Blog Tour with Review: In the Garden Of Discontent by Lily White

February 24, 2020

Title: In the Garden of Discontent
Author: Lily White
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 19, 2020

A barbaric love story of mangled hearts, who despite standing in ravaged lives, find love in stolen hours in the darkness of night. It hurt my heart to go on, yet I couldn't stop. ~ Shabby, Book Bistro Blog A truly unique, unpredictable, raw, heartbreaking and utterly riveting read! ~ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books A love with no limits, no restrictions and no bounds. A pure unconditional love. This story is so devastatingly heartbreaking. It is raw, gritty and disturbing. ~ Literati Literature Lovers
This is a love story.
It’s brutal.
Terrifying, honest, and raw.
But a love story nonetheless...because it is so beautiful.
Noah Carter was the type of guy that every girl wanted.
Gorgeous. Talented. Smart and kind.
He was the world that revolved around me even though I didn’t deserve him.
But then something went wrong.
He snapped maybe, just lost his mind.
I found him the night my family died, their blood staining his hands.
I put him in prison. I got my revenge.
But then years later he broke free and stole me away from my life.
You couldn’t know Ensley without wanting to strangle her.
She was beautiful. She was wild. She was the girl next door.
I grew up with her by my side.
I watched her destroy herself while I held on.
I protected her when she had been blind to the danger that surrounded her.
I let her go once, only to find her again.
She would see me this time no matter what.


Now that is how you write a freakin book!!!!! You give us all the broken pieces, all the hurt and the messed up sacrifices along with some of the most complex loving heartbreaking characters and this is what you get. This is what you inhale. This…. Is what you never forget.

In The Garden Of Discontent was a heartbreaking story about loss, love and sacrifice. The story played with your emotions while keeping you at bay in the most serene moments. You felt everything for these characters. They’re anger became your own anger, their joy was your own, but the saddest part was feeling their loss and self destructiveness. You wanted nothing more than to stop the madness and erase the hurt because the kind of pain that was inflicted? Didn’t cause bruising. It made scars.

“Our greatest discontent was how we’d loved each other despite our circumstances. Ours was a lifetime that wouldn’t allow us to stay together.

I’ve read a few books from this author in the past and I’m going to tell you something about her. She is severely underrated in the book world! From the moment you start to read a few sentences from her, she literally pulls you in. Her words are lyrical in a sense and when I tell you that those very same words hit a part of your soul, I mean it. She never gives you the same story line twice and just when you think that you have it all figured out and you’re safe, this author gives you a plot twist that is so maddening and gasp worthy, you don’t know if you should be outraged or just yell from the top of your lungs "All hail the Queen"


I know that for most of this review I’ve purposely skirted around the plot of the storyline and who the characters are. A part of me wishes that I could hold on to them and keep them in a bubble because they went through things that I would never wish on my worst enemy. Emery and Noah loved each other since childhood but having that love and friendship not only changed the course of their lives, it ended some.


I think that this is going to be one of those books that is going to stay with me for a while. I loved the writing but it was the characters that did it for me. Noah and Emery had a very complicated relationship and even though you felt the chemistry between them, it was the flashbacks that really got to you. We really saw the love in those moments and it was beautiful. I didn’t agree with certain things if I’m being honest but a part of me knows that if they hadn’t been done, the dynamic of the story would not have been as strong so I respected and understood that.

This is the part where I tell you if you’re a fan of this or that, then you need to read this book. FUCK that shit. Read this book regardless!! If you’ve never read anything from this author, please start with this one. I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed and if you are, there is something wrong with you! If you like your stories to be on the little twisty side, this is your book! Sexy? Your book! If you have pulse, you should be reading this!!

Leaning down, Noah trapped my bottom lip between his teeth, the hold a punishment, the sting a balm. A part of that ugliness inside me fractured, that tiny amount of pain enough to knock something loose until its was rolling around and rattling.

Opening my lips with his, he swept his tongue into my mouth, filling me with his taste. 

I was held up only by his grip on my shirt, balanced only by the strength of his arm and shoulder. My head fell back as he kissed along my jaw and down my neck, teeth scraping the skin, his bite sinking into my shoulder.

Lifting his head, he pressed his mouth against mine and moved to shove me against the wall, trapping me in place.

“I won’t fight you anymore, Ens.” 

Noah spoke against my mouth, his knee coming up between my legs, spreading them until he could bring it up further. I rubbed against him, desperate to soothe the throbbing pulse that beat for only him, but he grabbed my hip with his other hand and held me still.

“Not anymore. You want to feel something? You need a release? I’ll give it to you, but not like this. I’m not a teenage boy whose hand can be forced. Not by you, and not by anyone.”

Our pain had raised the boy, but prison had shaped the man.

Tears welled in my eyes, the need so overpowering, that I slapped at him with my hands. He didn’t wince at my blows, he only pushed me tighter against the wall trapping my body with his own.

“Please...” The word tumbled from my lips, my body crumpling against him.

Lily White is a romance writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series, Target This, Wishing Well, and Asylum. In addition to dark romance Lily writes contemporary romance, taboo romance, and psychological thrillers. Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

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