Blackbird by Molly McAdams
Series: Redemption Series #1
Also in this series: Firefly
Published by Jester Creations on February 25th 2017
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From New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams comes a powerhouse romantic suspense that will have you questioning your morals and second guessing your view on love.
I live in a world few know exist. I’ve trained for this. I know what to say, what to do, and how to act. I’ve perfected the lethal calm required for this life. Now it’s time to buy my first girl. But all it takes is one look at the brave girl who starts singing mid-auction for that calm to slip. Briar Chapman is going to be the death of me, and I don’t care. I’ll take every day with her until that death comes, and I’ll welcome it when it does.
On the outside, Lucas Holt is what nightmares are made of. A man cloaked in darkness, with sin-filled eyes and an enticing grin. A devil so devastatingly beautiful and cruel that his very presence instills fear. But beneath his terrifying, ever-calm exterior is an affectionate man haunted by a past that refuses to stay buried. And Lucas looks at me as though he’s finally found the only person who can make it all go away. We’re a battle of the brightest day and the darkest night—and I want to lie in the wake of our war.
As with most suspenseful stories, explaining your feelings needs to be executed without use of spoilers. So excuse my vagueness as I provide a little insight into my reading experience with this title.
Blackbird begins with a dark and unpleasant setting but it does ease up as the story progresses. Briar Rose finds herself a victim of mistaken identity. Thrown into a nightmare of hellish proportions, her chances of redemption and salvation are nowhere to be found. Her solace is her voice and she uses it to give her strength to push through the impossible.
Before she knows it she is in the care and I use that word cautiously of William. He is the epitome of an anti-hero, who still has a long way to go before he can embrace being considered a hero. Briar thinks of him as the devil incarnate until she meets the devil himself (well not exactly, but hopefully you get my drift!). This quickly becomes a case of better the devil you know.
Lines blur, judgement falters and it’s hard to know what Briar should want or much less do. Her choices are limited and her options, when laid out in front of her, are daunting.
There are a few unexpected twists that I had me peering over my glasses. Why? Could this happen? At what point can someone call an end to this? I am grateful I have zero experience on either side of this story to have any inkling as to what would be plausible and if there is any grounding in their method of operandi.
While I adored the suspense, the initial content unsettled me as did the reasons for hope being in sight but out of reach. In saying that, I am keen to continue with this series in hope the redemption being sought is not set in the same setting as Blackbird.
3 Dark & Suspenseful Stars
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