Contemporary Romance Fiction

Shattered Dynasty (The Corrupt Empire #4) by Ava Harrison

Title: Shattered Dynasty (The Corrupt Empire #4)

Author: Ava Harrison

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟1/2

Type: Standalone

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mafia Romance

Primary Characters: Trent Aldridge, Payton

Narration: Dual POV

I have read Ava Harrison’s Corrupt kingdom book long ago. When I saw this book in kindle recommendation and read the blurb, I got confused with Trent character as Alaric. After reading few chapters in I realized I was reading Trent’s book and not Alaric’s. That didn’t stop me from reading this as book was intriguing by then.

Plot starts with Trent being angry at his father’s actions and holds grudges towards him. Payton receives an unexpected huge inheritance from Trent’s father Ronald. This enrages Trent and he finds a perfect way to channel his fury towards Payton. Ronald has put a stipulation that Payton can access her money only after she turns twenty-two. Trent is her current overseer.

I could understand Trent’s anger. I can understand his reason for his hatred towards his father. I can understand that a person could take out his anger on someone else who doesn’t deserve. It was acceptable reason, but somehow it was not well executed.

Trent comes off as the big bad wolf throughout much of the story. Payton on the other hand is way too quick to forgive all of his bullying and misdeeds. Some twists in the story are bit predictable. I loved fiery and independent Payton.

Premise of the story is good. It had a good potential and strong reasoning. Execution would have been better. Narration was ok. Romance and Character development could have been stronger. Secondary characters were fine. Loved seeing Cyrus and Ivy. Tobais and Lorenzo were intriguing.

Overall, this book was good but a high probability I would forget what this book is all about in just few days. It’s an entertaining one time read.

Source – Free in KU

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Blurb as per Amazon

From USA Today best-selling author Ava Harrison comes an enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn romance with a twist.

Trent Aldridge is the devil.
Rich. Arrogant. Sinfully handsome.
He holds my inheritance in his hands.
Twenty-two million dollars I didn’t even know about.
I met him at a funeral.
As one life ended, mine unraveled.
Because he has one goal—to ruin me.
And Trent Aldridge never loses.
My present is gone and my future is in ashes.
All because of a past that’s not even mine.
Control. Power.
He has it all now that I’m his maid.
He’s rude, sarcastic, and well…the hottest man I’ve ever met.
Lust is a dangerous game to play.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
And I’m about to be consumed.

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