Crucible by Natalie Bennett

Genre: Dark Romance

Age: 18+

Triggers: Oh, most definitely.


The smallest towns have the darkest secrets.Raelynn Davenport.An elusive beauty queen with a sordid past.The Blackwoods.A prominent family with a graveyard full of tortured skeletons.The plan couldn’t have been simpler. All I had to do was swap my big city life and tarnished reputation for a fresh start in a small town.Catching the immediate attention of said town’s heart-throbs was nowhere on my agenda. Unapologetic about their true intentions, I find myself in the center of a game that has no concept of moral aptitude.All I wanted was peace.All they crave is madness.And in this game, losing isn’t an option. Not when we’re playing for my life. Prelude to Deviant Games

It’s no secret I own almost every single book Natalie Bennett has written. I mean there are a few that are out of print and I don’t own those. which kind of makes me sad because I believe she belongs on anyone’s book shelf. But I’m biased.

Crucible is about a girl who loves everything retro. Down to almost the last detail. She had to run away because she assaulted her ex with a snow globe. So, she disappeared to a small town. A small town with some very big Secrets. Involving the Nikolas and Blackwood’s.

This is a prelude to Natalie’s Deviant games duet. The next being Affliction so this does end on a cliff hanger. But it’s one that really makes you excited for the next book. I want more Jace and Kade because well twins? Yummy!

I am also going to throw out there that is book is tamer than her normal style of writing which I found interesting. Natalie Bennett is in my opinion a dark romance queen. She pushes boundaries. Hell, she makes you love the monster. She writes scenes that are over the top and make you say to yourself that you shouldn’t love it, but you do. In this book however it was on the low end. There were many fade to black moments. It doesn’t take away from the book at all. I will say that, I just found it interesting.

I will leave you with this, if you haven’t ever read anything Natalie Bennett. I would start with this book. It’s a great way to ease into her style of writing without going, “Holy crap what did I read?” It’s a great intro into her world and style of writing. In my eyes, it belongs on the 5-bunny shelf. Beautiful Job Natalie. I can’t wait for Affliction.

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