Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Jess's Review ~ Santiago's Conquest by V.F. Mason

Santiago's ConquestSantiago's Conquest by V.F. Mason
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I loved it! A new favorite by one of my favorites.

Dark with just the right amount of twists and turns. Santiago and Briseis had serious chemistry, even if their initial encounters are somewhat based on revenge. Gritty storyline, messy pasts, death, and destruction, all of my favorite things. Santiago is one of the Dark Four but has a past that is quite complicated and a far cry of what it should have been. He should have been the kid who grew up with a silver spoon, not the kid who was damaged beyond repair. Santiago has been playing the long game that might finally be coming to an end. Then again, maybe not. He is ruthless and cold. He is broken and has broken others. He doesn't know how to let others in and then there is Briseis. Briseis' story is similarly tragic but not quite to the same degree.

Briseis for all the hatred she should have she still tries to find the redeeming qualities in those who made her life miserable. She sacrifices herself, even when she shouldn't, for someone who has treated her like garbage. While you would think that she aims to be a punching bag, she is anything but. She is smart and strong-willed. Her love and trust is this bright spot in an otherwise dreary existence. She is also quite witty and maybe the only person who can handle Santiago.

There was a lot going on in this book, there are a lot of players and dark corners. There is a mix of past and present and even a glimpse of some unexpected characters. This is also the opening book into a new series, which I am thoroughly excited about. Some past characters made appearances and connections are made within this serial killer world, that I love, and cannot get enough of. There is something about this author and these characters that really just draws me in. She has created this whole world and with each story, I feel like I am a part of it. I have strong feelings for all of those involved and they stay with me long after the book is over. Even now, years later, I still feel the previous stories in my soul.

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