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Throwback Thursday: There Are No Saints by Sophie Lark

This is one of those stories that just consumes you from the start. It’s dark and dangerous and different in a lot of ways and I love every minute of this duet. Cole Blackwell is truly something else, the ultimate anti-hero in my book, but only where Mara is concerned. Nothing here is as expected as the author weaves a plot through this crazy dark love story.

I loathe Alastor Shaw.

The city of San Francisco thinks we’re rival artists.

In truth, we’re predators battling for hunting ground.

We never chased the same prey. Until the night we both laid eyes on Mara Eldritch.

Shaw wants to use her as a pawn in his twisted game.

I’m fixated on her for a different reason…

She makes me feel things I never thought I could feel. Want things I never wanted.

Only she can make me lose control.

I don’t know if I should protect her at all costs… or destroy her before she ruins me.

Mara knows I’m no saint. But she has no idea she’s dancing with the devil…

The Lark Notes:
I have always been fascinated by true crime, as well as by villains and anti-heroes. A serial killer is, of course, the ultimate anti-hero — the baddest of the bad boys. Redeeming a character who starts so evil was a challenge that inspired me to entirely new heights and entirely new depths. Come on this darkly sensual and utterly brain-bending ride with me! — Sophie

“There Are No Saints” is the first book in the Sinners Duet. Reader be warned: this book contains extremely dark themes that might be triggering to some. This is a steamy serial killer romance that will take you on a journey through the twisted mind of an artist on the brink of madness.

Cole is dangerous and threatening but way too hot for Mara to resist. She knows he’s bad news, but she can’t stay away. Mara’s lived a rough life and she’s full of darkness, but she internalizes the pain, while Cole takes out his aggressions on others. They’re completely different but also so much the same that it frightens her, but not nearly as much as it scares him.

This is a deliciously slow burn suspense novel that I couldn’t put down. I had to see what would happen next because Cole is so unpredictable, I wasn’t sure what to expect. He’s creepy and frightening, but he’s also discovering parts of himself he never knew existed, thanks to Mara. Now I have to wait for the second book because I’m dying to know if she finds the goodness in him or if he brings her over to the dark side instead. It’s a long wait until the conclusion releases on December 1, but this story is so good, the wait is worth every minute. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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