Dani is back with another enemies to lovers book in Cruel War. It’s the first book in a new series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Dani writes a lot of books in this trope, and I think that she does them really well, so I’m perfectly happy to see another one from her. Her villains are delightful and her male main characters are just so wonderfully conflicted, dark, and twisted. Of course, that makes their redemption that much better. Her heroines are all strong, know what they want, and aren’t afraid to fight for it. So, if you ask me, that’s pretty awesome.
Here’s the way this story works. Tynewood is a small town. It’s also an elite university. Tynewood also holds a secret society. The Gilded Sovereign was started a long time ago, and they pretty much run everything. The families are the elite of the elite. The men of the society, called Crowns, are succeeded by their oldest son. Except for Abner Lancaster who has managed to get both of his sons on board. Phillipe, his oldest, is now the head of the Sovereign. His younger son, Ares is taking the place of another member who doesn’t have a son. Abner has plans for the group now, even if he is no longer the head, because there are also going to be two other new members, Etienne and Tarian, Ares’ best friends.
Dahlia has just moved to Tynewood. Her father grew up there, but now that he’s dead, she’s gone there to live with her grandmother. Since she’s 19, she’s now starting college at Tynewood, but there’s one small problem. And his name is Ares. He just won’t leave her alone, no matter what.
Ares has a good reason for always being around Dahlia. It’s called revenge. He wants to hurt Dalia to get her back for something that happened to him. He has all kinds of plans, and his father promised that she would be his to do with as he wants. He’s looking forward to destroying her.
She is smart and isn’t willing to give up. She will fight for what she wants, whatever it is that she wants. She is not an opponent that I would want to deal with, that’s for sure. I think that she would probably walk circles around me. I think that anyone who tries to oppose her is going to get quite the shock.
I think that Ares is really just a lost little boy deep inside. He’s really, really angry, which, I really don’t blame him for. I think his father, the prick, has done what he can to feed that anger. He keeps telling Ares that he’s too volatile which I’m not necessarily going to argue with, but I think it wouldn’t be so bad if his father didn’t push him. Ares feels like he has to stand up to that challenge. Which makes him act volatile.
Phillipe. Hmmm… I dunno that I really trust him. I know I don’t trust Abner as far as I could spit.
OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!