DROP DEAD QUEEN
J.L. Beck & C. Hallman
Release Date: January 7
In the darkness they lurk, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.
Danger is everywhere, and not even Quinton can protect me. Someone wants me dead and they’ll do anything to achieve their goal.
I’m back to being a rat scurrying through the halls of Corium and I know it won’t be long till I’m caught in a trap.
The only question is, can I save myself this time?
This is a Dark Bully Romance including many TRIGGERS (For a complete list of triggers please contact the authors or follow the link in the author’s notes)
This is book TWO of a trilogy. King of Corium must be read prior to Drop Dead Queen.
Meet J.L. Beck & C. Hallman:
J.L. Beck and C. Hallman are an international bestselling author duo who writes dark and contemporary romance.
J.L. Beck is a USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, she has written over fifty different romance novels. She started her journey of writing back in 2014 and hasn’t slowed down a second since then.
She’s captivated by real romance and loves reading about strong “ALPHA” males, as well as sassy heroines that know or may not know what they want. She is best known for delivering a happily ever after but has ended things on a cliffhanger a time or two.
When she’s not typing away at her next book you can find her being a mom to her two adorable kiddos and wife to her high school sweetheart.
C. Hallman is a USA Today Bestselling Author who wrote her debut Novel in 2018. Born and raised in Germany, Cassandra moved to the United States when she was eighteen. She’s now a mom to three boys and happily married. With a love for reading, that love slowly transpired into writing she put fingers to the keyboard and started writing about the dark side of romance.
January 2019, the two authors teamed up and wrote their first novel together, Convict Me. The book turned into a popular six part dark romance series. Quickly, the pair realized how great they work together and decided to write as a duo indefinitely. Since then, they have published four successful series including the international bestseller The North Woods University series and the Amazon top 75 Bestseller Savage Beginnings.
Visit them at: https://www.bleedingheartromance.com/
Scions and hikers and bears, Oh my!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌏
Character development: 🧐😕😍😗🥰
The heroine: Aspen Mather – she is attending Corium University, a college that is hidden in the Alaskan Wilderness, most of it is underground. It basically is a college for mafia kids. Aspen is known as a “rat” since her father is in prison for trying to rat out his mob bosses, in particular Xander Rossi.
The Hero(s): Quinton Rossi – known as the King of Corium, Q is son to Xander Rossi, the biggest and baddest mob boss. Quinton has his own father issues, stemming from the death of his sister and the fact that he found out his parents have been lying to him his entire life.
The Story: Quinton has a hard time dealing with his anger and often feels the need to regain control, he is attracted to Aspen and blames her father for messing up his life at the worst possible time, when his sister was dying. So he likes to exert his control over Aspen whenever he feels the need.
This was a great bully story, it wasn’t just Q that bullied Aspen, it was everyone at Corium, including the teachers. Aspen was pushed and tripped and talked down to whenever she ventured out of her room. If it wasn’t for the one law at Corium, that nobody there could commit murder, she would most surely be dead.
At times we see Quinton as a decent guy, who is attracted to a girl. However, his inner thoughts show that he thinks himself above her and no matter what happens between them they will never be together long term. I liked how Aspen’s situation seemed to go from bad to worse, and then even worse and she perseveres through it all.
Though I can sort of see how the progeny of mafia leaders would not want to associate with the daughter of a rat. It still seems to me like none of them can just think for themselves and say, it is wrong to treat Aspen so bad because of what her father did. For one, she is not her father, and two, Mafia men traditionally don’t tell their women anything or involve them in their dealings, so she is obviously an innocent party in all of it.
I did truly like both Quinton and Aspen, who both were in many ways a product of their upbringing and background. Overall though, I just loved all the action and steamy scenes. A lot happened in this book and the cliffhanger was shocking to say the least. I can’t wait to see how it all goes. I hope that Aspen continues her reign as the one who bounces back quickly and rises above everything that gets thrown at her.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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