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Cruel Saints

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  637 ratings  ·  238 reviews
An Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance

Alliances are made. Loyalty is owned. Love is taken.

Little did I know my love and freedom would be taken to form a new alliance.

Brutal, possessive, and dangerous, Lucian is feared by all. Including myself.
When his father is assassinated, Lucian takes his rightful place as head of the Cotroni family. They rule the Mafia with an iron fi
Kindle Edition, 387 pages
Published May 31st 2021
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❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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'CRUEL SAINTS' Is a full length mafia romance read, by Author Michelle Heard. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives.'

'Cruel Saints' is one I've been anticipating like no other book before it, this world this author has created is one I never want to end, whatever she writes I will read, but these mafia reads she's dipping into are ones I'm loving above all else, she always gives me exactly what I crave without me even having to ask, throw in her little twists of darkness which she’s known for, h
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥

Merciless Saints was my first read from Michelle Heard, and let's just say, she made a great first impression! I absolutely adored the story and the characters, so naturally, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Cruel Saints had a lot to live up to, and while I didn't love it as much as it's predecessor, I still had a good time! 


Elena is a prisoner in her own home. She's locked in her room and repeatedly sexually and physically assaulted by Danté, the body guard
Carla Bulian
Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Just ok, nothing more.
Dora Koutsoukou
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
2 😔😔⭐️s

Since I had enjoyed so much the first book of this series, I was anticipating for the second.
The story was well written yet predictable, some scenes were farfetched, both main characters didn’t intrigue me and felt flat, and (especially the last third) was very sweet and cheesy.
It was insta love, the insta was crystal clear but the love was nowhere to be found...
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

I have been anticipating this book all month long and I couldn't wait to get my hand on it. Who doesn't love a good action pack forbidden Mafia romance?

Being the only son of the Mafia Boss, Lucian Cotroni has a lot on his shoulders and a target on his back. Knowing that he’s going to take over and be in charge of the family business someday has made him put certain things at arms length including love. Training at St.Monarch’s Academy for the next two years is his only focus right now and b
Jun 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
I don't usually rate dnf books, but the 1 star is for the lack of trigger warnings.
"If you need a warning before reading a book, then this book is not for you."
I'm so sick of authors doing this. I love dark books, but I also love knowing what I get into. Even people who love the most fucked up shit can have a certain trigger and a blanket trigger warning doesn't cut it.
It's irresponsible.
Reason for DNF is under spoiler tag since, again, I have not seen
am i rating this when i haven’t even read it? yes, yes i am :)))

this book has been on my tbr since the last book was released a few weeks back. Michelle Heard is a go-to author for me. guaranteed amazing read filled with some delicious tension. the last book was no different despite her moving away from more wholesome, low-angst books into a slightly darker tone by exploring the mafia. Merciless Saints was a solid read (not my fave by her, but i enjoyed it nonetheless), so i was pumped for this
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cruel Saints by Michelle Heard is a absolutely fantastic gripping read, yes its a Mafia romance but it's a Mafia romance with a storyline which is going to keep you on the edge of your seat bitting your nails whilst leaving you unable to do anything else but finish it in one sitting.
This starts out heartbreaking and dark with moments of utter disgust but with one chance given to change everything it's taken with both hands and then this story turns a whole 180, it definitely sticks to the Mafia
Jeeves Reads Romance
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Exactly the kind of mafia romance that I love to devour - focusing on the relationship first, with a strong, protective hero who is vulnerable and compassionate with just one woman. It reads younger and a little more like a soap opera than other mafia romances I've read (is there really a mafia school?), but that really works for this story. It still has the intensity and bingeable quality that I love from a darker read, but you can definitely feel the young love and lighter moments (though it i ...more
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4,5 "Little bird!!!" stars***


"The world is filled with monsters, Elena..."

I was anticipating this story like crazy and Michelle delivered a wonderful story full of pain, lust and blood.
Lucas and Elena was new faces but they were so intriguing characters...
Their lives couldn't be more oppossite, but when their paths have crossed, their entire worlds had tumbled down.
Will they pay their penances with love or blood???

"I refuse to fall for him."

Elena Lucas was a delica
The Romantic Rush Blog
*3.5 stars*

I enjoyed the first book in this standalone series, and I really like Michelle Heard’s brand of mafia hero- protective, alpha, unpredictable, dark. And, this book has all the architecture of great dark mafia romance. We have the soon-to-be-Boss mafia heir, Lucian, a bunch of hesitantly aligned and distrustful families trying to get along, a mafia princess engaged to her vile abuser desperate for freedom, and some Romeo and Juliet vibes between them. Lots of darkness, trauma, and viole
Michelle Heard
Apr 27, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Nadine Bookaholic
When I first began this book the blurb didn't have a warning attached to it and at the beginning of the book it had a message saying if you need a warning this book is not for you, I have read a ton of dark books and loved them and I have read quite a few of Michelle Heard's books and have enjoyed them immensely even the prior book MERCILESS SAINTS had this similar warning but it was nothing I couldn't handle so I proceeded. Well color me surprised when this book starts out with my one and only ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars 🌟

Well this series of standalones has found it’s stride and this book was fantastic..

Nail biting mafia drama, bloodshed, murder, family secrets, characters that I instantly warmed to, heat and chemistry by the bucket load......what more could you ask for?!?

My heart aches for Elena and all she had endured but her saving was definitely Lucian..... what a brilliant villain with a heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and I can’t wait to read the rest of the alpha, mafia, assassin deliciousness
Pamela Lilley
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely everything I love in a mafia romance, and Michelle Heard provided it in this fast paced drama suspense. Lots of action from the get-go with Elena facing off with her father’s right hand man, Danté, a cruel and abusive man old enough to be her father. Finding solace at St Monarch’s, she relishes the freedom she gets whilst doing her utmost to learn survival techniques. There is of course a downside to St Monarch’s, Lucian Cotroni, the next head of the mafia, he’s good looking, confiden ...more
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I fell head over heels in love with this story and this couple!

Lucian and Elena are two people brought up in the same world but were raised in entirely different ways.

Lucian - Just be prepared to fall completely, madly in love with this character when you least expect it.

Elena - My heart just felt for her!

It's not often I have sympathy for the villain but I kind of, sort of did for one of them in this story. Not the outcome but what molded that person to do what they did.

This author has bre
Rikki Hornbuckle
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Michelle fucking heard. You did it again thank you for not giving up first and foremost.
Your brought trauma, pain, killing, and hot steamy foreplay and you made love. Lucian and Elena was a match made for the mafia. I don’t think I can ever go back now. When I say if Lucian told me to get down on my knees and lick the blood off of his hands, I would. I would do it. You gave the right amount of everything, and when you gave the love story you gave hope for anyone who was going through what Elena
Beyond The Covers Blog
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celeste
Oh man what a story!  Cruel Saints by Michelle Heard is story that you will be talking about for days.  This was not the typical mafia book, and these are not your typical mafia characters.  I loved Lucian Cotroni from the first page he was introduced on.  Elena was not my favorite heroin, but she grew on me and redeemed herself in many ways.  This book is dirty and gritty and violent, and I couldn’t put it down.  I devoured every word!  There are to be several stand-alone books that will have r ...more
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Heart-squeezingly wonderful…

Imagine trying to escape from your worst nightmare and finding out things may not have changed. Instead they were worse! Elena was living it and Lucian was playing a lead role in what was supposed to be the turning point in her life. Instead of finding the escape, the freedom she longed for, she was suddenly part of something she never wanted…

This story was amazing! Told in this author’s signature style, Elena was at times fragile, given what she had (and was) going t
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs

Damm once again Michelle has written another must read Lucian and Elenas story is amazing . From the start you get to see what kind of life Elena is living and let’s just say it’s not one of a mafia princess, she is in hell. When they first meet the attraction is undeniable for them both but once they start interacting there is fire , and the more time Lucian spends with her the more he wants her. Being the mafia world things aren’t as simple as they would be in the normal world things happen th
Teresa Lara
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love love love
Elena and Lucians intense emotional broken twisted heartstopping amazing love story
Mafia is my new jam
Ready for Carson
Robyn Corcoran
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy moly, this story is jam-packed with excitement along with plenty of drama and action. There are literally no dull moments in this story, be prepared because once you start to read you’ll not be able to put it down! From the start I wanted to get shabby with a particular character or two. 😆 That’s how involved you become when reading this story. Every emotion is felt with, as well as, for the characters. I felt myself dodging bullets and punches, holding on in car cases, desperately wanting ...more
The Lushy Reader
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic slow burn that will keep you hot and bothered the whole way through...and once satisfaction hits, it will leave you gasping for more!

Lucian and Elena are so HAWT!! From the moment they meet, there’s an undeniable tension and pull towards each other. Their chemistry is sizzling. Almost every interaction they had, had me begging for them to kiss. Michelle’s writing is serious perfection!! She drove me to the wall with these two! Haha, but in the best way possible.

As the heir to the head
Tara Lee
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Good god what perfection did I just read!

These men are on fire. I am so excited for the rest of the series and I cant begin to image what ride Michelle will take us on.

Lucian was. 🔥 GAH he was EVERYTHING!!!

The man couldn't be more perfect. Seriously I was drooling, I am pretty sure I have a permenant wet spot (thanks Michelle)

I couldn't get enough of this captivating story, it gripped you, captured you in way that held you prisoner to Lucian.

This story had it all, angst, passion, emotions,
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cruel Saints is a mafia romance done right. This book is a fantastic slow burn; heartrending, intense, action-packed, unputdownable, delectable read. I love mafia stories, and Michelle Heard delivered an unforgettable arranged marriage mafia romance. With Lucian wanting revenge and Elena seeking freedom, this story captived me from the first page. It is raw, thrilling, is absolutely sensational.

Lucian is next in line to head the mafia. He has been groomed for this role all his
Maddie (Bookaholic_Dreamer)
Elena Lucas and Lucien Cotroni maybe the sole heirs to their own mafia families. But that’s where their similarities end.
Elena is a lonely, afraid and quiet girl, having had a hard upbringing with no love. Seeing as her father doesn’t really care for her, since he allows her personal body guard Dante to treat her with abuse, torment and torture on the daily. But when she is sent away to St. Monarch’s Academy, for the first time she feels relief knowing she will be free from the shackles of her
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Star Rating : 4/5 Stars

POV : Dual

Cliffhanger : None

Hero : Lucian

Heroine : Elena

Pace of the story : Moderate

Angst Rating : 5/10

Heat Rating : 5/10

Triggers Involved : Abuse (not by the H)

Plot Summary :
All Elena wants is freedom. Stuck with a father who doesn’t care what happens to her and turns a blind eye to all the abuse she endures at the hands of her so-called fiance/abuser , all she wants is to escape her home . Being
Vanessa (bookfairy95)
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, dark-romance
I just finished that book and wow!❤️ #MichelleHeard again managed to capture me completely with #CruelSaints the 2nd book in the #StMonarchsAcademy series - though all the books can be read as a #standalone novel! It is fun to see familiar characters again though, so I’d really recommend reading them “in order” as also the next books will be about characters that played a role in both books so far and I think it’ll be great seeing another side to them!😌🖤

But now, let’s get into my #bookreview for
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
CRUEL SAINTS:                                           
An Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance
Michelle Heard
Releases 31st May

POV:Dual                            Her avenging angel
Lucian & Elena

#arc #arcreader #amreading #currentlyreading #reader #reviewer #arrangedmarriage  #mafiaromance #RomanticSuspence #standalone #tbr #mostantisipated #triggers #sensitivecontent #grippingandemotional #AllTheFeels

These two were amazing! Gripping an emotional.

Elena Lucas, her father Valentino (Tino) Lucas dea
Fast-paced non-stop action, drama, and suspense fill the pages of Cruel Saints. There are secrets and lies around every corner. This is a mafia romance.

Elena Luca is the daughter of Valentino "Tino" Lucas, a mafia boss who deals in arms. He is not only cruel and ruthless in business but also to his only heir and daughter, Elena. Elena spends her time locked inside her room, a prisoner in her own home, kept a secret from the outside world. She is guarded by Dante, her father's cruel and abusive r
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Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Bestselling Author of suspense, new adult, romance novels. She loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son, daughter-in-law, and cat, who always wakes her at the crack of dawn.

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