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Review - Brutal Ambition

Brutal Ambition by Sam Mariano

Title - Brutal Ambition
Author - Sam Mariano
Name of Series - Standalone
Series Type - Standalone
Genre - Dark Romance
Release Date - 29th April 2023
Overall Rating - 5 / 5
Heat Rating - 4.5 / 5

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

I used to fantasize about meeting a masked madman who would love me endlessly and obsessively. He would look after me in a world where no one else did. He would manipulate all the strings that held up my life until I had exactly the one I wanted.

And then one night I met him.

Only he wasn’t the hero I always imagined he would be.

When we left the forest together that night, I thought I’d escaped the villains relatively unscathed, but my true villain was the man whose arms I felt safest in.

He was the one who would tear me apart.

Now I know the only way to save myself is to stay far away from Killian Walsh.

But no matter how fast I run, he won’t stop chasing me.

He knows the best thing he could do for me is set me free.

But he’s too selfish to do it.

He calls me reckless, but I think he’s crazy.

Because Killian Walsh will let the flames consume us both before he will ever let me go.

Brutal Ambition is a full-length secret society romance that contains dark subject matter some may find triggering. Please read the author's note if you need one.

This story is a spinoff of the Coastal Elite series, but can be read as a standalone. The timeline of this book is the same timeline as the fourth Coastal Elite book, Surrender.

Purchase Links 💋

Also available in #KindleUnlimited

My Review 💋

I thought you said you were a good guy.”I smirk faintly. “That is not what I said.”

Star Rating :4 / 5 Stars

POV :Dual

Cliffhanger :None

Hero :Killian

Heroine :Brynn

Pace of the story :Moderate

Angst Rating :5/10

Heat Rating :7/10

Triggers Involved :Dub con , Betrayal , Plot twists, Manipulation

Plot Summary :

Brynn knows that her trusting nature will one day get her in trouble. But still she follows her boyfriend into the cave , she trusts that nothing will go wrong and then everything does. What could have been the worst night of her life turns out to be the one where she meets her hero. But she didn't know that he was a hero for no noble reasons , it was all to trap her.

Killian Walsh might have helped her but now she was trapped with him forever. And he had no means of letting her go.

Overall Opinion :

I have read all of the books by this author and can't stress enough of how much I love her work! This series is going great and the more I read books in it , the more I want stories for the side characters. Especially in this one. I really want Hex and Aiden’s books 😂

Brynn and Killian have an amazing tale that kept me hooked from the start to the very end. There are ups and down and not to mention that this book is definitely filled with a lot of triggers. It was a standalone and I loved the ending a lot! There were no major plot twists , but there was one thing that I didn't see coming and that had something to do with a certain side character 😶‍🌫️ that also makes me want his book even more , I need to know what happens next!

Definitely recommending this one to all the dark romance loving people out there!

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