To most, Kal Anderson is a villain.
Harbinger of death, keeper of souls, frequenter of nightmares.
Doctor Death. Hades incarnate.
They say he stole me.
Usurped my fiancé and filled the cracks in my heart with empty promises.
Imprinted his crimson fingerprints on my psyche and tried to set me free.
They’re not wrong, per se.
Except it was my choice to stay.
To most, Elena Ricci is an innocent.
Goddess of springtime, lover of poetry, angel of my nightmares.
Little one. Persephone personified.
They say I ruined her.
Shattered her virtue and devoured her soul like a succulent pomegranate.
Embedded my evil as deep as I could possibly get and tried to set her free.
They’re not wrong, per se.
Except it was she who ruined me.
**Promises and Pomegranates is a full-length, standalone, dark contemporary romance based loosely on the framework/characters from the Hades and Persephone myth. It features mature themes, explicit scenes, triggers, and strong language. If you’re not a reader of the genre, this book may not be suitable for you. Reader discretion is advised.
Series:Monsters & Muses#1
My Rating: ★★⋆
Set in the city of Boston, this new to me author takes us on a journey of betrayals, personal growth, tested family loyalties in the world of the mafia.
The marriage may be fake or forced, by Kallum and Elena can’t deny the chemistry between them. I love nothing more than a forced marriage romance. There’s something about watching the couple fight themselves out of the feelings that inevitably creep into what was supposed to be as basic as a business transaction. And this author delivered this story with the perfect balance of complexity and escapism, with interesting and complex characters that gave the reader that easy to get lost in and easy flowing story.
Elena was born mafia princess. All her life as the oldest of three girls, she had known the responsibilities placed upon her for her family. While she doesn’t like the plans that her parents have made for her, she knows there’s no way out of it. But when she turns eighteen, and the looming deadline to the end of life the way she knows it approaches, she decides to do one rebellious thing, make one decision just for her and do one thing that she actually wants. That one thing is Dr Kallum Anderson.
Known in the underworld as Dr Death, Kallum has had a rough life. Riddled with abandonment issues from his mother’s death at thirteen, a father that didn’t want to know and siblings just as equality uninterested, Kallum finds himself in the clutches on the Ricci’s. Promised a life of luxury, he gets more than what he bargained for with family, especially with Carmen. So, when an opportunity presents itself to hurt the Ricci’s, he grabs it with both hands.
I’m a bit iffy writing this review. On one hand, the premise of the book was amazing and had crazy potential, but on the other hand, the execution…was meh. I wonder if some elements of the story and/or characters were in a previous book because I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing something through the whole book. Furthermore, I honestly don’t know why Kal forced Elena into marriage. Apparently for protection, but from what? From who? The whole story is built on the premise that he’s been blackmailed, so the revelation surrounding the blackmail at 98% of the book was very anticlimactic. And who the hell is Riley? And what’s with the USBs? I feel like I missed the dynamics of Elena’s family. What the hell is up with her parents? Why is her mother the way she is? Sometimes I felt like another line of the story was started and then left incomplete. The things between Ariana and her dad sending her to a rooftop. What was up with that?
The story had twists and turns that kept you engaged throughout. But some things just didn’t connect with me. However, thoroughly enjoyed reading it. So bear in mind that my rating is more a reflection of my disappointment in the story because I expected better and more.