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Black Sheep (Dark Desires #2)

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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
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl 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 spine t
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 who
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
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

★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 rom

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 go un
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life


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

Okay, this was a disappointment from my end. I would like to emphasize "my end". For it's written really well and the character development was great. However the plot, the story line annoyed the hell out of me. (which is normal if I jump on a book just because)

The plot has something that I hate to have in a book which is the good old "misunderstanding" and "keeping secrets for the greater good" that leads the MC's turning into enemies.
Also I've totally missed the part where the heroine is forc
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 co
Ali *The Black Heart*
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
Emma obsessed book reviews 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
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 as
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missy
Axel Rutherford considers himself the blackest sheep in a family full of them. He’s ruthless in his management of his business, surgical in his strikes against his family and domineering with his lovers. Axel is just as ruthless in his demands upon himself. His primary target is his father, Fallin Rutherford, who's been involved in all the atrocities that Axel has had to endure and his father and his business must be destroyed. He’s been plotting and planning to avenge those that have been wrong ...more
Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†

Ramble...later? .__.
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
Nikki Brandyberry
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely, hands down, loving this series! Zara Cox has hooked me with her spellbinding story telling and erotic scenes. After reading book one (then called I, Porn Star and now renamed Beautiful Liar) I wasn’t sure she could top Quinn and Lucky, but low and behold she managed it with Black Sheep by giving us two characters, hell bent on revenge but with a level 10 combustible lust between them.

Axel is a man no one dares to mess with. Brought up in a house with a family full of mobsters, i
Naughty Book Blog
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading the first book in this standalone series (I, Porn Star, which has since been re-named Beautiful Liar), I was an instant fan. You don't have to read the first book to understand Black Sheep. Although Quinn Blackwood makes a cameo appearance, this is a true standalone.
I am completely addicted to Zara Cox's ability weave an intense and complex tale overflowing with angst, intensity and electrifying chemistry. This dark mafia romance is fueled by secrets, sins and sex and kep
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Because what’s the point of having a black soul, of making choices that leave your hands permanently soiled in evil, if you don’t fucking own it?

This novel is all about temptation and obsession. Add in a little mafia and danger, and this was one intense read!

Axel Rutherford calls himself the Black Sheep of his family. He’s no longer willing to play his father’s power games. So, when his father tries to use Axel’s past to bring him to heel, his father has another think coming. Axel’s end goal is
Al *the serial series skipper*
2.75 stars

This was going so well until the last seven pages, it completely threw me off. First I had to fight the urge to scream at both characters to spill their secrets and get it over with and then when the secret is shared I'm like Meh, it took too long I got uninterested and then the manner it was spilled.

Not to mention the complete about-face of Axel, he had been hounding Cleo for almost the ENTIRE book but all of a sudden he's too bad for her, considering he had been absolved of any wron
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked indigo series more than this serie but Axel and Cleo's story was also worth reading...
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love an alpha, another good book by Zara I love her men just the way they are.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one! It was super steamy and super sexy and had great characters and plotlines, i got super emerged into the story and couldnt put this book down!! I loved most of it!
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This book is kinda hard to review due to the may twists and turns and ups and downs throughout the story. And to spoil them would ruin the story. Axel and Cleopatra have a history and though it may of started all hearts and flowers, it certainly didn't end that way. And years later, seeing her again hasn't lessened the ache any less.

Axel has been working something out for sometime now. He is on the path for vengeance and revenge. Axel is many things, but one thing that comes through is his blac
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