Review // Coldhearted Bastard by Jenika Snow

September 21, 2021

Coldhearted Bastard by Jenika Snow

I didn't have to know him, didn't have to speak with him to recognize the type of male he was.
Someone I had no business being curious about.

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Coldhearted Bastard by Jenika Snow

Coldhearted Bastard by Jenika Snow

Standalone - Underworld Kings series
Release - October 5, 2021
Genre - Dark Romance / mafia romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat Level - 4 out of 5 / virgin heroine
Format/Source - eARC provided by the author
Page Count - 179
Publisher - Indie

He didn’t have a heart... but he wanted hers.

All I knew about life was anger and violence. Pain and suffering. Kill or be killed.

I was a “fixer” for the Ruin—a syndicate for the Bratva, Cosa Nostra, Cartel, and any other organized crime faction that dealt in the darker, crueler aspects of humanity.

I was a free agent who was called upon to do things weaker men didn’t have the stomach for.

And when you surround yourself with death for long enough, soon, you didn’t remember what it felt like to be alive.

And then I saw her. She was a fragile little thing who tried to be strong. But I could tell she’d seen too much horror in the world, too much of the ugly within people. I should have stayed away. I’d only bring her farther down into the darkness.

But for the first time in my life, I felt a stirring in my chest, this protectiveness and possessiveness toward another living person. And it was painful. It made me feel alive.

Lina tried to hide how broken she was, but I was an old friend of being ruined. She held secrets I’d find out. Because for the first time in my miserable life, I wanted something for myself. I felt something more than apathy and indifference.

I wanted to possess the innocence she clung to. I wanted to break it open and consume it for myself.

I could look into her too trusting blue eyes and knew I’d maim for her. I’d kill for her. And that became our truth when her past finally came back for her when my present tried to destroy her.

They thought they could take the one thing—the only thing—I’d ever wanted for myself. They were wrong.

When I looked at her, I felt some of the monster that made me who I retreated back to my black soul. He’d never leave... but he’d share the space.

For her.

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Coldhearted Bastard by Jenika Snow

My Two Cents

Arlo knew nothing but cold, lethal purpose. And then he met Galina, someone he could make a real connection with, someone he would do anything to protect. He made this story for me and I lived for every moment of his truth.

Galina was also easy to like. She was a girl who had some hard knocks in life — seriously, her own father served her up to settle his debts — so she always knew she could only rely on and trust in herself. When Arlo offered to be her perfect anti-hero, she didn't quite know how to act.

I didn't need another father. And although mine was worthless and the world wouldn't miss him if he was gone, I also didn't need anybody to look after me. I could do that myself. No one could take care of me better than me.

Her tendency to lie and hide and be ungrateful got on my nerves, but Arlo man... he made everything better. Who doesn't love a guy who's willing to mow down any and everyone who wants to hurt his girl? I coudn't get enough of this guy!

Coldhearted Bastard gave me hot and sexy with plenty of action to spice things up.

About the Author

Jenika Snow is a USA Today bestselling author who has been publishing smutty romance since 2009. She’s a firm believer that there’s the perfect book boyfriend out there for everyone! When not working on her next story, she can be found reading (preferably when the weather is gloomy and rainy), paying way too much attention to her cats, or watching re-runs of Roseanne.

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  1. Jenika Snow is an author I have planned to read, but haven't yet. I was eyeing another one of her mafia books, but I'm thinking I will give this a try instead. Arlo sounds like a great guy, even if he is mob!

    1. Arlo is a fantastic guy! The kind of guy who will do anything, kill anyone, to protect the woman he loves :)

  2. Glad this was good! Sounds intense with two hard edged personalities who fall hard for each other :)

  3. Sounds like another 'get on my dang nerves' heroines lol. Great review!


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