Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
Tropes: dark romance; instant attraction; extended family trials; cinnamon roll hero; romantic suspense
“Camden and I were destined to crash into each other and leave scars.”
Jolie, you good? The newest series from Jolie Vines, Dark Island Scots, is a departure from her Highlander-loving Scotsmen of her earlier series, and it’s exciting and compelling. Now, for three books, she has enticed her readers with a prolonged storyline, wrought through plot ups and downs. That she compels her readers to dive into the books of this series is a testament to her capacity to keep her readers engaged. There is just something intriguing about her characters, Struan, Sin, Scar, and Burn. This found family that is actually blood-related pulls you into the story. However, it’s the running plot through the stories that drives readers forward. By the end of Scar, the newest story, there is no telling where the overarching story is going. We left with three complex heroes finding love amid the chaos of their lives. Woven into the fabric of this series is a delectable dark erotic spirit.
In Scar, we meet Camden “Scar” and Breeze who are brought together through the astounding events surrounding the men’s creep of a sp*rm donor. From the moment they meet, Breeze entrances Camden. Like Vines’s heroine, Cait, in Obsessed, Camden, unlike his brothers, has never felt $exual towards anyone. Yet, from seeing Breeze bound on a bed, he’s enthralled, much to his chagrin. Vines plays with the idea that kink is passed down through genetics throughout this series. Thankfully, she understands how to write heroes who transcend their pasts and parentage, so it’s safe to say that the heroes of this series might enjoy some pain, a little breeding, and bondage, but they lack the sinister of their birth father. I love how Vines questions this idea.
Scar is a literal twist and turn of a story. Leaving one chapter and going to the next absolutely sends you into chaos. Undergirding it, however, is a love affair between two people who simply want to be loved and find it in each other and their found family. This binds the entire story together and keeps you engaged when you’re nervous to turn the page for the action ahead of you. I’m excited about Burns’s story. I can’t wait for the villains to get their comeuppance finally. Jolie Vines – you have created a series that is a delectable prolonged series of erotic fireworks.
In love and romance,