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Book Review-Brutal Vows by J.T. Geissinger

by | Apr 30, 2022 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

An Irish mobster with a brutal grudge.
An Italian mafia princess with a dark secret.
Two enemy empires joined in sacred marriage vows.
Let the hating games begin.

Author’s Note: There is a thirteen-page epilogue set in the future not included in the ARCs that will be in the digital and paperback versions.

I think you’re a brilliant golden sun in a sky that’s only ever known the black and starless night.

My Review

First Impressions

Brutal Vows is the finale in the Queens and Monsters series by j.T. Geissinger. This is a book that has been building throughout the series, as our hero, “Spider” has been in the series leading up to this one and so it was such fun to finally get his book to be written. This is also a book that has been making the rounds among every facet of the community and it has been so fun to see all the excitement for this book that readers are experiencing. I have to say after reading it, its highly warranted as this book is a even match for all of the others. What is so unique about this series is that each book is just as good as the next one and every single installment is so well balanced. The author has really come into her prime of writing with this series. I have never seen such solid writing from an author or in a series, its so rare. There will always be one book that is missing something or is lackluster, but that definitely isn’t the case with this one at all. I am honestly humbled to have been able to read this one, as its such a unique story and I can’t wait to see where this author takes the world that she has been creating from Killian’s book. I will say that I have a feeling the adventure is just beginning and I am buckled in, ready for this journey that Geissinger is taking her readers on.

After what I’ve been through, the devil himself could show up demanding my soul, and I’d tell him to kiss my sweet ass and fuck off back to hell


So the story begins with an arranged marriage that is a contract between Spider and Lilli. They are both from two mobster families, the Irish and the Italians and this will form a bond to bring peace to both families. Reyna is Lili’s aunt, and is rumored to be known as the “Black Widow” who is claimed to have killed her husband even though there is no evidence of that. Reyna knows how innocent her niece is and refuses to let an innocent sweet girl marry such a ruthless stranger. But when her brother breaks his promise and lets the marriage go forward, Reyna is infuriated until her brother finds Lilli in a compromising situation on her wedding day with the man she loves. So Reyna offers herself to marry Spider. Spider and Reyna have this intense attraction with each other and while there is mistrust and a hate between them, there is also a sizzling chemistry that neither can resist. But soon both of them realize that there is no hate between them but an intense love worth fighting for. However, there are some truths to be revealed and a destiny that awaits them both that neither of them could have prepared for. Will Reyna and Spider embrace the love between them and their destiny?

You’re a privilege I don’t deserve, but I’m going to spend the rest of both our lives trying to be worthy of you.

What I Loved

This book, I don’t even have the right words to describe my love for this beautiful story that just captivated me from the very beginning, I was so nervous to pick this one up here, just because of all the hype surrounding it. Of course, I trust Geissinger to write a great book. But I never know when to trust a book that is so hyped. However, I can say that this book is worth ALL of the hype that it has and much more, I am not sure if it’s better than the other books for me, books two and three, especially are just so special for me. I will say though that this enemy to lovers marriage of convenience totally worked for me and more. The chemistry between these two is on fire despite how much they fight like cats and dogs and I am being sincere there. They don’t like each other at all, or maybe it’s more a high distrust of each other’s intentions. But both are completely wrong about their perception of the other and it becomes pretty clear this is the case even though neither of them wants to fully admit what they are feeling for each other. It was quite interesting to see how these two begin their marriage and see with each chapter, how they connect even deeper and let go of their mistrust and learn to open themselves to each other with vulnerabilities. We see their relationship begin to turn and really delve deeper and they have such strong personalities but they are such a solid match. I just loved the praise kink in this book and we see it on both sides. The way that they start to worship each other in these small moments are the whip cream of the romance. The steamy moments between these two is just on point and this author really knows how to write her steam that is so flawless in her stories. The writing is highly addictive and you will struggle putting this one down, the author really is a gem in engaging her readers with writing that will charm you all the way through.

In all my thirty-three years, I’ve never known what it’s like to find shelter from the storms that always followed me. I’ve been lost at sea for so long, I thought that’s what it meant to be living. It isn’t until now, with a glimpse of a golden-haired man waving at me from shore in the distance, that I realize the storms might be behind me. My sails are full, the seas are smooth, and the wind at my back is soft and easy.

What I Struggled With

I wan’t a huge fan of some elements of the ending, but everything else was pure perfection!

Overall View

Brutal Vows is an intense tale of a sensual mafia dance, its story takes you through adventure, laughs galore, steam warm enough to curl your toes, and all the warm fuzzies to heat up the soul! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING OF A READ!

It’s soft, deep, and everything I could ever ask for. It feels like a promise made, a promise stronger than any signature on a legal document or vow spoken in front of four hundred witnesses in a church. It feels like a field of flowers opening their buds to the sun after a long winter. It feels like coming home.

Title: Brutal Vows

Author: J.T. Geissinger

Genre: Dark Romance

Format: eBook

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Length: 402 Pages

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Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 5

Story Itself: 5

Character Development: 5

Writing Style: 5

World Building 5

Feels + The Romantic Heart 5

Pacing 5

Plot 5

Cover Art 5

Ending 4.5

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Trigger Warnings

Domestic Violence, Gun Violence, Death

Series Order

Queens & Monsters

Ruthless Creatures-Pub 2021 #1 in the Series

Carnal Urges-Pub 2021 #2 in the Series

Savage Hearts-Pub 2021 #3 in the Series

Brutal Vows-Pub 2022 #4 in the Series

About The Author

J.T. Geissinger is a #1 international bestselling and Amazon All-Star author of twenty-eight novels. Ranging from funny, feisty romcoms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold over seven million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages.

She is a three-time nominee in both contemporary and paranormal romance for the RITA® Award, the highest distinction in romance fiction from the Romance Writers of America®. She is also a recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book and the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy.

She hates selfies, adores cocktail hour, and passionately believes in true love.


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