Beautiful Secrets (Cruel Heroes, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Beautiful Secrets by Ariana Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

Cole Hendry

Five years I’ve been locked up.

In that time, the Hendry’s massive drug empire was destroyed.

My brother’s gone legit, and expects me to do the same.

But that’s not our life, and seems he needs reminding.

Nothing like a war to jog the memory.

All I need is the perfect trigger, and she falls right into my lap.

Mika Vasiliev, daughter of my enemy. Cute little thing, if a wee bit feisty.

Dimitri will give me anything I want to return her.

But five years is a long time, and I’ve missed having someone to play with.

Now I’m not all that keen to give her back.

Now I’m starting to think war was a bad idea.

Because, now, all I want is Mika

🤍

Mika Vasiliev

I thought I’d do whatever it takes to get away from my family.

But that never included him.

I’d call him a devil but he’s twice as cruel.

He says I’m his weapon, but he treats me like a toy.

And though I hate myself for it, I play the part beautifully. I have no choice but to indulge his every whim… because there’s something he doesn’t know about me.

That no one knows.

And I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure my secret never gets out.

Even if that means falling in love.

🤍

Beautiful Secrets is a dark captive romance with mafia themes.

This book is intended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be triggering.

This is the second book in the Cruel Heroes, but can be read as a standalone.

Beautiful Secrets

Crazy but Good!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: ❤️💙💜🖤💚
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤

The setting: Edinburgh

The Hero: Cole Hendry – In the first book, Beautiful Scars, Cole was the evil twin. The twins Cole and Cillian were modern day Gangsters where Cole was the idea man and Cillian was the muscle. It was said that when they came out of the womb, something happened and Cole got all the feelings while Cillian got none of them. You would think it would end up with Cillian being the psychotic one, but Cole is the one that ended up in the Mental Hospital for 5 years while Cillian got married and started a family. Now Cole is out and he wants his life back.

The heroine: Mika Vasiliev – Daughter of a Russian mobster with secrets of her own. She was trying to escape her home and the prison it had become. She made a mistake and it had repercussions and she was promised in marriage to a man she didn’t want.

The Love Story: Out of the mental institution after 5 years, Cole Hendry wanted his life back. He had been a Gangster with quite a bit of territory as well as a nightclub and he and his family ruled the city. However, he finds out that things have changed quite a bit and the Russians now run the city. Cole meets with them in a play to see where he stands and ends up with Mika.

I had no clue how Cole was going to go from such a terrible person in Beautiful Scars to a Hero and for much of the book I was not so sure it was working, but I liked him for some reason. I won’t give away the end, but to say having him be clinically psychotic and an managing it on his meds was a good way to help forget his evil past.

The dynamic between Cole and Mika was terrific. Mika was his captive and she was submissive most of the time, which worked well since Cole has such a big and dominant personality (among other things). This was quite a steamy love story and a bit crazy as well, but I enjoyed every bit. The mafia storyline was great, the family and friends added quite a bit and I just liked both of these people. It was a nice dark story, but it didn’t venture too far off to give me cringeworthy moments like some dark romances.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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