ARC Review: Black Promises by B.B. Hamel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Black Promises: A Dark New Adult Romance by B. B. Hamel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The monster owns my virginity.

🧟‍♂️

Jarrod Hale is the cruelest boy at school.

🤵🏻

A gorgeous fallen angel with a wicked streak.

🙎🏻‍♂️

He dominates our campus with his clique of handsome jackals.

👱🏻‍♂️🧔🏻‍♀️🧔🏻🧔🏼‍♀️

And I promised him my virginity.

💘

We made a bargain, and I sealed my fate in blood and promises.

🩸

He gets my body, and in exchange, he’ll murder the demon that’s been haunting me for years.

🔪

When it’s over, he’ll drag me down into the steaming heat of his bedroom and expect perfect submission.

🧖🏻‍♀️

Except nothing ever ends, and violence creates more violence.

💪

I’m stuck with a killer, and I’m afraid I won’t get out alive.

🫀

Welcome to Blackwoods College.

🏛

Black Promises

How to get away with murder!


The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💋💋💋💋💋
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📒
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 👩🏻🧑🏼‍🦱👩🏻‍🦱👱🏻‍♂️🧔🏻‍♀️

The heroine: Cora – attends Blackwoods University with her best friend Robyn. Cora is a virgin and something bad happened to her and her brother as children. Ever since then she has dreamed of revenge.

The Hero(es): Jarrod – one of the Four Horsemen of Blackwoods (Addler, Des, Calvin, and Jarrod). They are the four kings of the campus. Football players all and the hottest guys on campus. They are all players when it comes to women as well. Jarrod is always grouchy and cruel. He is the cousin of Cora’s best friend and lives with Robyn and her parents near campus.

The Story: Cora pins her hopes of revenge on Jarrod and they make a bargain that he will help her in exchange for her virginity. Jarrod has his own backstory of woe, so he is violent, both on the football field and off. He goes looking for fights often and isn’t always the winner. He likes to even the playing field by picking fights with groups of guys or by getting a bit drunk first.

“I knew Calvin liked pain as much as I did, though he expressed himself in different ways. He preferred to dish it out than to receive it, while I was an equal opportunity sadist. Anything was good enough for me, so long as it left a mark.”

I like the new adult bully theme though Jarrod really isn’t as big of a bully as he seems in the beginning and he definitely grows on you. We find that there is much more to him than his grouchy outward appearance would imply. The story is different than any I have read before and I really ended up hoping Jarrod and Cora can get away with murder.

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

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