*I was generously provided an ARC of “Lord of London Town” in exchange for an honest review.*
It’s really been quite a while since I read an ARC. Currently I don’t have much time so I don’t want to expose myself to deadlines that I might not be able to meet. But when the announcement came that Tillie Cole was looking for ARC readers for her new book, I applied. And I was really lucky! She is one of my favorite authors. And especially her Dark Romance stories are amazing. I love her Scarred Souls series, the Hades Hangmen and also The Fallen. So I was all the more excited about “Lord of London Town”.
Before I tell you what I think about the book, here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):
Cheska Harlow-Wright was born into a life of luxury and privilege. She has never wanted for anything. A comfortable future as a married London socialite awaits her. But since the age of thirteen, Cheska has harboured a secret—an unshakeable fixation on a boy who could never offer her anything close to comfort. A boy steeped in sin and draped in depravity. A boy born into the possessive embrace of darkness.
When Cheska’s seemingly perfect world is ripped apart by an unknown but deadly enemy, there’s only one person she can run to. One person in the world who has the power to keep her safe. The one person her weak and shattered heart craves. Arthur Adley. The new head of the most feared crime family in London.
Forced too young to take the helm of the Adley firm, Arthur has become even more ruthless, formidable, and cold than ever before. His enemies are circling, and he must fight—and kill—to maintain his family’s place at the top of the London crime underworld. There is no room for weakness, emotion, or loss of control.
But then Cheska smashes back into his life with the force of a wrecking ball. She has no place in this dark, vicious, and bloodthirsty world. And worse, she is the solitary chink in his impenetrable armour. He’s already pushed her away once, but this time she desperately needs him. She’s broken, lost, and in danger, and he is the only one who can help. Arthur must protect her. He must destroy those who dare to threaten her, hunt down those who would take what is his. He would raze all of London to the ground to keep her safe… but can he also protect himself?
The infamous Dark Lord of London Town faces his most brutal battle yet—the crippling weight of the past, the unrelenting enemies lurking in the shadows… and the havoc that Cheska’s presence is wreaking on the granite fortress that was once his heart.
So what can I say except that this book is amazing! Once again absolute Dark Romance perfection. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. It is brutal in many places and very dark. But Tillie always makes you fall in love with the protagonists (and the side characters) despite all the darkness.
I don’t want to reveal too much, so let me just say: The chemistry between Arthur and Cheska is amazing, the side characters are brilliant too (and hopefully all get their own books – Vinnie!) and the story itself is highly exciting with twists and turns. You don’t want to put the book down at all and the closer you get to the end, the more you wish the story would go on forever.
Straight 5 stars from me. One of the best books I have read this year! Tillie Cole is without a doubt the Queen of Dark Romance and I sincerely hope that she will continue to write this series and give us even more of the Adley firm!