Release Date: February 10, 2021
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With all hope of the peace shattered beyond redemption, Donatello Vanici is waging his most violent, bloody war yet.
And caught in the heart of the carnage is Willow Stepanova, the adopted daughter of his dangerous enemy and the girl who once adored him to the depths of her soul.
Torn between her loyalty to her family and her volatile connection to Donatello, Willow quickly realizes that it’s not just her life at stake in this vicious battle…
But what will be left of her in the end?
Mice and Men is a new standalone series in the War of Roses Universe.
A new spin-off series in the War of Roses Universe. Mice and Men is a standalone series. Queen of Thorns is book two in Mice and Men. Ruthless King needs to be enjoyed before reading Queen of Thorns. Queen of Thorns ends in a cliffhanger to be continued in book three, Shattered Throne (TBR).
An Explosive Read ~ 5 stars
This turbulent read follows on from the shocking events in Ruthless King. Donatello Vianci is one of the most crazy characters this author has created to date and it is a wild, white- knuckle ride!
We witness Donatello descending ever further into madness, driven by a combination of visceral grief and guilt, and Willow is compelled to tread a fine line to save her own life and that of others. I loved that by the end of the book it is clear to Donatello, the reader and Willow herself that she is far from a willing victim – she truly is the Queen of Thorns as the title suggests and is not a mere pawn.
The read is a deeply psychological one and I was swept into a maelstrom of violence and unpredictable emotions of Donatello Vianci, a tragic and mercurial figure. The connection between him and Willow goes way back and she feels inextricably tied to him, whilst fully cognisant of the danger he represents. Their chemistry is a constant throughout the novel and I enjoyed that Willow, despite Donatello’s warnings, cannot resist pressing his buttons, challenging him to his breaking point.
I enjoyed meeting Misha again and am dying to find out more about Evgeni, whose voice the author introduces us to. The next instalment cannot come soon enough as I am itching to find out what happens next between Willow and Donatello and whether they will be each other’s destruction or salvation, not to mention the many unanswered questions relating to the wider story arc and the characters within it.
If you love dark mafia reads with the most tortured of characters you will love this and other books within the series.
Reviewed by Tina Williams
Please note, a copy of this book was given to me by the author and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
Other Books in the Series
Ruthless King: A Dark Mafia Romance: War of Roses Universe: (Mice and Men Book 1). Released: October 27th, 2020.
Shattered Throne: A Dark Mafia Romance: War of Roses Universe: (Mice and Men Book 3). Release Date: TBD.
Author Info: Lana Sky