Release Blitz + Review: Violent Delights by Jessica Hawkins

Title: Violent Delights
Series: White Monarch #1
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance


“She is mine.” Three words from two different men.
A life, future, and love I don’t get to choose.

In the de la Rosa family, old grudges run deeper than loyalty, and betrayal is a three-letter word: war. But this feud isn’t between enemies. It’s between brothers. And I’m the prize.

I was born a princess among criminals. An untouchable among thieves. Heiress to a life others have killed for, and one I'd do anything to escape. I vowed not to leave without Diego, my first love and best friend, but if his ruthless brother has his way, I won’t leave at all. Cristiano de la Rosa is a man as big and bold as his legend. Once upon a time, he was our cartel’s best soldier . . . until he became my family’s worst enemy.

A man like Cristiano will bend fate to his will to get what he wants. Even if it means dragging me to hell—and tearing me from his brother's arms.

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**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

I absolutely love the cover of this book, and the blurb piqued my interest immensely. I have read a lot of romance books featuring organized crime groups, and some of them I ended up loving and others were a bit of a letdown. It started getting harder and harder to discover new gems in this subgenre. I am happy to announce that I really enjoyed Violent Delights. This was mainly because of the intriguing characters, and especially Cristiano was my favorite in this book. He is just the type of anti-hero I can't get enough of. I thought Natalia to be a bit naive and sheltered, which annoyed me a couple of times. I also wasn't a big fan of her best-friend/first-love Diego. I couldn't really connect to their relationship. It felt like puppy love, like they were both teenagers, and just started figuring out the physical part of their relationship. Cristiano was much more interesting and I loved the dark and mysterious vibe he gave off.

From the blurb I got the idea that it would be a love triangle, but in my opinion it didn't really feel like one. I already picked my favorite brother, and I can't wait to see which direction Jessica will take this story. I am looking forward to seeing Natalia grow stronger, and seeing her personality develop more. I didn't connect to her completely, because of her naive personality and sometimes stupid decisions. But I think the author laid down a good groundwork for the next two books in the White Monarch series. I do hope that we will see more of Cristiano's POV in the next book. I also have to say that I loved how the author ended this book, and I look forward to seeing what is going to happen next. I just wish this series was a duet instead of a trilogy. (I hate waiting!)

Author Bio

Jessica Hawkins is a USA Today bestselling author known for her "emotionally gripping" and "off-the-charts hot" romance. Dubbed "queen of angst" by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she's garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart...and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in New York and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.

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