Souls and Sorrows by Sav R Miller Book Review
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Nobody asked him to step in.
I had everything under control, but by the time I shuffled onstage, there was no chance to stop him.
Men ogled and touched as I offered my body and soul to the highest bidder, and I could tell my stranger didn’t like what he saw.
Or maybe he did.
Maybe he liked it too much, and that was why his number shot up.
A quarter billion dollars and one existential crisis later, Cash Primrose was dragging me down the aisle in the name of convenience.
I suppose it could be worse.
My new husband treats me as an equal, which is more than most women in my world get.
Still, I find myself constantly expecting the other shoe to drop.
For the beast who hides himself away, except in the dead of night, to show his true colors.
I’m waiting for the monster my mother always promised would come.
But maybe that monster is me.
Souls and Sorrows is a dark romance inspired by the myth of Eros and Psyche. It contains material not suitable for all audiences. Reader discretion is advised.
This is a dark romance! Very dark. I have included the content warnings Sav R Miller has shared as well as any sensitive content I observed while reading this book:
- Child Sexual Assualt/ Pedophilia (off page/past, not between main characters)
- Death of a Parent
- Graphic Violence
- Gun violence
- Panic Attacks
- Physical Assualt
- Police Brutality
- Sexual Assault (not between main characters)
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
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Souls and Sorrows gave me everything I wanted! For 250 million dollars, Cassius buys Ariana in an auction to keep her as his wife. His marriage to her gives him access to her family’s money and power. Ariana lives in her sister’s shadow and there’s is no denying how much depravity she endured in the dark. Her marriage to Cash seems like the lesser of the two evils. The attraction between Ariana Ricci and Cash Primrose was evident from the first time we see these two talk. They couldn’t trust each other until that trust was well and truly earned. And the journey to get there was full of reveals and trials and STEAM and murder! I loved being a part of them finding their way to love! This book is so much more enjoyable when you know the history of Cash and Ariana’s family though you could read it as a standalone. I can’t believe this is the first review I’ve written for the Monsters and Muses series. It is one of my favorite series and I love the covers for all of them! The cover for this one is just the prettiest and now probably the one I like best now!
New favorite brat and brat tamer! I was drawn to their dynamic and I could not stop reading!
Cash. My baby, Cash. I love you! He was the type of quiet, calm that’s intimidating. Consistent, reserved but imposing and I am a Cash stan. You never really know what he’s thinking but you better believe he is working it out! He was so calculated and cunning. There is probably no problem Cash couldn’t solve, until Ariana. I love how he was with her! He studies her and learns everything he can about her so that he could better care for and eventually love her. That kind of scrutiny would probably make anyone break but Ariana is meant for the spotlight. A match made in heaven! The way Cash would boss up on everyone had me weak! Like I said, he was quiet, but never think for one second that he was not prepared for any outcome! This man was strapped! He kept a .9 mil on his person in case anyone had any sordid ideas. With the glasses! I swear I am absolutely feral about his glasses!!! Sorry, I’m not sorry about how obsessed I am with this man. Brat tamer number one! If he can handle Ariana, the man is an expert.
Ariana is mercurial and sweet but also vicious! I love both sides of her personality and though childhood abuse has changed her, she has weaponized her trauma. Ariana is just as beautiful as she is deadly. My heart hurt for Ariana with every secret she revealed, with every wall she let down between her and Cash. Every bit of her pain was just another piece to the puzzle of this FMC. Her trauma was so severe and I had to cringe at parts that just made me so mad and sad about little Ariana. It made her finding happiness with Cash so much sweeter! I thought Ariana was funny, definitely in a dark way though. Sarcastic, jaded and sort of self-deprecating, I enjoyed her narrative.
The part I loved most about this story was how far Cash was willing to go to satisfy Ariana, to protect Ariana and to show Ariana that she is secure in his grasp (positive not negative!). This romance is dark, so his methods are a little *cough* unorthodox *cough*. Either way, I was obsessed with their dynamic. It’s a little bit painful to love either of these MCs. Pain is the price of their love. Plus virgin hero enamored with a promiscuous heroine… TELL. ME. MORE! I could not stop. Cash showed us his love for Ariana. He didn’t have to say a word. This man. Are… are we allowed to call dibs? Asking for a friend!
Love, love, loved this one so much! I definitely recommend this book to my dark romance lovers!
This book is technically slow burn but there is sexual content throughout the book often. It’s very spicy!
Genre & Tropes
- Enemies to Lovers
- He Falls First
- Marriage of Convenience
- Forced Proximity
- Mafia Romance
- Age Gap Romance
- Opposites attract
- Slow Burn Romance
- Emotional Scars
“Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.”
“I know value when I see it.”
“But then I’d have to face my sister. Sweet, docile Elena who believes violence belongs in the bedroom and nowhere else. I don’t want or need her to worry more than she already does.”
“I’ve never been very keen on wanting what everyone else desires. I like the rejects.”
“What am I supposed to believe, Little Nightmare?”
“Stop calling me that.”
“Then, stop proving me right.”
“She’s wicked. Sin wrapped in a beautiful, angelic human form that I fear I’d never be quite sated with after one taste.”
“Fuck, sweet girl, you feel so goddamn good… Do you have any idea what you’re doing to me?”
“She is my undoing.”
“Apologies are meaningless when they’re used as manipulation.”
“Nice try, but bad girls don’t get to fuck in the position of their choice.”
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