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Black Sheep (Dark Desires) Paperback – August 8, 2017
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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
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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Waited quite awhile for Black Sheep. Was not disappointed. So much happened, to this couple, full circle, good, bad, happy, sad, surprise and justice. This story had it all . Thank you Zara, you never disappoint.
Could there be more of Quality and Axel?
On the pro side: Fast-paced, page-turning madness that engrosses you. Hot, steamy intimate scenes that will have your heart racing. An alpha, ultra-protective, ultra-possessive hero. A second chance love story. Childhood lovers reunite. Dark and noir feeling.
On the negative side: The story felt rushed and undeveloped. There was little (to no) character development or complexity. The plot had the potential to be very rich but seemed like a paper-thin background. The heroine is thrown about like a rag doll, quite literally an object for the hero and the bad guys to scoop up/dress/arrange. It made it hard to respect their relationship because of it. A lot of bizarre, not-likely circumstances that were just unbelievable. Hanging plots lines/unexplained events (how in the heck did Cleo go to college? When? No one noticed her circumstances in those four years?).
If you like your stories light on plot/development, but rich in alpha-possessive-males and steamy intimacy, this is for you... especially if you like your heroines to be the recipient of all of this but nothing more. In the broad range of romances, this is more of a one to two star. As a contemporary, new adult ish, erotic type romance, it's more of a three star.
This book is kinda hard to review due to the may twists and turns and ups and downs throughout the story. And to spoil them would ruin the story. Axel and Cleopatra have a history and though it may of started all hearts and flowers, it certainly didn't end that way. And years later, seeing her again hasn't lessened the ache any less.
Axel has been working something out for sometime now. He is on the path for vengeance and revenge. Axel is many things, but one thing that comes through is his blackness on his soul. He is carrying many demons on his back.
Cleo has been harboring a hate so strong for her ex, Axel that she is exhausted. H the time she comes face to face with him. But God, is he as gorgeous as ever, and in the end she may hate herself more for still loving him.
This was a dark and gritty store of love and redemption. I really enjoyed it, although I did feel it was dragged out in the middle. But I was impatient for the HEA part Lol!
If said that I was an insta-fan of this author after I finished I, Porn Star, this book solidified it. Dang. Just dang. Zara Cox knows how to weave one complex and er0tic tale that's equally spine tingling and toe curling. It's addicting and twisty and downright intense.
"Her eyes tell me she hates me. Her body beckons me with the promise of transcendental lust."
If you like a good second chance romance with a healthy dose of hate lust mixed in to blur the edges, all wrapped in a story with dark undertones and enough twists and suspense to keep you glued to the pages from start to finish, you've found your next read.
Being born to a cruel and abusive father intent on hardening his sons enough to help run his mafia empire has hardened Axel. He's the black sheep of the family, the son that wants nothing of his father; not his name and not his infamy in the dark underbelly of organized crime. He dreams of escaping the life with the only person that makes his heart beat and gives him hope. But that hope gets ripped away from him with a jarring betrayal that now years later still continues to haunt him. Losing everything and the one person he always thought he could trust is enough to change a man and change the course of his life forever. Now Axel lives and breathes vengeance. His father will pay, and if the woman that's now back in his life after costing him everything is the pawn that he'll have to use in this brutal game, so be it.
As a young girl, Cleo loved Axel with everything she was worth. He was her everything...until he wasn't. Forced back into his orbit by an arrangement in which she's nothing but a puppet on a string of a cruel master that dangles the one thing she wants in exchange for her cooperation isn't what she wants, but she'll do it. Even if it forces her to own up that while she hates the man he is now and doesn't see a remainder of the boy she once loved in him, the c@rnal effect his mere presence has on her hasn't changed even a little.
Black Sheep delivers on another twisty story full of betrayal and revenge. Zara Cox is truly a master of her craft and I'm absolutely captivated by her writing style and the characters she creates. I couldn't put this book down for even a second. I walked the edge between hating and loving Axel. But between all the secrets and twists that kept unearthing, my mind was too busy spinning to focus on any singular emotion.
Axel was perfection. He was a dirty talking, angsty, domineering and deliciously sexy perfection. My heart broke for him and what he'd been through. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for all the secrets to finally get revealed so the puzzle pieces can click together. And let me just tell you, when they did? Mind. Blowing. Yet another addicting installment in what's now become a favorite series of mine. I absolutely can't wait for more!
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