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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Heartless (Starcrossed Lovers Trilogy, #1) by Jade West


A Review by Wendy
4 Crafting Stars
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Spoiler Free
I was intrigued by this book due to my reading of Dark Fairy Tales. I am not your usual "dark" reader. I will sometimes dip into things that tweak my interest, but overall darker, more twisty, violent reads are not my thing. That does not stop me from appreciating the crafting, ability, and talent of those who do write this genre.

Heartless by Jade West is the start of a new series involving the hate for conflicting powerful families, families that have inflicted pain for generations. Both are powerful in their own ways. The children of these families have become pawns, of sorts...some more than others.

The main story of this first entry is about Elaine Constantine and Lucien Morelli.

She is the daughter who has had no love from her family and is spinning out of control.
She has created an image of one thing and is actually something very different. She is lost, no one believes her about what she has experienced or knows, so she is trying to get some kind of control back, no matter how destructive it may be.

Lucien is feared for good reason. He has created his own myths and lives up to them. Make no mistake, the violence, the coldness in how they are committed...all of the stories are true. All of the sex stories are true, as well.

Lucien's main focus is to inflict the worse pain possible on the Constantine family. This brings him to the mascarade party thrown by them. He has been out and about by fuzzing the waters as to what his name and who he is...allowing him to walk among them.

He came for one daughter but ended up being captured by the other, Elaine. It is this connection that changes everything for both of them.

Whoa...This is a truly dark tale. Make No Mistake. For those who have triggers, I would not recommend it. It also is left with a cliffy.

I would say it has a very deep storyline of pain, a feeling of isolation, a need to find control, and a very intense, somewhat consensual love story. Lucien and Elaine see each other and are tied by bonds yet to be made clear.

The next entry, Soulless, is coming in December. 

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

Jade has increasingly little to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s plenty happy with this. Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted.
Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile.
She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness.
She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra print than most people could bear, and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.

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