Sunday, June 2, 2024

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Fierce Monarch by MJ Crouch


Mari Marcosa has been betrayed by a person she let inside her life in every possible way.

The pain is unbearable, not just because of what he means—
meant—to her, but because now she's got a huge damn target on her back.

Almost as big as the hole in her heart.

Every mafia leader in the city sees this betrayal as a sign of Mari's weakness and they can’t wait to use it to their advantage.

Her back is to a wall that is crumbling more every second and the men she needs most are struggling just to stay alive.

She'll have to align with the unthinkable to survive—as secrets she thought were buried deep start rising to the surface.

And it turns out the truth she thought she knew...might not be true at all.

Author’s note: Fierce Monarch
 is the third book in the Gilded Empire series and 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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
First things first: That cover! Okay, not just this one. This is a series of terrific covers. As someone who's been known to choose a book based on the cover alone, I have to say that this series has some of the best covers!
Then, we have what's inside those covers, and the story lives up to the high expectations set by the covers. Yes, there are cliffies, but that just makes the story even more gripping, in my opinion. It's dark, violent, and gritty. It's also sexy as sin and emotional - the kind of emotional that gets you right in the feels. Book 2 left us with a big jaw-dropper, the kind that can leave even the tough queen herself reeling. This part of the book is where I feel like we get to see the most growth from Mari, and while it takes some heartache to get there, she shows just how strong she really is. Of course, there are still more twists since this book doesn't finish the story.
In my continuing effort to avoid spoilers, I'm going to remain vague just in case someone happens across this before reading the first two books. This is where I say stop right there! Read books 1 and 2 before learning anything about this one. This is a continuing story, and it should definitely be read without spoilers. Some twists just don't have the same impact without going in blind. Trust me, you won't regret it when it's all said and done.  

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