ARC Review: Battler by C.L. Masonite


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For years I have been cast away—afar, out of reach, out of sight, out of mind. But now I’m back. I’ve been brought back into the fold, and I don’t know why. But I’ll find out, no matter the cost.

I’ll also break free from the shark infested waters littered with those that seek to restrain me, to keep me in line—my ex, my father, my mother, my sister.

And as for the Wolfe twin brothers, I’ll take them on. And I’ll take them out too.

Drasko Wolfe thinks that he’ll make me his—but I am all mine. If he thinks I am going to be just another conquest, and do things at his behest then he may do so at his own coroner’s inquest.

I am not just fighting for my survival, I am fighting for my little brother’s protection, and that makes me doubly motivated and doubly dangerous.

I—Riletta Kasonite will best them all and come out on top. I will bow those who seek to hurt me to my will until they renounce their lies—until they come clean and their secrets are exposed. Until I get what I want.

WARNING: Contains countless confrontations, not to mention mature, young adult/ adult situations too.

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3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author and Enticing Journey Promotions

WARNING: Contains MATURE situations despite falling under YA age range. Subject matter is graphic.

PROS:

  • The mystery pushes the plot forward, maybe even more than the INSANE chemistry. Why Riletta has such weird eyes, why her parents verbally abuse her and treat her like less than nothing, what the deal with the Wolfe brothers is, and the animosity between the Wolfes and the bar owners. All of these questions and more will plague you and taunt you to the point where you’ll feel compelled to read just to find out what is really going on. {Maybe a little spoilery, I’m not sure, but if you’re concerned skip this next sentence} I waited the ENTIRE book for something supernatural to happen because the signs are there, they’re practically glaring in your face in certain scenes and NOTHING!!!
  • The banter. Holy hotness, break your fans out ladies because SMOKING. Between the simple interactions, fantastic dialogue, and off the charts HOT chemistry, it’s nonstop angst and drama. Rilette and Drasko, that tug of war as they fight their attraction, tantalizing 🙂 
  • Riletta is a fierce, independent, fireball of a woman. She is loud, opinionated, strong, and in charge. She’s not afraid to get her hands dirty and is a sucker for trouble. She excels at it. Riletta knows what she wants. She’s sexual, determined, and one dominant woman. At the same time, she has a sweet, softer side that’s compassionate and hunger for acceptance from her parents, not matter how hard they beat her down and verbally abuse her. 

CONS:

  • The insanely jealous and catty female characters, literally every single one besides the main character, and even she has her moments, were almost comical with how ridiculous they were. They gave new meaning to cat fights. They way they threw themselves at any male with a pulse felt like an extended hyperbole manifested. Cliché. 
  • The plot is so-so. There’s a ton going on and so many unanswered questions. The ending is like a soap opera. If you like super dramatic, semi-predictable arcs with a twist here and there, you’d probably like this a lot. 
  • Style-wise, the non-dialogue sections were jam-packed with filler words that were so excessive that descriptions dragged and slowed down the story in some sections. The winded wordiness was a distraction and felt forced. 

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

Romantic reading, 

Jordan

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