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Four Crows by Lily White

Four Crows Book Cover Four Crows
Lily White
Fiction, Dark Romance, Suspense
February 28th 2017

 

“You’ll have to forgive me, Darlin’, for all the unforgiveable things I’m about to do…”

Loyalty is never easy – especially when you’re forced to choose between family and the man you would do anything to possess…

Born into a world that no child should endure, Magpie “Maggie” Crow is doted on by her loving father and over protective brothers. As much as she loves them, she fears them, especially when she learns secrets they've kept hidden.

Elliot McLaughlin joined the U.S. Marine Corps right out of high school to provide for his wife and son. He’d never intended to become a father so young, but was willing to do what it took to give his family everything they needed.

After Elliot’s family goes missing, he returns from war to an empty home. Obsessed with discovering who took his family, he investigates their disappearance and plots his revenge.

Passion brings Maggie and Elliot together. Obsession pushes them apart. As a bitter battle begins between Elliot and the Crows, Maggie’s heart hangs in the balance.

**Disclaimer: This book is intended for audiences 18 years of age or older. The subject matter of this book discusses sensitive topics that may be a trigger for some readers.**

ARIANNA’s Review

“And you’ll just have to forgive me, Darlin’, for all the messed up things I’m about to do”

Lily White never ceases to amaze me with her dark and twisted mind. Never! She always leaves me with my mouth hanging open and she always keeps me at the edge of my seat with her evocative writing and captivating tales. I was immersed in this story from the very beginning, devouring every word, every chapter like crazy. ‘Four Crows’ is a story about revenge, about learning to move on, finding who you are and finding love. It’s a story that evoked many emotions in me and, honestly, I couldn’t put it down for one minute. The chilling plot, the forbidden aspect of the story, the secrets and betrayals made this story a unique read which I enjoyed very much.

“I had nothing left to lose, which made me the most dangerous type of man.”

Elliot’s life changed irrevocably fourteen years ago, when he lost his heart, soul, happiness and the only reason to live. Elliot married his high school sweetheart when they found out she was expecting, but he left them when he decided to serve his country. During his first deployment, he found out that they were gone, that they were missing. Something tragic happened to them. The agony of not knowing what really happened with them destroyed Elliot over the years. If his family and his wife’s family accepted the reality, that they were gone, Elliot became focused to find out the truth, no matter what. All he feels now is anger, rage and sorrow and is determined to do anything to find out who is responsible for the biggest tragedy of his life. He will find them and he will kill them, without fear or remorse.

“I would use her. I would betray her. I would split her apart when I destroyed everything she’d ever known.

Maggie is an eighteen year old girl who all her life has been secluded from…the real life. She was raised by her strict father and her two over-protective brothers, learning early in her life how to keep her mouth shut, how to be “loyal”. She was just a child when she found out about her family secrets, but circumstances “forced” her to be obedient.

Elliot starts to plot his revenge and decides that the one who will help him find out the truth about his family is Maggie Crow. Elliot doesn’t have any problem with using Maggie, until he meets her and gets to know her.

What comes next is a series of events that will change Elliot and Maggie completely. What should you expect while reading their story? Expect secrets, betrayal, more secrets, violence and some very gut-wrenching moments.

“We were two people on opposite sides of a line that had no way of intermingling.”

Wow! This one turned out to be so much better that I had expected. Lily outdid herself with this addictive erotic thriller. ‘Four Crows’ is somber, gritty, filled with violence, suspense and action. Lily delivers an enthralling read filled with many heart pounding, nail biting, and anxiety inducing moments. The writing is fantastic and engaging,  the plot is intricate, with dynamic, smart twists. The story-line is utterly addictive and managed to keep me at the edge of my seat until the very last page.

Elliot and Maggie’s story is well paced, intriguing and very emotional at times. The tension and the emotional turmoil is off the charts. The author did such a fantastic job with these two aspects of the story.

Both Elliot and Maggie are well portrayed and flawed. My heart broke for Elliot. He is such a lost soul. The way the author describes his emotional state is simply wonderful, you can’t help but feel his anguish. His mixed feelings towards Maggie were also well portrayed and I totally understood his reluctance to accept his attraction towards her.

Maggie is a heroine I didn’t particularly like. She is naïve and vulnerable, a victim…in some way. In the beginning she is pretty likable, but, as the story progresses, some of her choices couldn’t help but frustrate me. She really irritated me at some point in the story. I would have preferred for her to stand up for what is morally right, but in some way, I understand why the author chose for her not to.

“If ever two souls had been fused together through violence, despair and pain, it was Elliot and I.”

Elliot and Maggie’s relationship is forbidden-ish and unconventional and is fantastically developed. It’s complicated, to say the least, and the enemies to lovers aspect is satisfyingly done.

All in all, ‘Four Crows’ is an addictive, well-crafted story, full of twists and interesting revelations. If you are looking for an original story, with a well-developed plot and two flawed, engaging main characters, pick this one up.


About the Author:

Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.
In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.


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