Review From User :
½! Blood to Dust (stand-alone). Two lost souls find friendship, love & healing while on a bloody & violent journey, chased by villains and painful pasts!
"The dust has settled over the blood we've shed."
Blood to Dust (stand-alone) opens up to Prescott Burlington-Smyth, Pea aka Country Club, Silver Spoon being forcefully taken to meet the man who is to guard her until she can be turned over to her ex-boyfriend.
Nathaniel Thomas Vela, Nate aka Beat, just out of prison and working as a handyman and janitor, has found himself indebted and assigned to the task. More on why to unfold with story.
We are taken on a journey as a captive Prescott uses all her wiles including flirtation, manipulation, pity, persuasion, violence even stooping so low as to reading Beat's diary and getting to know her captor.
While they fight their attraction and a romance brew, enemies are watching. It becomes a race against time in a game of vengeance and passion with bloody consequences.
"We're beautiful and ugly and broken and whole."
Down on his lucky with few options Nathaniel Thomas Vela, Nate aka Beat wrapped himself around my heart. Seven words to describe Beat: Noble, smart, innocent, reflective, observant, blasé and accepting.
"She gives me storm, and I give her peace."
Seven words to describe Prescott Burlington-Smyth, Pea aka Country Club, Silver Spoon: Smart, observant, calculated, reflective, manipulative, stubborn and hopeless.
"It's ironic, my need to be strong for a man who is my only weakness."
Blood to Dust, told from dual POV is a suspenseful, violent and bloody chase and a journey of self-reflection, painful pasts and broken souls. But mostly it is a journey of unlikely friendships, love that can blossom despite the darkest of circumstances and sweet victory against dire odds.
"I love her like a slave. I kneel in front of her like a subject. I crawl back to her at night like a drunk and I worship her like a believer."
Hero rating: 4.5 stars
Heroine rating: 4.5 stars
Sexual tension rating: 4.5 stars
Sex scenes rating: 5 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 4.5 stars
Plot rating: 5 stars
Dialogue rating: 5 stars
Storytelling rating: 5 stars
Story ending rating: 5 stars
Overall rating: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes.
Would I re-read this book: Maybe later.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.
ARC provided to me by author L.J. Shen in exchange for an honest review.
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.