Tarnished Soul by Beth Flynn

July 16, 2021 Book Review 0 ★★★★

Tarnished Soul by Beth Flynnfour-stars
Tarnished Soul by Beth Flynn
Series: Nine Minutes Spin-off #4
Published by Self-published on May 21, 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 410
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Some souls are more tarnished than others, but when two collide, not once but twice, it seems fate may just have her way.
Ex-con and ruthless biker, Jonas Brooks is stunned when he encounters the selfless angel who saved his life six years ago. With his massive size and alarming tattoos, Jonas terrifies people on sight. But the beautiful, kind, and intelligent Lucy Renquest sees beyond his frightening exterior the moment she lays eyes on him.
Despite being an outcast with an extremely high IQ, Lucy's confidence and courage propels her to success. Finding the good in people is her biggest strength—and greatest weakness. When Jonas cleverly deceives her into accompanying him to a secluded cabin in the alligator-infested Florida Everglades, she's beyond furious—until her anger fades and their passion ignites.
When Jonas and Lucy return to their normal lives, he discovers that she’s in danger. Now, it's up to Jonas to save the woman who saved him.
Can a criminal with a tarnished soul protect his angel and find the truth before it's too late?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

By Lily

Another good one!

I can not find the words to express my joy at finding another book that I was able to lose myself in its world.

Beth Flynn hooked me in with Tarnished Soul, the latest Nine Minutes spin-off book. It depicted two strangers who happened to be in the same place at the same time. They only shared a fleeting moment, but it seared deep into their souls. It was the way Lucy intuitively handled an awkward situation for Jonas that solidified my belief in them being perfect for each other. 

Fast forward six years down the track and fate has Jonas and Lucy crossing paths again. Fortunately Jonas recognises her instantly and begins his quest to win her over. Usually, he would have no trouble getting a woman’s attention, but Lucy is not the kind to be easily swayed.

You deserve to be kissed by a man who will own your heart, and vice versa”

This is a nice girl meets bad boy romance with a slow build that brings with it an edge of mystery. In the beginning, I thought he would be her knight in shining armour,  but Lucy is the kind of woman who is happy to fight her own battles. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and appreciated their caution in not rushing the romance. The heartwarming moments softened the darkness of Jonas’ character and the way he held Lucy in such high regard had me feeling weak at the knees.

Jonas’ idea of finding the ideal setting to get to know Lucy was not out of the top 10 ways to woo a woman let me tell you. In fact, it was totally freaky and I couldn’t get my head around Lucy’s rather laid back approach to his behaviour! Well, all except her rather smug come back to him when she hinted at where she hid his keys. I loved how that thread of the story panned out!

The story focused on the slow romance, with club life kept at a distance most of the time. I thought the mystery was being wound up well before the end of the book but then something else would be revealed that compelled me to read on. Some of it was predictable, but there were other aspects that caught me totally by surprise. 

She would drown herself in the comfort of a trusted read. It would be like going home to an old friend.

This quote sums up my enjoyment of Tarnished Soul. It was a trusted read and one I would recommend to readers who enjoy a good dark MC Romance. If possible, I would have loved to devour it in one sitting. It’s definitely light on sex scenes but the emotions of the characters were well captured. Tarnished Soul is one of those books that made me seriously consider being a full-time lady of leisure so I can read to my dark heart’s content.

4 Stars

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