Series: Detroit After Dark #1
on January, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Alpha Male, Romantic Suspense
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I'm a Detroit DJ with issues. I know it, my friends know it, and even the enemy knows it.
The problem is, now the Detroit Police Department knows it, too.
I was wrong to think my nighttime activities would go unnoticed. Eventually I wound up on his radar.
He lives for the law, I exist outside of it. I expected the rules to change, but I didn't expect that one simple handshake would also changeÔÇª everything else.
When he's assigned to protect me, he gets a back stage pass to my world.
Now I make him question the very oath he stands for, and I hate myself for it.
IÔÇÖm convinced IÔÇÖll ruin him.
Yet, he wants to save me.
If you thought the streets of Detroit were brutal, you havenÔÇÖt seen me in action.
Follow me and watch me do what the police can't: deliver punishment.
My name is Venessa Cross.
I am justice.
Every once in a while, I stumble across a book ad while on cyber space and decide to check it out on a whim. Sometimes itÔÇÖs disappointing and sometimes I discover a book that ends up taking me by surprise and leaving me speechless. ÔÇÿBrutalÔÇÖ was one of latter ones. IÔÇÖm pretty sure it will be with me for a long while.
ÔÇÿBrutalÔÇÖ was so very different than any other book IÔÇÖve read in a long time. From page one I could not put it down and I was ignoring everything around me; friends, work, school. I have to say though; I love when awesome books do that to me. Yet I have to say, this book might not be for everyone; it was dark, raw and was full of violence and aggression. Though, itÔÇÖs also full of love, friendship and selflessness.
ÔÇ£Who am I, youÔÇÖre asking yourself. My name is Venessa Cross, and I fight for those who canÔÇÖtÔÇØ ~ Venessa Cross
Venessa Cross is one badass chick. IÔÇÖve never met another heroine quite like her and I doubt I will anytime soon. She quite literally kicks ass! Growing up, Venessa is your average girl, with a stable family and big dreams for the future. All goes according to plan, until one horrific event changes her life drastically at the age of seventeen. After that, the girl she used to be is forever changed, and she takes the law into her own hands; not only seeking revenge but also keeping the streets of Detroit clean. This however, puts her on the Police DepartmentÔÇÖs radar, as well as Rogan BlackÔÇÖs. The instant connection between them is palpable from the first moment they meet.
ÔÇ£HeÔÇÖs built like a Buick and everyone know they make one hell of a car.ÔÇØ ~ Venessa Cross
Rogan Black is a detective at the Detroit Police Department and lives for his job. He has had a rough childhood and doesnÔÇÖt have much of a live for outside of work and his partner is the only friend he seems to have. HeÔÇÖs one strong, but also hard, alpha male. When he meets Venessa, however, he changes. He starts to care about something other than just his job. He is very protective of her in his badass alpha way, sometimes over the top so. I loved the connection that Rogan and Venessa shared. You could see the love they had for each other. Yet, they didnÔÇÖt expect either one of them to change, but in the end accepted the person the other one is; flaws and all.
ÔÇ£Jesus, weÔÇÖre beauty and the god damned beast, and IÔÇÖm one lucky beast.ÔÇØ ~ Rogan Black
I love this story from start to finish and every heartbreaking turn it took. The only thing that has bothered me every now and then during the story were the typos and grammar mistakes. Granted, this is a pet peeve of mine and probably bothers me more than other people. However, this did NOT, in any way, take anything away from the story itself and my immense enjoyment of it. I can recommend this to everyone who likes a badass heroin and a gritty, unconventional story.
~Review by Anja
(Previously posted on TBE)