“People call me Scar for a reason, and it doesn’t entirely have to do with the fact that my face got fucked up. I’m the villain. Everything the light touches in this city belongs to me.”
Menace is the first book in the Scarlet Scars Series, and this debut novel has absolutely secured its rightful place on my BEST BOOK EVER SHELF! J.M. Darhower does it again with another action packed Mafia Romance that will leave you begging for more!
“Death doesn’t always come with a scream and a bang…”
Lorenzo Gambini commands his men, rules the town, can have any woman he wants, protects his family, and yet, he is bored. Scarred both physically and emotionally, there is a void in his soul. In one surprising encounter, Lorenzo meets his match. A mysterious girl with an S tattoo, he will do anything to catch this girl and discover what it is about her that keeps drawing him in. Morgan is like forbidden fruit, and Lorenzo is dying for a taste.
“I would destroy that pussy.”
Morgan is a spunky young woman who is fighting to survive. She is running from something (or someone) and will do anything to get what she wants. Morgan has a secret. When she inadvertently catches the attention of SCAR, her burden is instantly lighter. Although he challenges her with every ounce of his being, the two make a perfect match. With a sexual chemistry shared between the two like a powerful tsunami, it takes everything they can to keep the boundaries of their heart securely in place. Friendship and attraction explode between them and a unique relationship is formed. When the evils of Morgan’s past threaten to swallow her whole, Lorenzo is there to assemble his troops and seek vengeance.
“I’d wreck you for any man that came along after me, put them all to shame, because I’d give you exactly what you wanted.”
Told in dual POV, Menace is a perfect blend of romance, passion, action, and intrigue. With flashes from the past intertwined with the action of the present, we get a clear view of these characters and the circumstances of their lives. JM has always enticed me with her strong heroes, but I must say she truly exceeded all expectation with Lorenzo. Additionally, Morgan is a stand-out heroine with determination, strength, and paired with Lorenzo they are unstoppable. The pacing in this read is upbeat and every single moment is complex and thoroughly developed. Lorenzo and Morgan are both smart characters and their witty and sarcastic banter enhanced the dialogue by offering a reprieve from the intense action. The supporting characters are critical to the plot and further amplifies the dimension of the story arc. While reading Menace, I was completely transported to a dark and dangerous world in which I never want to leave!
Overall, I highly recommend Menace to any and all J.M. Darhower readers or to any dark romance readers or any readers period. IT IS JUST THAT GOOD!!!! The ending was a definite nail biter and yet, I have complete confidence in this author to carry me through to the other side. Bravo, J.M.! Bravo!
*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review.