Review: Dreadful by Greer Rivers

DREADFUL
Series: Tattered Curtains #3
Author:ย Greer Rivers
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: October 19, 2023

๐€ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค, ๐ฆ๐จ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ง, ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐“๐จ๐๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š ๐ญ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ.

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ญโ€ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž๐.

Fifteen years ago, a girl sacrificed her life for mine. Iโ€™ve wanted only justice ever since.

Then Talia entered the stage.

Iโ€™m the barberโ€™s son. The Donโ€™s nephew.
A prince without a throne and only revenge to fuel me.

Sheโ€™s the bakersโ€™ granddaughter. Sweet Tallie.
Their ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘๐‘’. My ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž.

My desires have always stopped at vengeance. Sheโ€™s made me want more. But my vendetta will destroy everything in my path, and I wonโ€™t risk bringing her into my world.

I never suspected sheโ€™d snake her way in on her own.

I craved a bite of her sugar and spice, but my little ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž is fangs and venom.
Now all I want is to be bitten.

๐——๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐——๐—™๐—จ๐—Ÿ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ, ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ, ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ, ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป-๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—”๐—ก๐——๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ก๐—˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€. ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—›๐—˜๐—”. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐——๐—ข๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ’๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ช.

AMAZON

Iโ€™m the heroine in my story and the villain in everyone elseโ€™s.

Ummm, exsqueeze me, but where have I been? Clearly sleeping on the brilliance that is Greer Rivers obviously. Because this book? Total binge read.

I saw a few book friends reading this and the cover peaked my interest. Then I read the blurb and thought Medusa and Sweeny Todd? What an interesting mix. Then I grabbed it on KU, read the first page, and was instantly hooked! I am a SUCKER for a good revenge plot. And when you have a fierce FMC with a hit list? I am SO on it.

This is a dark mafia romance with two characters that I became OBSESSED with. We have Severino, a Don’s nephew who survived hell. But the only reason he’s alive is because a little girl paid with hers 15 years ago. And now he will stop at nothing by seeking revenge on those responsible.

Talia is hiding in plain sight. With a hit list of her own, she’s systematically making her way through that list with bloody precision. And she will not stop until everyone responsible for her past pay. Then Sever walks into her bakery. He has no idea who she is, but she does, yet not in the way you think. Look, I know I’m being vague, but trust me here. You want to know as little as possible here.

This gave me a touch of Mind*ck vibes, which I have been desperately seeking for MONTHS. But in its own very VERY unique ways. The pacing, the romance, the suspense, all of it was deliciously perfect. I binge read the first 85% of this book. I couldn’t get enough of it. I was desperately turning the pages just waiting for that other shoe to drop. AND OMG when it did! SO GOOD.

The ending was satisfying, but for some reason felt a bit fluffy. Don’t judge me. I’ve read some dark shit, okay? But all in all, this was an absolutely addictive dark mafia romance that I devoured in one sitting and will immediately be binging on Greer’s entire backlist, spank you very much.

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