Audiobook Review: 7th Circle (Hades, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

7th Circle by Tate James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Five years ago, I masterminded the infamous massacre of the Tri-state Timberwolves. 

The streets outside the Wolves HQ ran red with the blood of the old guard, and not one of those members loyal to my father were spared mercy. Not a single one. 

I let the media twist and distort the story. My new recruits eagerly proved themselves in spreading false news, in covering our tracks. To the general public, the Tri-State Timberwolves were extinct. 

But that couldn’t have been further from the truth. We changed, we grew, we evolved and came out stronger than ever. Now, I live, eat, sleep and breathe Timberwolves. I’ll do anything to keep my empire safe and thriving. To keep the people depending on me safe. 

So, what do I do, when it’s my own weakness that places us all in danger? When I let sex cloud my judgment, and my people pay the price? 

Simple. Kill the distractions. 

I’m called Hades for a reason, after all.

7th Circle

Hades rises from the ashes!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💚💜❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 🤐🤫🫣☺️🥰
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Duet Narration

The heroine: Hayden Darling Timber (a.k.a. Hades, a.k.a. Daria Wolfe, a.k.a. Dare) – a 23 year old successful businesswoman. Along with 7th Circle, a male/female strip joint, she is the owner of a bunch of other businesses and she is the CEO of a multi-billion dollar hospitality corporation. She is also the leader of the Tri-State Timberwolves crime syndicate after she organized the coup and massacre of all the Timberwolves that had been loyal to her father. She herself killed her father and put a stop to the human trafficking of children in her town.

The Heroes: Lucas, Cass, Zed – Lucas is model handsome and ballsy with an edge, though he is a bit naive. Cass is a big, muscular, tattooed mountain of a man with bad attitude to boot and is head of the Shadow Grove Reapers, Zed is Hayden’s best friend who stands by her side no matter what and resists any feelings he might have for her.

The Story: Hades is quite a bad girl and a fierce woman. Though Hayden is somewhat damaged. She once had a crush on her best friend Zed, but now they are just friends. He goes through women like they are candy and acts jealous at times. She now has a crush on Cass, but he turned her down flat saying that he wasn’t interested in children, though she is only eleven years younger than the big gang leader.

Recovering from that slight, Hades gets drunk and meets a young man at 7th Circle who came to apply for a job as a stripper. They hook up and begin to get closer. Hayden finds she is much more interested in Lucas than she expected. She liked that he brought some light into her dark world. Though she has a policy of not sleeping with her employees, so she doesn’t plan to see him after the first time, but can’t help herself.

This book is a good introduction to all the characters, which is a must in the first book of a reverse harem romance. It shows that the three men are all attracted to Hades and her to them in different ways. It also shows how each of the three men have their own unique personalities. It gives background on the criminal organization Hades runs and how she got to the position she is in.

I must say, I do love a strong female character, but I am not too sure about Hades. She is brutal and cutthroat, though she seems to be always telling us or showing us how terrible she is and it just seems that people that are really bad to the bone, don’t have to inform you how bad they are. Plus the fact that she carries a Desert Eagle handgun, which looks ridiculous in a girl sized hand.

I did like the fact that Hades looked after her sister Persephone who is in high school and the fact that someone from her past is after her. I was not happy to find out Lucas had secrets and what some of those secrets were.

Narrated via Duet Narration by Noelle Bridges and Lucas Webley. Noelle has a great voice, which sounds age appropriate and is very sonorous while still being believable as the hard as nails woman that Hades is. Lucas also has a pleasant sounding voice which is deep and sexy enough to keep me interested. I loved the fact that this was done in duet narration. I hate when women do men’s voices and vice versa, so this was a nice change of pace and there are three more to go in this series.


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