#NewRelease & #MBreview “Black Sheep” by Zara Cox

Black Sheep (Dark Desires)

by Zara Cox

 My musings…


I have been waiting for Black Sheep since I closed the final page of Beautiful Liar (although it was called I, Porn Star when I read it).  The darkness, the complex plots, the intricate characters make this book everything I love in a dark romance, and the wait was completely and totally worth it.

These characters are tragically flawed, coming from two opposing mafia families.  Axel, although the son of a mafia boss, wants nothing to do with the family, and although he doesn’t want to be involved with his family he is not clean in any way.  He deals with bad men, has little to no moral compass when it comes to getting what he wants, but this edge of danger makes him enticing.  There is also this underlying honor to his character.  These questionable and unethical acts serve a larger purpose of revenge, and one readers will not fault him for.

His counterpart in the novel, Cleo, is also broken.  She has been lied to and manipulated, and what she thinks is the truth isn’t.  The course of her life has been controlled by men who should not have been in control, and readers will desperately want her to realize the clear truth and earn back the life that is stolen from her.

These two characters are electric, and their hate for others, for their circumstances, and to an extent, each other, fuels a lot of steamy scenes.  Their hatred though doesn’t last, and the reader gets to watch this couple heal and evolve together.

This story has many layers, which is one of the many reasons I enjoy the series so much.  There is the expected romance story line pertaining to the two main characters, but there is also the family drama.  The family drama spurs the revenge plan, and Zara Cox expertly meshes all of these story-lines together for a story that will grip readers from the opening pages.

Black Sheep is a definite must read.  It gives readers everything they could want in a suspense romance.  There is darkness, romance, and danger that will suck readers in from the first word.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


In a family of cold-hearted black sheep,
I, Axel Rutherford, am the blackest.
My father has hated me since the day I was born. The feeling was mutual. In the shady underworld that was my legacy, Cleo McCarthy became my light. She was beautiful, passionate, and my whole world. So naturally my father had to destroy us. First he sent me away. Next he claimed Cleo as his own. But now I’ve returned, and nothing will stop me from taking back everything that is rightfully mine.

He was the love of my life – when my life was still my own.
We were young enough to believe we would last forever, Axel and I. But neither of us realized how cruel life – and our families – could be. Now I’m trapped in a gilded cage: desired by Axel, who must never know the full truth, and controlled by his father, who would sooner see me dead than free. And I wouldn’t even care, except that it’s no longer only my life at stake.

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About the Author:

Zara Cox has been writing for almost twenty-five years but it wasn’t until nine years ago that she decided to share her love of writing sexy, gritty stories with anyone outside her close family (the over 18s anyway!). This series is Zara’s next step in her erotic romance-writing journey, and she would love to hear your thoughts.

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Happy reading,


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