Wednesday, May 29, 2024

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Damaged Kingdom by MJ Crouch


Mari Marcosa always knew she would die young, so being left to bleed out on a warehouse floor is no shock to her.

But as the blood seeps from her body, her thoughts aren’t of the Marcosa empire she's ruled for years, or the city she's given everything to protect.

It's on the three men who’ve stood by her side:
Greyson: her soul, her foundation. So hard and reserved, showing emotion only to Mari.

Dominic: her heart, her first love. He’s a dreamer but can wreck her in the best ways possible.

Nate: her comfort, her peace. He soothes and calms Mari even though she's only known him a short time.

Her enemies have done their best to destroy her, and now it’s up to her men to piece her back together.

They will do anything to make that happen.
 But they can’t protect her from the threat none of them ever saw coming...

Author’s note: Damaged Kingdom
 is the second book in the Gilded Empire series which should be read in order. This is a "Why Choose?" romance with violence, dark themes, and ruthlessly possessive—and protective—men.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wow! Honestly, I could say all kinds of things about Damaged Kingdom, but "wow" pretty much sums it up.
I thought the cliffy in Broken Crown was a jaw-dropper, but it's got nothing on this one. To be fair, MJ Crouch did warn of cliffhangers as the Gilded Empire series is an ongoing story, and since this author doesn't do things by half, I should've been ready. I so wasn't. Not even close.
Obviously, I can't go into details without giving spoilers, so I'll stick to what I can tell you - This series is a deliciously dark #whychoose romance with the kinds of men who would burn the world down to protect the woman they love. That doesn't mean Mari isn't capable of taking care of herself. She's as fiercely protective of her men as they are of her.
As of right now, I haven't fully decided on a favorite of Mari's loves. I guess if I had to choose, it would be Grey. If any of the three could be said to be Mari's soulmate, it would have to be Greyson. Of course, I fully expect MJ Crouch to pull me in every direction with each new addition to the series, so my fave could very well change.
So, I'd sum it up by saying the Gilded Empire world is dark, sexy, and dangerous, and I can't wait for more. I would highly recommend starting with book one, as this is a continuing story. I would also highly recommend the series if you enjoy #whychoose dark romance. 

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