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Meet the Author
JM Darhower is the USA Today Bestselling Author of romance novels of all flavors (erotic, suspense, contemporary, paranormal) and is represented by Brower Literary & Management. She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing (or catching Pokemon) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a social media addiction.
DOUBLE BOOK REVIEW
Menace & Grievous
Published January & February 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.
Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So fucking bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious menace they call Scar. They say he’s a sociopath. Maybe he’s a psychopath. Whatever path he’s on, people tend to stay far away from it.
Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him–a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a Scarlet Letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something… or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn’t quite sure.
You can bet your ass he’s going to figure it out, though.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who stopped believing in fairy tales after her innocence was stolen.
Morgan Myers is tired. So damn tired. Most people either push her around or brush her off, and she’s not putting up with it anymore. Determined to reclaim the life that had been stolen from her, she puts her trust in the last person she ever expected to: the notorious they call Scar. Morgan sees a side of him that few people seem to know—the man, not the myth. Lorenzo. And what she sees, she likes, a lot more than she thought she would.
But fairy tales aren’t real, as life likes to remind her. Some dragons, you just can’t slay, no matter how hard you fight them. And when hers comes back around, breathing fire, she’s forced to face some unimaginable horrors. But there’s a white knight in combat boots out there that isn’t afraid of monsters.
You see, it’s impossible to be afraid of something you see every day in the mirror.
Menace and Grievous were NOT sweet novels. In fact they were the opposite. This duology was dark, brutal, raw, and sometimes hard to swallow, but best of all they were unbelievably captivating.
I’ve never read a character like Lorenzo Gambini before. He ruled with an iron fist, quick to anger, quick to shoot, without a conscience, in short not someone you want to meet.
Morgan Myers, or Scarlet to Lorenzo, had the misfortune of stealing his wallet and coming face to face with a walking nightmare. Not knowing who she stole from, her feisty attitude and their mutual attraction saved her from an otherwise dire future. She was someone that gave as good as she got, and was one of the only people in Lorenzo’s life that wasn’t afraid of him.
Morgan realized pretty quickly what was behind the man with the scar. Someone so cold and bored that laughing became something unheard of, until Morgan started rattling his cage on a daily basis. They satisfied their hunger in bed, and slowly both started to open up to another.
The story that unfolded from there on had me on the edge of my seat, and I confess right now, I sneak peaked the ending just to assure myself that people I liked didn’t get killed. BAD Corina, I know, but gosh I couldn’t help myself.
That being said, what stood out for me the most were the characters Morgan and Lorenzo. Morgan was incredibly tough. The nightmarish events she had to endure, didn’t break her entirely. She was still a strong and feisty woman and I couldn’t help myself but root and feel for her. Morgan was one of the strongest heroines I’ve ever encountered.
Now, Lorenzo was in a class for himself. That man had me falling deep for him. Every time he opened his mouth I was grinning. His POV was my favorite – he was so short tempered and everybody got on his nerves sooner than later. His shooting accuracy was a highly amusing matter to me. And his disregard towards life was eye opening and made him plain speaking – DANGEROUS and a MENACE to society.
Mob, mafia, and organized crime always fascinated me. But often books don’t go far enough. They romanticize the situation which in my eyes is so WRONG!!! Don’t half bake a hero. If he is in the mafia or mob, the only way to survive is by being ruthless, and a killer. I don’t believe anything else. Give me the grit and the blood – and make it real.
I didn’t have that problem with this duology. The author managed to write a truly believable and at times shocking tale. Menacing. Cruel. Raw. I was hooked, truly invested and glued to my phone.
Now about the audiobook version: I loved it. It was dual narration, and both narrators did a fabulous job. The big villain had a Russian accent and in both cases he was perfectly portrait. Like I mentioned I loved Lorenzo’s POV – maybe also because of the narration. I could feel his boredom, temper, disgust – it was palpable at every instance.
So, if you love a good gritty and bloody tale of a mobster – don’t hesitate and pick up these two novels.