Review of Crescendo by Lana Sky

  • Title: Crescendo
  • Author: Lana Sky
  • Publication Date: May 13, 2017
  • Genre: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
  • Series: Beautiful Monsters #1


You don’t become the fiancé of one of the most powerful crime lords in the city without understanding exactly how gritty and depraved the world truly is… and how to thrive in the inferno.

After five years spent under his controlling thumb, Daniela knows her position with a man like Vincent Stacatto is precarious, but as long as she plays by the rules of his “game”, she’s safe…

Until she’s taken by the devil.

Kidnapped by a rival boss, Daniela becomes a pawn between two powerful forces and just another casualty in a bloody game of chess. But to get to the top, and stay at the top, you have to fight dirty and hold nothing back, because the most dangerous piece on the board isn’t the King.

Contains Mature subject matter not suitable for those under 18.

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Copy of Crescendo provided through Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review.

For the first time, I think I am at a loss for words. What in the hell did I just read?

Okay okay, first things first. This book has a LOT of triggers. It’s in my personal opinion that it is not meant for the faint of heart. There is a lot of violence, several instances of rape, and so much more I just can’t list it all. To call this book a romance novel doesn’t fit, in fact, it’s hard for me to find any genre that this book would truly fit under because it really is so different from anything I’ve ever read. Crescendo is dark and twisted but suspenseful and attention grabbing too. But for those who are looking for sappy mushy romance, this is not the book for you, there are no “I love you’s” on these pages.

Daniela is a complex character who doesn’t even know who she truly is after spending five years in hell with her “fiancé”. Through out the book, she even refers to herself by all the different names that she’s been called as if they are different people. But who can blame her, she’s been through something few could ever imagine.

Dante was just as complicated. He was raw and ruthless and was more animal than man 90% of the time. I never could guess what he was going to do next. Evening reading is POV I would think I knew where his thoughts were going and then he proved me wrong.

The combination of the two had me on the edge of my seat unable to expect anything except the unexpected.

This book was so nitty gritty, violent, and thrilling. You have a crime lord who is truly the definition of evil. But you also have a lot of other players who are all ruthless and vicious in their own ways. It was hard to pin point where to expect the next attack. Which was just one of the things that kept me on the edge of my seat. I would recommend this book, but only for those that feel they can handle it. Not everyone is meant to read a book this raw, and that’s okay. But if you’re up for the challenge and you like stories that are dark and twisted than don’t hesitate to pick this one up.


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