Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
How do you begin a Skye Warren review? That’s a good one. For one, her books guarantee some of the darkest romance: dangerous, dirty $exiness, a hero who is so freaking broken that it seems like hope is lost for him, a heroine who is seemingly innocent and vulnerable but who shows her moxie when confronted with the hero and his disaster, and a story that grips you and grabs you all the way through to the end. Guess what? Diamond in the Rough is. All. Of. This.
You should know (I didn’t realize this before reading this book) that Diamond in the Rough is a book 1. It ends on a cliffhanger. I don’t know if that’s a spoiler, but as a reader, I tend to like to know that. Personally, for authors I love such as Skye Warren, I don’t particularly care. I will read their works when they release, but I know some readers plan, so keep that in mind when deciding to read this book.
And two…the hero is familiar. I don’t want to spoil it, so I’m not going to. Just know, that you will SCREAM (at least I did) when you realize who you’re dealing with.
Now, what is to love about this book?
- It’s quintessential Skye Warren. If you love her books, you will absolutely love Diamond in the Rough.
- I want to really talk about the hero because he comes from a family of seriously f-uped dudes. This family needs a HUGE hug. Like now. With that, there are all types of complications between him and her heroine, Holland aka Holly. This causes all the drama and complication you can muster, but again, this is Skye Warren storytelling. The struggle between Holland and her hero pulls you in, makes you feel that borderline discomfort where the gray area lives, and then guts you as nothing is easy between these two. Up and down you go the Skye Warren rollercoaster of romance. This is all here in Diamond in the Rough.
- The story. It’s captivating, edge-of-your-seat storytelling. Here’s the thing I love most about Warren’s brand of romance. She plays with the idea of “good hero” or “bad guy.” Those lines are blurred. You are never quite sure who the true villain is because Warren illustrates a truth about human nature in her romance: there is both good and bad in all of us. This idea is woven into Diamond in the Rough’s story, and it keeps you glued to the page. It also causes you to hope when it seems ridiculous to do so, as everything can seem pretty broken. That type of storytelling grabs me and compels me forward to the final page, and Diamond in the Rough does this brilliantly.
I know dark romance isn’t for everyone, but if there is anyone whom you should read, it is Skye Warren. Either I wasn’t paying attention enough to her Facebook page or what, but she surprised me with this book. And I love surprises in books because it reminds me that each story is special and unique. Sometimes, certain authors lose that surprise, and reading their stories feels like putting on the same socks on a different day. Not with Skye Warren. The most common tenet of her books is that they are dark. She tends to deal in anti-heroes and sometimes dubious consent. Yet, even with those terms to define some aspect of her romance, she finds ways to keep it fresh and surprise expert readers such as myself. If you want to be entertained and challenged in your ideas about morality, read Skye Warren’s Diamond in the Rough. You should know that this reader is READY for the next book, Gold Mine.
In love and romance,