fragile truths SYNOPSIS

When an innocent young child inadvertently does something she was warned not to do, the outcome is so horrendous it will change her life forever. In her anguish, she carries the blame on her shoulders and although at the time she had no idea who the culprit of her loss was, Francesca swears undying vengeance.

Shadow and his two boys just happened to be visiting her father when Tate, the oldest of the brothers, sees this inconsolable little girl break down in a setting that couldn’t be more exquisite. She listens to his gentle words, and he names her after a bright star which will cause a lot of contrasting emotions years later in excruciating circumstances. As he becomes completely infatuated with her that night, he’ll try to keep his eye on her from a distance if he can.

Frankie dedicates years working on a case to bring down an infamous and untouchable criminal, Don Knight. Only a handful of people know she has the power to do it. Only she knows the real reason why she has to put this monstrous individual behind bars. Nevertheless, her obsession infuriates her lover and co-worker who also has problems of his own. His selfish attitude will influence her to take measures in their unstable relationship.

By involving the history of two families at loggerheads with each other, makes this bizarre love story orchestrated in an ominous place in London even more interesting for the reader. It is a complex. It is brutal. The dimensions diverse.



The reader has the pleasure of getting to know this heroin from the very first line of the story. Before I start illustrating her personality, it is definitely worth mentioning the portrayal of the co-authors’ vivid physical description which is beyond commendable! When I was reading into the early hours, I could literally see this woman’s long blond hair falling around her face while contemplating me with huge expressive doe blue eyes. One the other hand, after a supposedly casual encounter, she senses what her body was capable of. Her well-hidden dormant sensuality is woken up and provokes a storm of passion and lust difficult to control. Her incredibly strong will to abide by what she’d promised herself years ago, an unbreakably feisty spirit and her honourable candour is invincible under the most tortuous situations!


Ah Tate! This horrendously gorgeous man is painted as the bad boy in town. And of course, he is! Tall, dark-haired, rippling muscles in all the right places is a persecuted dark soul waiting for that someone to liberate him. He would never admit his weaknesses but as this Alfa male has more than one dilemma, more than one lie to tell, more than one grudge, you’ll have to read the book if you want to find out why he has this stance! A passage that bowled me over was when he called her beautiful and she said he was too. He answered; “Babe, please. I’m fine with hot, gorgeous, stunning, hell even handsome is okay but a man is never beautiful, we’re too rugged for beautiful.” Don’t doubt me when I say that this man is not just beautiful, he’s outstanding and a real softy under his hard exterior!


Jude is estranged from his older brother Tate for reasons that will be unfolded in this story. But I will tell you that his part is probably just as important as the two main protagonists simply because he is the one character who tries his best to help them in moments of utter distress. He can’t fathom out why he feels a connection with Frankie or why he’s jealous of Tate’s relationship with her. His knowledge of Tate’s past and secrets untold have a gripping hold over the whole scenario. Actually, I found this hunk of a man totally underestimated but one can’t have everything in one go!


The night Niko chats Frankie up in a casino is decisive for the protagonists in this story and this is where we see a change in the story. He’s rubbing shoulders with undesirable company and she feels more than uncomfortable about it. Then we see them together when Frankie and Tate have been taken to an abandoned mental home in London. Well done Ms Sidebottom and Ms James! You really had me fooled there! And since you ladies have not been very forthcoming with Nik’s physical appearance, I’ll have to use my imagination.


Don Knight is an evil son of a bitch who feeds on others’ sufferance. He is unscrupulous and sadistic. His son Yard, ten times worse but without his father’s know-how. He is dangerous maniac who dishes out torture without a blink of the eye and he made me squirm. We still have time to get to know the more about the Shadow’s in I hope a follow up of this first novel in the Shadow of Sins series.


What a bumpy ride these two ladies have taken me on. This book is so graphic that there were moments when I felt darn right queasy. In the next breath and in my utter desperation, I had sweaty hands. Then the love scenes in invisible brackets left my tongue hanging out and my heart palpating! Minuscule details haven’t been left out so for the faint-hearted, please heed my warning. The contents of this book are violent, first degree torture is used, disturbingly twisted and horrifying scenes are vividly explained. It is also an exceptionally beautiful love story with a difference. The sex is brilliant, the bad language tolerable, and if you think this book is for you, it’ll still make your hair stand on end!

Now then you lovely ladies—the authors! What can I say? I am lost for words which in my case, is difficult achieve!!! Your partnership has had without a doubt, awesome results. I really can’t find fault in what you have written so I’ll shut up and give your book a well-deserved…

                                        FIVE STARS.

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