ARC Review: To Crown a Beast by R. Scarlett

Series: Blackest Gold 4

Rating: 5 / 5

ARC provided for an honest review. 

She tasted his sweetness, his power, and his love, and it destroyed him.
That iron heart has turned to ashes, leaving only a heartless beast.
One she vows to tame.
One she vows to save.
Before he rips her own heart out.

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With any other series or book that you truly love one must come to that stage where she must accept its end. It was a struggle at first but my pride for Molly and Tensley and the journey they went through together outdid this expected bittersweet feeling.

I was positive during the middle of the book that our MCs were on the road to HEA, and there were light hearted moments slowly surfacing. So I said, okay seems easy. But hell to the no! R. Scarlett once more proved her instinctual tendency for knocking off plots. This book was not as shockingly twisty as A Vow of Thorns but let me tell you it was not a walk in the park either. To Crown a Beast was mind blowing on its own with intense filled surprises. And honestly, I thought some characters from the other books will just be left unnoticed but I was refuted once again, they all had vital parts and I applaud R. Scarlett for giving them their well-deserved limelight.

I wanted playful and tender Tensley – the man I ended up completely loving from book one then ultimately in book three. He was back to square one and my poor heart bled for Molly. I wanted him back a little bit earlier but I realized that it would slightly ruin the essence of the story. Tensley was wiser and more vulnerable. Now with Molly, if you think she was as strong as ever in book three wait until you get your hands on this. She slayed it!!! While reading, I had questions lingering but R. Scarlett made sure that I got answers at the perfect time. She truly had full control story wise and characterization wise! The slow building drives were all tied up with how this series started until its very end.

Looking for a PNR that’s ROMANCE in every sense of the word is a hard feat but the Blackest Gold Series is full proof that it is achievable. This sub-genre was out of my league but I ended up really enjoying it.

I’m not sure if this is the end for Tensley and Molly, there was rock-hard closure for these two, but I am more than willing to embrace another chapter or more trouble with secondary characters’ own stories. Anything to smash into their world again. And for those curious, is TCAB steamy? Toe-curling? Two words for you – NO. DOUBT. To Crown a Beast was empowering, moving, compassionate. With lessons to hold and characters larger than life. LOVE indeed conquers all and yes, it always goes down to that four-letter word. No greed can override a beating, iron heart.

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