“Live for your love, love for your life, and raise hell.”
Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Dark Romance
Thank you Penelope Douglas for sending me a complimentary copy of Nightfall in exchange for an honest review!
They call it Blackchurch. A secluded mansion in a remote, undisclosed location where the wealthy and powerful send their misbehaving sons to cool off away from prying eyes. Will Grayson has always been an animal, though. Reckless, wild, and someone who was never bound by a single rule other than to do exactly what he wanted. There was no way his grandfather was going risk him humiliating the family again. Not that the last time was entirely his fault. He might’ve enjoyed backing me into corners in high school when no one was looking, so they wouldn’t catch on that Mr. Popular actually wanted a piece of that quiet, little nerd he loved to torture so much, but… He could also be warm. And fierce in keeping me safe. The truth is… He has a right to hate me. It’s all my fault. Everything. Devils Night. The videos. The arrests. I’m to blame for all of it. And I regret nothing.
I never minded being locked up. I learned a long time ago that being treated like an animal gives you permission to act like one. No one has ever looked at me any other way. Their only mistake is believing anything I do is an accident. I can sit in this house with no Internet, television, liquor, or girls, but I’ll come out of here with something far more frightening to my enemies. A plan. And a new pack of wolves. I just didn’t expect one of my enemies to come to me. I don’t know who smuggled her in or if they meant to leave her here, but I can smell her hiding in the house. She’s here. And as the security detail leaves the supplies, the gates close, and the door to my gilded cage opens, giving me free reign of the house and grounds for another unsupervised month, I remember with a smile… Blackchurch houses five prisoners. I’m only one of her problems.
Yes, that is FIVE stars you’re seeing.
No, I am not okay now that this series is officially over and I have to say goodbye to my favorite group of hell raisers.
Leave it to Penelope Douglas to take a character that spent three books being no where on my radar and move him up to my second favorite character in this series and even give me hope when it comes to insta love. There’s a reason she stays one of my all time favorite authors and I am just blown away by how well she wrapped this series up. If you have not read any of the books in this series please read below at your own risk. Also, if you are considering reading this series please be aware this is DARK romance. There are some themes and scenes that you may find triggering/unsettling so please check out the trigger warnings before picking these books up!
What I Liked
💑 Insta love. Y’all believe this one? Me saying I enjoyed insta love? Because here we are and I honestly can say I absolutely ADORED the romance between Will and Emory. It’s all things slow burn yet insta love – tension yet probably the book with the most smut and I was just in my glory eating this up.
👬 Will and Damon’s bromance. It’s complex, it runs so deep, and it’s seriously hot. I was absolutely floored in Kill Switch when Damon and Will started hooking up and immediately needed a more in depth explanation of their relationship with one another. This book was able to provide more insight into both of these characters and I should have known that even though no character will ever top Damon Torrance in my heart, Will would quickly become the runner up since these two are the closest out of the Four Horsemen.
🍂 Fall/Halloween vibes. As always Penelope delivers with a heavy dose of those atmospheric fall and Halloween vibes that I love so much. I really enjoyed that this book included Devil’s Night over the course of several decades. If you’re not familiar with the term Devil’s Night it’s the night before Halloween where rules are don’t exist and epic pranks are played.
🖋 Writing. This probably doesn’t even need to be listed since it’s Penelope Douglas but I’m still going to say it. I live for her writing, it’s just so enjoyable to me. Nightfall is told between the past and the present and the flashbacks in this book were so FREAKING GOOD. Seeing the softer side of Will as a teenager before life hardened him and seeing Emory struggle with her feelings for Will while trying to manage her terrible home life had me so engrossed in this story. Not going to lie, if the whole book took place with them in high school I would have loved the shit out of it even more because the flashbacks were so much better than the chapters that took place in the present.
👨🏻 Will in general. He was truly a breath of fresh air in this series. While it seemed like he always kept his head down in the books prior he absolutely took the spotlight and my heart in this one. Don’t get me wrong, he still has a ruthless/mean side when push comes to shove but otherwise he’s just a big, giant, tattooed teddy bear who wants to give all of his love and take care of Emory and his friends. And I was not prepared to be emotionally wrecked by this man.
👨👩👧👦 So many babies. Normally, happy endings make me want to gag but after everything these characters have been through and how messed up their lives were at times it warmed my bitter ol’ black heart to see them all happily married with tons of babies at the end of this…especially Damon. Now, excuse me while I go cry.
tw: violence, verbal and physical abuse from a sibling, murder, bullying
P.S.– let’s not get it twisted tough, Kill Switch is still hands down the best book in this series and I would lay my life down for Damon and his character growth throughout this series.
Until next time,