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HEATHENS (Heathens Duet #1)

4.6  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Paris is home to runaways and lost souls, romantics and artists. A lover’s paradise. For Lilith Damewood, Paris is tainted, tarnished, corroded. Trying to claw her way out of her dark memories, she channels her vitriol into her photography.

Salem Tempest is a seminary student entrusted with the souls of Notre Dame de Paris—even the dark ones. When an unlikely friendship fo
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Published (first published September 14th 2017)

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Genre: Romance
Theme: Revenge
Setting: Paris, France
POVs: (view spoiler)
Writing style: 3/5
Darkness level? (view spoiler)

This story touched on the subject of human trafficking, the power of friendship between two strong women, and a steamy affair with a priest-in-training. While I loved the premise, the delivery was a bit weak and the ending seemed rushed. I wasn't a fan of all the time jumps (view spoiler)
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heathens to me by surprise. I've never read anything by Amanda Richardson before. But the blurb and a small except she had shared in her readers group caught my attention. Right then and there I knew I had to read it.

Heathens is a dark romance but it wasn't as dark as I was expecting it to be. Maybe because I read some really dark and disturbing stuff, so this didn't bother me in the slightest. If you are new to reading dark books, I suggest giving this one a try. There's a nice balance of light

*Thank you so much to the author for providing me with an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review*

*** 4.5 Stars!!! ***

*Some spoilers below*

"What if he was enchanted by a simple - alluring - smile on her beautiful face? What if his sleep was restless because he wished she was lying by his side? Seducing? What if the chaos was irresistible? What if, like myself, he couldn't get enough of her?"

HEATHENS was such an amazing read! It tells the story of a young woman na
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heathens by Amanda Richardson is book one in the Heathens Duet. It is a dark romance novel with taboo elements.

"I am merely a caged hawk, examining and learning my prey. A queen of deception. One day, I will find a way to attack where they least suspect it."

Tragedy struck in Lily's life when she least expected. Youth and innocence now lost, she clings to her plan for revenge.

“When was the last time you believed in something so fiercely that you were willing to look past everything else?”

Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is my first read by Amanda and what an incredible journey. Her writing is flawless and her words are poetic. Lily and Salem had me envisioning every moment along with their walks through Paris, and the tension that sparked the pages between these characters.

This is a dark romance, but even so, there's a sweetness that had me rooting for Salem and Lily. So many obstacles and secrets are woven into this intricate tale.

I would definitely recommend this incredible read. And I can't wait
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars
I received an advanced reader copy of Heathens from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book of Ms. Richardson's I have read, and I went in relatively blind with the exception of hearing the words 'dark romance' and I admit I did read the short goodreads blurb before cutting myself off. I don't like to be spoiled... and as anyone that reads my reviews knows, you won't be getting any major spoilers in this review either.

The cover is *GORGEOUS* and hooked my attention ri
Michelle Trzecinski
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
HEATHENS was different from Amanda’s other stories. There was this dark, revengeful feel throughout the entire book and the emotions were addicting throughout. There were times I could feel the hate permeating through my bones as I read and I sought revenge as much as our main characters, Lily and Salem.

“It might not happen today or even this week. Perhaps not even this year. But one day, they’ll see the mask fall from my face- the monster I had to face alone. The darkness I have to contend with
Vanessa (nessreads)
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

10 "Let me sin with you" Stars!!!!!

I don't know what to do. I am in complete awe. Amanda knocked it out of the park. She threw a Hail Mary pass. She recorded a hat-trick. She made a buzzer beater shot at half-court. My first book by Amanda, and it's a masterpiece. I am kicking myself for not reading anything by her sooner. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME??? I'm going to fix that though, every book she's written will be devoured. You can count
♚Julia ~ The Romance Rebels ♚
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, dark, 4-stars


I'm rubbing my fingers together in glee. This book is going to be good. I can just tell. This girl won't be sleeping tonight. ;)

. . . . . . . .

"I want to burn his kingdom down, make him pay for the terrible things he's done and continues to do, and then rise and rebuild from the ashes. Humbled. Righteous. Resurrected."


HEATHENS by Amanda Richardson was the first book I read from her, and I was hooked. From start to finish, Salem and Lil
Amanda Richardson
Sep 13, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
I don't even know what to say about this book, other than I LOVED writing it. I fully believe in writing what you want to, not what will sell, because this book came out of nowhere, and the dark themes surprised me/might offend some people, LOL. Once it was in my mind though, I COULD. NOT. STOP. thinking about Salem, Lily, Evelyn, and all of the other characters. It's the first time I spent months writing a book, and I think it shows. I did a lot of things differently this time around, and I am ...more
Giovanna Bovenzi Cruz
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting because I could not for the life of me put it down until it was finished. It's been 3 days, and I'm still hungover. I've still yet to pick up another book. It's still on my mind continuously through out my day. She put everything into this book. Every time I close my eyes and think about this book, I'm in Paris instantly. I can see, taste, and smell everything. Sadly, I've never actually been. The layers of this story, the sexual tension, the plot, the twists and ...more
Stephanie Alba
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amanda's books always have layers to them that pull you in and Heathens is no different. In fact, it's her best yet. Here you'll find a story that delicately and poetically teeters on the connections between sensuality and spirituality. There are taboo sexy moments, and they are SEXY, but the book is so much more than that. It explores the balance between faith and love, darkness and light, and the choices they lead you to. I was obsessed with Lilith and Salem. They're characters have a depth to ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Heathens is an utterly captivating and mesmerizing read. I am always drawn to love stories that are a bit darker, taboo, and that may nudge me out of my comfort zone, but what I ended up getting from this novel far surpassed my expectations. I was pulled into the story right from the prologue and was held captive by the author’s rich descriptions and beautiful prose until the last page. Heathens is a love story at its very core, but it is also a thought-provoking read that I haven’t been able to ...more
Aurora (Whoo Gives A Hoot)
* Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *
I generously received this ARC from Foreword PR in exchange for an honest review...

Where in the world is the THOUSAND star button because damn this book deserves one!

OH MY FREAKING GOODNESS! <--- YES I JUST SAID THAT! I have only recently discovered Amanda Richardson during an author takeover a few months ago so HEATHENS happens to be my very first read of hers and what an incredible introduction into her beautifully poetic and captivating wri
Amanda Lee Disheveled Book Blog
Going into this book I wasn't sure how exactly I was going to feel about it, hands down it's was one of the best books I've read this year. It's dark, maybe more murky though, but I loved it, all the twist and turns left me . I couldn't put it down and if I could get away with it and get my job done I would have been reading it at work as well. Hell of a time to start a new job you know when your stuck in a pretty amazing book, lets hope I didn't screw anything up day dreaming about what was goi ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I have the taste of her embedded in my soul - the feel of my maker behind it all."

This was my first book by Amanda Richardson and I am hooked on her words from this day forward! I couldn't wait to dive into Heathens and it did not disappoint. Such a complex and taboo story of revenge and redemption. I loved how Salem's faith was tested and how the path he thought he would take started to become confusing thanks to Lily. His journey was handled so well that I felt his struggle and loved watching
Beneath The Covers Blog
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sonal, arcs, 2017-reads
You can read my full review HERE -
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two hundred and ninety five billion stars because Salem Tempest!!!

Paris might be the City of Love but for Lilith Damewood, it's tainted with the guilt of having lost her friend. Everyday is a struggle to crawl away from the haunting memories that eat at her. So she immerses herself into her photography. Her soul is at unrest until she meets Salem.

Salem Tempest, a seminary student has committed many sins in life and repents for them everyday. His life revolves around the Church, his faith and his
Imani (Enamored Reads)
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“'When two Scorpios make a love match, it is a fierce—a tempest— of intense passion. Obsession. They move forward at an accelerated pace. Some might call it foolish. Other times, they’re mated for life; their stingers keeping all others away, their understanding of each other unlike any other.'”

This was my first Amanda Richardson read and honestly, I knew going into this book just how much I would love this woman's words. HEATHENS is the book that has solidified a hard core fan in me when it
Allyssa's Reads
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**This ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review**

5 “Sinful” Stars!

Amanda Richardson is a complete genius. She has written Heathens in such a way that you are 100% sucked into the darkness of the story, unable to come up for air, let alone blink, until the very last page.

Heathens is the story of Lillith (Lily), who ends up in a very tragic situation while living in Paris with her best friend. The premise of the story is based on Lily finding a way to get revenge on the man who ruined
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damn... I don't know where to start... Salem and Lilith took me on journey, which I would love to visit time and time again. The relationship, which this couple had, did come easy to grew by faith. As a reader, I love getting into the minds of the characters especially when it is told in more than one pov. The pov weren't just told with Salem and Lily in mind but it was told by poor Evelyn and evil Auguste pov as well.

There are so many quotes from this story, which I had to stop and highlight an
Elizabeth Neal
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review in progress...
Milto P.  **Through The Eyes Of A Book Goddess**
Loved it!!!

Personally recommend it.
Tarah Hodges-Wilkins
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I went into this book completely blind... Didn't read the Blurb and haven't ever read anything by the Author.
Let me just say I loved Amanda Richardson writing. She wrote this story so beautifully and poetically and that alone will have me picking up other books written by her.
The story takes you on a wild ride and is considered a dark romance. But to me it not that bad, it has it's touchy subject but nothing that should have you passing the book up for.
I love the writing in this story and the m
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Arc provided by author for honest review. When I first read the blurb of this book I was immediately excited to read this. A few chapters in and I was disappointed because I couldn't really get into the book. Around 50% in that changed alot of different things happened and made me really enticed I didn't stop till I finished it. Lily and Evelyn truly are like sisters from another mother. They are so Insyc. Salem I like him from the very start. He used commanded the room. Evelyn has to be one of ...more
Krystle Able
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was interested in this book as soon as I heard their was a character named Salem Tempest. The name alone is dark, sexy, brooding, unique, meaningful, etc. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in a giveaway and knew there were some taboo elements and that it was a dark romance, but after reading Heathens, I didn't find the story that dark, mostly because the darker elements are a driving force in the development of the two characters, but still feels in the background. I was so wrapped ...more
Holly Madden
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm filled with so many things to say and yet rendered speechless at the same time. Lily and Salem's story was so captivating, I want to live in their world forever. In spite of her dark qualities, and maybe because of them, Lily was such a likable character. Her undying loyalty toward freeing her best friend Evelyn even while her romantic interests toward Salem peaked was so refreshing. The sight of her goal never wavered, and she was a strong female whose ideals and determination never turned ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Omg. This book was oh so good. I've not read anything by this author before but I'll certainly be looking to reading more as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

So I read 85% and then life got in the way. A day passed where I was continuously thinking about it. This afternoon I informed the family if I didn't get the time to finish the rest of this book there'd be trouble. Lo & behold I had a quiet room and a coffee to do so.

Lily and Salem. What amazing characters they are. Lily escaped... no no no. I
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Heathens" is my first Amanda Richardson book, so I wasn't sure what to expect, buy after seeing the cover, I knew I wanted to read it. The blurb hooked me further.

Amanda has a truly talent for writing some of the most beautiful lines and descriptions. You FEEL her words.

"Heathens" is a slow burn that grabs you at the start and takes you down a long, dark path, where even the most graceful can fall. It's a story about friendship, love, devotion, temptation and strength of will. Salem is a guilt
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