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Published February 1, 2021
I arrived at the docks just as Grant was removing a second body from the water.
I promptly told him to put it back.
If you love someone, let them go. Then hunt them down and drag their ass back, kicking and screaming.
He must have felt exceptionally powerless right now.
I couldn’t relate.
I washed my knife and hands in his bathroom sink, wiping it down once they were clean. It wasn’t polite to visit someone and then leave a mess. My mother taught me that. I left everything else as it was.
There wasn’t a speck of blood on my boots when I exited the room.
“Relax, Lils,” he said softly, offering a smile that went nowhere near his eyes. “I just want you to be safe. Francis got his lips cut off. What if Jonah were to lose his hands?”
Any form of disrespect against her was highly offensive to me. I didn’t fucking tolerate it. If someone were going to degrade my girl or put their hands somewhere they shouldn’t be, it would be me.
We were poetry, the kind that bled and wept—a tragically beautiful ode. It didn’t matter how hard we fought or the pain we inevitably caused; we loved harder. Neither of us could be without the other. We couldn’t escape whatever invisible chain kept us bound together.
ℂ𝕠𝕟𝕗𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕒 𝔹𝕚𝕓𝕝𝕚𝕠𝕡𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕖’𝕤 ℝ𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨
If you like your dark romances darker than dark and filled with blood, gore, and tons of triggers, then the Badlands Series is for you!
❝Tʜᴇ Bᴀᴅʟᴀɴᴅs—ɪs ᴍᴀᴅᴇ ᴜᴘ ᴏꜰ ᴅᴀʀᴋ ꜰᴀɴᴛᴀsɪᴇs ᴀɴᴅ ᴇɴᴅʟᴇss ᴛᴇʀʀᴏʀs.❞Miscreants: Next Generation (Badlands Book 8) by Natalie Bennett is a book I feel like I have been waiting on FOREVERRR! Miscreants IS considered a standalone BUT reading the prior books in the Badlands Series would give you a much better feel for the characters and the world-building which in turn I feel would give a much better reading experience.
❝Hᴇ’s ᴍʏ ꜰɪᴇʀᴄᴇsᴛ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛᴏʀ ʙᴜᴛ ᴀʟsᴏ ᴍʏ ɢʀᴇᴀᴛᴇsᴛ ᴇɴᴇᴍʏ.
I’ᴍ ʜɪs ᴘᴇᴀᴄᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ʜɪs ᴛᴏʀᴍᴇɴᴛ.
Oᴜʀs ɪsɴ’ᴛ ᴀ ᴛᴀʟᴇ ᴏꜰ ʙᴇɴᴇᴠᴏʟᴇɴᴛ, ᴛᴇɴᴅᴇʀ ʀᴏᴍᴀɴᴄᴇ.
Iᴛ’s ʙʟᴏᴏᴅʏ ᴀɴᴅ ʀᴜᴛʜʟᴇss. Iᴛ’s ᴘᴀɪɴ ᴀɴᴅ sᴏʀʀᴏᴡ, ᴀᴛ ᴛɪᴍᴇs ᴜɴꜰᴏʀɢɪᴠᴀʙʟᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴇɴʀᴀɢɪɴɢ. Iᴛ ɪsɴ’ᴛ ᴘᴏᴇᴛɪᴄ ᴏʀ ʙᴜᴛᴛᴇʀꜰʟʏ-ɪɴᴅᴜᴄɪɴɢ, ʙᴜᴛ ɪᴛ ɪs ᴀ ʟᴏᴠᴇ sᴛᴏʀʏ.❞
❝Tʜᴇʏ ᴘᴀɪɴᴛᴇᴅ ʜɪᴍ ᴀs ᴀ ᴍɪsᴄʀᴇᴀɴᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴅɪʀᴇᴄᴛʟʏ sᴀʏɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀᴅ. I ᴡᴀs ᴍᴀᴅᴇ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴀɴ ᴀɴɢᴇʟ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɴᴇᴇᴅᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ ꜰʀᴏᴍ ʜɪs ᴅᴇɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀᴄʏ.❞𝗛 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: 💙💙💙💙 – Samael (A.K.A Malum) Samael may not have been as brutal as his Dad Grimm but he’s far from the sickly and weak child that he was in previous books. Now he’s the fearless leader of the Stags and Lazarus factions and the guy who stole Lilith away when he left his family, the Savages.
❝Wɪʟᴅꜰʟᴏᴡᴇʀs.𝗵 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: ❤❤ ½ – Lilith, Samael’s childhood best friend turned lover. I wanted to like Lilith, but she was just a little too naive for my liking, Samael never did open up to her, and she just kind of accepted that she was going to be kept in the dark on pretty much EVERYTHING until he decided differently… And let’s be honest here, for a character from the Badlands… Lilith was soft.
Tʜᴇʏ ᴛʜʀɪᴠᴇ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴀʀsʜᴇsᴛ ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴs.
Tʜᴇʏ’ʀᴇ ʀᴇsɪʟɪᴇɴᴛ— sᴛʀᴏɴɢ ʏᴇᴛ ɢᴇɴᴛʟᴇ. Tʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴀs Lɪʟɪᴛʜ. I’ᴅ ᴄᴀɢᴇᴅ ʜᴇʀ ɪɴ ᴍʏ ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜᴏʀɴs, ᴀɴᴅ sʜᴇ’ᴅ sᴛɪʟʟ ꜰᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴀ ᴡᴀʏ ᴛᴏ ʙʟᴏᴏᴍ.❞
❝Hᴇ’ᴅ sᴇᴇɴ ᴍᴇ ᴀᴛ ᴍʏ ʙᴇsᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴍʏ ᴠᴇʀʏ ᴡᴏʀsᴛ. Iᴛ’s ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴇʟʟɪsʜ sɪᴅᴇ ᴏꜰ ᴍᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴇ ᴄʀᴀᴠᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ.
Tʜᴇ ᴘᴀʀᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴀs ʜᴏʟʟᴏᴡᴇᴅ ꜰʀᴏᴍ ɢʀᴏᴏᴠᴇs ᴏꜰ ᴅᴀʀᴋɴᴇss ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀɴ ɪɴsᴀᴛɪᴀʙʟᴇ ʟᴜsᴛ ꜰᴏʀ ʜɪs ᴇxᴄʟᴜsɪᴠᴇ ᴋɪɴᴅ ᴏꜰ ᴠᴏʟᴀᴛɪʟᴇ ᴄʜᴀᴏs.❞
❝I ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅɴ’ᴛ ᴡʀᴀᴘ ᴍʏ ʜᴇᴀᴅ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴛʜɪs ɴᴇᴡ ᴠᴇʀsɪᴏɴ ᴏꜰ ᴜs ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ I ᴡᴀs sᴛɪʟʟ ᴍᴏᴜʀɴɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏʟᴅ ᴏɴᴇ.❞𝗣𝘂𝘀𝗵/𝗣𝘂𝗹𝗹?: Yes. Even though Lilith loves Samael, she doesn’t often agree with his or his faction’s brutality.
❝I ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ʟɪᴋᴇ ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ ꜰʀᴀɢɪʟᴇ, I ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ʟɪᴋᴇ ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ ɪʀʀᴇᴘʟᴀᴄᴇᴀʙʟᴇ. I ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ɢɪᴠᴇ ᴀ ꜰᴜᴄᴋ ɪꜰ ʏᴏᴜ ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴍʏ ᴍᴇᴛʜᴏᴅs ᴏʀ ɴᴏᴛ— I ᴡɪʟʟ ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ʙʟᴇᴇᴅ ꜰᴏʀ ʏᴏᴜ ʙᴇꜰᴏʀᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴇᴠᴇʀ ʙʟᴇᴇᴅ ꜰᴏʀ ᴍᴇ.❞𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗽𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝘅?: Yes.
❝Sᴀᴍᴀᴇʟ ᴡᴀs ʀɪᴘᴛɪᴅᴇ. Aᴛ ᴀɴʏ ɢɪᴠᴇɴ ᴍᴏᴍᴇɴᴛ ʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴅʀᴀɢ ᴍᴇ ᴜɴᴅᴇʀ.❞
❝Hᴇ sᴛᴏʟᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ꜰɪʀsᴛ ᴋɪss. I’ᴍ sᴛᴇᴀʟɪɴɢ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʟᴀsᴛ.❞𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀: MANY! There is a pretty blatant Author’s Note in the front of the book that makes sure you know that this one (this whole series actually!) is one that you will need to leave your morals and your boundaries at the door if you plan on reading! If you have pretty much ANY triggers, this one isn’t for you because this one doesn’t just toe the line, it jumps straight over it and karate kicks the line away. But as always, if you’d like to DM me for more info about triggers, feel free!
❝Iꜰ ʏᴏᴜ ʟᴏᴠᴇᴅ sᴏᴍᴇᴏɴᴇ ʟᴇᴛ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ɢᴏ, ᴛʜᴇɴ ʜᴜɴᴛ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴅᴏᴡɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴅʀᴀɢ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴀss ʙᴀᴄᴋ ᴋɪᴄᴋɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ sᴄʀᴇᴀᴍɪɴɢ.❞
❝Fᴏʀ ᴡᴏʀsᴇ ᴏʀ ꜰᴏʀ ʙᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ. Aʟᴡᴀʏs ꜰᴀʟʟ ᴛᴏɢᴇᴛʜᴇʀ, ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ꜰᴀʟʟ ᴀᴘᴀʀᴛ.❞
❝Wᴇ’ᴅ ʟᴇᴀʀɴ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜʀɪᴠᴇ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴏꜰ ᴅᴀʀᴋɴᴇss. Dᴀʀᴋᴇʀ ᴛɪᴍᴇs ᴡᴇʀᴇ ᴀʜᴇᴀᴅ ᴏꜰ ᴜs, ʙᴜᴛ ɪᴛ ᴡᴀs ʙᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ꜰᴀᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀʙʏss ᴛᴏɢᴇᴛʜᴇʀ ᴛʜᴀɴ ᴀᴘᴀʀᴛ. Aᴛ ʟᴇᴀsᴛ ɴᴏᴡ ᴡᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅɴ’ᴛ ʙᴇ ᴅᴏɪɴɢ ɪᴛ ᴀʟᴏɴᴇ.❞