Falling for the Villain by M. Robinson and Rachel Van Dyken

Posted June 22, 2021 in review Tags: , ,

Falling for the Villain by M. Robinson and Rachel Van DykenFalling for the Villain by M. Robinson, Rachel Van Dyken
Genres: Dark Romance
Source: ARC
Also by this author: Complicate Me, Mafia Casanova, The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence, #1), The Consequence of Revenge, Capture, The Dark Ones, Untouchable Darkness, The Consequence of Seduction, Empire, The Matchmaker's Playbook, The Bachelor Auction, Enrage, The Playboy Bachelor, Eulogy, The Consequence of Rejection, Envy, Risky Play, Ruthless Princess, Surrender, Scandalous Prince, Destructive King, Mafia King, Office Hate, My Summer in Seoul, Broken Crown , Office Date, The Anti-Fan and the Idol, The Godparent Trap, Dissolution, Exposing the Groom, The Unperfects, Office Mate

From Wall Street Journal & USA Bestselling Author M. Robinson & #1 NYT Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken comes a full length, standalone dark romance novel.
“Play for me, Juliet…”
Those four words whispered in my ear again and again until I craved what I used to fear. Such a simple demand from my captor—the man who stole me and refused to tell me why he wouldn’t let me go.
I was his.
He made me need him, just as much as he needed me. I broke all the rules of the golden prison he put me in.
During the day he ruled his dark, seedy world. His subjects and me. During the night—he bowed before my feet.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the villains in all the fairy tales you read?
You’ll soon find out.
It all started when he kidnapped me and made me his pet. And it all ended with me…
Calling him master.
*This story is not for the faint of heart and may be uncomfortable for some readers. But, then again, stepping outside of your comfort zone may be exactly the thing you need… Care to play with us, readers?

If you love the classic tale of falling in love with your sadistic captor, Falling for the Villain is your new jam! Donovan is man who knows what he wants and takes it. He then forces it to submit. In this case, he wants Juliet.

I’m not going to lie, Donovan was not an easy character to like. He really is a sadist and enjoys punishing Juliet to the point of drawing blood. This is a dark story and one that won’t appeal to everyone. Donovan just has very few redeeming qualities. However, Juliet does fall in love with him, and I am not one to judge. If she loves him and is okay with the relationship they have/he demands, then more power to them both. It is certainly NOT something I would be okay with, but the story isn’t about me!

The first half of the story is very dark. I was so angry at Donovan for behaving the way he does, and made at Juliet for taking it. Sure, she “stands up to him” a little, but I struggled with her acquiescence overall.  I felt like I needed to understand. You do get some of those answers regarding the why which makes both characters a little more understandable as the story progresses. But, it is hard to understand some of the things Donovan does to Juliet and even harder to understand why she allows it. Again-not my cup of tea. So, if you are okay with dark theme romances, I hope you will give Falling for the Villain a try! It might be a little out of your comfort zone but you could love it. In this case, I am not rating the book because I feel it would be unfair. Personally, this was a bit much for me, but it is well written. I don’t want disinterest in the subject matter leading to a lower rating indicate that the book is “bad”.

I would be remiss if I didn’t add an additional note regarding the cover. I hate it. I don’t know why, but it seems super bland and perhaps a bit cheesy? I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but I wouldn’t pick up the book based on the cover.


dark romances like Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters, Raze by Tillie Cole, Degradation by Stylo Fantome…then you will probably like Falling for the Villain!

Falling for the Villain



About M. Robinson

M Robinson is the Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author crowned as the “Queen of Angst” by readers around the world. Dive into her visionary world that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and leave you wanting more. She writes everything from contemporary to suspense romance and is best known for her novel, El Diablo.

When M Robinson isn’t in the cave writing her next epic love story, you will find her shopping and living on a boat in Florida with her real life pirate, her lobster, her husband Bossman. Sipping on Starbucks and hanging out with their two dogs, a German shepherd mix and a gordito Wheaten Terrier reading a good book. Or spending time with her family, who she is extremely close with.

Above all, M loves her readers more than anything and loves to connect with them! She is on all social media platforms @authormrobinson but you will find her in her happy place the most. Her VIP Reader Group on Facebook or her second favorite happy place, Instagram.

About Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel's New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

Rachel's books, The Matchmaker's Playbook and The Matchmaker's Replacement have been given the Kindle in Motion treatment! Check it out!

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