Lawless Kingdom (Reign & Ruin #1) by Natalie Bennett

Title: Lawless Kingdom
Series: Reign & Ruin Book One
Author: Natalie Bennett
Genre: Dark NA Mafia/Bully Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2020



One town.
One school.
One illicit affair that will span a lifetime.
When something is forbidden, it becomes maddeningly tempting.
Judas Barron, for example. Wicked blue blood and heir to a severely twisted cutthroat society.
Everyone knew who he was and what crew he ran with, a clandestine group of filthy rich kids surrounded by ominous secrets. Secrets that were rumored to be dark, dirty, and stained with blood.
It was never my intention to get tangled up with them, but Judas and I had a secret too, one he was determined to make sure I took with me to my grave, which meant keeping me by his side.
Now forced to be part of a savage coterie, I start to see his world through a new pair of eyes. It isn’t long before temptation becomes something dangerous and wild, breeding the sickest kind of infatuation.
And those secrets that Juda’s keeps? They’re about to tear my life apart.
* Originally published in the Nobel Savages Collection, this story has been partially rewritten and contains varying triggers.*


I do enjoy Natalie’s books and this one is not much different.  If you are one of my regular readers, then you have likely seen my reviews for her other works such as: Depredation and Depravity.

Just like the other two, this baby is dark, very dark as well and a well done introduction to a series.  Considering what is going on in the world these days, dark suits me quite well.  To be fair, any distraction in the form of a book or something on Tv is quite welcome and as all of us are now on lockdown (at least here in the UK) reading is what is keeping me sane.

I am not going to go too much into the plot, because well spoilers and you do have a solid blurb just above, but what I will say is that if you have read any of Natalie’s books before then Lawless Kingdom is of the same standard and quality.  This is not one of those reviews where I tell you that I had a huge smile on my face cause well, as I mentioned it is dark, but what I will tell you that I read it in one go and was disappointed when it was finished.

As I mentioned before, this was a great intro book to get you hooked, there are so many questions I have and so much is gonna happen next and I have no idea where it will go.  To be fair, with this one I have a feeling that I need to expect the unexpected and it will put my usual predictions on plot and characters to the test for sure.

If you already read Natalie’s books then you know exactly what you are getting into, if not and this is your first time, be warned I would say that very tender sensibilities may not enjoy certain bits (advisory warning!).

I do recommend reading the other books I previously reviewed for Natalie and get cracking with this baby too!  Now, all I wonder is when the next one is going to come out.

Let me know your thoughts after reading Lawless Kingdom!



With a penchant for (writing) villainous immoral men, and a tendency to deviate away from traditional happily ever afters, Natalie Bennett is an international bestselling author of twisted and unconventional love stories.
When she’s not slaying words she’s somewhere in the sunshine state, happily taking life one curve-ball at a time.




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