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Queen Takes Rose (Wicked Villains) Paperback – October 19, 2020
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- Publisher : Trinkets & Tales LLC (October 19, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1951329074
- ISBN-13 : 978-1951329075
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.66 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved Malone. She is a strong character that brings the power of women to the forefront. She has morals and doesn't shy away from conflict. So when we find out she's the one who put Aurora's mother in a coma, my first thought was she had a good reason. And finding out why made things clearer.
The scenes between her and Aurora were intense, but they were also sweet and caring toward the end. They had a steamy relationship, but it turned into something more than a simple dom/sub relationship.
I didn’t fully buy Aurora’s reason for revenge and I couldn’t understand how on earth she would not have known what her mother was really like all this time. And that’s after trying to buy into the idea that they would have kept her mother on life support for 20 years…that is very not normal and should not have happened. Aurora was also quite different in characterization compared to previously in the series. She's not sunshiney at all here and Malone makes it sound like she wants the real Aurora and that the sunshine was just a facade but I'm not sure. People can be more than they appear, yes, but I didn't see the arc or growth to prove that was the case.
But aside from that, it was fun to watch Malone and Aurora go from being at each other’s throats to going at it. Malone is an impressive Domme and I loved seeing how she planned their scenes and gave Aurora what she needed. They’ll make a great team and I can see Aurora being a great asset for Malone as she gets a chance to see what else she can do, beyond being a Club submissive.
I also loved Malone’s cat Rogue. A real scene stealer with an attitude!
Note: Aurora’s representation as a Person of Color is underdeveloped. I’m not sure what her race or ethnicity is. She’s described as having light brown skin and toward the end of the book, we’re told her mother was Black. No details about her father. Robert takes pain to mention the race of everyone else in the book, which I appreciate. But it seems like a misstep to not do the same with a main character.
CW: death of mother, mother taken off of life support after 20 years in a coma, grief, gendered insult, alcohol, family planning discussion, past maternal abandonment (Aurora was raised by her grandmother)
Disclosure: I'm friendly with the author online.
Especially for a character that came so long awaited since she was introduced in the second novel and her background was hinted at over the course of a few of the other stories, I was expecting a little more from this particular set of characters. Perhaps I have merely read so much smut after ploughing through (pun intended) the rest of the series that I am now unaffected by the hap-poly ever after.
This story felt more like a prequel for the Sabine Valley series. But I’m not sure I even want to read that series based on how meh I feel about this story.
Aurora has wanted nothing but revenge for years. What will happen when Malone requests to hire Aurora for two weeks from Hades?
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I would love there to be follow up books for each of them just to know how it all worked out in the long run