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Dead Man Walking by Giana Darling

Dead Man Walking

About the Book- Dead Man Walking

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Giana Darling comes a dark MC romance about a broken enforcer and the beautiful, innocent woman who shows him that light can exist even in the dark… 

A killer. A criminal.
A psychopath.
The Irish enforcer for The Fallen Men MC is everything good girls are taught to stay away from.
Only, I found myself inexorably drawn into his dark gravitational pull. I wanted to know what it would be like to walk beside the human personification of Death and hold his hand, feel his kiss, and maybe even earn his undying love.
But Priest McKenna is older, cold as ice, and notoriously unfeeling.
So what are the odds that a dead man walking would come to life for little, insignificant me?
When a serial killer begins to target the women of Entrance, BC, and The Fallen suffers another terrible blow, Priest resolves to hunt down the killer himself.
And when the murderer sets his eyes on me?
My very own psychopath steps between me and certain death, thrusting us into an intimacy I prayed we would never recover from.

*A standalone book in The Fallen Men Series.* 

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“Better men could love you,” I said, my voice guttural but strong. I opened my eyes and pinned her with the heaviness of my conviction. “But now, I’ll kill any of them who try.”

Quote from Dead Man Walking by Giana Darling

Our Review of Dead Man Walking

So continues my spree of bad books. After the first book of 2022 ended up being a disappointment, the second book turned out to be a disaster. No doubt this book should come with big trigger stickers but what scarred me for life is what passes as romance in the book. This book was disturbing as **** on so many levels for me. Don’t get me wrong. The genre of the book is dark romance and a bit of dark and angsty romance is all good. But if you take a step back and look at the romance, it is like a classic definition of being in an abusive relationship. I now understand the true purpose of the title Deadman walking because I became one after reading the book. I had chills for days 

I can’t even begin to point out the overflowing ironies in the book. Two people doing the same thing but one is a serial killer and the other one is a loveable psychopath … (what the ….. ****). So now you might ask as to why I picked up a book that is dark for all-purpose. The whole idea of a dark, brooding man coming out of the shadows just to protect the girl was what was so enticing for me about the book but instead what I got was a very disturbing read that would give me nightmares for years to come. Everything in the book except the romance is good. The whole serial killer chase, mystery around it, then there is the whole clan of Fallen MC and the moments between all these members were sweet. The one thing that scathed me was the romance and it felt wrong on so many levels, that It was a pain listening through the audiobook.

The book although can be read as a standalone, I believe, you still feel a bit disconnected in between when they are referring to an old incident or a recurring character. This happened to me as I picked up the sixth book from the series without reading the first five. But since there was a bit of context provided for the backstories, it was still easy to get into the book even without knowing what happened in the previous book. 

There are two major reasons why I picked the book. That Cover, first and foremost. There was something very captivating about the cover that I had to check what was it all about. Then I read the synopsis and I was hooked. It sounded so exciting but then when I started reading the book, the romance between the 19-year-old Bea and 29-year-old Priest kept getting more and more cringing and horrifying ( for god sake’s the man is cutting her with knives.. )

I can’t even explain the levels on which the book was disturbing, scary and at times making me a banshee because the triggers were too much. Mistake not for these to be good. I know this book might be just the perfect read for some of the readers and I am not going to judge them but for me, everything about the book was thoroughly horrifying because I couldn’t for the love of my god relate to any of the characters …not the psychopath “priest” or the church-going “ his little shadow”, Bea

Have the same scenes taken place in a different setting and tone, this would have been a handbook for surviving an abusive relationship and would have torn up hearts but look it through rosy glasses and it is romance …I guess

Conclusion

In conclusion, I would not recommend this book for the fear of somebody assuming that the relationship portrayed in the book is what romance is. I would also not recommend it because of the triggers that come with the book but if at all one is picking up the book, I would say lookout for the character of “priest” as a psychopath but not as the hero. If you keep him out of the romance angle, I felt the author had chiselled him in perfection with a character that comes from so much darkness and there is no more light but you have to be real careful about how deep you would go. Other than that the whole analogy of the religion and how everybody takes out their interpretation of the same bible is amazing. But as I said since the book is all about romance and the romance is so messed up, I really couldn’t take this book

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