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REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: SWEETEST VENOM BY MIA ASHER!!!

Title: Sweetest Venom
Series: The Virtue Series Bk #2
Author: Mia Asher
Release Date: April 1, 2016!! 
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SYNOPSIS:
Ronan
I fell in love with a lie …
She was beauty and destruction.
Kissing her was a tender song.
Fucking her, a wild poem.
Loving her, my downfall.
But she was mine.
Or so I thought.
Lawrence
I told her I wanted her body and not her love.
I lied.
Blaire
One man offered me his love.
The other, the world.
I'm falling, falling, falling …
And there's no end in sight.
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DISCLAIMER: DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ EASY VIRTUE! It will be a SPOILER! Sweetest Venom is the 2ND book in the series! I tried to keep this vague but it may contain light spoilers, and should definitely NOT be read without reading the first book.

Mia Asher's Sweetest Venom was without a doubt one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. I can't even tell you how much I loved Easy Virtue, Bk#1 in the Virtue Series. It was so intense, so rife with angst and dysfunction, I ate it up like a fudge sundae on a warm summer day. I've been a fan of Mia's ever since I read her heart wrenching debut, Arsen. She's a fierce writer, one who's not afraid to tackle topics that make people uncomfortable. And I admire that, I like that. As a reader, I'm not afraid to hurt. I'm not afraid to feel uncomfortable. And she is the kind of author who doesn't play when it comes to stripping you emotionally bare. I knew she wouldn't spare any punches in SV, and I was right! She absolutely didn't.

[.... “I told myself that I should walk away, that I should forget you, that you’re not worth it.” “And did it work?” I ask softly.
“No. I’m here, after all. Wanting you more than ever and it’s fucking killing me.” He tightens his grip. “I hate you for making me love you, and I hate myself because I can’t stop.” .... ]

Sweetest Venom begins were Easy Virtue left off. Blaire has literally ripped Ronan's heart out of his chest. She's now with Lawrence and Ronan is Lawrence's chauffeur. GAH! :( I was so fucking worried about him, but at the same time I was dying to see how it was going to play out.

Blaire is like a tempest, she comes in raining her hell-fire and destruction on anyone who gets anywhere near her impenetrable wall. We know from EV that she's emotionally crippled. She can't handle people getting too close to her. She trusts no one. She'll never allow herself to be vulnerable. And who could blame her. With the childhood she's had, it's understandable. But Blaire has NO healthy coping skills. Every coping mechanisms she has is beyond catastrophic. And now she has unleashed her dysfunction on to the one person who just didn't deserve it. End. Of. 

I have been, and will always be, Team Ronan. I loved Lawrence, too. But I just thought Ronan was an incredible person. However, I'll tell you, Ronan has changed. He is not the man I met in the first book! This Ronan, Sweetest Venom Ronan, is a brutal, vicious beast literally frothing at the mouth with rage and bitterness. He is hurt. Blaire, and her toxicity, have suffocated him. And not only that, she has managed to get her claws into Lawrence as well.

It's a MESS

Everyone is broken. 
Everyone is bleeding out. 
And the abrasions that were inflicted in the first book, become full on infected wounds in the second.

I'll be frank, I think some of these characters actions will most likely piss some of you off. For the most part they are still selfish! They don't always think about the consequences of their actions. And sometimes they do, choosing to hurt each other intentionally. All of them are living on pure unrestrained emotion, both good and bad. They are living in the moment. 

They won't do things you think they should do. They'll act way in ways that are frustrating and angering. But underneath it all is a group of broken people, who don't how to be any other way.

I really and truly commend the author for tackling such a complex story. This is a tricky web of angst and any way you go it's going to get dangerous and deadly. There's no safety for your heart in a series like this. It's messy. It's complicated. It's sexy as fuck. And the light at the end of the tunnel is a long process. 

These characters have to work to figure themselves out.

Overall, I was really happy with SV! I thought Mia knock it out of the park. She had me dangling off a cliff until the very last line. My heart was in it. I was riveted the entire time. I read this in ONE sitting. For a highly anticipated sequel, I was so glad it turned out the way it did. And I most definitely think that Mia Asher can keep her angst crown, because she is the raining Queen of FEELSSSSS! Bravo!

Angie's Rating:

He watches me closely. His gaze, sparkling with lust, roves over my figure.
“Like what you see?” I tease.
“Not sure. Why don’t you come a little closer so I can take a better look?”
“Oh yeah?” I get on the bed and crawl toward him, taking my time as I close the space between us. I straddle his lap, rocking my pussy on his cock. “Well, what’s the verdict?”
“Let’s see …” he grabs me by the hips, his long fingers gripping my ass firmly, and pulls me forward until I’m kneeling over his face. I reach for the headboard for support and look down as my breathing accelerates.
“Perfect,” he says, his voice as thick as smoke. Smiling sinfully, his eyes are on me when his fingers spread my folds apart and his thumb begins to rub me in small circles. “Fucking perfect.”
He plays my body like a damn maestro. I bite down hard on my lower lip the moment he drags his tongue along my soaked pussy. He breathes me in, his hot breath caressing my thighs as his hands move me against his eager mouth.
“And so damn sweet.”

Copyright 2016 Mia Asher
My name is Mia Asher.

I'm a writer, a hopeless romantic, a wanderer, a dreamer, a cynic, and a believer. And, oh yes…I might be a bit crazy - but who isn't?



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