Monday, June 7, 2021

Cruel Saints (St. Monarch's Academy) by Michelle Heard ~ Book Review


CRUEL SAINTS by Michelle Heard

Release Date: May 31st

Genre/Trope:Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance



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Alliances are made. Loyalty is owned. Love is taken.

Little did I know my love and freedom would be taken to form a new alliance.

Brutal, possessive, and dangerous, Lucian is feared by all. Including myself.

When his father is assassinated, Lucian takes his rightful place as head of the Cotroni family. They rule the Mafia with an iron fist, and he’s set his sights on my family.

Until now, we’ve been the only threat, but when a new one emerges, my father is forced to arrange a marriage between Lucian and myself.

He might be handsome but he’s not the kind of man who loves. He takes what he wants and right now, it’s my body.

I might belong to him in name, but the question remains – will our union be consummated in blood or love?

STANDALONE: Romance Suspense full-length novel.

When I first began this book the blurb didn't have a warning attached to it and at the beginning of the book it had a message saying if you need a warning this book is not for you, I have read a ton of dark books and loved them and I have read quite a few of Michelle Heard's books and have enjoyed them immensely even the prior book MERCILESS SAINTS had this similar warning but it was nothing I couldn't handle so I proceeded. Well color me surprised when this book starts out with my one and only hard limit, right there in the first few pages. It's not a flashback which is a ton easier to deal with but it was right there happening in real time I was so surprised and socked I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue the book but I did and in the end I am glad I did. 

St. Monarch's Academy is a place where all organized crime family's can send their children once they turn twenty-one to gain some additional training that will help them in the world in which they live. It is considered to be neutral ground and the school has one policy, no one is to kill another student on their grounds. Cruel Saints is Elena Lucas' and Lucian Catroni's story.

Elena is finally getting what she wants, some freedom from the hell she's been living, her father is sending her to St. Monarch's Academy to learn everything she can about taking over the "family business." Lucian has been studying at St. Monarch's and is almost ready to leave when he meets the beautiful Elena. Do sparks fly? Heck yeah they do. Lucian and Elena have an instant connection but Elena is very wary and has every reason to be but Lucian has become instantly protective of her and has now made it his mission to make sure no one ever hurts her again.

This was a hard read for me at the beginning but once Elena turned twenty-one and left for school I was able to get into the story more easily. I totally loved Lucian and the way he felt for Elena upon meeting her even before he knew any of her story. Elena and Lucian were great together, I wish we had more of their story from the arraigned marriage on, I'd love to see how they grow together. I am hoping they will pop up in some of the future books from St. Monarch's Academy.

I would recommend this to readers that enjoy DARK Romances, though this is deemed a romantic suspense I would put it under Dark Romance due to it's content.

Happy Reading!!!


About the Author:

Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she's always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.


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