Where to start? I think it’s fair to define dark romance for those who may not be familiar with it. Many dark romance contain a level of BDSM, sometimes heavy or light, I found it light on this one. Dark romance rarely has a magical turnaround for the characters to become “good”. What I mean by that is, if someone is a sex worker (as in this book) they are going to stay a sex worker, they won’t be transforming into some suburban housewife. The fun part of dark romance is watching how the characters grow and unfold in their world, which is most likely different from yours.
Moving on. If this is your first book in the Dahlia District series don’t make it your last. This book can read as a standalone, but trust me, you’re going to want some backstory for the others. I’m new to this author and this is the second book of hers I’ve read and the thing I’ve really enjoyed them both. The character arc and backstory is defined well enough that the reader can understand the negative traits and character wounds of the protagonists. The author does a good job delivering on a clear positive growth of the character so the reader can see the protagonists recognizing their faults and working to improve upon them.
The only part of the book that can be difficult for a reader is the chapter transitions. At times they can be very jarring and unexpected in terms of scene and location. Don’t worry, you’ll catch up, but I do wish it read a bit more smoothly.
I give this a 4 out of 5
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.