Blog Tour with Double Review: Cruel Saints by Michelle Heard

June 7, 2021



CRUEL SAINTS by Michelle Heard

Release Date: May 31st

Genre/Trope:Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance


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Alliances are made. Loyalty is owned. Love is taken.

Little did I know my love and freedom would be taken to form a new alliance.

Brutal, possessive, and dangerous, Lucian is feared by all. Including myself.

When his father is assassinated, Lucian takes his rightful place as head of the Cotroni family. They rule the Mafia with an iron fist, and he’s set his sights on my family.

Until now, we’ve been the only threat, but when a new one emerges, my father is forced to arrange a marriage between Lucian and myself.

He might be handsome but he’s not the kind of man who loves. He takes what he wants and right now, it’s my body.

I might belong to him in name, but the question remains – will our union be consummated in blood or love?

STANDALONE: Romance Suspense full-length novel.

Merciless Saints was my first read from Michelle Heard, and let's just say, she made a great first impression! I absolutely adored the story and the characters, so naturally, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Cruel Saints had a lot to live up to, and while I didn't love it as much as it's predecessor, I still had a good time! 

Elena is a prisoner in her own home. She's locked in her room and repeatedly sexually and physically assaulted by Danté, the body guard her father assigned to her, from the time she's 17 until she leaves to attend St. Monarch's. The school is her first taste of freedom, but it has a life sentence attached to the end of it in the form of marriage. 

Lucian is preparing to one day take over for his father as the head of the Mafia. He just has a short time at St. Monarch's left, and then he'll be taking his rightful place as heir to the throne. The last thing he expects is to have his life thrown off course by the daughter of one of his father's frenemies and a bullet. 

At first glance, Elena may appear weak, but when you take into account all she's been through, you'll see that's the furthest thing from the truth. She tries to take things into her own hands by beginning to train, so that she can one day destroy Danté by her own hand. She doesn't hesitate when Lucian's in danger regardless of her own safety, and she never gives up no matter what is thrown her way. 

Lucian is smart, sexy, powerful, and he gets shit done. He's soft with Elena and his family, but he's brutal when it comes to business and protecting what's his. I love that he was patient with Elena, and he was mindful of the trauma she endured. He was my favorite part of this book! Hands down!

Cruel Saints is an entertaining, fast paced read with dollops of darkness and sprinkles of suspense! It's a little more instalove and buildup than development and payoff, but I enjoyed it the whole way through. I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us next! 

Mafia romance fans, this one's for you!



I have been anticipating this book all month long and I couldn't wait to get my hand on it. Who doesn't love a good action pack forbidden Mafia romance?

Being the only son of the Mafia Boss, Lucian Cotroni has a lot on his shoulders and a target on his back. Knowing that he’s going to take over and be in charge of the family business someday has made him put certain things at arms length including love. Training at St.Monarch’s Academy for the next two years is his only focus right now and by doing that, he’s one step closer to going back home. But when a new student arrives and sets off an instant attraction and curiosity, Lucian is about to find out that things aren't what they seem on the surface.

Elena Lucas just wants one thing:Freedom. Being a prisoner in her own home for the past few years has taken more than a toll on her mentally and she’s ready for something to change. When her father sends her to St.Monarchs to start her training, the only thing that’s on her mind is keeping her head down and basking in the knowledge that just for a little while, she’s going to be free and safe. But when you're a part of the Mafia, there is no such thing as freedom and safety.


I really liked Elena and Lucian together and I loved the fact that from day one Lucian was protective of her. I know that this was a short story but I was hoping for more when it came to their connection. Certain things felt rushed and I just wanted it to slow down a little bit because I didn't feel the love yet. Aside from that, I was also expecting more action seeing that this is a Mafia romance but once again, this is not a long story so I kind of understand that you’re not going to get a whole bunch of nitty gritty in a sense.

As this series moves forward, I hope that we can get more action packed drama with suspense, steamy scenes, and seeing more of the Kings not only find their Queens, but rule their empire with honor, ruthlessness and worship the ground they walk on. If you’re a fan of Mafia romance, then you might want to give this one a try.

About the Author:

Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she's always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.


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