Published: 22nd January 2021
“Once upon a time…”
Hate consumed him.
Love wrecked me.
That night changed both our lives, turning our beginning into something toxic. We were poison together and there was no antidote.
Our story began like any other fairy tale ended.
With a beautiful wedding.
Killian Spencer became my lawfully wedded husband and I, his dutiful wife.
But he was no Prince Charming. He didn’t come to save me… and he vowed there would be no happily ever after.
Just like the legends I’d read as a little girl, I always thought I’d be the princess in my fairy tale.
Well, I was the villain of our love story.
“Till death do us part…”
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I found A Vow of Hate to be a somewhat frustrating book, but at the same time, quite fascinating. In the same fashion that it’s hard to look away from something awkward on television – you cringe, you want to turn away, but still you continue to be drawn in. This book was rather like that for me. I wanted to cringe and look away, but instead found myself not able to put the book down.
This is a very dark romance. There are whole sections of the book, particularly in the first half, where nothing happens apart from Julianna and Killian talking about their hatred for each other. There is a LOT of focus given over to the quest for vengeance, and how much torment can be inflicted.
Killian and Julianna have a grave tragedy in their past and it stands between them. So, when they find themselves married to each other in a marriage of convenience, the malice and loathing that pours out between them is quite shocking.
Be prepared for some highly sadistic and brutal interaction between the pair, especially in the bedroom. There is nothing gentle about this relationship. I’m not normally one to enjoy reading scenes involving subjugation, so I found myself wanting to skim in a few parts.
Lylah James did a fantastic job of setting the mood between this pair and while A Vow of Hate may not have been my cup of tea, it was well done and I can see others loving it. If you are a fan of a novel where the author succeeds in painting a strong mood and a rather shocking interaction between the main people, then you may well enjoy A Vow of Hate.
Thank you to the author and Candy Kane PR in return for my copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Lylah James lives somewhere in Canada. She is usually pretty busy but she uses all her spare time to write. If she is not studying, sleeping, writing or working – she can be found with her nose buried in a good romance book, preferably with a hot alpha male. Writing is her passion. The voices in her head won’t stop and she believes they deserve to be heard and read. Lylah James writes about drool worthy and total alpha males, with strong and sweet heroines. She makes her readers cry – sob their eyes out, swoon, curse, rage and fall in love. Mostly known as the Queen of cliffhanger and the #evilauthorwithablacksoul, she likes to break her readers’ hearts and then mend them again.