Lust by Eva Charles

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Lust by Eva Charles

Book Info

Lust by Eva Charles
Series: A Sinful Empire Trilogy #2
Rating: four-half-stars Book ratings explained
Genres: Dark Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 316
Published: 22/03/2022
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Our fate was sealed with a blood oath.
She’s much more than I expected.
And hiding deadly secrets.

Her angels play so nicely with my demons.
I crave her touch.
Her whimpers.
Her obedience.
Her light.

Do I deserve her? No.
Will that stop me from taking what’s rightfully mine? Also no.

Some men never seek forgiveness, not even with their final breath.
My name is Antonio Huntsman, and I am one of those men.

Lust is the second book in A Sinful Empire Trilogy, which begins with Greed and concludes with Envy. It should be read after reading Greed. Lust is a dark romance with dark themes.
Forbidden fruit has never been sweeter...

Lust - My Review

Book review from, 4.5 stars. Book cover: Lust by Eva Charles

Well, the secrets are out and all hell is breaking loose. The stakes are higher and everybody has more to lose. There’s no other way to describe the situation after the cliffhanger we were left with in Greed, and that was one mighty drop we took.

Lust starts right where Greed ends as if we’ve just turned over to the next chapter. Daniela has just told Antonio one of her deepest secrets but his sceptical and untrusting nature means that he can’t be there for her. Even as she’s reeling from the news of the death of the woman who has been a second mother to her, he pushes her to reveal “every disgusting detail” of that day while his distrusting nature wins out over his need to look after her.

Something inside whispers that it’s safe to trust him – or maybe that’s just the sound of surrender.

A night or two in the characters’ life did not change my opinion of Antonio. He’s still just as shrewd and inflexible as he was in the first book. In fact, it takes an encounter with Gray Wilder (from Eva Charles‘ book Decadent) to make him see the reality of how a relationship should work and that he needs to change his ways. He doesn’t change overnight, but he is growing into his potential which always makes for a good read.

Little girls don’t all have the same dreams. Some of us dream about dark princes, on dark horses, who defy danger, bravely slaying dragons and monsters. I’ll take the extravagant library and the glass slippers, and even the little mice who chatter endlessly, but in my heart, I’m a dirty Princesa, and I want the dark fairy tale. The one with the dangerous, broody prince who has a good soul that he never allows anyone to see.

Although Daniela was raised in Antonio’s world, throughout the course of the first book she wasn’t particularly accepting of it. This changes in the course of the second book as she begins to embrace him and the benefits of his lifestyle. She can see that putting aside tradition and outdated customs can only make them stronger and is subtle in pushing Antonio to follow this idea.

Her angels play so nicely with my demons.

I felt as though the story kept building me up for a cliffhanger and letting me fall, only to send me a little higher before the next drop. Seriously, it could’ve come to a close at more than four points in the book, but each time there was a minute recovery before the next big crisis. Considering I devoured the book in less than a day, my nerves are shot.

If you thought the cliffie at the end of Greed was bad, I hate to break it to you, you’re in for a war worse ride. In the last few chapters, little hints are dropped as to where the story might go and the characters that will be involved. I was pleased to read that I guessed right, but that didn’t make it any less of a shock. Once again it’s full stop, book done, time to chew your fingernails until Envy hits the shelves in May. Eva, if you’re reading this I’m both cursing and loving you right now.

About Eva Charles

Eva Charles

Eva Charles is the best-selling author of sexy romantic suspense, and contemporary romance. She spent a career working as a social worker and an attorney, specializing in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often sneak their way into her books.

When she’s not writing steamy stories, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two naughtiest dogs you’ve ever met, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.

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