(Blood Empire Series, #1)
Publication date: May 20th 2021
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance, Romance
Nobody will touch what belongs to us, including the women we claim.
Brutal. Fierce. Relentless.
Everything I do I do for my family name.
Now they’re giving me another task—take the bride my father chooses for me. They call it business. I call it revenge. Only one empire with mafia ties can rule.
I’ll use her as a pawn. Break her down. She’s already damaged from the life she’s led. But then something happens.
She rises from the ashes…and learns how to break me too.
**A hero with an out-of-control possessive streak and the woman forced to be his bride. The claws come out, but the surrender is so sweet… DAMAGED BRIDE is a novella-length romance and first in the Blood Empire Series. Happily Ever After? You’ll have to take a chance.**
When I see Avery O’Connor walk into the senior living center, I think she’s going to work a third job.
I approach one of the guards standing near the door giving a quarter of the shits he should. As he glances up, I see the fear on his face. The same thing I see on everyone’s face if they’re so unlucky as to meet my gaze.
He braces his legs and eyes me. Even if I dress less like I’m the son of the meanest SOB in the city, people fear me. And I enjoy knowing I can intimidate them.
“Can I help you?”
I wave him over. He comes wearily, hand twitching toward the nightstick he carries on his hip. As if that will stop me.
“A woman came in here a minute ago. About this tall.” I hold up a hand. “Blonde hair pulled back.”
“Does she work here?”
The guard flattens a stare at me as if he didn’t hear the question.
Sighing, I reach into my pocket and withdraw a wad of bills. I peel off two Benjamins and slip them to the man.
He only glances at the bills for a second before he takes them. I can’t blame him—it’s probably more money than he earns all night sitting here guarding the door and the potted plant beside it.
“She’s visiting her grandma.”
I try not to show my surprise and leave the building. For the next half hour, I sit in my car, smoking too much and waiting for the O’Connor woman to emerge from the home.
I can’t believe I’m going to collect my bride. I almost laugh out loud at the idea of me saying vows. Everyone knows I won’t keep them, my father included.
This isn’t about love and romance, though.
It’s a merger.
A business deal.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Blake York got started writing dark romance as a teen, when the horrors of her mind lived on the page. Now she invites readers into that shadowed chamber with darker, filthier romance. And what can be more soul-shaking than a forced marriage into a twisted mafia family that rules its empire with bloodshed?
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wendy hutton says
thanks this sounds like a interesting book
Angelica Dimeo says
I like the cover art.
victoria alexander says
Great cover, thanks for sharing!
Bea LaRocca says
I like the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like a good read. Thank you for sharing the book and author details
Maria Malaveci says
Love the cover so much!
Marcy Meyer says
The cover looks intriguing. Thanks for sharing.
Gwendolyn Jordan says
Teresa Kunberger says
This book looks and sounds really good.
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a good read.
Cathy French says
I love dark reads and from the excerpt this sounds like a good one. Looking forward to reading.
Linda harrison says
The book sounds like a winner!
shelly peterson says
Sounds good. I like the cover.
Barbara Montag says
I like the title cover and subject for this book.
Thank you for sharing the review.
Sadly, this isn’t so strange a plot in a few countries I can think of, but I have a feeling it all works out okay.
Kate Sarsfield says
Dark is good! Hope it does you proud, Blake!
Latifa Morrisette says
Sounds like a good read
What an exciting book! Great excerpt. I’d love to read more.
Deb Pelletier says
Handsome book cover and the book sounds interesting.
I love the excerpt. Nothing better than a good dark romantic read!
Sounds like an intriguing book
Sarah L says
Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest.
Joy Avery says
It looks like a good read.
Sandra Dufoe says
Sounds like a great book with a strong female character I love those stories. Love the cover.
Audrey Stewart says
Blake York is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.
Ellen Stafford says
I would love to read this book!
Karen H says
Sounds like an exciting story. Love the cover.
linda harrison says
Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the contest.
Julie Waldron says
I love the cover, it’s kind of mysterious.
Daniel M says
sounds like a fun one
Amy Green says
Can you manage the ‘DAMAGE’? Take a ride with this ‘BRIDE’ because she brings the goods!