. A million times. For eternity.

I guess not much has changed.

My name is Alexa Ballentine, and I am still in love with my stalker.

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ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Raw: Rebirth is one of my most anticipated series finale and it’s been a LONG wait. Even longer for others who’ve read this book in year 2014 and the previous book, Dirty, made us crave more for this (should I say DYING to get our hands on this book).  Before I proceed with my full review, I tried my best to make it as spoiler-free as possible and  I apologize in advance if I ever did unconsciously. I wrote what pops in my head and rave. I’ve warned you.

Things I tried not to do while reading Raw: Rebirth but FAILED:

  1. Scream
  2. Emotional
  3. Swoon
  4. Mad
  5. Stress out (both good and bad)

My hands shook from excitement as soon as I synchronize my eReader and saw this title and put down ALL my current reads. My oh my, this book drove me into a roller coaster of emotions and I was holding on to dear life. To think it’s tamer compared to the two previous books but Ms. Aurora maintained the intensity. It’s balanced and I love it. It’s also told in multiple point of views introducing us to new characters which added subplots. No worries because they’re still interconnected to each other and it doesn’t overshadowing the main plot.

The female characters dominated this book. Protagonist, antagonist, and side characters — the women shine in this. We have Lexi Ballantine. She has an exceptional character development since Raw. She’s braver, stronger and more resilient. I love how protective and loving she to all her love ones. She’s a fierce lioness. Molly Te Wiata. Her childhood may be awful but it taught her to be tougher. Rough on the edges but definitely a sweet young lady. Honestly, I want her as my sister. Lastly, Ling Nguyen. Why did I include the psychopath Dragon Queen? She’s a great anti-heroine no matter how screwed up she is, she fascinated and terrified me.

This dark romance just made me emotional.  How can I not? Twitch and Lexi had been through a lot  and all I want for them is happiness. They have an imperfect relationship. It made them vulnerable and emotionally scarred. Yet, fate did its job and everything has changed…for good. It’s a beautiful and rough journey worth taking.

Overall, I’m satisfied with the ending. We had a closure and no cliffhanger but I am hoping there’ll be either a spin-off series or a crossover. I see potential characters / couples and I’m curious about their story.

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Author Bio

Belle
Aurora is thirty-something year old and was born in the land down under.

At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her
scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of
Scandal and fell in love with romance.

Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she
developed a natural love for dramatics and laughter. Only some years ago had
she discovered a new love.

Humorous romance novels.

So many authors had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet
feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a
screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.

Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until
recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February this year Belle typed the
words Chapter One. And she fell in love.

With words.

With writing.

With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.



Belle
Aurora is a USA Today best-selling author.

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The Queen by Skye Warren

35506986Pages: 294

Goodreads Rating: 4.21/ 5 stars

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romance

Publication Date: September 19th 2017

Publisher: Self published

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I have one chance at a new life. A college education. A future outside of Tanglewood’s dark walls. For a breathless moment it seems like I might actually escape.

Then I get a phone call from home.

Damon Scott is my own personal dragon, the fight I’ve always lost, the secret hope of my heart. And he needs my help right now. Only my mind can solve the puzzle. Only my presence can keep him sane as the city fights against him.

Only my heart can unlock a man with such a tragic past.

This is my final gamble, with everything at stake. One last game to win a future for both of us.

And a love strong enough to break the city apart.

THE QUEEN is the final novel in the bestselling Masterpiece duet, about a game of lies and loyalty, of betrayal and power, and ascension to the city’s throne

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The King by Skye Warren

34783029Pages: 308

Goodreads Rating: 4.07/ 5 stars

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romance

Publication Date: June 27th 2017

Publisher: Self published

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The highest stakes…

My father gambles every night, falling deeper and deeper into debt. When he hits the bottom, he places a new bet: his daughter. I’m his entry bet to the biggest underground poker game.

Every kind of danger circles the velvet-covered table, but only one man makes me tremble.

A trailer park princess.

The son of a criminal king.

We don’t belong together, but I’m caught in a twisted game.

His eyes meet mine with dark promise. And when he puts down his cards, I know I’m going to lose more than my body. I’m going to lose everything.

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