Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
What a ride! Ava Harrison’s Tarnished Empire is everything you love about a hero who can’t help but fall for the stubborn, strong heroine. Harrison’s hero, Alaric Prince, is the jaded, criminal hero that you love to hate. His life is grounded in avenging his brother’s death. Her heroine, Phoenix, Alaric’s Dove, is Alaric’s perfect match because she doesn’t fear him as other women do, and she sees him in a way that no one else has.
Harrison writes a perilous journey for these two that is inscribed with banter that builds their chemistry to its zenith. Together, they are straight fiery chemistry. Harrison deftly adds to that a story with more twists and turns than you’re ready for. Tarnished Empire is a wild ride of romance that culminates in a happy ending that satiates your appetite for Alaric and Phoenix, yet holds a bittersweetness.
Harrison is carefully in her storytelling, weaving their journey with highs and lows. It leaves you spell-bound at times, and you hate to put the story down.
There are parts of the story where I would have liked the action to move forward a bit more. It’s easy to get wrapped up in building the animosity along with the chemistry that it slows the forward progression. Yet, Harrison pulls you through it as the surprises of her plot draw you forward.
If you’re a fan of gun-running, antiheroes who fall for their worst enemy’s daughter, then you definitely want to grab Ava Harrison’s Tarnished Empire.
In love and romance,