Title: Black Swan Affair
Author: K.L. Kreig
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 17th October, 2016
Cover Art by Kellie Dennis at Book Cover Design
I’ve loved him as long as I can remember.
The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop.
We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life.
He’d be back.
He was always meant to be mine.
He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me.
So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do.
I got my revenge.
I married his brother, Kael.
Now we’re one big happy f*cking family
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4.5 ★ Review by Sharon Thérèse
Although I don’t normally read the blurb as I love going in blind, the cover attracted me no end so I read on. One of the gals at KFF kindly asked me what book I fancied for my birthday and ooh boy, my choice was spot on. Thank you, Claire! Putting it down wasn’t an option and well-knowing I wouldn’t have been able to sleep without finishing the book, I read until daft-o’clock and have no regrets whatsoever. My jaw hit the floor after turning the last page! Throw in a mammoth book hangover and a sleep deficit for good measure has to be a good sign, doesn’t it? To say all my emotions were stretched to the limit would be putting it mildly, too. Moments of elation, frustration and utter sadness left me in a blubbering mess. Heck; I loved the way the author’s sole purpose was to arouse the reader’s interest to the point of near craziness. Yep, Ms Kreig’s narrative skills got my mind spinning out of control and I still can’t shake off the residues it left. I don’t want to either!
This is going to be a difficult book to review as I really want you to enjoy it without reading the dreaded spoilers that we come across every now and then. Two families have a very tight relationship for reasons to be revealed. Two brothers. Two sisters. Their story is told from the main protagonists’ point of view and in present tense which was without a doubt, a huge plus for me. I appreciate this writing technique since it’s not the easiest one for the best of storytellers. I also have to mention that we have the opportunity to know exactly what was going on from word go right up to present day. How Ms Kreig did this I cannot say but I flipping well loved it.
“I want to kiss these fucking lips, Maverick. And not a kiss of a boy who has been friends with a girl for almost thirty years. But as a lover.”
I bow down to Kael. Loving like no other in total silence must be heart-breaking. His feelings are so unconditional for the girl of his dreams and under his skin that his suffering became mine. His nobility is so blindsiding that he won my heart but worried my soul. Who has your back at all times regardless of whatever circumstances one happens to be in justifies respect. I was by his side throughout the book and never let go. Through his eyes, I learnt how sitting on the fence consumes, and how it seemed an impossible task to win the love of his life over.
“While he was the sun that lit our world, you were the darkness that shadowed mine.”
Killian is just as drop-dead gorgeous as his younger brother, Kael. Nevertheless, he brought out many conflicting feeling in me. Once again, all is to be disclosed in this nonstop love-triangle with a difference. If I loved him in one sentence, I could have gladly throttled him in another. You won’t find out why he destroyed the gal he promised never-ending love to until you least expect it. Ooh my goodness me! What a bloody twist and a half in this story! If my heart was shattered to smithereens reading his brother’s story, I was in an utter turmoil regarding this man who shows his beautiful colours in such a way that made me cry like a baby. Did I say his Killian’s brother was selfless? Well, this man’s graciousness overwhelmed me. Never have I had to make such a hard choice between two outstanding characters. Which team I was on can’t possibly be revealed as I’d like you to make your own minds up.
“I want you Maverick. I’m in love with you. I always have been and I want us to be together.”
Maverick is torn. In most of the story, she’s going through hell with who she wants to be with. Happy scenes are far and few between but a delight when she has them. She couldn’t care less for fashion, she’s not in the slightest bit girlie but her sex appeal slithers off the pages. In fact, I would go as far as saying that she’s a young woman with no complexes and her aggressiveness to stand up for her beliefs bowled me over. I loved reading about her healthy appetite. . . shake hands with you gal! She shuns her privileges but her very existence is beyond complicated. Life plays many games and she’s going to have to make some extremely difficult decisions.
“…I’m perfectly comfortable in my own skin.”
This is the first book I have read by this author and just WOW! In fact, I dare those of you who haven’t read this author’s works to read this book! I can assure you that you won’t be let down. The plot is cannily thought-out, its pace is incredibly fast and if I found the tiniest fault, it had to be the ending. I needed to know how the future would pan out for a couple of the characters who for me, were extremely important to round this story up. I don’t often review a book which isn’t an ARC. Why I did this one is simply because such a brilliant read merits my thoughts. BRAVO to you Ms Kreig!
K.L. Kreig’s Bio
I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).
I love both reading and writing stories that feature alpha males and strong, independent women who bring them to their knees. Literally to their knees. We all know women DO rule the world, after all. But shhh…let’s keep that secret just between us girls. 😉