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Lucian's Reign

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Power. Money. Status. 

All the riches this world has to offer belong to me. 
Whatever I want, I get. 
And those who stand in my way?
They don’t live long enough to tell their tale. 

I’m a villain thriving in darkness, who seeks no redemption.
A hunter who sets his sight on an irresistible prey. 

There is a monster reigning inside me who covets to stake his claim and drag her to
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published March 24th 2021
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Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6-stars, loved-it
6 beautiful dark stars 🌟
V. F. Masons stories are always filled with dark heroes and villains that readers love but also love to hate!
Lucian is a homeless and abused child by despicable rich people who have more money and less morals.
As an adult he is the charismatic villain of this story, until he meets the beauty with the lilac hair. Now he has become an obsessed beast who will capture Esme and keep her as his own.
This story was phenomenal and so well written that I did not want it to end!
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read that captured me from page one. This book was just amazing: flawless writing, dark, twisted, blazing hot, packed with thrills and action, and with the kind of complex characters I love....This book is definitely going on my "favorites" shelf, and I would absolutely, without a doubt, recommend you read it. This author should not be missed! And the model on the cover is absolutely gorgeous...🔥 ...more
Sammy ❤️Just Let Me Read Blog ❤️
V.F. Mason is a master at creating unforgettable characters and dark, emotional stories that are hard to put down. Lucian's Reign is an incredibly captivating story about a deeply complex anti-hero and the woman who becomes his greatest obsession. Lucian and Esmeralda's story had angst, scorching heat, and a fantastic plot that kept me guessing.

"Willing or not, she will be mine. And I will kill anyone daring to think they can take her away from me."

Both Lucian and Esme were great characters wh
Literary Temptations

RELEASE DATE: 26 March 2021

ARC was kindly provided for an honest review

I’ve read several of this author’s books before and she always brings it with her dark, twisted worlds and characters with ambiguous moral compasses, yet you find you have no choice but to love them. And I loved Lucian.

When Lucian’s grandfathers are too stubborn to put the children’s needs before their interests, they set in motion events that condemn Lucian to a life of misery and horrendous
Ria  | Abstract ♥ Books
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing



Star Rating : 4.5/5 Stars

POV : Dual

Cliffhanger : None

Hero : Lucian

Heroine : Esme

Pace of the story : Moderate

Angst Rating : 5/10

Heat Rating : 7/10

Triggers Involved : Past Torture

Plot Summary :
Lucian is a man on a mission. A mission to destroy all those who hurt him for years. And now it was his chance for payback. Unfortunately for Esme, she was caught in his web. He needed to capture her and make her his to draw out h
Anna Theurer (Anna's Bookshelf)
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-romance
The author never fails to slay me with her words. Her impeccable writing style and masterful ability to weave together a story that is dark, sexy, and suspenseful never ceases to captivate my attention. Lucian’s Reign is not for the faint of heart. This novel immediately pulled me into it’s clutches and I was unable to put it down! The story is dark and the characters have heart wrenching backstories that will leave you gasping. Yet, the characters are resilient, strong, and most definitely uniq ...more
April Symes
 Lucian's Reign by V.F. Mason is a dark and deliciously twisted love story that will have you engaged from the very start. This is sheer anti-hero at its best. This is Lucian and Esmerelda's story. We also do get to see a peek at how/where the "four horsemen" came from. Both main characters have rather dark childhoods and learned to overcome their pasts. Yet when Lucian laid eyes on Esmeralda he became completely obsessed with her. He makes it where she is his and no others. Their pasts are inte ...more
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
V.F. Mason never disappoints. Lucian's Reign is another winner in her long line of dark and twisted romances that will have you rooting for the bad guy! I love that her "heroes" are anti-heroes so damaged by their pasts that they deem themselves unworthy or incapable of love. She does not shy away from creating characters that push boundaries. Lucian is no exception. She does not gloss over his violent actions. She shows us how his past pain, cunning, and seasoned control have created the perfec ...more
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was actually such an incredible book with depth, powerful love and character development.

It IS a dark book and suspense sort of thing and I LOVED it. Mafia book readers would also love it.

Esme and Lucian.

Do you love OTT OBSESSIVE POSSESSIVE heroes? Loyal ones? Women who are strong? I LOVED esme and Lucian. He was this crazy obsessive possessive guy completely obsessed with Esme and so so romantic for her as well in his thoughts but in this macho possessive way.

My heart broke for his upbr
Melissa J (Book Addicts Reviews)
4 stars!!

This is a stand alone story which also intertwines itself with other books. She has what I call psycho serial killer series and I love all of them!!

Ok so Lucian is said “villain”, and can I say he definitely has “BDE” (if your are unsure what that is please google or comment below and I will answer)!! He is so sexy and possessive. I didn’t think I would like it but Esme is one lucky ass girl.

My issue is the book didn’t move as well as I had hoped. It stayed a little stagnant and the bac
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.2 stars

If this author writes it, then I am reading it as soon as I possibly can. There is something so special with the way that she crafts a sentence or sets a scene up. Oftentimes, it feels almost tangible as if I become part of the story and experience the same thoughts as the characters or the setting the way that they do. I LIVE for those moments in the story that I can become consumed by the words.

As with all of the stories by this author, there is a certain element of darkness to it be
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
After reading this very intriguing book, I like it. The book is a little long, but the author makes up for it by giving her readers an suspenseful and entertaining book. The book reads at a fast pace, which I liked. The action and graphic details of some situations is great. The book has a number of areas where there is long narratives. I would liked to see those shortened a little. Maybe add more dialogue with the characters. The chemistry between Lucian and Esmeralda is a heated one, but I fou ...more
K.  Ramjohn
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lucian's Reign is a dark, suspenseful, well written page turner that held my interest until the end. The story will take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride with it's intriguing well developed characters whose backstories will break your heart.
Filled with twists and turns, romance, intrigue, action and suspense this tale will have you at the edge of your seat as we go on this journey with a complex anti hero and the woman who was his biggest obsession. There are trigger scenes in this novel
Behind Closed Doors Book Review
Amount of sex – 3.5 / 5
How explicit are the sex scenes – 3.5 / 5
Story – 5 / 5
Overall: – 5 / 5

Lucian’s Reign is a standalone dark enemies-to-lovers romance which is written by author V.F. Mason. It tells the story of Lucian Cortez and Esmeralda Hugh, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. V.F. Mason has a way of writing that completely engulfs me. Not only are her storylines gripping, but the characters are so well developed and complex. I seriously couldn’t turn the pages fa
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The moment Lucian sees Esmeralda he knows two things he wants to own every aspect of her and he also wants to protect her with everything he has. Lucian is dark and twisted and I obviously loved him lol. Esmeralda is timid and has had so much tragedy in her life she enjoys being alone and people around her do nothing but annoy her but that’s with good reason. At first Lucian calms the storm that no one but her knows about until he doesn’t!
Cherry Lips
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The plot and characters are similar with others "psycho" series, since the universe is same.
How the unreasonable rich hawt handsome psycho 'monster' deeply fall to innocent holly angel looks alike creature. Despite abnormal 'dating' and continous 'stalker' pursuing ...the angel absolutely open her heart, body&soul embracing the darkness + smexyness + unholly 'christening' and they life happly ever after
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lucian is set on a path of destruction due to having a horrific childhood. Esmeralda has lost everyone she loved to a killer. She paints to escape her pain and meets Lucian at her friends wedding to his best friend. Lucian is a bad man and takes what he wants, he kills people that are not good but still has a stain on his soul. He becomes obsessed with Esmeralda and wants her for his wife. Will the two come together? A dark deep read about two complicated people living with trauma.
'I don’t forgive.
I don’t forget.
I don’t give second chances.'

Lucian and Esmeralda didn't have an easy past. Lucian grew up fatherless on the wrong side of tracks, suffering through almost every degrades a human kind can inflict. When his father found him he was a changed man, he experiences something more different where he is consumed with revenge. He ticks out all the men he could eliminate, those who abused him in the past and who are still continuing to harm people. Among this he found an in
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m a fan of this author’s dark and twisted words and was so excited to see this standalone story about Lucian and Esme. Esme is an artist and Lucian offers to sponsor scholarships for up and coming artists with her. Turns out he wants more from her and their pasts are connected in a unique and twisted way. I’m not sure how to put this in to words without spoiling the twists so I’m going to keep it short. I can say that although Lucian is a killer, not everything is as it seems. There are flashb ...more
Apr 16, 2021 rated it liked it
I have many of the author's books and up until now, I have loved them. I think VF Mason is incredibly talented in telling an interesting story that pulls the reader into another world.

I could have easily given 10 stars for this book. I loved Lucian and all his machismo and alpha bad boy sexiness. I liked the entire story and the grammar was flawless one and only complaint, the one that had me forcing myself to finish the book and be done with it was all the internal dialog
Apr 27, 2021 rated it liked it
“Accept me as I am…
because I cannot live without you.
For I’ve never loved before…
and I’m terrified of hurting you.”


Narrated in Multiple POV and a Standalone with No Cliffhanger.

Whoever read Santiago's Conquest would have definitely knew about his parents Lucian and Esme, this is their story. I am really happy as I really wanted to read about Lucian's story.

Lucian is a powerful man with one mission, to destroy those who hurt him for years.
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Power. Money. Status. All the riches this world has to offer belong to me Whatever I want, I get. And those who stand in my way? They don't live long enough to tell their tales. I'm a villain thriving in darkness, who seeks no redemption. A hunter who sets his sights on an irresistible prey.
There is a monster reigning inside me who covets to stake his claim and d rag her to his cave. A beautiful sire
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Mason writes dark romances like very few can.
While they are heartbreaking and gut wrenching and have me sobbing.
They also have strong heroines,possessive alpha men and plots that are suspense filled.
If you are familiar with this author's work you are going to love Lucian’s Reign with the surprise connections with her past book.
This book is most definitely a standalone though,you do not have to have read any previous book(s) to fully understand this one.
Lucian is a dark dangerous man.
With th
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw the book title - “The land where sinners atone” I was immediately intrigued. But then I read several reviews and also comments on fb posts in certain book groups and concluded that it wasn’t for me. But I still had an eye on VF Mason books coz she writes about serial killers and anti heroes and those are my jam!!
I’ve added several to my TBR but haven’t read them yet until I stumbled on this book and after reading the blurb, I immediately had to read it like STAT!!

Oh gosh why di
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Esmeralda Hugh is an artist and is from an elite family in New York City. She was taken in by her grandmother, a very rich and well-known member of the elite in New York when tragedy struck her family. She has also become the obsession of two monsters. The only questions are, which one is worse, and which one will win the battle to claim her?

Lucian Cortez had a rough start in life, but when he finally found his family and was able to get out of the terrible world he was in, he became a m
Misty Schott
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been dying for Lucian's story!!!

Of all the excellent dark romance stories V.F. Mason has given us, this is the one I have been dying to read. I have wanted to hear Lucian's story and what a great read as have been given. Lucian is out to catch a monster, or course it's always easier if you have something the monster wants. When Lucian finds out that the monster he hunts is planning on taking Esmeralda on her twenty-first birthday he makes a plan to use Esmeralda as his bait. Esmeralda has
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
It’s official, I am addicted to this author and her fabulous books. It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading Santiago’s Conquest first. Lucian is a man who comes from a challenging past that made him the person he is today; someone who is strong, determined and not above bending the law and others to his will with violence if need be. Esmerelda is also a woman who is damaged by her past and is forced to marry a man who she believes is a monster. The pages bleed with the relationshi ...more
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lucian and Esme are Santiago's parents who were introduced in SANTIAGO'S CONQUEST (which I read six months ago). I wonder if the author had Lucian's story in mind already when she wrote his son's? Because both father and son endured horrible trauma under the hands of despicable criminals at a young age (below 10). The similarities are astounding, and really, for father and son to go through almost the same kind of abuse is somewhat over the top. Déjà vu, even.

So my next question is why presenti
Shel Griffin
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lucian and Esmerelda

Loved this story just like I do all of VF Masons books. A very creative author is at work here. The characters are deep and the plot will keep you reading until the end. Once I read about Lucian’s childhood I almost cried for the little boy he once was. His grandfather was awful and should have apologized for his meddling in his son’s marriage. It split up a family. But Lucian emerged from his tragedy stronger; he was the heir to his grandfather’s empire and has the last laug
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