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ARC Review: Bloody Cruel Psycho by Lucy Smoke

A life for a life … will kill the both of us in the end.


Clover
I know nothing of the Sickness at Eastpoint University. I know only the backroads that slip past the southern beaches and the gators that make their way onto the swamps shores. Until him. Until the killer known as Braxton Smalls finds his way into my stilted trailer on the coast of Port Charlotte.

He came looking for Ace, but he found me instead…

Braxton
I’m a monster. Always have been. Always will be. The only people I’ve ever given a shit about are my boys and their girls. No one hurts my family, and knowing that someone has … and that they’ve gotten away with it plagues me.

Ace Volkov will pay for what he put Avalon through and if I have to use his most precious weakness to draw him out, I will.

She thinks she can bargain for his life with her own, but I mean to show her that there’s nothing I won’t do to see my vengeance through to the end.


I haven’t read the prior books in the series so this world is new to me but it pulled me in from the beginning. I liked Clover right away and was intrigued by Braxton immediately, even if he was a jerk who kidnapped her. She’s got tons of baggage and a kickass alter ego, while he’s got issues driving his revenge so they’re an explosive combination. The tension between these two is off the charts but the supporting characters have way too big a role in this story. It’s unnecessary and detracts from the story. Especially Ava, ugh. She’s not even remotely likable and there’s way too much of her, especially in the beginning. I want more Clover and Braxton, less everyone else.

I want to see how they interact without everyone else butting in. I enjoyed the story but that was a big enough issue to cost a star in the rating. This ends on a cliffhanger and I hope the second half of this duet delivers with more focus on these two and less filler. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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