A DEADLY VIRTUES NOVEL (BOOK 1)
4 LITTLE ROSE CROWNS
Ok. So. This review is probably going to seem a bit Jekyll and Hyde. There are parts of this story that I would give 5 stars to, but then there are parts that fell flat for me, thus earning a 3 star. Therefore, I settled for a 4 rating.
Raphael was just as complex and tortured as I wanted him to be, and he needed to be. For a man who has endured endless torture and is in essence a sociopath and has urges to kill, I need to see inside his psyche. And while I feel like I did get that with his background, I found in the moments with Maria, he wasn’t as “killer” as I expected him to be. I expected a killer who would evolve into a lover, but I just got the lover. The intimate moments with Maria and his brothers humanized him, and it was brilliant in developing reader compassion. I just needed a bit more of the savage at the beginning to show a stronger evolution of character.
Maria was perfectly crafted for Raphael from looks to personality, a woman built for sacrifice. Her “profession” (no spoilers) made her an interesting choice for Raphael, but I liked that there is some goodness exposed through her character. Her ideologies are what make her so willing to “help” him. That being said, there was too much lamenting. It became too much for me. I got her motivation and why she grew to love this killer. I loved her new role at the end of the book, but her new position doesn’t seem to match the personality we saw throughout the whole book. I’ll certainly be interested to see her in the upcoming novels.
The story itself progresses slowly for me in parts. Where the story dragged on with ideologies that were expressed repeatedly and didn’t offer anything new to the character or the story. The romance between Raphael and Maria was exciting because of the dynamics and what we learned about their past. The continuing plot with the Brethren was the most captivating part. I never wanted to leave these moments and the dangers they presented. And that ending. Omg! That ending. I’ve never loved the Fallen more. There was one final part that seemed unrealistic, and if I’m being honest, not needed as this book shows the reach of the Brethren.
Even though there were parts I didn’t love. The core of this story is dark and twisted. Tillie
Cole ensnared me with the core plot, and the romance between the H/h created developed and interesting characters. I’m certainly anxious to see what is next.
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