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Queen of Diamonds

(Old Money Roulette #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  518 ratings  ·  110 reviews
His enemy. His partner. His whore.
His mind games. Her morals.

The road to hell...
Well, there is no road to hell.
I already live there.

I was forced to partake in a rigged game of seduction, manipulation, and murder.

Mateo Remmington is my formidable opponent.

He makes the devil look like a saint.

He’s immoral.
He's ruthless.
He's a goddamn king.

King of a clandestine empire who si
Paperback, 244 pages
Published April 20th 2018 by CreateSpace
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Dri ✰
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
★ 3 stars!! ★

Hmmm despite all the cruelty and extreme violence, this book didn’t impress me that much.
I couldn’t connect with the story or characters...
I think I have to see what will come next to really have an opinion whether I like it or not.
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing


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I LOVE this author. I pretty much say that every time I have the pleasure of reviewing one of her books. Nobody does dark and twisted better than Natalie Bennett. So it will come as no surprise that I completely loved this one as well. That said, this was probably the tamest book I have read by her to date. I'm guessing things will kick up a notch in the twisted department over the course of the last two books. So deets...the writing (as always) was excellent. It is a fa
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

Release Date-20/4/18

This story is so very intriguing and though I'm not quite sure yet what is occurring here yet I am certainly very invested In finding out.


So I was a newcomer to this author until very recently and what I have ultimately learned with this particular writer is to expect anything.
Natalie Bennet has an extensive imagination and is not afraid to push the envelope in terms of shock and questionable behaviour.
"Queen Of Diamonds" being the first in a series,
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

3.5 stars

As with each of Natalie Bennett’s stories, I‘m drawn in, I’m entertained, but I’m not quite sure what I’ve just read…

When I read her books, I always feel as if I’ve missed something, and Queen of Diamonds is a prime example. Tidbits will be mentioned that don’t make sense to me, and I wonder if I’ve missed prior references that would make things more clear. I assume that this is the author’s way of keeping up the suspense by doling out the story slowly, one puzzle piece at a time un

Fuck me....this was brilliant

Twistedly wrong...
Deviantly bad...
Deprivedly fascinating...


The ultimate game of Old Money with the most deviously perplexed players smoothingly ploying your demise...

I fucking love Natalie Bennett's writing, she sets the DARK bar several levels above the usual dark you can take...

It s an acquired taste BUT I was immeresed in each and every second of it...

Brilliant in the most depraved of ways...

Moving on to the next sequel...

P.s. might come
The plot was good but I wasn't connecting with the characters. Mateo wasn't devious enough. I figured out the two things he was keeping from Elena way before the end. I was hoping to be surprised by his actions but found them rather predictable. He really didn't seem like that bad of a guy on a personal level. But he was completely heartless when it came to taking a life. I'm okay with characters being killers but they need to be human about it on some level for me to like them. Elena was disapp ...more
 Charlie  ✰ WLTB Blog ✰

Queen of Diamonds is the first book in a new series by Natalie Bennett .

It starts where Elena comes home to find her aunt is dead and her sister missing, presumed dead. Elena does not believe her sister is dead. She goes searching for her or at the least to find out the truth about what has happened to her. She meets Mateo he makes the devil look like a saint. He is dangerous, he is dark; he has many secrets. Elena is from new money, Mateo is from old money, she is being pulled into a world sh
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m actually experiencing chest pains because of the final scene and that cliffhanger! Both the scene and the cliffhanger are so friggin’ painful!

Kudos to Bennett for creating the messed up of all messed ups! The heroine has several issues. One issue she needs help with and decide to play with the big boys. The hero is a barbaric, possessive, caveman who owns the world. Together they are a chaotic mess. A beautiful, passionate, chaotic mess!

The characters and scenes are flawless. The kill scenes
Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews
Full of intrigue!

Life got in the way or I would've read this in one sitting.

I can't quite put my finger on what the twists are. Usually I'm halfway through a book and know exactly what's going to happen. I'm still scratching my head. Kudos to the author for twisting brains like that. My first book by Natalie Bennett, I loved the writing style, but more editing/formatting could be used. I'm not a word nazi, just periods and such are misplaced, took me away from the story for a second.

Anyhow, I
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I was so excited to see that this author was writing another series. I’ve read some previous books by this author and they’ve been off the chart brilliant.

As this is the start of the series I thought this was a great introduction to the characters. There’s violence in this book but it’s not as dark as other books I’ve read by her. I think the author is breaking us in gently lol

So many questions running through my head and I can’t wait to read more to find the answers. Give yourself time to rea
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Queen of Diamonds by Natalie Bennett is book One in the Old Money Roulette Series. This starts the story of Mateo and Elena and will be told through a few more books
Elena father went to protect her and her sister after her mothers death by moving them out of his life and the life hat he was in. They were around 12 years old when they were moved away and then shortly after that he was killed. Now though Elena's 'aunt' has been brutally raped and killed but the worst is that her sister has gone mi
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review***

Well tickle my pickle.... I am completely in shock. 

Queen of Diamonds was beyond gripping, I am completely enthralled I don't even know if I can type a legitimately coherent review. I am just - well I am just wow. 

This has completely taken me by surprise. Honestly from the moment I opened to the first chapter Natalia poured this disturbing plot that was a forceful chokeslam. O
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dark, 2-stars
That was really disappointing :/
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 27%.

I am horrified by the behavior of the h who is supposedly in mourning after the brutal murder of her aunt. She meets a handsome stranger who she knows is dangerous. So one night when she can't sleep she goes for a run and meets him again. They go to a diner and she says lets go to the bathroom. Yep, she has impersonal sex with him where they don't kiss and then waves at everyone when they leave the bathroom. Shouldn't you be upset about your aunt's death and that your sister is missing
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What a way to start a series!

This book had me from the beginning with Elena arriving home after work to her world being turned upside-down. She thought she had been protected from the dark and dangerous world of Vice City but unfortunately for her that is no longer the case.

Elena has secrets and mysteries floating around in her head but we are not really privy to all that she remembers or all that is going on just yet. What we do know is that she is becoming more and more entangled in the "game"
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So Zephyr and I have no secrets that Natalie Bennett is one of our favorite authors. It’s very rare that her books have anything less than four stars for us and this is one of them.

Elena has lost her aunt and her sister is missing. She was kept hidden away from the Elites in a world of deception, murder, drugs, and kingpins. When she found her aunt dead and her sister missing she was no longer willing to keep hidden away. For Elena she was going to play the
Lisa Mcintire
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Umm this was insane and sick and so good! haha I dont know why I started the first one when the others are not out yet but I need the 2nd & 3rd asap!
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well.... this has my full attention. Bring on the next one.
Holidays have started early for me. I will leave review at end of series.
Jun 30, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @40%
This book isn’t working for me. Im not caring for Mateo or Elena. Time to move on.
I read this so long ago, and forgot to come back and review after reading the trilogy. I’ve read too many books in between to give a proper review, but I can say that even after all these months, this was a great book. A terrific starter for a page turning series.

This was a fantastic trilogy if you want your reads super dark. I enjoyed every intense, violence, and lust filled page.

Fans of this Author’s work, and Dark Erotica/Horror will likely enjoy the Old Money Trilogy.
I love Natalie Bennett's writing, I love almost every single novel she writes this isn't any different but this was tamed yo what she notmally writes. i need darker, more twisted, i need the madness. and i feel like this story didnt deliver that to me and thats why i gave it 4 stars out of 5. but im excited to read more.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't bad as far as characters go but i just don't get it.
It is incredibly badly edited, from basic typos right through to grammatical errors.
I found it quite hard to follow because the characters just seem to randomly blurt out new information but in a way that makes you think you've missed something. There were a few times that i had to come back to the blurb and make sure this wasn't either a linked series book or not the first in the series.
In all honesty i kind of felt like not
Cyndi Garcia
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really can’t get enough from this author. The only issues is that I get a massive hangover with book 2 or book 3 not out yet! Such frustrating situation!!! But these books are so good the heroine is strong and I really enjoy the banter of a bad boy being told no.

I do have to say I am still confused on this whole order Books need to read. If anyone know the order let me know. But I am very impressed on the writing even though there are typos and punctuation issues. The writing is very good and
♥️Fantasy Land  Book Reviewer♥️
So we are starting the newest Natalie Bennett series and first off is Queen of Diamonds. This book is a prequel (ish) story that gives us the start of Mateo (the kingpin) and Elena the girl who has been away from Vice City most of her life.

Elena's parents didn't want her or her sister to be part of their world. So they shipped them off, but that couldn't save them. So Elena and her sister are left to raise themselves with their aunt. But when Elena's sister is murdered she decides it is time to
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a puzzling thrill ride this was.

Bennett has done it again: a new series, new characters, and a new bad boy you love to hate (and hate to love). I was enthralled with the teasers to this book! The cover is ultra dark and it just sucks you in.

I haven't been one for mobs/mafia, but a mysterious drug lord who runs a city? Oh, yes. Count me in. Mateo is dark, sexy, and full of secrets, just as a badass drug lord should be.

I enjoyed every second of this book. This is another series I cannot wait
Erika PBookHavenBookBlog
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
"We were such an unconventional couple, but I couldn't help the way I felt about him. I knew I should stop this from going any further. I was too close...He was a complicated evil."

Mateo exudes power, and I always got a darker vibe from him that there was more afoot...and there so was!!! The Author leads you to believe you've got a conventional story here...bad boy brought to his knees by an unexpected girl...NOPE. You are dropped bread crumbs, but not the whole story and then BAM you're blindsi
Ally Vance
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
A slow start to begin with, the story starting and moving forward at a slowly but stesdy pace, building up the characters and gearing up the reader for the climax. Then as it all started to kick in and things really got going it was like a deadly dance of manipulation and lies.

Lots of secrets, and some of power struggles as Mateo pushes Elena and starts to bend her to his will and way of thinking, while she fights against him. This is an intricate story, with lots of little nuances, and plot hoo
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I have no beef with the content of this book. Serials are not my favorite, but ok. My problem is with the complete lack of continuity throughout the narrative. It's like the chapters fell off a table and Bennett just shoved them back together and published them. Narrators contradict themselves within pages, a poor girl is dressed in high end name-brands, grandma and uncle are maybe doing something nefarious, but maybe not, events bounce back and forth in time; there's just too many thread
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
So again I’m in the minority here. While I did enjoy this book, it had quite a few errors and inconsistencies for me to love it. Also there where plenty of moments when I felt like I was suppose to solve a riddle; because there was more stuff missing than discussed. I know it’s a suspense story, but I feel like the goal is to not confuse us- but rather keep us enthralled and on edge. Yet I felt like there were parts of the book that I was missing something.

Either way I’m interested in reading b
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Queen of Diamonds is the first installment of Old Money Roulette.

When I first started this book i was worried as it was a bit slow to take off. That being said it was just the build up so we get an understanding of what's happening and why.

Elena finds her aunt dead and her sister is missing. She refused to belive her sister is dead and makes it her mission to find out the truth.
She meets Mateo who is dark and mysterious. He is what most mother's warn their daughters to stay away from.
Their rela
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Shameless author of twisted unconventional love stories.

Natalie has a penchant for (writing) villainous immoral men, and tends to deviate away from traditional happily ever afters.

When she isn't slaying words on multiple projects, she's hanging out in the sunshine state with her husband, their three boys, and her pit-bull named Lulu.

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