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THE INITIATION: Secret Society Dark Romance (4Horsemen Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08F6ZRHYM
- Language : English
- File size : 4018 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 323 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 149,596 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing style is one I’ve enjoyed previously, the characters reactions don’t quite fit the situations, so rather than feeling intrigued, I was irritated by them quite often and couldn’t connect. It was as almost a dnf until 60%
It’s a theme that’s been done before, so I’d hoped for something to really wow me. I think it was the hyped expectation, waiting to binge the books, that this would have more punch than it did for me. Lots of telling, not showing, and errors needing correction.
Dark themes 3/5 Stars 3/5
Although it gave me questions, like who are the horsemen, what do they do? What am I even going to expect.
This is my first read by this author and I absolutely loved this authors words that were written. One thing I noticed is that she writes unique romances, it’s not your norm, she ventures out to places that not many authors have written about.
To say this book took me by surprise would be an understatement, with this book being the first in the series it is an information loader as it’s setting the tone, the vibe, the layout and the storyline that is going to feature throughout.
Welcome to the Clave? Known as the Cult.
Are you ready to be initiated?
This book sucked me in from the get go, pulled you deep inside of a rabbit hole with no escaping. Everything about this book had me hooked, from the storyline, the characters, the secondary characters and everything else in between.
Sometimes with books, the authors create over the top drama for their characters. In this book it had the perfect blend to keep you wanting more. Their really wasn’t any necessary drama besides learning about the cult, and everything to do with their pasts and present.
Their relationship is rocky at the best of times but being in the cult has its disadvantages, it’s rules that you can’t break and the two have to navigate their way to find a loop hole to make their relationship work as it’s forbidden.
I absolutely love the heroine Abigail and the way she is. She doesn’t take any crap from Grimm, she’s so strong, smart, fiery and harbours her own monster deep inside.
Grimm, his not your ordinary hero. His like the anti-hero in his story. Grimm is definitely one of a kind and unique in his own way that I haven’t read a character like him before. Grimm is like a rubix cube, his very hard to work out and only a few people can see the real him.
There is so many layers to Grimm that you can’t help but want to unravel piece by piece. Wanting to find out what makes this guy tick and what would set his monster free. I was rooting to see his monster be set free. The thing is with Grimm is that he has so many issues and quite frankly mentally unstable.
Together, they just fit, two broken souls blending together to make one. Their scars matched one another, caused by different traumas but created by others that broke them.
Ones darkness calls to another. They know when they want something and they want each other. All Grimm needed was someone who can accept all that he is and to except the different sides to him and Abigail accepted him without a doubt. That is love, that is their perfectly imperfect story.
This book was filled with so many twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat in angst and suspense. I am definitely in love with this world that this author has created and I can’t wait for the other horsemen to get their books and to meet the girls that bring them to their knees.
A 3 star read for me. Don’t get me wrong, I mostly enjoyed it buuuuuut I just felt like there were bits missing to the story.
One thing that really didn't make sense to me was that Abigail was shocked about the killer side but then nekminnut she is riding along with Grimm on his killing mission and doesn’t even blink an eye?! Apparently she has a dark side too? I personally felt that we got no indication of this at all through the book...
I feel like there was so much missing in regards to this cult that they are a part of. And I know this is book one in the series but I guess I just expected to find out a little more to set the series in motion.
I personally never felt a real connection between Abigail and Grimm... so when they eventually got together, I felt it moved at warp speed.
Like I said, I did enjoy parts to this story. It had me completely intrigued from the very beginning. But after I finished, I just had way too may questions and there were parts that had me thinking that I had missed something.
The book is full of twist and turns, mystery and some sexy scenes with a slow burn which keeps you turning the pages to find out more. If you’ve read Ms. Monroe before, you know that she is becoming a master of suspense and drawing you in as a reader. There is a lot going on in the book and you are introduced to a whole host of characters that play a part in making Grimm who he is and push him to make decisions which sometimes go against who he is….what the Clave are willing to get him to do to Abigail is one prime example. But the build up in the relationship between Grimm and Abigail is what makes this book special. It’s not a cute HEA, but rather a raw, often dirty, and twisted kind of romance which makes this book a great read.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of this series goes and how all the threads come together.
ARC received for a fair, honest and sometimes long review 😊
Top reviews from other countries
This book is based in Los Angeles and centers around a cult with an Illuminati feel. It has 4 horsemen, chaos, war, famine, and death. Each of the founding families has a son they have in their business doing their dirty work for them. This book (book 1 of 4) is based on Jason Rothschild. Jason or as he is known as Grimm is a monster. He is a trained killer. Having such a dark past Grimm does not let many in besides his three brothers. The complexity of Grimms character throughout the book is extraordinary. He is such an in-depth character and you learn so much about his personality and why he does things the way he does and functions certain ways. The growth and rawness you experience with him is some of my favorite for any character.
Abi is a LA transplant coming from Chicago with her own dark past. She works at Clave where the four horsemen run the business. She is abruptly removed from Victory’s desk as his assistant and moved to Grimms. The way these two start is almost like water and oil. Their love story is as warped as they are. But it has some incredibly adorable moments. They have to go through so many hurdles and hoops. This stirs up their past and peels layers upon layers of doubt, grief, and horrors to the surface. Bringing them closer causes risks especially when the family does not want impure blood in their cult. Do they have to accept their ultimate fate of always being alone due to the skeletons in their closet or can they find a way to make their love work? This was one heck of a rollercoaster.
Grimm is damaged and broken and carries demons from what he has to be in this so called life. He'll do what he has to do to quiet those demons. He never expected Abigail to come breaking at his hard shell, leaving behind the smallest of cracks. Their relationship is messy, painful, and oh so dirty.
Abigail isn't what she appears on the surface. She carries secrets of her own that'll bring you to your knees. Her and Grimm are perfectly imperfect. Their dark matching each other's darkness. Nothing is easy. Its broken and bruised from the start.
Another perfectly dark read from Elena that'll keep me coming back for more!
I loved the concept and storyline, it was interesting and kept me wanting more. It started off a bit slow but it did pick up towards the end. I absolutely loved Grimm, I know he is kind of a mess but my heart just loved him. Truthfully, I want more. I will continue this series and will explore the author's backlist. I'm hooked!