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(Detroit After Dark #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  731 ratings  ·  119 reviews
My name is Venessa Cross.

I'm a Detroit DJ with issues. I know it, my friends know it, and even the enemy knows it.

The problem is, now the Detroit Police Department knows it, too.

I was wrong to think my nighttime activities would go unnoticed. Eventually I wound up on his radar.

He lives for the law, I exist outside of it. I expected the rules to change, but I didn't expect
ebook, 313 pages
Published January 2014 by Indie
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Alex ♈
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alex ♈ by: Fei ~ BookLover~
*** This book and this review is not for sensitive readers***

Cursing, giving-of-zero-f*cks, showing of my sociopathic side and other crap.


Well, well, well…
What do we have here?

A talented badass author, who apparently doesn’t give a fuck what they normally sell in romance.


They sell us shy/sweet/weak forgiving heroines, K.S. Adkins gives us a badass kickass bitch!

They reach best-seller status by writing good-looking/gorgeous/etc. manwhores, she creates a scary loo
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it..full review to have to read this book so different and alpha male and kick ass alpha female!

Got my arc!! Woo mutha f-n excited!!

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I am going to start with this book isn’t for’s raw, gritty, emotional and over all brutal. That being said it is also poignant, selfless, and loving. Encompassing all of these emotions in one book is not an easy feat but done brilliantly by the author in
'Who am I, you're asking yourself. My name is Venessa Cross, and I fight for those who can't.'



Genre: Gritty action-romance. Maybe for fans of 'Real Ugly' C.M. Stunich
Cover: 5/10
Writing: 7/10
Heroine: 9/10
Hero: 9/10
Amount of humour: 3/10
Amount of jealousy: 5/10
Hotness: 7/10
Romance: 8/10
Ending: 9/10
Extra book Details: HEA. Dual POV.

What Venessa experienced at 17 years old, was absolutely HORR-IF-IC. When her families murder investigation is dropped, Venessa decides to take
Thank you to my sweet friend Leonor for loaning me this book! It was good and different. A tough, self sufficient heroine and a tough, loner hero! They were sweet with each other. The suspense storyline was interesting and continues in the next book.
 Leo (Queen of the Rants)
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Leo (Queen of the Rants) by: Fei ~ BookLover~
3.5 stars...

****Some Spoilers****

Thank you Fei for the recommendation!!

Well I can say that I enjoyed this one.

What I liked:

~A strong heroine, who's loyal to her friends.
~A protective hero, who is described as ugly, huge guy with no abs. I didn't find him ugly, I found unique, a virgin hero who was ready to protect his love one way or another. He was all but ready to peed on the heroine. He acted way OTT with possessiveness and jealousy.
~Friends... I liked Macy a lot.
I do think both hero and her
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Feb 06, 2014 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Lady Vigilante (Feifei) by: ❃**✿【Yasmine】✿**❃
Now this sounds promising!
Tara  TUG
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you picked up this book hoping for warm soft cuddles than you picked up the wrong fucking book. This is about rawness, revenge, love and also fighting for your own injustices. I started reading this book and was in awe that this was a debut novel. The writing is so real and intense, but yet so effortlessly described in detail that makes you feel like you are living in the story. This is not your everyday romance book it’s a book about tortured pasts, reasons to fight, learning to live and in ...more
Sibylla Matilde
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kick-ass-heroine
My name is Sibylla Matilde and I loved this motherfucking book. I loved Vanessa and her kick-ass personality so much I made a new GR shelf.

I'm trying to leave nicely, but if he kisses me, I'll probably stab him.

I loved 'Rogue' and his imperfections and his pissing contests.

You need to wake up and tell my why you're friends with that fucker.

I seriously LOVED the pumpkin and the tree.

This is soooooo not your typical sugar-sweet romance. It was really a wonderful story, so different and raw an
Apr 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, confusing
This couple was just too over the top for my liking. They were both unhealthy co-dependent on one another. And the story line was unrealistic to say the least. There is no way a woman who stands at 5 feet 2 inches tall and a 110 pounds can over power grown ass men. Drugs or no drugs it can't be done.

Now I know that this book is fiction and not based on real life people but... A little plausibility wouldn't have hurt. Maybe just maybe it would have made this book like-able. The Heroine was bat-s

“ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review”
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars
This book was a breathe of fresh air...

h is not a dainty flower, she's a fighter!!! She's gone to hell and came back plotting revenge and she gets it...

H not the typical male character... Not drop dead gorgeous, not billionaire, not a man whore.

Their connection was so "made in heaven", fated, perfect that was too much...

Really didn't get why she needed to be beat up almost to death in the end... Unnecessary drama!!!
Pam Godwin
DNF 50%. Looooove the H/h. Total bad-asses and very unique. The telling narrative, however, is too windy, too much explaining and not enough showing. I might've overlooked that, but the tension seemed to drop off after 30%. The external conflict didn't hold my attention.
✴ Cindy ✴
Boring. Tried, but couldn't get more than half way. The heroine finished almost every sentence with, yeah. I guess people in Detroit talk that way, but it grated on my nerves. Moving on.
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Reviewed on:

So, K.S. Adkins states at the end of Brutal: “hit me up and let me know if you loved it or hated it.” Well, just so you know, I bloody loved it. Sure there was a lot of wrong with it, but the unique and the interesting outweighed the bad. The hero is unlike any you’ve ever met and you fall in love with his person, the heroine is completely fucked up and the storyline is dramatic and kick arse. I think I highlighted half the book and tha
Dora Koutsoukou
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 ❤ 🎃 &🌲 ⭐⭐⭐⭐s
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
ATTITUDE!!! This book has attitude! And, lots of it!

This is not your typical romance. It’s really not. It’s not a dark romance, but it’s certainly not light and airy with puppies and rainbows around every corner either. It’s gritty, raw, emotional and has………… HEART. I seriously love it, love it, love it.

KS Adkins kicks ass with words! She’s brutally honest and uncensored. I love that she writes without a filter. If you are okay with swearing and vulgarity, edgy characters, shady happenings, slop
May 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
First book that has been a DNF for me. After reading the blurb and some of the reviews I was sure I would love this book but I was sorely disappointed.

First of all, I can't get over the fact that this chick who is quite small seems to be able to control so many seemingly huge tough men without help.

Something that pissed me off so much I was ready to throw my computer across the room was that before Venessa and Rogan even spoke to eachother, they somehow knew they needed eachother, they cared abo
Romance Readers Retreat
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whew, well, first off this book isn't for the faint hearted. I was warned before reading that the book title is a literal description of the story, and that it contains violence and strong language. Needless to say, I definitely wasn't put off, in fact this intrigued me more!

The female lead, Vanessa, and her alter ego Karma, were my favourite thing about this book. She was just freaking awesome! Although she has issues she's loyal to the bone when it comes to her friends. She is a controversial
~*~Brooke's Stripped Down Reviews~*~
I loved the FUCK out of this book!

I'm pondering a better review, but for now I will tell you this was a first for me. I read a lot of romance and I usually love and lust over all the male leads. This one, I did not find the male attractive at all but loved him anyway. He was perfect for Venessa and that's all I needed to fall in love with him too.

Enough about that, what I really loved about this book was Venessa...serious girl crush! She was kickass and hardcore. She was so fun to read, I could
Annette  Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon
Although it took me some time to get into the story I ended up enjoying it. I've been wanting to read a book about a take no prisoners kick butt heroine for a while. I actually found myself trying to figure out how ugly the hero could be at 6'4" and 275, have tattoos, and built like a tank. All I can visualize is Bill Goldberg...Yummy, Not too ugly to me! Story line of two broken people that find each other, and the chemistry is immediate. I know that happens in fiction romance, but in this fair ...more
Angela James
Aug 28, 2014 added it
Shelves: 2014
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: (view spoiler)
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Rape: (view spoiler)
Violence: (view spoiler)
POV: 1st person alternating hero/heroine
Sensuality level (1 being kissing only and 5 being Penthouse Letters graphic:: 2.5, some explicit words but not overly explicit sex, not titillating.
Grammar errors/typo leve
Nov 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF 10%

I admit that I was ready to quit, after just a few pages, but I promised myself to at least get to the 10% mark, but that's it, I can't read any more of this!

The plot was kinda really cool, but the way it was written... I found the writing style to be really poor. Everything was so over the top, and if it wasn't for the fact that it was awful, it was almost comical.

This was not for me.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5+++++++++ Stars for me. I fucking LOVED this book. It makes me want to demand everyone read it now!!
Jan 18, 2014 marked it as to-read

Ohhhh me like the look of this one!!!!
It's started of really and then it went too ott..but I still liked it.
The BookWhisperer
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This book has me twisted up in knots. Brutal is a story of pure raw justice and violence. First, I would like to say that I absolutely loved the introduction chapters. Just like the book description above which just happens to be taken from the first chapter. Our two main characters have introduction chapters. This nicely laid the ground work for who we will be working with for the duration of the story. Venessa’s is our first introduction, and we soon find out that she is a ruthless hunter. Lit ...more
Emily Eck
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book rocked my damn world. I'm not sure where to begin. I'll start with the not so great, because there is very little. There were a few areas where the writing was a little off. I followed it, but it could have been punctuated different to flow a bit better. I get it, though, that when we are writing, it makes perfect sense to us, plus we're caught up in the mix so it's hard to realize. Thank God for Carol or all my sentences would be short and choppy.

The good, dude, where to start. So de
Anja ~ Once Upon a Page ⚜️ Books and Tequila
4.5 Brutally Fantastic Stars

Every once in a while, I stumble across a book ad while on cyber space and decide to check it out on a whim. Sometimes it’s disappointing and sometimes I discover a book that ends up taking me by surprise and leaving me speechless. ‘Brutal’ was one of latter ones. I’m pretty sure it will be with me for a long while.

‘Brutal’ was so very different than any other book I’ve read in a long time. From page one I could not put it down and I was ignoring everything around m
Strong heroine but overall very unrealistic

There is nothing more I love about my heroines then them being a total badass. Brutal certainly offers that. Venessa is the ultimate crime fighting vigilante. While I did enjoy this, it was almost to a ridiculous extreme at times. This book made her sound like some kind of genetically engineered ninja. The fact that this 5'2 girl was constantly taking giant men; sometimes multiple guys at once just seemed incredibly unrealistic. She can't win them all,
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-on-kindle
Whew, well, first off this book isn't for the faint hearted. I was warned before reading that the book title is a literal description of the story, and that it contains violence and strong language. Needless to say, I definitely wasn't put off, in fact this intrigued me more!

The female lead, Vanessa, and her alter ego Karma, were my favourite thing about this book. She was just freaking awesome! Although she has issues she's loyal to the bone when it comes to her friends. She is a controversial
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