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Book Review: Infamous Hearts – A Match Made in History

Title:  Infamous Hearts – A Match Made in History

Authors:  Yolanda Olson, Elizabeth Cash, Virginia Johnson, Dani Rene, C.A. Bell, Emery LeeAnn, Ashleigh Giannoccaro,  Rose Devereux, Julia Clare, Destiny Hawkins, Natalie Bennett, Ellie Midwood, Avery Reigns

Genre:  Dark Romance Anthology

Release Date:  March 3, 2018


Blurb:  Thirteen authors come together to provide a glimpse at notorious couples through history. When finding love in the arms of Hades must be escaped before dawn. Where the secret of the outlaw’s bride is found only in a place between heaven and hell. Where the wrath of Rosaline swings ominously like a pendulum and rapture can be found in the most iniquitous of times. When the secret of hieroglyphic hearts are drawn by daddy’s toy to overcome the feeling of being a darling little pet. When the blonde bombshell thrives high above the world in a tower made up of wanton lust and lies. When becoming a Kray is the only way to survive the mean streets of London. Time becomes frozen in each moment and secrets are told in whispers only to the most coveted.

***All proceeds to benefit The Joyful Heart Foundation***


Charlotte’s Review

Overall Rating:  4 Stars



Rating:  3 Stars
This was a good start to the anthology. A full length book on Hades wouldn’t be my thing but this little bite was great! I’d actually like to see them after the wedding and see them ruling the underworld as the dark King and Queen. I was a little confused by their relationship, I mean, is it incest? Or does that not count for gods? And why was her mother such a bitch?


Rating:  5 Stars
This story encouraged me to do some research on Cleopatra and Marc Antony.  Obviously I had heard of them but I never really knew their story. Now that I do, I’m sad, to know what’s coming.  Also, I search everyone who’s name was mentioned just so I knew who they were!
I loved this story so much! It was so beautiful and tragic at the same time. I think this could be a contender for a favourite of mine!


PENDULUM by Emery Leean
Rating:  4 Stars
Again history was not my friend. I had to research King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and I was surprised by what I found. This story (written by Emery) was again tragic for Anne Boleyn (we all know how that ended) but I was happy to see that it was mostly true to form (I’m not sure on the which part!) I enjoyed this one almost as much as I did ‘Hieroglyphic Hearts’.


THE WRATH OF ROSALINE by Virginia Johnson 
Rating:  4 Stars
I actually knew this story!  It was great to see a different sort of side the Romeo and Juliet story, and I think I actually preferred this one! You see the story of Romeo and Juliet being adapted all the time so I enjoyed seeing someone else’s take of what happened!  Poor Rosaline! She just wanted to be loved!


OUTLAW BRIDE by Rose Devereux
Rating:  2 Stars
Jesse James, another one I know nothing about. This one also encouraged me to do some research in to the life of Jesse and Zee (incest again). Unfortunately this story was a little less interesting for me, I didn’t seem to care for either of the characters or their fate. I guess I wasn’t feeling the love with these two.


Rating:  1 Star
The title and the chapter names gave nothing away as to who this story was about and when starting the book I wish it had. I may have skipped this one had I known.
I thought these were infamous love stories so I was confused when I realised that the main character was an SS Nazi and ‘his darling little pet’ was a Captured Jew he liked to rape. Their love story was not love in the conventional way but apparently it was some sort of love, even after he raped and abused her and she fucked him while in the middle of circumcising him.
I don’t know, I think this one was my limit and that is possibly because of all the survivor accounts that I have read in books and watched in documentaries. I just didn’t seem right.


BEFORE DAWN by Elizabeth Cash
Rating:  4 Stars
Ahh the old story of Bonnie and Clyde. We all know what happens at the end of that love story……or do we?
Starting this one I thought it was going to be the same old love story we’ve all heard before but I was wrong. So wrong. What happened if they didn’t die?
Their love is strong and powerful but their story is not the same one we all know.


INIQUITOUS by Natalie Bennett
Rating:  1 Star
Now, we all love a good sex scene BUT a sex scene involving a thirteen year old? That’s a no from me. I know the story didn’t actually say how old they were but we all know who Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate are. It was actually quite weird to be reading a ‘love’ story about a wannabe Bonnie and Clyde duo. I’m not sure about this story.


Rating:  3 Stars
I was excited to see that the Kray twins had made it into this book! There’s not a documentary I haven’t watched or a book I haven’t read about them so I couldn’t wait to see what this author had done. I was sorely disappointed, I mean, I know it’s a story but at least get the basic facts right if you’re going to write about historic criminals….. Reggie wasn’t the gay twin and he certainly wasn’t having a sexual relationship with his brother.  Also, it’s a known fact that Ron was the most violent and psychopathic (hence why he was in Broadmoor!).  It was stated (by Frances’ niece) that Reggie never beat her and she loved him very much according to her diary.
I liked the story but it annoys me when people make the Krays out to be rapists and women beaters. (There’s no evidence and it’s reported that they tried to protect women and children) this story could have been about their actual meeting and falling in love or could have even been about the non- sexual love between twins. So many different stories to tell yet everybody goes for the same one……
Rant over, I wasn’t a huge fan.


Rating:  4 Stars
I have read quite a few books by Yolanda Olson recently and I have come to the conclusion that she dislikes kids since she keeps killing them in her books!  So of course she would chose to write about Ian Brady and Myra Hindly!  Again, I enjoyed this adaptation of their story and the slight bit of gore that is ‘trademark Yolanda’.


Rating:  4 Stars
Now, we all know who this one is about before it even begins…
Well, that’s not what I expected but it was great!  Makes total sense too.  I don’t have much to say about this one without giving it away, you just have to read it!


DADDY’S TOY by Julia Clare
Rating:  3 Stars
What kind of fresh editing hell was this? Seriously, this story needs some desperate editing, kept switching from 1st person to 3rd in that same sentence “he pulled her up by my hair”.
If you can get past the editing hell then this is a pretty good story and maybe a true one? We’ll never know…. seeing the victims side of things was a good insight to what could have happened in the home of Fred and Rose West.


TOWER by Ashleigh Giannoccaro 
Rating:  5 Stars
Yes! This was the story I wanted! This was such a brave move on Ashleigh’s part and I’m so glad she took it!
This story has to be my favorite just because I’m not a fan of the Royals except Diana of course! It was also heart breaking.  I’m so glad there was nothing more after that ending, I don’t think I could have taken it. Well done Ashleigh!

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