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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

REVIEW: Black Sheep by Zara Cox

Title: Black Sheep 
Author: Zara Cox 
Series: Dark Desires, #2 
Publisher: Forever Yours 
Publication Date: March 14, 2017 

In a family of cold-hearted black sheep, 
I, Axel Rutherford, am the blackest.
My father has hated me since the day I was born. The feeling was mutual. In the shady underworld that was my legacy, Cleo McCarthy became my light. She was beautiful, passionate, and my whole world. So naturally my father had to destroy us. First he sent me away. Next he claimed Cleo as his own. But now I've returned, and nothing will stop me from taking back everything that is rightfully mine.

He was the love of my life - when my life was still my own.
We were young enough to believe we would last forever, Axel and I. But neither of us realized how cruel life - and our families - could be. Now I'm trapped in a gilded cage: desired by Axel, who must never know the full truth, and controlled by his father, who would sooner see me dead than free. And I wouldn't even care, except that it's no longer only my life at stake.

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Sonja's Review

I became a fan of Ms. Cox after I read her Beautiful Liar back when it was I, Porn Star. I gave it six stars and as soon as I saw Black Sheep, I was so eager to have it and read it, especially once I saw it was part of the Dark Desires series! It took me longer than I anticipated to start it, but I just read Wicked S.O.B. and couldn't wait any longer to crack Black Sheep open. I'm so glad that I decided to stop waiting because while Axel and Cleo didn't beat my love for Quinn and Elyse, I really loved reading their story!

I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with Cleo. I love her toughness and strength, but I didn't like how she handled things with Axel. I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, but I will say that I never hated her, I did like her more than not, and I loved how determined she was in the end. Cleo probably won't be a heroine that you love all the time, but she is a good person and it's worth it to get to know her.

Quinn Blackwood owns my heart, but Axel Rutherford definitely stole a piece of it. Axel is hard and rough and someone you don't mess with, but there's a lot more to him under the surface. He has a great heart, he's protective of the people he cares about, especially Cleo, and he would do anything for her. Axel just makes my heart ache and when I said he stole a piece of my heart, that was no joke. He's a wonderful dark, sweet, messed-up hero and I completely loved him.

Black Sheep was certainly no cakewalk to read. It's dark and frustrating, it will make your heart beat faster, make you want to yell and rant, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's wickedly steamy, heartachingly tragic, and heartbreakingly beautiful and sweet. Black Sheep brought tears to my eyes, a smile to my face, and made me laugh - it was an amazing story and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Black Sheep is the second book in the Dark Desires series and can be read as a standalone, although I recommend reading Beautiful Liar first. It's told from Axel and Cleo's POV and they do have a happy-ever-after ending.

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars 

About the Author: 
Zara Cox has been writing for almost twenty-five years but it wasn't until nine years ago that she decided to share her love of writing sexy, gritty stories with anyone outside her close family (the over 18s anyway!). This series is Zara's next step in her erotic romance-writing journey, and she would love to hear your thoughts. Visit her at

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