Title: HARLOW: A Choice & Consequence Novel
Author: Cadence Vonn
Genre: Erotic Romantic Thriller
It never occurs to Harlow Blackwood that losing her virginity could lead to an attempted kidnapping and death. Striking out to uncover a story that would make her byline appear on front pages across the country, she tangles with Marco Agassi, a billionaire who wants to possess her. Refusing his advances puts her in his predatory crosshairs, leaving her embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Driven by revenge, Xander Royce agrees to help the FBI put away Marco, the man who destroyed his father. Discovering Harlow, the woman of his dreams, among his enemies wasn’t planned. Using her as bait is unthinkable. Sex with her is heart-stopping, and fear of losing her compels him to keep her safe until a botched plan thrusts her into his enemy’s grasp. Now the difference between life and death depends on instinct… Content warning: "This dark suspense features a HEA romance and a villain with a penchant for dark, dubcon sex, so be warned."
Harlow Blackwood is a twenty-something virgin and she wants to be financially independent from her family. So, she auctions herself off through an exclusive and fully vetted auction house. She’s floored by the amount of money a certain bidder is offering. She understands why when he answers her direct questions. She refuses his offer but that doesn’t deter him. The more she refuses Marco, the more obsessed he becomes. When she meets handsome Xander at a masquerade party, she’s ready to explore her newfound relationship with him. Marco refuses to let her go and vows revenge. Can Harlow escape Marco’s possessive grip on every facet of her life or must she pay for her disobedience with her own life?
Harlow is an erotic romantic thriller that left a lasting impression on me. It’s a very hot (5 flames +), extreme kink with dubious consent romance. The erotic scenes were blistering hot and definitely added to the overall sensual tone of the story. The romantic thriller subplot is what makes this a five-star read. Cadence Vonn is a brilliant erotic romance writer but when she adds suspense to the plot, she’s up there with legends like Robb. Her ability to grab the reader and jack up the suspense is pure gold, a true pleasure to read. If you’re a fan of erotic romantic suspense/thriller, take the plunge into Harlow. A tasty trip to the dark side of kink.
Note: I struggled with the dubious consent parts but it in no way affected my rating of this book. If this is a trigger for you, please be warned.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Cadence has been involved in the arts since she could pick up a crayon. She has a BFA in photography and silversmithing. If you get a glimpse of her notebooks you’ll discover she’s an accomplished doodler. She channels her daydreams into sizzling hot romances. Now she is living her dream with her husband with a view of Puget Sound outside her door.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N