I received this book for free from Candi Kane PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Heartless Hero by Mary Catherine Gebhard
Published by Unglued Books on October 21, 2019
Cover Design: Hang Le
Genres: Dark Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Enemies-to-Lovers, Bully Romance, Second Chance Romance
Format: Digital, Paperback
Source: Candi Kane PR
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New Adult, Dark Contemporary Romance, Enemies-to-Lovers, Bully Romance, Second Chance Romance
First Person, dual-POV
This is a standalone book of the Crowne family, but it seems like the other two Crowne siblings will get their own story soon.
Theo and I are inverse, a dark, twisted version of love. We’re still connected, but not through sweet words, through torment and ache. Theo is still inside me. He’s still in my heart.
Addictiveness: 5/5 This was intense. Not an easy read, but a very addictive one. Even when I was hurting, I couldn’t let go of my kindle. I felt Abbie and Theo’s pain. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Multidimensional characters with so much depth that they drown you with their pain and sorrow. They were all so easy to love, hate and love again.
Theo was a perfectly imperfect antihero. That boy-man came back to destroy Abigail like she has destroyed him before. He came from nothing, he had nothing and when he finally believed he had something, it was all an illusion. When he got a second chance, he came back ready to hurt. He has become a master in hurting. He knew exactly how to make it really matters and how to destroy his prey. Yeah, he was a jerk, but a very lovable one. His background helps us to love/hate him. He needed to be deconstructed to become more, a better version of himself.
Abigail, another imperfect masterpiece. Seriously that girl was all wrong and broken. She was a byproduct of a completely dysfunctional family. The younger child that was always in the shadows of her older siblings. She never was pretty enough, good enough or perfect enough. She was always looking for attention and she was so unlucky that it felt like she was always messing up. Theo was the love of her life once, but now he was back not the same boy she remembered. He was hurtful, rude, a jerk, but somehow still protecting her. Abbie needed to be broken so she could be mended again.
I’m certain all of the Crowne kids are as screw up as Abigail. I’m really looking forward to read their stories. Because, at the end of the day, they are all byproduct of that crazy family and from each of their point-of-view they have been lacking somewhere.
Villains.. antagonists… really, in a story like that everyone has played the villain at some point. But of course, these screwed up kids, became that because of their screwed up family.
All characters were lovable, connectable and easy to understand!!!
Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I like this cover but I don’t love it. Is just a bit too generic for me. I could maybe see Theo and Abbie, but not really. I just wished for something more distinctive. I love the title. Is is perfect for Theo. I like the play with colors and the font used. I also like the art in sort of shadows, which was definitely where our couple stayed the most. I would probably buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!
Freshness: 5/5 I have to say this is one original story. I’ve been reading a lot bully romance, but even inside the trope this feels unique. It was different and weird at the same time. As fresh as water in the middle of the desert!!!
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Great opening for a lovable ending. This was a intense, fast-paced romance that kept me in the edge of my seat. The dialogues, the subplots, the conflict and the twists were like Wow. Really it was never a calm read. Every page had me needing to relearn hot to breathe. Highest level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 4/5 Holy moly! This was HOT! I’m serious, panty-wetter, cold-showering hot! These two were explosive together. Their love/hate relationship was always drowning us with heat. This is a twisted love story. This is all sort of wrong, but for the two of them it was perfect. They are both broken and they destroyed us with them.
Writing Style: 5/5 I don’t even know what to say. This was my first read by the author, and I’m still in shock. I felt too much! What else would I want from a writer than a cathartic experience? Writing of a wordsmith!!!
I guess if the author allowed me to breathe a few times. This book was long and I felt punched and kicked the entire time.
Sorry, I’m everywhere with this review. I usually like to write logical reviews that may help other readers, but I’m still in shock, not really knowing what to say and how to say it.
I will say this: THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!!!
I’m feeling raw and destroyed. I’m happy and glad two twisted souls could find some sort of peace and haven.
I’ve loved the book, but I need a break from it! It is crazy and it made me crazy. 🙂
34/35 STARS – 5 STARS (between 33.5 stars and 35 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 5 Plot: 5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5
Action 3/5 Angst 5/5 Darkness 4/5 Humor 02/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 3/5
Would I recommend? Definitely! For everybody that enjoys a twisted painful kind of read!!!
Would I re-read this book/series? I need a break, but I would reread it.
Would I read more from the author? I’m really looking forward to.
“I’m not like your other guards, Reject, you can’t scare me away. Your secrets are mine.”
He took another step. “Your mind is mine.”
My back bit into the wood. “Your body is mine. How else could I protect you?”
A moment passed forever, all too aware of his body pressed into mine. I tried to control my face, not let on how unnerved I was. Protect me? More like destroy me.
I gave myself away with a hard swallow, and Theo stepped back, a cruel smirk on his lips.
“Get dressed,” he said.
“So you can make mom hate me even more? No thanks. I’ll stay here.”
Today was one of my most favorite days in the entire world, but if Theo wanted me dressed, instinct said I should do the opposite.
A cruel smile passed his lips. “Scared?”
“No. I’m just not in the habit of listening to my bodyguards.”
“Get dressed, or I’ll dress you.”
A ripple of excitement raced up my spine, one I quickly disregarded as shock. “You wouldn’t dare.”
“Want to test me, Reject?”