Book Review: Royal Bully by Rachel van Dyken

17. January 2021
Royal Bully_Rachel van Dyken

Do you know this? A book or series is hyped and loved by everyone, but you don’t like it at all? I’m afraid that’s what happened to me with this book – „Royal Bully“. It’s the first in the Mafia Royals series by Rachel van Dyken. I have heard so many positive things about it and wanted to read the books too. Rachel van Dyken was a new to me author and I just wanted to give her a chance and see for myself what this hype is about.

Here’s the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

Something dark this way comes.
He’s gorgeous, mean, and mine.
He catches me dreaming about him, and then just like my dream, he decides to make me his.
I should have said no when he asked me to swear fealty to him.
The knife clued me in first.
The blood second.
And third, it was the blessing of the most famous mafia bosses in the known world as they sat around the dinner table and told me that I had no choice but to join.
Because they knew my secrets.
And running meant I was nothing more than target practice.
I said yes because of my bully.
And he told me he’d keep me safe.
But who keeps me safe from him?

I’m usually a big fan of dark romance, but this prelude to the Mafia Royals series didn’t convince me at all. In “Royal Bully”, too many characters were introduced at once, for me that was actually kind of confusing. It’s a pity, but I can’t help it. So I think I won’t be reading the other books in this series anytime soon…

All in all 3 stars from me. If you ask me, look for another dark romance novel, for example The Crowned Duet by Amo Jones oder Lord of London Town by Tillie Cole.

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