Title: Black Swan Affair
Author: K.L. Kreig
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2016
I’ve loved him as long as I can remember.
The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop.
We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into a woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life.
He’d be back.
He was always meant to be mine.
He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me.
So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do.
I got my revenge.
I married his brother, Kael.
Now we’re one big happy fucking family.
*NO CHEATING STANDALONE*
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“I’m anything but innocent. My soul is lost. My heart cold. I’m a devil in angel’s skin.”
KL Kreig…you minx…this was like nothing I have read of yours. This was an angst fest, an angst fest of epic proportions, an angst fest that had me glued to my kindle from first to last page, an angst fest that gave me palpitations, an angst fest that tugged at every heart string and elicited every emotion, an angst fest that had me in tears yet gave me the smiles, an angst fest that broke my heart. There were no winners in this game. This book damn near killed me and I bloody loved it.
“I’m suffocating. Drowning slowly in heart-wrenching torment and a lifetime of regrets and wrong decisions.”
I adored this book, I loved everything about it but man did it put me through the mill. The anxiety, the frustration, every single conflicting emotion it was damn near exhausting, but what a ride. I couldn’t put this down, from the very beginning KL Kreig draws you into the life of Maverick, Kael and Killian and she makes you feel. This book hurts, this book makes you think, this book consumes you, this book hits you in the heart and doesn’t let you go, this book makes you ask questions, this book rips your heart in half and leaves you wondering if it could ever be whole again. If this is how me, the reader felt, imagine Maverick herself, torn between love and love/lust. The heart wants who the heart wants but what happens if it wants two when only one is possible?
“Pining after someone’s husband is one thing. Pining after someone’s husband when you’re now married – to his brother – is taking immorality to an entirely new level. But that’s me…”
Kael and Killian are brothers. Maverick has crushed/loved Killian for as long as she can remember but Kael has always been her best friend, her confidante, her soul mate. With flashbacks to their pasts we are treated to the young lives of this threesome as kids, as they turn to teens and adults and the full extent of how their lives and loves cross. Unbeknown to Maverick both brothers love her intensely but her focus is on Killian until she is betrayed in the worst way possible…he married her sister.
“You think you want answers, but sometimes it is the truth that destroys, Small Fry, not the lies…”
Hell bent of revenge Maverick marries his brother Kael and while she loves Kael with her entire being, she isn’t “in love” with him. He knows this, he knows her heart belongs to another but he will do everything he can to make her love him the way he loves her, it was brutal, but falling in love with your best friend is easy…or is it?
“While he was the sun that lit your world, you were the darkness that shadowed mine.”
This book was heart wrenching, my heart was decimated, the emotional impact that KL Kreig managed to deliver through her words was intense, she nailed that character connection. I lived this story, I breathed this story, I bloody felt this story from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. This is not your normal love triangle, this is not cut and dry, this is not black or white…nothing is at it seems, but no matter…emotionally, it still hurt.
“…There just is no me without you. There never has been.”
KL Kreig doesn’t make this easy for you either, by the end of this book I loved both brothers. KL Kreig sucker punches you right up until the end with an impossible decision, my heart couldn’t take it, no matter who lost I would be heartbroken but nothing could have prepared me for the devastation I would feel. While I whole heartedly agree with the decision Maverick made the sense of loss for the one that wasn’t chosen was truly gut wrenching. I cried a freakin’ river, I was despondent, but this is true testament to the incredible writing ability of this author. It is so hard to make you love one man, but to love two, virtually impossible. There is always a front runner, you always pick a favourite and root for them, but for me, this was truly impossible.
“He’s the one who has always walked beside me. Selflessly. Silently. Steadfastly. Without exception. Without expectations.”
This book is truly unforgettable, this is a book that has plagued my thoughts and feelings for days, this is a book that has left me an emotional wreck even days after reading. Now as I try and formulate my review those feelings have been brought to the fore once again and once again I have tears. This was the ULTIMATE love triangle, the love triangle that has torn me apart the most, this is the love triangle to end all love triangles. Even if you don’t read love triangles, you need to read this one, this is HOW IT IS DONE. Now I am begging and pleading, I need more, the “loser” needs a book, I need that HEA for him, I need to know he is okay. My heart cannot be repaired until I have read it…KL Krieg, I beg you…the journey cannot end here.
“It was utterly unforgettable…”
PRAISE FOR BLACK SWAN AFFAIR
"OMG what did I just read? This book... WOW!! It's been years since I read a book straight through. Yes, seven hours I was glued to the pages of this book. A yo-yo of emotions that left me breathless with every scene. Black Swan Affair is a must read!!" - NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Nashoda Rose
"Black Swan Affair is intense, mesmerizing, a gripping page-turner that had me guessing until the very end! A top 2016 read!" - Anne Mercier, Bestselling Author
"Simply Amazing. KL had me from page one and I had to pry my fingers off my Kindle when it was over." - Winter Travers, Amazon Bestselling Author of The Devil's Knights Series and The Skid Row Kings Series
About the Author:
I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out, I’m a raving bitch. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).
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