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Black Sheep

(Dark Desires #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  535 ratings  ·  102 reviews
In a family of cold-hearted black sheep,
I, Axel Rutherford, am the blackest.
My father has hated me since the day I was born. The feeling was mutual. In the shady underworld that was my legacy, Cleo McCarthy became my light. She was beautiful, passionate, and my whole world. So naturally my father had to destroy us. First he sent me away. Next he claimed Cleo as his own. Bu
Published March 14th 2017
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Hulya Kara Yuksel
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“I’m so into you, you have no idea. I’m also aggressively into the sweet addiction between your legs. I love knowing that you’re completely naked under that dress. I get hard as a fucking rock watching you walk across a room, knowing your pussy is wet with my cum.”

Axel Rutherford :)

"Do you know how difficult it was for me to hold back when I fucked you? How tough it was for me to stop from pounding that tight cunt every time you spread your thighs for me? You know how many dark fantasies I had
Dilek VT
Book 1 in this series ("I, Porn Star" aka "Beautiful Liar") was marvelous... Such a different and unique read it was.

Therefore, despite its repulsive content, I wanted to give the second book in the series a chance. But now, it is very difficult to rate this second book as it is the combination of both “amazing” and “sickening”!

The plot line is already a hard pill to swallow and it is not safe for the light-hearted.

Two childhood sweethearts who are star-crossed lovers…
One evil sick bastard w
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

In a family of cold-hearted black sheep, I, Axel Rutherford, am the blackest. Abundantly despised by my three brothers, actively hated by my father. She was the golden princess. Put on earth to test every single one of my hardened edges. And I happily burned away every last one for her.

If I said that I was an insta-fan of this author after I finished I, Porn Star, this book solidified it. Damn. Just damn. Zara Cox knows how to weave one complex and erotic tale that's equally
5 Stars

"In a family of cold-hearted black sheep, I, Axel Rutherford, am the blackest. Abundantly despised by my three brothers, actively hated by my father."

Dayum, this romance was compelling, it kept me hooked until the last page. Zara Cox’s riveting storytelling took my breath away, I was consumed by the story of Axel and Cleo, two childhood sweethearts doomed from the start by their parents' greed. Black Sheep is epic, amazing, intoxicating!

Axel Rutherford is haunted by demons from his past a
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Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars
I've only read one book by Zara Cox before Black Sheep but going into this story I was expecting a steamy and intense read, and that's what was delivered. These characters had so much chemistry and sexual tension between them that there was no way I couldn't be sucked into their story. But added to that was the twists and turns that this author took throughout the book and it made it even more captivating.

Axel and Cleo had a lot of dif
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the first book I, Porn Star. It was unique and enjoyable. When I finished that, I immediately jumped to the next book. I was intrigued by Axel's introduction in the first book and he is exactly how I expected him to be.

And domineering

I was enjoying the story until the end. The big revelation wasn't what I expected it to be, it was rather disappointing. How come Cleo believes Axel's father when she knows he is evil? She should have talked to Axel and ask for the truth. Axel ne

★3.5 STARS★

I was instantly attached to the allure of the blurb for Zara Cox’s, Black Sheep. It sold me a world of deceit, betrayal, revenge and a second chance romance that promised to be as passionate as it was dysfunctional.

Axel Rutherford & Cleo McCarthy were born to families whose dealings where on the wrong side of the law. As much as there can be honour among thieves, their fathers were brothers in arms until the glamour of power brought a change that would shatter their childhood romance

Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
"In a family of cold-hearted black sheep, I, Axel Rutherford, am the blackest. Abundantly despised by my three brothers, actively hated by my father. She was the golden princess. Put on earth to test every single one of my hardened edges. And I happily burned away every last one for her."


Mind blowing.

Deliciously sexy.

Those are just a few adjectives that come to mind when referring to Black Sheep. Cox's will seize your emotions from the first few pages and it will not let them g
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
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I will admit that I was NOT a fan of the first Dark Desires book, but I had to take a chance on this second book because of the insanely intriguing blurb. Read that blurb for Black Sheep and tell me it doesn’t hook you in! Plus, I am the biggest sucker for second chance romances. Black Sheep had all the makings for a fantastic read, despite my hesitancy because of the first book… and it freaking blew my mind. I LOVED this book. I picked it up one
Ivy Deluca

*scrunches face* Nope.

This type of plot hinges on miscommunication. It is critical that the reasons for the miscommunication be believable. I need to believe that the misundertanding is so jusitified that there’s a reason their love wasn’t enough. All this miscommunication did was make me doubt that they ever loved each other. Lust, yes. Love? Well, it just fell a bit flat for me. I managed to make it through a good portion of the book because I was waiting for that turn where the miscommunicat
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"I'm caught between the rock of a merciless father and the hard place of a demon son."

When I read the first book in this series, it rocked my world. I fell in love with the author, and nothing has changed. I'll be at the front of the line for any new works, because this author is a word wizard that slays me with every book. They are filled with pain & passion, love & lust, secrets & suspense.

Axel is one of three brothers. They have no love for each other, having been raised by a cold father
Steffi De Ceuster  ♥
I wasn't sure what I would think about because of the blurb. But from the moment I've read that I was intrigued, it still took me a while to start it.

While I was in Den Hageu in the Netherlands I found this in a bookshop so it was like faith. I bought it. And while in Luxembourg on vacation reading it.

It was such a twisted story I needed my head straight. I thought I knew it all, but I was quite surprised.

It's also an Erotic story so it was indeed steamy too! A lot actually, but it worked well w
Literatures Movies
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Literatures by: Hulya Kara Yuksel
Shelves: meh
Be forewarned this review will contain spoilers and profanities (maybe a lot of them, I'm not sure yet, I'm writing it as I go)


You know something is wrong when you feel relieved that you are able to finish the book you were reading. And guess who is feeling that way right now?


You guessed it! It's Me!

So, you can imagine my shock when I finished this book and realized that this book was kinda meh for me. because I have read the first book in this series, I, Pornstar (Beautiful Liar), and I lov
Emma bramley
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

This is the second book in this series. This is a very quick read. Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone read. This story is filled with pain, passion, love, lust, secrets and suspense. The characters are fantastic. The author has definitely packed a lot into this book. I can't wait to read more from this author in the future.
Highly recommended
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

This book was a pretty quick read. I'm glad it's a standalone, but I feel like something is missing from the story. It all happened too fast and I would have liked more, the same story, but more developed.

The main characters have a previous relationship from before the story starts and I wanted to see more of that, because even with their past connection, it felt like insta-love to me.

The plotline is good, but the fact that it wasn't as develope
Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle


I have been waiting for Black Sheep since I closed the final page of Beautiful Liar (although it was called I, Porn Star when I read it). The darkness, the complex plots, the intricate characters make this book everything I love in a dark romance, and the wait was completely and totally worth it.

These characters are tragically flawed, coming from two opposing mafia families. Axel, although the son of a mafia boss, wants nothing to do with t
✴ Cindy ✴
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an average read.

To set the tone. This was a mafia book. Her family was on the lower end of power and the Hero's family was at the top. The heroine's father is murdered and then her mother is almost murdered. She's told some lies by her boyfriends father and because of the boyfriends OTT possessiveness and temper issues, she believes what the father says, especially after seeing what she thinks is video proof. This girl was a teenager forced to make decisions I wouldn't want to make in
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2017
Axel Rutherford has spent the last eight years trying to forget the betrayal that changed the course of his life. He’s immersed himself in everything as black as his soul and nothing has even come close to easing his pain - nothing except plotting his revenge.

Revenge on the father that took the one thing that meant so much to him and revenge on the girl who shattered his soul so completely.

My Romeo. She called me that the day I took her virginity beneath the stars on the beach of our families’ a
Halime   Yazıcı Mimaroğlu
*********I just want to remember only Alex.. Nothing more nor less...ONLY HIM *********
WARNING: stars goes to only ALEX.......

This book was one of the hardest book I have confused to write a review about and I really dont know how many stars deserve....

Firstly story telling and language were really perfect.. there is no doubt in here........ You will love the way words put together in this book........

And Secondly Alex..... you are the most unique character I have read till now...Why?
He was a
Apr 11, 2020 marked it as avoid
I could not handle the review. I feel sick already. Claps for Dilek to finish this one!
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: angst, 2-5-stars
2.5 stars
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Black Sheep may be the second installment in Cox’s Dark Desires series, but it is so loosely related to the first book (I, Porn Star), that you do not have to read that title before jumping right into this one.

Jumping in is exactly what I suggest you do! Black Sheep mixes second chance romance, a dirty talking hero, and scandalous deceptions with an easy expertise.

Axel is the estranged son of a mob boss. His father is desperate to bring him back to the fold, by any means. Including tempting him
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-dark-side
4 Whole World Stars

Alex Rutherford...leatheal, vengeful & oh so HOT....*sigh*!!! He didn't start out that way, but he sure came to be everything you'd want in a man!

Cleopatra McCarthy, was an unfortunate pawn in this story, but weak she was not!

The misunderstandings and lies, are not in short supply throughout this tale, which created a fair amount of angst.

Finnan, was the doubt about it!

The ending was good, but I would have really loved an epilogue, into the future of Axel & Cleo
This book, it's DYNAMITE.

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I haven't read the first book of the series, and I wasn't lost. Saying it's sexy is not enough. Wow.

I discovered a new author that I will very much enjoy to read!
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Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let me tell you that this book has twist, turns and moments that had me gasping. Axel and Cleo had had the love many of us wish they had, but as quickly as they had it, it disappeared. Now that Axel is back in the picture he’s not holding back on the revenge he has planned. The one shock was seeing Cleo with his father- a betrayal. Though Cleo wanting to protect Axel knows that staying with his father is the way it has to be- until she can plan her revenge as well. The chemistry is explosive and ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't know there was a previous book but this can definitely be read as a standalone.

What I didn't like?
I wanted a bit more of the +1. Ending was too fast for me. Also something left me with a question and it involved who helped Axel towards the end of the story. Will his brothers get a book? I must add Finnan because what a POS of a father. Let's add him to the worse father poll.

What I did like?
The storyline. It was great. Like Romeo and Juliet but the hero and heroine don't kill themselve
J. C.  Red
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fav-heroes

Loooved this one so much, it was such a surprise, I love it when that happens. It's my first ever read by this author, and I'm definitely going back to read her other work - even the porn star one, which I passed on initially because of the porn start aspect.

So, what can I say about this one? I always have a hard time with positive reviews and have no idea what to say except for how much I loved it. In this case, I didn't love it that much in the beginning (or else it would've gotten 5*) - altho

Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 all day long
This book is damn naughty.
It's lost all touch with reality so i felt no need to over analyse things, the sex scenes were totally all absorbing so i forgave all the outlandish things happening and went with the flow. The "hero" and i have to put this in inverted commas because he is a bit of a c**t (sorry for the crude language but he is a crude kind of guy and it rubs off ) pardon the pun there.

I've read Zara Cox "porn Star" book previously and walked around with a lady boner for
I fell IN LOVE with this book! It was such a far cry from the first one in the series, that’s for sure. It might be as hot and heavy, but the chemistry between the main characters was so much stronger and more palpable. It just has a different feel in all aspects, and I was definitely able to connect with not just the characters, but the story itself. It engulfed me with so many emotions and swallowed me whole. And I certainly never stopped cheering for Axel and Cleo!

Axel Rutherford is one of th
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