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Review - Contempt

Title - Contempt
Author - Sam Mariano
Name of Series - Coastal Elite #3
Series Type - Standalone
Genre - Dark Romance
Release Date - 23rd Oct 2023
Overall Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Heat Rating - 🔥🔥🔥🔥

My stepbrother, my tormentor…

I had a plan to get through senior year. Get good grades, stay busy with clubs, don’t forget to carve out time for Mom and Hannah, and most importantly, stay far, far away from Landon Atwater.

That plan collapsed at the end of summer when my mom announced her surprise engagement… to Landon’s father.

Now, I have to live with the jerk who has spent years tormenting me. At school, I could make sure we weren’t in the same classes and turn the other way if I saw him in the halls, but avoiding him gets a lot harder when I’m living in his seaside mansion.

Especially because he doesn’t want to be avoided.

Landon has always loved taunting and controlling me, but now he has the ultimate advantage and he’s not afraid to use it. Landon is the chaos machine that could blow up this newly minted family—and my mom’s chance at happiness—and, unfortunately for me, he knows I won’t let him.

I was prepared to be on my guard at school, but I didn’t plan to spend senior year avoiding capture in my own home.

Unfortunately, it seems Landon has a plan of his own.

And no lock on my bedroom door is going to keep him from accomplishing it.

Contempt is book three in the Coastal Elite series. Readers first meet Parker and Landon in book two, Undertow, which is where their story begins. Contempt is intended for a mature adult audience only, and anyone requiring trigger warnings is urged to read the one at the beginning of the book.

What can you expect to find in this book?


💚Bad boy/good girl pairing

🖤Jealous/possessive hero

💚Stepbrother romance

🖤Deliciously dominant and super dubious... happenings 🙃🥵

💚Be mine... or else.

Purchase Links 💋

Contempt (Coastal Elite, #3)

My Review 💋

Star Rating : 4.5 / 5 Stars

POV : Dual

Cliffhanger : None

Hero : landon

Heroine : parker

Pace of the story : Moderate

Angst Rating : 5/10

Heat Rating : 7/10

Triggers Involved : Dub Con , past Trauma , bullying

Plot Summary :

Parker has a plan. She wanted to get out of this hellish town before it ate her but now it's too late. It's not the town that was the enemy , it was Landon. The boy who has always hated her , who has always been the subject of her nightmares. Except now it's even worse because she has to live with him. He is her new stepbrother. And he plans to make her pay for every mistake her mother has made according to him and so much more.

What she didn't expect was to like his brand of torture.

Overall Opinion :

I have been waiting for Parker and Landon ever since I got to meet them in the second book of this series aka their parents. Landon has always been so hard on Parker but I could feel the tension from page one and I knew these two will have the best tale ever!

This one is a dark romance standalone with a few triggers like dub con , past trauma etc. Parker and Landon are on fire and I loved the angst between them. What started as hate , turned into so much more. Definitely recommending this one to all the dark romance loving people out there!

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