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Transcending Darkness

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,535 ratings  ·  366 reviews
One: Sign the contract.

Juliette Romero had a debt to pay, a debt that wasn’t even hers. But it was the only way to keep her family safe and all she had to do was sell her body and soul to the devil.

Killian McClary wasn’t called the Scarlet Wolf for nothing. He’d been the head of the McClary Organization since he was fifteen and had built a reputation for being a ruthless s
Published July 27th 2015 by Airicka Pheonix
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Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s-2015

Killian McClary, head of the McClary Organization has seen his fair share of death in his lifetime. Learning quickly, that those he loves and those closest to him will soon enough become his liability. He knows to keep everyone at arms length. Especially anyone of his conquests. It's only ever sex. One night, no sleep overs. Pleasure and pain, and life goes on. Until Juliette.

Juliette Romero has a debt to pay off. A debt incurred by her drunken, gambling father. In order to pay off t
3.5 Stars
This was my first book by Airicka Phoenix and it was a long one. I loved the beginning very much. The middle dragged a bit and the ending picked up but I was dissatisfied with how it all played out.

Juliette's parents are both gone. After her mother dies her father turns to drinking and gambling and later he also dies. He's left a ton of debt behind that falls on Juliette. She works three jobs and barely gets any sleep. She also has to take care of her spoiled 16 year old sister who is
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings on this one.

I read the blurb for this book a while ago and I'm not sure why but I didn't check the reviews. This is very unusual for me but I'd just finished a series and it was taking me awhile to settle on another book. So once I'd got several pages in I was determined I was sticking this out till the end, although I didn't realise it was 600 pages long at the time.

I apologise now because I have a feeling this review is going to be all over the place because it's going to be dif
2.5-3 STARS

This was just... unnecessarily long and predictable. A plot that’s been done 1000 times and this book brings nothing new to the table. 600 pages of same old same old.

There were several things that annoyed the heck out of me. An incredible contradicting heroine, someone who says something and then says the exact opposite in the next sentence. I swear I am not exaggerating, this happened throughout the whole book. Example:

It still nagged at her that she was now indebted to him, that
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: safe
I really enjoyed this book! The steamy times were very steamy, the suspense portions were well done, and the evolving romance was a lot of fun to read. Killian was a hot alpha male and he really fell hard for Juliet. She was a strong woman and she fell equally hard for Killian. I appreciated that they were both celibate during their separation and I loved that we got to see them in the future. The things that bothered me probably wouldn't bother anyone else! I didn't like that we heard too many ...more
Irene Sim
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes contemporary romance with mafia theme
Beautiful story....

Don't be intimidated by the 600 pages, they fly by in no time.

Get a copy and start reading, I loved every moment of this story, the writting, the characters, the plot.... everything.
Dilek VT
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dilek VT by: Princess J. Antoinette
Shelves: mafia-romance
3,75 stars rounded up to 4

"Transcending Darkness" is the love story of Killian and Juliette.

Killian is a mafia leader. His life is dangerous. When he meets Juliette, he falls hard for her beauty and innocence but he knows his life is not suitable to have a decent relationship or have a family. He doesn’t want to have a wife and children because then his way of life would risk their lives. His mother and father were killed brutally and he doesn’t want to get close to anyone and put their lives i
DNF @ 40 percent

I just couldn't get into it. I really tried, the writing was really good, the story started really good, and then it just went down hill for me.
This story was suppose to be about the mob, scary men, contracts, alpha men, etc. It just felt blah. For me this was more of a sweet romance story.

Juliette is a poor woman whos father racked up a huge debt to a mob boss. Father dies and now its on Juliettes shoulders to pay it off. For seven years shes been working 3 jobs, not getting an
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it

oh, yeah, this is a first, I don't know how to rate this...

my first reaction was just one words actually: UFFF!!!

now most of you would say WTF to that and you would be dead wrong...cause my UFFF really means a whole lotta different stuff, but most of all it means relief...

this was quite a bit unusual, I had a feeling the story went know, first doing it big than claiming the bits of it...

and I need to think a little bit I will continue this half review later

October, 1
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a solid 5* read for me until the end.

We are reading a book that very clearly says that Killian is "a ruthless son of a bitch when it came to running the city’s underbelly, not to mention merciless when it came to punishing those who betray him. He didn’t believe in weaknesses".

So we as readers are prepared to read about violence and some bloodshed, if we are not ready for this, then books about crime, violence and bloodshed should be skipped.

So why do authors keep turning the hero
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: captive, 2015
The blurb:

One: Sign the contract.

Juliette Romero - to keep her sister safe she had to pay her fathers debt (familiar plot) so she had to pay or sell her soul to the devil.

Killian McClary - known as the Scarlet Wolf and head of the McClary Organization since he was fifteen. He had a reputation for being a ruthless son of a bitch when it came to dishing out punishment for those who crossed him. Weakness was not part of his vocabulary - only results.

Two: Become his for a year.

When given the choice
Princess J. Antoinette
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book.... It exceeded my expectations of how good I thought it would be...

This is the first time I've read anything from this author and I'm thoroughly impressed. Her writing skills were impeccable. I loved how she put this story together.. Even the secondary characters plot and story line was well put together that everything flowed perfectly.

Our hero Killian, was the epitome of a alpha male. He didn't disappoint me in his possessive behavior to protect and to take care o
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Mr. Scarlet Wolf, I'd love to be your lamb!!! Lol This book was amazing. Rich, with multidimensional characters and a very unique plot.
I love the author's work but I think this is her best book so far.
Juliette is trying her hardest to protect her sister, support her and pay off her father's huge debt to Arlo Cruz. Working three jobs and no time for herself, she finds herself at crossroads.
When she falls behind in paying the monthly debt, she finds herself at Arlo's mercy.
Killian McClary wants
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
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4.5 stars

No joke this has been sitting on my kindle since it came out. Why had I not picked it up before? The world that is painted in this one is crazy! I loved it. I loved how over the top and beautiful Killian was. I loved the action throughout the whole story. And that ending ugh I died! Such a fun read. Dark and kinda twisted but fun none the less!
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
" I need to breathe again.” Each word vibrated as though torn from his very soul. They wrapped around her with their thorny edges and cut in deep. “I need to feel what it’s like not to be dying inside.” The tip of his nose grazed the side of her face lightly, barely even a whisper. " I need you. “

Killian......what can I say about you. You’re my forever love. I read this book 5 years ago and to this date you’re still one of my favorite book characters.

I rarely ever like the female characters in
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 Stars Be Warned: Slight Spoilers Ahead, Read with Caution

I read this last night and finished today and I can honestly say that I really loved it. I LOVED Killian and yes, I did love Juliette too. I would be curious to see if maybe Vi will get her own story later on, wink, wink, I would love to read it:) OK, now getting back to this book.

As much as I loved this book there were a couple of things that made me deduct some points and these are strictly my own personal feelings so here goes: F
Juliette Romero is living a life circling hell, her dead fathers debt is never going to end, she is raising her sister, and the three jobs she has are running her ragged. Everything comes to a head when the loan shark she has been making payments to gives her 24 hours to either produce her younger sister or pay up. Juliette knows there is no way she will let her sixteen year old sister be offered to the sleazy man, she comes up with another plan that has herself spending one night with Killian M ...more

I'm at a Loss at how much I loved this book and the many reasons. It was SO different than what I thought it would be. Sweeping romance, really. So, I'll just start with a strange one. I'm a devoted historical romance reader, I love contemporary but historical got me reading years ago. This author, writes like some of the best of them. Honestly she could of set this story in the real 1920-30s era and minus the cell phone it would of worked. Gilded age, when Irish mafia was rea
Another book where "Heroes sexual experiences" are at the front of the many references being made of his debauchery escapades! Yes it was the past, but when the author is making it "a constant present remarks" such as: Hero loving eating p**** of the very women he slept with, it looks like the author likes to drag "his past" and making it "a present" that just cheapens the romance and am I to believe that a "Hero" like that would be in awe of a virgin heroine, when he had such a good time with h ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.25+ RATING- I'm on the fence about my rating...The book wasn't perfect but I enjoyed the hell out of it. It pulled my in from the beginning, the writing was good, and the steamy bits were well done and sexy. I'm not sure I loved the last quarter of the book as much as the rest of the story though. I'd definitely read more from this author and recommend this book. ...more
I'm going to have to get back to this as I didn't finish it.
So far I don't like it.
Three Chicks
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Fantastic Stars!

Review by Lisa Kane
"You're the one thing I need to keep away from if I am to keep fighting. You make me weak and weak men die."

This is one lengthy, complex story. It's dark and tormented and multi layered. Juliette Romero has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Her parents are both dead and she is the sole guardian for her younger sister, Viola. Vi as she is known, is headstrong, rebellious and slightly out of control. But that is the least of Juliette's problems. Her f
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Wolf and the Lamb Stars!

Great book, and honestly way better than I was expecting. I went in not having too many expectations since it is a mafia book, but this way surpassed them, and I actually really enjoyed reading it.

I love the heroine, which is always rare to say. She wasn't annoying, she was the right amount of stubborn, and no jealousy from her (a plus). The hero was also amazing, and he almost reminded me of Naz from the Monster in His Eyes series, which automatically made me like hi
I'm going to start this with a confession: I, Jamie, am a book hoarder.
Sure, they are basically all digital and contained in my tablet, but I have thousands of them in there. I scour book sales daily and snatch up as many Kindle freebie deals as I possibly can. Because, books. I can never be caught without one.

Now, this hoarding tendency has left me with four of Airicka Phoenix books in my possession. There is no rhyme or reason to the way I choose which book to read, but hers have been hanging
Bethyboo ღ The Book Addict ღ

This has become one of my favorites books. Don't think I've ever loved all the characters in a book as much as I love these. Juliette and killian are both perfect. Killian is hot and sexy and just imagining his Irish accent (which in my opinion is the hottest accent on the planet) made me all giddy inside. Juliette is just a hoot. She's funny and strong and witty. I laughed myself to tears at times.

Even the secondary characters were amazing. Vi and Mar were hilarious. Yeah Vi was a spoiled bra
3·5 stars. A SAFE READ with a mob boss H and a poor h, who worked three jobs to pay her late father's debts while raise her little sister.

I liked the excitement and uncertainties between H and h's relationship, and the danger I knew would come sooner or later due to H's career.

It was sad to read how H's parents were murdered, no wonder he had to become who he is now.

I just couldn't forget the similar feelings when read certain parts of this story though, esp the contract H gave h, couldn't help
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“Damn it, Juliette. Stop.”
Panting and dizzy, she stared at him. “What?”
He nipped at her lip with his teeth, hard enough to make her whimper and reach for him.
“Whatever the hell it is you’re doing to me.”
“He knew he should be focusing on her, on comforting her, but he was drowning in her instead.” 5 likes
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