Pledge Your Loyalty by Gail Haris & Ashton Brooks

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Pledge Your Loyalty by Gail Haris & Ashton Brooks

Book Info

Pledge Your Loyalty by Gail Haris, Ashton Brooks
Series: The Illicit Brotherhood #1
Rating: three-half-stars Book ratings explained
Genres: Dark Romance, New Adult Romance
Published: 23/03/2022
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I promised myself sophomore year of college was going to be the year I truly let myself experience life. I never imagined that mindset would lead me down this dark, dangerous path.

Directly into the Illicit Brotherhood.

I’m brought into a world filled with the perfect mixture of danger and pleasure.

Maybe that’s why I find him so intoxicating.

When my quiet life erupts into chaos, and loyalty is tested, I’m left wondering if he will choose me or the Brotherhood?




Broken alliances.

Being a part of the Illicit Brotherhood we’re trained to be prepared for anything. Our college experience is a study in torture and a degree in murder. Loyalty over everything. We’re supposed to protect our own, but when she comes into our world, she may be my one exception.

I only wonder when she finds out who I really am, will she choose me or destroy me?

Death is coming. No one is Safe.

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Pledge Your Loyalty – My Review

Pledge Your Loyalty seemed like the sort of college-based new adult novel that I might enjoy. Danger, pleasure, bloodshed… Bring it on. It didn’t take long to add in some serious steam and a case of mistaken identity. I thought I’d be hooked. Unfortunately, the next chapters didn’t follow through.

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Taylor could have been an excellent character, but unfortunately, she came across as the not so impressive kind of final girl. She has a whole bunch of past trauma and some serious parental issues, but not enough was made of these to make me want to invest in her fully. She could have delivered a huge amount of pain in her chapters, but instead, her trauma was brushed away, like it couldn’t really get to her again if she could only avoid going home. Moving on to her college life, she sees horrific tragedy on multiple occasions but moves on like it barely even touches her.

At some point my eyes must’ve shut, because I open them to see the face of what could only be described as an angel of death.

At the start of the book, and when Taylor first meets him, Steffan is unlikable at best. He’s so consumed with his place in his precious brotherhood that he fails to see what’s happening around him, nor that he’s met a woman who could be the best thing to ever happen to him. Not only is he shallow, but he also comes across as incredibly flat. His twin brother, Soren is a complete contrast to him, but he disappears after the first few chapters. More’s the pity. I really liked him.

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While the book was perfectly readable, it felt like a literary take on a 90s slasher film. You know the sort that you watch once and never bother with again. Will I continue with the series? Probably not, and even then, only if it appears on Kindle Unlimited. I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to find the next book in the series.

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About Ashton Brooks

Ashton Brooks

Ashton Brooks is an author with a variety of stories; Contemporary Romance, New Adult, and mature YA Her writing style is suspenseful and sometimes leads to heart-wrenching conclusions. With a background in forensic psychology, she really goes for those investigative, dark and twisty feels. And of course, lots of love!

Brooks enjoys reading as much as writing. Television shows such as Criminal Minds, Scandal, and One Tree Hill are her go-to binge-worthy series. She loves spending time with her friends and family with a good glass of beer or wine. If she isn’t reading or writing, Brooks is Pinteresting future home projects for her wonderful husband to accomplish.

About Gail Haris

Gail Haris

Gail Haris believes in fairytales, love, and laughter as the best medicine. She has somewhat of a warped charm.

Steamy with a dash of sugar! Gail loves blending romance out of life’s everyday chaos. Stories filled with humour and steam and moments of sweetness, along with suspense and twists. Death… and then sprinkle some glitter. “Let’s make it awkward” is her motto.

Gail enjoys living in a small town in Southeast Missouri, and then taking adventures all over the world with her two fierce princesses and Boo Bear aka her ultimate real-life book boyfriend and high school sweetheart – basically the love of her life.

When she’s not getting into mischief or scheming with her two girls, she’s busy coming up with crazy scenarios for her characters.

Using coffee and her imagination, Gail writes contemporary romances that blend laughter and true love out of everyday chaos. She writes in a variety of genres including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, and new adult/coming of age romance.

Hopefully, by following her dream of becoming an author, she can be an example to her daughters that their dreams can become a reality. Maybe she can encourage you, too.

Never stop believing in love, dreams, and yourself. And coffee…don’t give up on coffee and books 😉

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