Genres: Adult, Dark Contemporary Romance
Published on: August 31, 2017
POV: Dual First Point of View
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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I’ve been waiting for Venom & Glory these last few months. Since I enjoyed the previous books, Passion & Venom (book 1) and Venom & Ecstacy (book 2), I was very excited when I finally got to read it. This is the third and final book of the Venom series which needs to be read in order since they follow the same couple. It is a dark contemporary romance and the first series I read by Shanora Williams and definitely will not be the last.
Venom & Glory picks up where the second book left off. It is about a woman named Gianna Nicotera whose one journey led her to the most wanted yet powerful mafia boss called the Jefe or Darco. They met in an unconventional, full of revenge, and hatred situation. However, although all the odds seemed to be against them, they did fall in love. It was all, unfortunately, not without sacrifices. it came with big prices which cost a lot of innocent people’s lives including their beloved ones and almost their owns.
They were in the journey of hunting the most powerful woman who had forced Draco to give up his power. Bringing her down not only meant he got back what he’d used to have (power and money/territory) but also their freedom–HER freedom to be exact. The journey had turned out to be very challenging since they both had had to face their own feelings and future together (what they would do in the future after the war). Of course, if they came out alive at the end.
I had mixed feelings about this book but to better explain them, I want to elaborate what I loved first.
This book had made me lose two nights of sleep. It had kept me on my toes with my heart racing and eyes glued to the pages. I couldn’t put it down! Each page revealed a new secret that made me guessing, wondering, and questioning. The build-up was amazing and the pace was perfect. They made the whole story both entertaining and refreshing. I was a huge fan of dark stories and had thought that nothing would surprise me but I was wrong. When it comes to dark romances, Shanora Williams is one of the best story-tellers.
I loved that this story had pushed me to my limits. This was one of the most challenging ones I’ve ever read. It’d challenged my beliefs to the point in which I silently said, “enough” and almost put it down. My journey with these characters was not easy but the one I will always remember. The feeling I had while reading it was something I rarely felt. Shanora Williams did an amazing job by writing such a provocative, challenging, yet addicting story.
The ending was satisfying. I loved the main characters’ decision at the end after everything they’d been through. It was not self-centered as I’d been used to seeing the entire story. Everyone got their version of happy endings although I hoped it would have been a little longer since I felt it was kind of too rushed. However, overall, I loved how everything was wrapped up.
One of the two things that bothered me was an event in the middle of the story about ‘the recordings.’ I felt like they didn’t match the events ‘before’ and ‘after,’ which was confusing. It had affected the way I was feeling about the story and took away the joy a little bit. I wish they would be better explained to avoid any contradictions in the plot.
The other thing I found as the downside was the romance. I knew they were at unconventional situations and the author did a fantastic job with the backgrounds and details, but I hoped I could emotionally connect to them as a couple. It had the moments I loved but they weren’t at the level I wish I could’ve experienced. The reason was that I found it hard to connect with Gianna. While I adored her sassy attitude and how strong she had become throughout the story, I hoped she would have shown a hint of humanity through her actions and inner voices. She’d become an unrecognizably cold-hearted character who was hard to relate to, which was disappointing. Moreover, their intimate dialogs didn’t move me either, hence, I had a hard time rooting for them.
All in all, Venom & Glory is a very good ending of the Venom series but it is NOT for everyone. However, if you are a dark romance junkie or the kind of reader who loves books that push boundaries and challenge your beliefs, this might be perfect for you. Just be aware that this book is VERY GRAPHIC AND BRUTAL which I’m afraid may become an issue if not prepared. 🙂
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