Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Book Review: Dead Man Walking

Are you looking for a romance to um.... make it hard to put down and make you love a guy you know that you absolutely should not love because you know... he kills people? 

Here you go. 

Dead Man Walking - Giana Darling

A killer. A criminal.
A psychopath.
The Irish enforcer for The Fallen Men MC is everything good girls are taught to stay away from.
Only, I found myself inexorably drawn into his dark gravitational pull. I wanted to know what it would be like to walk beside the human personification of Death and hold his hand, feel his kiss, and maybe even earn his undying love.
But Priest McKenna is older, cold as ice, and notoriously unfeeling.
So what are the odds that a dead man walking would come to life for little, insignificant me?
When a serial killer begins to target the women of Entrance, BC, and The Fallen suffers another terrible blow, Priest resolves to hunt down the killer himself.
And when the murderer sets his eyes on me?
My very own psychopath steps between me and certain death, thrusting us into an intimacy I prayed we would never recover from.
Listen, I knew when I read Inked in Lies this summer that Priest was going to be the next book. We got enough of a teaser in that to know that Priest wasn't going to be the regular hero and I kind of had a fear I would hate him. 

I didn't, I actually kind of liked this tortured self. I really struggled though, I'm not even going to lie to you. I love that he is paired with Bea because she is the direct opposite of Priest. He is dark and death, she is literally sunshine and rainbows. Priest is fairly guarded about his past but he will tell you straight up he is a psychopath. 

In this book we are centered around a serial killer with a focus on the motorcycle club. We have a gut wrenching blow (I'm not spoiling it for you but if you've read this entire series this one will hurt), but suddenly it is obvious that Bea becomes the next target. Of course, the club's resident killer, Priest, is attracted to her but knows that his life is not the one she deserves. He can't give her the white picket fence but he doesn't know she's longing for him. So while they are dealing with that, we've now got a serial killer on the loose and Priest is now charged with guarding her and catching the person responsible and you know... handling it. 

Without triggering anyone or giving it away (because honestly, I feel like you need to be semi-surprised by this in the story because that will kind of give you the same feeling that maybe Bea was having), he has an unconventional way of showing affection. Honestly, I can read a lot but I had to skip over a lot of that because it made me uncomfortable. I know many didn't have an issue with it but if I had to knock points off, I'd say that was a little too much for me. This is the epitome of a dark romance, just know that going in. Also, Bea is kind of obsessed with serial killers (which is why I kind of loved her, shout out to my Crime Junkie buddies!) 

At the end of the day- I freaking LOVED THIS BOOK. This is only the second book from Giana Darling I have read but I'm all in. Her writing is good, her stories pack a punch, this had me on the edge of my seat, I was squirmish but I couldn't stop. The way this story played out was great and she hit all of the personality points of both characters perfectly. Even with taking some points off for some icky parts, this is still a 5 star book. It was phenomenal, highly recommend. 

Thank you to Social Butterfly PR and Giana Darling for having me on this tour. I would drop everything to pick up one of her books, she is fantastic. 

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Why Girls Are Weird said...

Okay I'm down, looks like I'll be reading this in 2021. Thanks Sara!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Ooh I am intrigued. Not sure I've read many dark romances. and yes, I am also obsessed with serial killers. LOL