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Arrogant Bastard (Dark Desires) Paperback – February 13, 2018
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"An exotically filthy, devastatingly beautiful story that will captivate and tease you long after the book is finished."―Audrey Carlan, New York Times bestselling author on Beautiful Liar
"A page turner until the very end. Shockingly erotic, dark and tumultuous... will test your boundaries as a reader, and you'll love every minute of it!"―Ramblings From a Chaotic Mind on Beautiful Liar
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. Visit her:
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It was never confusing,very concise.
The deep emotion they shared,but both hesitant to voice their love.
There was a sweetness, but raw courage on continuing the fight of finding right for Faiths sister.There was purpose,and they found each other wholly at the end.
This whole series is wonderful.Thank you Ms. Cox
Ack! Where to begin. Killian is certainly arrogant but a bastard, no. Unlike the previous male leads in this series, at no time did I find myself disliking him. To be exact, you can’t help but fall for him from the beginning. Despite his tough and super smart façade, her leaving him has made him vulnerable. Faith aka Black Widow. AHA! Finally, we get to discover the mysterious B from Black Sheep. Hmm… I didn’t find her very BW-ish but instead a combination of strength and pain. You know from the very beginning despite their broken history, these two have a connection something beyond the physical. However, it is their physical they begin with and lordy do they burn up the pages. Have a fresh pair of panties nearby because they have four years of making up to do.
Now besides all the hot sex and mending of hearts between these two, there’s their past and what happened in Cairo which is mostly told in flashbacks. Cairo and what sent everyone undercover there in the first place is a disturbing subject matter. You know, one of those necessary evil plotlines to give the story something to go on. That’s at first what I thought until the impact of the who/what/whys all come to light. Now the big question is will we ever find out what and who Fionnella Smith is. Hello, mystery and intrigue!
I’ve been addicted to the series from the very beginning and even though I thoroughly enjoyed Arrogant Bastard, it did lack something that the previous books had. None of the lead characters had damaged and blackened souls. Yes, Killian did have some issues but not at the level of Axel and certainly not of Quinn’s. Same goes for Faith. Her pain is more recent. Their lack of damaging childhood trauma meant no edgy darkness to overcome. I would completely recommend to anyone Arrogant Bastard is a book worth reading, I would just point out it was more fast and sexy than dark and edgy.
I received this book from The JeepDiva prior to release with the express purpose of an honest review. The opinions, contents, and rating of this review are solely mine
Stars - 4, Flames - 4
In Arrogant Bastard, we get to learn about the mysterious manager of Axel’s Rutherford punishment club, Black Widow, or as her past knows her, Faith. Four years ago, Faith decided to run from her past and the man she loved. Now, after she makes a mistake and decides to visit her boss’s apartment to help him in Black Sheep, her profile is caught in a security camera and she is found. Killian Knight has finally found her, he’s been looking for her since the day she disappears from the hospital where she was after the last mission they were in together. Now, Faith has to work together with Killian to finally finish the assignment and take down a human traffic group.
The story was good. I liked the character of Faith and all about the mission and the revenge that existed against her. Killian was an okay character, he came out as very obsessive and possessive regarding Faith. Still, I liked that he was prepared to do anything to keep Faith safe, even though it means kidnap her.
I liked the how they used the memory scene and incorporated into the narrative. It’s interesting how they first made the reader get involved in the past life of Faith when she worked with Killian, and what made her leave him in such mysterious way. As a reader, it didn’t take me so long to realize what was the penance that Faith had over herself, and what took her way for Killian.
Arrogant Bastard is a little more different than its predecessors in the series. While is still a book under the genre of erotic and contemporary romance with its steamy sex scenes, the story more of the base of a romance with the two characters trying to get to know each other again. Still, I think that Killian used to much sex as a weapon against Faith when trying to get her to stay with him.
The final confrontation scene felt rapid and let the reader wanting more than just a standoff between two parties. Also, the betrayal of a character didn’t fit quite right with the story that it’s a portrait, given that they are supposed to be a super-secret organization. But still, these are small things that ticked me off.
The story mentions of characters from the previous books in the series, given that Faith or “B” as we meet her first is friends with Alex and Cleo from Black Sheep. We also see Fionnella Smith again, I wish we could learn more about her and her ties to all the characters. I will also like to read more about Mitch and Linc, who work for Killian, and learn about their history with him and together.
If you are a fan of Zara Cox and her work such as, Dark Desires, then I recommend you Arrogant Bastard. In this story, it doesn’t matter how fast you run or how well you hide yourself, the past is always ready to come back and bite you, it just takes a simple mistake that you didn’t know you took. In this case, the past for Faith is Killian, and he will everything he can to get her back.