Book InfoPledge Your Loyalty by Gail Haris, Ashton Brooks
Series: The Illicit Brotherhood #1
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Genres: Dark Romance, New Adult Romance
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.