Review: Malice by Brooklyn Cross

My life had been a series of tragic events. When Snake stormed back into my world, I was forced to stare into his vengeful blue eyes and the word agony took on a whole new meaning.

Innocence is a funny word. It means something different for everyone, but for me it meant growing up far too young. It meant falling in love with a boy, and then having my heart ripped out of my chest in such a painful way that I never thought I’d recover.

That was until Avro came into my life. He helped me believe in humanity and goodness again, but most of all he helped me find myself. He urged me from the dark where I’d been hiding and piece by tiny piece my heart began to heal.

Being with Avro seemed like a fantasy, but when the fantasy became reality, it brought the complication of Jace. Jace Everly, Avro’s long-time friend and lover was a walking contradiction. To the world he was a rock star and wore his arrogance like a shield, but I quickly learned there was far more behind those silver eyes than the jerk that picked at my wounds. Jace saw me in ways that I tried to keep hidden, ways that terrified me.

Any nervousness over Avro or uncertainty of Jace seemed trivial when Kai, the boy I’d loved as a girl found me again as a woman. Kai was no longer the boy that melted my heart. He was now Snake, the walking embodiment of my nightmares.

Snake could be summed up in one word…vicious. Ten years in prison and inducted into a motorcycle club as an enforcer would do that to someone, but there was more to it than that. The anger, hurt and betrayal that we both felt burned white hot, and he was out for my blood.

I thought I knew fear, but nothing could’ve prepared me for the reaper of souls that came knocking on my door.

Avery’s Thoughts About the Book

Well, hello there, ya great big red flag.

I have a new one-click author… This was my first foray into the writings of Brooklyn Cross and I am in love with this author’s twisted brain.

Kaivan… Kai… Snake… Regardless of what you call him, this man is wrath personified. He might be a sadist. Like, an actual sadist. Though that’s not confirmed in the book. I could not possibly care less. I have a new book boyfriend. This book opens with Kai kicking off a ten year prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. That decade is spent metamorphosing from a kid trying to carve out a better life for himself into a hardened, murderous creature of chaos fueled by anger and hate. I… I think I love him…. I can hug him back to happiness, gawddammit. I just know it!

I found the entire cast really likeable. Raine has got trauma and she’s trying her best to make a life beyond the fears her past has left her with. And Avro seems to be exactly what’s needed to bring her out of her shell. Talk about a sweetheart! Everything about Avro will absolutely melt your heart. Jace brings an extra bit of 🌢️🌢️🌢️ to the book. He’s pushy and his personality could be a bit terrifying if you’re an introvert but he doesn’t have a chaos vibe about him. He’s extremely sure of himself and that confidence is totally addicting.

The Lost Souls MC members we meet are fun. My favorites are Mannix and Roach, You meet Mannix in the first chapter. This is one of those spoiler-y moments so I wont say how. I will just leave it at you’ll like him. Roach, Kai’s bestest bestie, is the big dumb animal type in the bunch. Yes, he’s a gang member but he comes off as a gummi bear at times.

Almost every time I read a WhyChoose book with more than two partners, I end up not liking someone. I like everyone in this sitch. In fact, we could probably throw in another participant or two from the MC (Roach, I’m looking at you…).

There is another character I want to tell you about but I can’t. Anything uttered will ruin a few hilarious surprises so….I just can’t. Trust me. Keep an eye out for the amusement park…

CONTENT WARNING: Malice doesn’t so much dip its toes into the darker dark romance pool as it does a flying fucking cannonball into the deep end. As a quick reminder, check out the Trigger Warning page here on my website. This message applies to my books and pretty much everything you’re going to see on my blog, whether it’s dark romance or paranormal romance (which tends to be violent). I don’t include this message with every review but there are two scenes in this book that had me scraping my jaw off the floor from utter shock at what I was reading so consider yourself warned.

CLIFFHANGER WARNING: That’s right. This book leaves off on a massive cliffy but the next book in the series, SURRENDER, comes out on May 16th. It’s not yet available for preorder but I have marked my calendar.

Heat Level

Avery’s Rating

Tropes Used
Why Choose, MC / Biker Romance
Enemies-to-Lovers, Friends-to-Lovers,
Past Trauma, Alphahole,
Graphic Violence
(Including Rape and Decapitation)
(….not together …don’t be gross)

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The review copy of this book was read through the Kindle Unlimited reading program.

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