Title: The Test
Series: The 4Horsemen #2
Author: Elena Monroe
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: November 4, 2020
He was the Golden Boy until she tarnished him…
I woke up to my roommate and best friend missing. In her place was a note on my bedside table that read: You can only find me with your eyes closed.
No one thinks a note like that is meant for them.
I knew it was meant for me, a clue, a way to seek Justice.
Whoever left me that note was hoping I didn’t let my parent’s legacy die when they did. They wanted to see what kind of warfare I was capable of.
Justice before starting a war with the man who wrote the rule book…
I woke up every day to the same nonsensical bullshit that was my life.
They say only bad things only happen after dark but I was the exception to every rule. I was bad and I happened whenever I wanted.
I wanted someone to challenge me, put me in my place, force me to be better than war strategies and hold the audacity to traipse across enemy lines.
A pink haired receptionist wasn’t my first choice for shaking my resolve.
I can still smell her but I wanted to know if she’d taste like Victory.
Death before dishonor meant not losing to her…
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Answering the phone, I held onto my breath, when I heard an older woman’s voice come through. “So, you’re the guy responsible for her bad attitude.”
A nervous laugh erupted from me. I had never dated anyone long enough to give them the idea that I would want to speak to anyone important to them.
“I’m so glad you called me back…” The Clave mask slipped back into place, polishing all my stained edges in the hopes of impressing her.
“Didn’t give me much of a choice, since you’ve been calling me every day. Is there something I can help you with?” Her voice showed her age, but her mouth was a family heirloom passed down to Justice.
“I love Justice very much. I wanted to express this to you and prove that I deserve her hand in marriage.”
Laughter poured in from the other end of the phone. “You don’t take no for an answer, do you? If she wanted to marry you, I don’t think she would have evacuated LA like a natural disaster was headed her way.”
“Respectfully, no. I don’t lose gracefully.”
“Go on. I’m gonna need to hear you express those feelings,” she said, but not with an iron fist. Her voice sounded tired and worried for Justice.
“Okay… I’m not a great person, but I’m a better person because of her. I want to be good enough to deserve her.”
“Oh, honey, she wasn’t always a good person either and don’t you let her forget it. Wicked girls like her can’t forget to be humble…”
Dark, twisty and spectacular! I love this series so far and the hints of what’s to come with the last two horsemen sets up to be brutal. Vic was the bomb in the first book as the self appointed leader of the horsemen. He is dominant and fierce and challenged Grimm but didn’t match his viciousness. This story shows Vic’s layers as his Golden Boy mask slips especially when Justice pushes him. What a marvelous push/pull as Victory and Justice play their games to win. Both hate to lose and will do get the upper hand. They are the ultimate flip sides of the coin as they go head to head. Jus is outrageous with her save the world mentality and fierce morals even if her personal morals are loose. She’s probably going to get slammed but I loved her owning her sexuality. She bucks the system at every turn and wants to take down the cult-like Clave. I was disappointed that Vic soften for Jus but I guess had to to win her after the twist with her family. Brutal and not the only surprise in the story. The writing is unique and complex but I loved it. Not cookie cutter or an easy read. Zeus makes an appearance and I hope he gets a story. What a boss leader! Khaos is still running wild and is a hyper mystery. We got a few peeks at Bowan’s tragic past and his future. It’s going to be a heart twister and horrific. There is dark sensitive subject matter in the story along with the continuation of the Clave mysteries. The romance between Vic and Jus is not sweet but white hot. So so sexy! I love these guys. So dark as they push back on the stifling Clave, their families and each other. They’re tied together and come through for each other when it counts. I can’t wait for the next installment in this dark, brutal world of the Clave and the newest 4 Horsemen. Outstanding dark romance and harsh world dominating themes. A must read!
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Elena Monroe grew up in Florida scribbling down stories from a very young age. These stories were really just wavy lines filling the paper, but she knew each word, each emotion, each character’s name, and there was no tricking her into forgetting what each line signified. Just like her unconventional way of writing as a toddler Elena is setting her own rules and just telling stories.
Much like her debut novel, The Best Years, life certainly imitated art. Transplanting from the South to the East Coast, Elena currently lives in Connecticut with husband, reformed bad boy.
Find her on her social media through Twitter at @elenamonroe, Instagram at @elenamonroewrites, Facebook at @elenamonroewrites, and more