Menace by J.M. Darhower

Wow, MENACE, is another amazing mafia book by Ms. Darhower. For the Darhower fans, they will be excited to know that Lorenzo Gambini from Targets On Our Back is the main character in this book. For those who haven’t read TOOB no worries because Ms. Darhower wrote this book as a new series with no prior knowledge needed to read it. This new series is aptly named Scarlet Scars. It’s a two-parter with the second part being released at the beginning of February. I’m so excited that both books are being released closely together because I’m anxious to see how this series ends.

Lorenzo embodies everything that makes a great anti-hero. He grew up with a horrible childhood that leads him on a path that wasn’t righteous. But like all swoon worthy anti-heroes, he intrigues the reader with his humor and motivates. The reader wants to cheer him on but at the same time not sure where he’s leading them with his actions. Morgan has spent her life feeling invisible. All she’s wanted was for someone to notice and care about her. Like Lorenzo she is very capable of surviving on her own. “But what I can offer is to stand in your corner. You and I, we can be the best of friends, but don’t expect to find your fairy tale under my roof. You got me?” If this was a fairy tale it’s definitely a dark one where ”Once upon a time” don’t always end with rainbows and kittens. There’s a twist I didn’t see coming and I have to applaud Ms. Darhower for making me reconsider everything I’ve read up to this point. I’m looking forward to the next book because I need all the puzzle pieces to fit together. READ THIS BOOK!!

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