REVIEW : Blood to Dust by L.J. Shen


July 18, 2016


reviewed for


Jeri’s Book Attic




Title :              Blood to Dust

Author :           L.J. Shen

Series :            n/a

Release date :   July 18th 2016

Rating :           4 Stars


Blurb :


His name is Beat,


and I should hate him.Bound, blindfolded and bruised, I’m tied in his basement, waiting for the men who stripped me from clothes and humanity to collect his debt to them. Me.


His name is Nate


and I should hate him, but I don’t.I’m not supposed to know his real name, even worse, I’m not supposed to care. He is nothing to me but means to an end. The plan is simple: break free, collect the pieces of my broken soul, kill the bastards and run away.


His name is Nathaniel Thomas Vela,


and I’ve never seen his face, though I hear that it’s beautiful.Behind the rugged and handsome exterior, there’s a quiet murderer, a killer who thinks guns are for pussies and ends people with his bare hands.His name doesn’t matter, neither does his face, but what does matter is my heart. And right now, sadly, it’s his.


Blood to Dust is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.


Review : Dark stories used to be a trigger for me – same like mafia books were.


There were some great authors that made me warm up to the mafia theme so every once in a while I dare reading a book on that subject.


And just lately I encountered some authors that also made me more adventurous when it comes to the darker stories out there – so when I saw the Blurb of Blood to Dust by L.J. Shen I was torn between trying it out and being afraid that it might be an epic fail for me.


Because there is one thing that I need even if the stories are dark (sorry I can not tell because of mayor spoiler …) and it is always a huge gamble if the book I choose will have it or not.


Ahgrr .. I really need to say more – but no – not possible … lets leave it at “what I need is something that is offered usually more rare in a darker story than in other books”


But this book is different … because it not only has what I was looking for but also it manages to combine subjects of darker nature with moments of laughing which I can not remember ever finding in another book.


And on top of that it is really hard at times to keep up with all the twists and turns the story is taking. And lets not forget suspense an action.


So YES it is a dark romance but an unusual one I think. But it should be left in that genre because of triggers it might contain for readers.


If this book is any indication on the writing style of this author I believe she should be watched closely. I think I will put her book “Sparrow” next on my reading list because I just read some quotes of it that really got my attention because they reminded me of an even darker version of Jodi Ellen Malpas’ Character Jesse Ward (This Man)


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