Ava Harrison’s books are always an auto-buy for me. Not only are they just overall good books, I love that she connects past series and characters into each story, taking you back to the time you were encased in that characters’ life.
Corrupt Kingdom is no exception. While I think this is the start of a potentially new series, it is a stand alone, enemies-to-lovers romance. While it does deal with the mafia and some darker themes, those themes aren’t explored. This is not a dark romance, this is like a Dark Light romance – the Michelob Ultra of dark romances, if you will!
Cyrus is the king of the underworld and while he is not involved in the mob himself, he controls the mob’s money – making him a god in his own dark universe.
After he hosts a poker night for the world’s darkest characters, he learns that rules were broken and something other than money, gold, expensive belongings was bet. Someone bet flesh.
Ivy is the daughter of a man who is involved in the business of the cities criminal enterprise and her brother is as well.
One day, she is taken from her mothers’ house and wakes up in a mysterious place. The mansion, the island, and the man who owns it are all one mystery she tries to unwind but as she learns more about the mansion’s owner, the more she sees he’s not bad man.
Ivy: Ivy just wants answers and will do just about anything to get them. She has no idea why she was taken aor what her purpose is supposed to be but she’s strong and stubborn – two traits that help her push the limits of her captivity.
Cyrus: Cyrus is the king of the underworld and is afraid of no one. He surrounds himself with the most loyal people he can find and doesn’t trust many.
He’s dark and mysterious and does everything he can to protect Ivy from a scarier fate.
He’s like the storm that batters the island outside.Like a hurricane, growing, gathering strength until it strikes. I’m the eye, and he is the storm.
Let’s Talk About (the) Sex, Baby!
This book was HOT. Some good sexy scenes alongside a thrilling story bring the puzzle together.
She came apart in front of me, the way a flower finally opens her petals when it blooms. Erotic, sensual, a sight I will always remember even long after.
This book feels like a modern play on the Hades & Persephone story with some very striking similarities between this myth. There’s a lot of play on light and dark, storm and sunshine, and most of all, flowers.
This is a really good book that should be added to your TBR!