Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #1
Published on: September 19, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Psychological, Romance, Thriller
Format: eARC, eBook, Paperback
He challenged her sanity.
She shattered his reality.
They dared each other...to the brink of madness.
A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she's forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.
“Ours is not a love story—we’re too volatile, too explosive for monotony. No, our story comes with a warning. Beware.”
Born, Darkly is the type of dark novel that I yearn for. This is the second Trisha Wolfe novel that I’ve read and I’m starting to think I need to go back and read her entire catalog. It’s rare to find a dark novel that doesn’t come across as salacious or contrived. This story was smartly written, engaging, and it easily captured my full attention. There was a sensuality that was mixed in with the taboo elements. I loved all the details that help me delve into the story. I would not call this a romance , but there were elements of an unconventional love story.
“It’s just a simple choice to accept who we are.
On the surface the two main characters seemed like polar opposites, but in reality there was an intrinsic element that drew them together. London Noble, was a world renowned criminal psychologist. She mainly worked on high profile criminals cases. With all her research and work, she’s grown to believe serial offenders can not be rehabilitated. Most of her cases were thrilling and it was interesting to see the complex natures of her work. London was a brilliant doctor but not much is known about her past or the secrets that she withheld from the world. Few cases challenged her as much Grayson Sullivan.
“We should be like two similar poles of a magnet; we should repel each other. But our magnetic fields attract, snapping together forcefully.”
Grayson was a convicted serial killer. Grayson was highly intelligent and devilishly handsome. He was charismatic, intense, and he was also a master manipulator. The crimes he was convicted of were horrific but not all of his victims were simply innocent. Some committed atrocious crimes themselves. I did not want to like him but he was such an intriguing character. His complexity drew you in. He was able to both beguile and fascinate London.
“I’m sure that’s how it started; a small flame sparked into existence—but the deep-seated, scary curious. The kind of curious that drives good girls bad. I’d love to tangle her up in my web and feast.” ~ Grayson
He knows me. In my vanity, I concealed the ugly and vile. And yet he saw. ~ London
This story had so many complex layers. I enjoyed the intensity and the fact that there was never a lull in the spacing. Grayson and London were very wrong for each other and yet a connection was there. I loved the in depth details about the psychological field. There was a cat and mouse game between the two characters. It wasn’t all one sided. I didn’t always understand Grayson’s mind or his motives ( I guess I’m not a psychopath) but as each new event unfolded I wanted to know more. I wanted to know the secrets that they each had. The ending left me on edge. I can not wait until I get my hands on part two. I’m excited to see how this story will end.
“No, ours is not a love story. Ours comes with a warning. And it’s not over yet.”