Genres: Dark Romance Format: eARC
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.
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.
~ Maria’s 5 Star Review ~
A love w no limits, no restrictions and no bounds. A pure tragic unconditional love. This story is so devastatingly heartbreaking. It is raw, gritty and disturbing.
Ensley’s life is filled with sadness, and heartache. She is such an amazing and complex character. There were times I wanted to shake her and times I just wanted to hug her. Noah is captivating. He is everything a teenage dream should be, or is he? His character is dynamic, layered, caring and so very protective. I loved them both.
Their story is told in present /past flashbacks. It is in alternating POV. I lost myself in their story. The outside world fell away. Author Lily White delivers a story that is so intense, gripping and emotional. There are jaw dropping, heart pounding moments when I wasn’t sure what to believe. I thought I had it all figured out and then, another twist that had me rethinking everything. At times, I had to close the book and take deep breaths. I cycled through so many emotions. I could feel the loss and hopelessness down in my soul. And at the same time, the glimmer of hope and light was fighting through.
In the Garden of Discontent is a love story. It is brutal and beautiful. It is poignant and profound. The heart is resilient and strong. This story deals with very sensitive subject matter and is not for the faint of heart. It’s no breezy beach read. But if you like suspense, edgy dark romance, I definitely highly recommend. I loved it. I cannot wait for more from Lily White.
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.