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Tarnished Vow: A Forbidden Romance (Boys of St. Augustine Book 2) by [R Holmes]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08SQCPCJD
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5109 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 365 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B092PJ9JZR
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Reviewed in Australia on 29 June 2021
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Reviewed in Australia on 17 April 2021
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Reviewed in Australia on 17 April 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and Captivating
By Samantha Watson on 17 April 2021
Tarnished Vow was everything and more! To say that I devoured this book would be understatement! When I read Immoral Confessions I didn’t know if this series could top that book and boy-o-boy was I wrong! I jumped straight into Sebastian’s story and honestly didn’t want it to end. Addictive, captivating and emotional are just some of the words I would use to describe my feelings whilst reading this! I loved that even though this book is a dark romance with some triggering scenes it hade sooo much emotion that you couldn’t help but cry and feel the physical pain that they were feeling! Presley and Sebastian were honestly so perfect together. I don’t even think I read many books that have the older woman and younger man trope but this book didn’t even feel like it. Presley intrigued me from the start and I was curious about why she is the way she is and what’s with all the secrets?! To say I was completely shocked when you discover that both Presley and Ezra would be connected in a way that was both heartbreaking but beautiful because they were able to help each other. This book was so raw, dark and so binge worthy that when I say go and grab this - DO IT!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bash <3
Reviewed in Germany on 16 April 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and addictive
Reviewed in the United States on 16 April 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and addictive
Reviewed in the United States on 16 April 2021
Raw, angsty, rivetingly emotional, and twistedly romantic, Tarnished Vow is an enthralling page turner. And, it is unquestionably R. Holmes at her finest. This is an author taking herself to the next level of her craft. And, I could not love this story more! The titillatingly dark storyline paired with the emotionally beguiling taboo romance consumed me entirely from start to finish. But what is most compelling about this story, and most profound, are the complicated and nuanced character journeys of two beautifully broken souls. Two souls who could not be more perfect for each other, even if their intense connection is forbidden, complicated, and messy. I would bleed for these characters as much as they would bleed for each other. I am totally addicted to the intense magic of Presley and Sebastian.

This is R. Holmes most compelling character writing to date. Bash and Presley are so vividly, tenderly, and deftly realized- we feel their hearts bleeding out onto the page. Nuanced, captivating, and beautiful imperfect- they both carry so much baggage, so much pain, that they’ve carefully repressed into the facade they share with the world. They fall together in a St. Augustine-characteristically toxic way, but their dysfunction catapults them into something beautiful, something liberating and restorative- because by some kismet act of fate, their baggage seems perfectly matched. Both have somehow found themselves destroyed by their own lives- both have felt constrained into an iteration of themselves that they do not desire, nor that they recognize. They are both lonely, and both so tragically lost. At at their core, they don’t know who they are, because they’ve had to fight so long to break free of who they aren’t, leaving them both desperately grasping at a lifeline to be free- a lifeline they somehow find in each other. And even though their pathway is angsty, messy, chaotic and turbulent, it is also achingly beautiful and tender. Their story is surprisingly emotionally complex - we dig DEEP into their souls. And it hurts in places, heals in others- but overarchingly has a sweet tenderness to it. In a world of so much darkness, their love story has so much light, so much hope- and I felt all the swoony magic between them.

Presley stole my heart. I went into this story anticipating a deep love for Bash, and I ADORE HIM, but I feel a soul deep connection to Presley. She’s so strong- and despite all the pains and secrets she has buried, she has such a sweet and tender heart. But it understandably takes time for her to open it - not only because of her ghosts but because of the illicit nature of her attraction and subsequent dalliance with her conniving student. This is a woman desperate for safety- for the security and stability she needs to find herself, and how ironic that she somehow finds her perfect match in a relationship that starts off as incredibly unsafe- one that is risky, unconventional, and some would say wrong. I love her turmoil, I love that R Holmes had her battling her own history AND her attraction to Bash. She doesn’t cave easily, because she’s mature, thoughtful, and emotionally scarred. I found her to be so relatable, and I loved her cautious vulnerability, the way R Holmes gives her a resolute softness that makes her more vivid, and more nuanced. Presley is a marvel- and St. Augustine's most vividly realized character yet.

And as predicted, I adore Bash. I claimed him- I have the receipts. This St. Augustine bad boy has SO much dynamism to him. From the very first words in his POV, I knew he’d been deliciously complicated. And he did not disappoint- he’s melancholy and resigned, but also has a burning energy inside him that he can’t find a place for. His steady stoicism makes him feel more dangerous and unpredictable than Rhys- but I love how many layers R Holmes gives him. His acute self-awareness, and his own subtle emotional fragility make him an incredibly powerful and interesting hero. But his heart? His soul? MY LORD. Breathtaking. He owns me. The contrast of his soft and hard edges, the sweet and savage, his tender and hostile tendencies- he's a perfect contrast. He’s also surprisingly SWOONY- and I’m a total Bash addict.

What I loved MOST about their character arcs is that both of these characters DO find themselves. They do find a pathway to be free of their own chains- but they do it by embracing themselves first, by looking within and fighting for the version of themselves they want to be. Their love is merely the catalyst- not the answer- because they themselves have been their own answer all along. Their own journey saves them- finding each other just gives them the safety to do it. And that is a really beautiful thing.

Narratively, this is also R. Holmes best work yet. This story is so tightly constructed-the pace and tenor of the narrative perfectly matching the nature of these characters. The prose is both pithy and atmospheric- and the use of tone and imagery gives this book a whole darkly melancholic mood that heightens the emotional tension and juxtaposes beautifully with the lighter elements of this romance while also underscoring the darker. This is more of a slow-medium burn in comparison to its predecessor, a romantic pace that works beautifully for who these two are. We get SO much sexual and emotional tension along the way- we’re practically choking from the angst. R Holmes makes this couple fight for each other, for their happiness, because ultimately the fight is also the fight for their own identity. The stakes are high, the risk great, and the obstacles many- so R Holmes brilliantly makes us (and them) EARN it- and earn it they do. The battle feels harder fought, more emotionally intense, but the reward all the sweeter. I love them so hard.

And, we also have the unfolding of the secondary drama with our broader cast that will span the entirety of the series. We get some answers, more questions, and some heart wrenching shocks and twists along the way. As much as this story filled my heart with swoony butterflies, I’m also left shattered and desperate for answers. Answers that I know will only thicken the master story at play, answers that I know will cause more chaos and destruction. I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready for Alec and Ezra’s story, but I need them now! I am so in love with this series and this author- and while I have a special place in my heart for IC, there is no doubt that TV is a my new favorite and R Holmes at her best. This is a story worth fighting for- and I can’t wait for more!
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