Book InfoRook Point by K. L. Taylor-Lane
Series: The Blackwell Brothers #3
Rating: Book ratings explained
Genres: Dark Romance, Gothic Romance
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It started when I was just a boy.
An inheritance the men in my family seem to be gifted, one that feels a lot like a disease.
It was love at first sight.
Hair the colour of fire, eyes crafted of the deepest jade.
I was captivated by her instantly, enthralled, but it was not meant to be, our worlds were already vastly different. Destinies not meant to intertwine. My family worked for people like her, they didn't marry them. The Princess of the Irish Mob. The eldest son of The Firm's disposal crew.
So, I grew up, I moved on, and I spent long nights in bars drowning dangerous thoughts of her.
But, it seems, with time, things can change. One night, one debt, one single game of cards.
And in a sick twist of fate, a treasure that should never be mine was suddenly within my grasp.
*This is Thorne Blackwell and Haisley Kelly's story, it is a dark gothic mafia forbidden MF romance. The characters in this series do not and will not conform to societal standards or normalitys. Everything about The Blackwell family is strange, dark and unusual. Please do not read this series if you have any sensitivities.
*The Blackwell Brothers series is a series of interconnected standalones, meaning this book CAN be read as a separate entity, you do not have to read the first books in this series to enjoy or understand this story.
Rook Point - My Review
Rook Point, where do I start? It’s gotta be with Thorne fucking Blackwell. The oldest son of the Blackwell family, protector, the one running the show (even if that title does honorarily go to Daddy Stryder). What a messed up, twisted character he is. But I doubt any of us readers would have him any other way.
Rook Point takes place at the same time as Heron Mill Tenebris, starting just before and ending a few months after. You don’t need to have read the other book but the reading experience is richer for it. Events slot together beautifully and things from the first book just make so much more sense. So go read that one first; you’ll thank me for it later.
K. L. Taylor-Lane is a genius. Once the first few chapters pass and the circumstances of the story are set the movement all but grinds to a halt until the middle of the book. It shouldn’t work but there’s something in the haunting, almost song-like prose that keeps you captive and waiting. And it is definitely worth the wait because when it all kicks off the hits don’t stop coming and you have to process it all while trying to keep up with the deliciously intricate emotions that both Haisley and Thorne feel.
Haisley comes across as quite a simple character but because she knows she’s marked for death there’s a freedom in her thoughts and actions that’s terrifyingly beautiful. It’s all too easy to become swept up in her disposition towards death and the darkness that pervades her love for Thorne.
As for Thorne, I think this book only scratches the surface of him. We read about Mama Blackwell and what happened to her but I wanted more depth (maybe a short story; please let there be another story) and to hear all the gory details of what really went on at her hands. I suspect I’ll consistently say this throughout the rest of the series unless more is revealed. The true horror of it all clearly shaped a child who was already far from average and as he grew, he turned into someone who was not the monster he claimed, but merely misunderstood. It took Haisley to come and see him for who he truly was, just as she needed Thorne to feel seen in her own right.
Do I really need to sum up this book? No. But I’m going to do it anyway. Rook Point is dark, it’s dirty, and it’s going to turn you on in dangerous ways you really wish it wouldn’t, and you’re going to love every fucking Blackwell second of it.