Audiobook Review: Stepbrothers’ Darling by K.A. Knight. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stepbrothers’ Darling by K.A. Knight

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Life is never what you expect it to be. 

I never thought I would end up here, moving halfway across the country on my mother’s whim, and then I meet them… 

My new stepbrothers. 

Cyrus, Bray, Asher. 

Sin incarnate, dangerous, dark and deadly. Everything I crave in a man, but they are off-limits and they make that perfectly clear. However, when my past comes back with a bang, the rules begin to mean nothing and lines start to blur. 

The only way we will survive this is together. 

They are my Crew and I’m about to be their Darling. 

Screw what people think, I’m going to make them mine. 

Stepbrothers’ Darling

Fierce, self assured heroine!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 😠😚😁☺️
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The heroine: Blaire (a.k.a. Darling) – she is unabashedly bisexual and proud of it. She has bad memories of something that happened months ago, and she calls her mother the devil. She got her anger, determination and talent from her father, she doesn’t know what she got from her mother, but hates her with a passion, especially now that they are moving. Her mother says it was because Blaire disgraced them. Though in reality it is because her mother’s ex husband is selling the mansion that they live in.

The Heroes: Cyrus, Bray, Asher (a.k.a the Crew Brothers) – They are the three sons of the man Blaire’s mother is marrying. When Blaire first arrive at the huge mansion, they are away for the summer. Asher is an artist who is obsessed with the female psyche, who has been zoning out more and more. Cyrus is a huge beast of a man, he always simmers with rage and the ladies love him. Bray is the cocky brother who also never has trouble with the ladies, though he turned his emotions off when his mother died.

The Story: This was no innocent stepsister gets talked into a relationship with her three stepbrothers trope. From the start Blaire gets busy with a woman her boyfriend after a night in the club and she is all dominant. I don’t know why but I kinda hate romance books where the heroine starts out being a bit slutty, even though I though do like women who own their sexuality, and Blaire certainly does that. She applies for a position as a Burlesque dancer as on as she gets to her new town and is determined to get the job.

Two months later, the guys return from holiday abroad. They first see Blaire dancing at the burlesque club. She sees them and thinks they are very handsome and her eyes keep returning to them. The world building is good, though one thing I didn’t like was all the descriptions of Blaire’s dances. They are a bit too detailed, every roll, leg lift and turn. I think it could have been done a bit better, getting the point of the dance without each and every detail.

One thing I really like about K.A. Knight is that she tends to write longer books that are standalone romances rather than a duet, trilogy or series. This one was 563 pages and the audiobook was over 15 hours, which I love. It not only saves money in not having to buy more books or audiobooks, but the story is usually better. It is hard to find good reverse harem romances in a standalone, and I loved Den of Vipers and I plan to read more of her books.

Though there were parts I didn’t like, the guys seemed to be trying to be more bad than they actually were. They are from an exceptionally wealthy family, but they deal drugs to their friends, and in one scene when they were afraid of getting caught by the cops, so instead of just hiding or dumping the drugs (4 bags), Blaire distracts the cop so they can get away. Then there is the fact that the first time they are home alone and hanging out with Blaire they can’t think of what to do so they play Truth or Dare.

The story was good, but some of it got so dramatic at points and like I said above, the guys seemed to be trying too hard to be bad. I didn’t really understand why they did some of the things they did. They said they owned a bunch of businesses in town, and have some big underground dealings, but like I said above, they deal drugs to friends like high school students trying to make extra cash. It just didn’t make sense all the time. I wished there was a better storyline and less steamy scenes.

This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration, and was narrated by Kylie Stewart and Rupert Channing. Kylie has a upper class British accent and has a nice feminine voice which sounded a bit incongruous with all her dirty talk. Rupert has a fine voice and is a good narrator, he also has a British accent though he isn’t one of my favorite male narrators.


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