Two Kingdoms (The Dark Side, #3)
I'm getting a little tired of completing my goals, only to have the bar raised too substantially for me to transition at a productive pace...I started off as a sad little ghost with an impossible crush on four really hot, Gothic guys with some attitude problems. Now I'm The Apocalypse, they're the Four Horsemen, and Lucifer is my fucked up daddy. Now my additional goals look like this?Goal #9: Make a deal with the Devil without getting cheated, manipulated, or tricked.Goal #10: Make my boys love me and take over the world...okay...so maybe just that first part. That second part sounds like it could take too much ambition, and I just don't have the drive for that.Goal #11: Make cookies.Goal #12: Call dibs on my favorite color.Goal #13: Find out if my siblings or my father killed me and my boys...**Sexual Content**Dark humor**Reverse Harem**Language warning

Two Kingdoms (The Dark Side, #3) Details

TitleTwo Kingdoms (The Dark Side, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Demons

Two Kingdoms (The Dark Side, #3) Review

  • Bunnycore
    January 1, 1970
    Update: Here's the amazon link y'allhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F3RJBSJ/...******June 29 release date! *****I can not wait for this to be released it only says this year!! when?!?!
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Cranky Crone of Rabid Hedgehogs and Fire Breathing Kittens ⚔
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, so this one wasn't quite as good as the first two, but you know what? It was still fun and SO MUCH better than 99% of reverse harem out there. This series is still top of my list, third ONLY to Seraph Black and Curse of the GodsThis really feels like an extension of book two. Lucifer is still playing his games and Paca (The Apocalypse) and her Four Horsemen are still forced to undergo tests, like being swallowed by a hell monster and having to break your way out of its throat.The angels ge Okay, so this one wasn't quite as good as the first two, but you know what? It was still fun and SO MUCH better than 99% of reverse harem out there. This series is still top of my list, third ONLY to Seraph Black and Curse of the GodsThis really feels like an extension of book two. Lucifer is still playing his games and Paca (The Apocalypse) and her Four Horsemen are still forced to undergo tests, like being swallowed by a hell monster and having to break your way out of its throat.The angels get involved somewhat and they seem like big old jerks. Old crusty dudes who need to trim their beards up once in awhile and change their robes - and shower maybe?NOT ENOUGH SMUT. Okay, there was one really good scene towards the end (I think Gage is my new favorite). And one at the beginning? Not enough. And the guys really need to start being nicer to Paca. I know she is over the top, silly, snarky, and hard to take seriously all thesometimes. But still. Where is the love? I know you are all evil and satan-y, but a little affection and body worship kindness would seem prudent by now.The ending sets us up for as huge smackdown: Paca and her guys against the greatest-evil-ever-created. More evil than Lucifer, seems like. Huh. RELEASE DAY JUNE 29, 2018! (It's only $0.99 on Amazon and also on Kindle Unlimited.)Four Psychos: ★★★★★Three Trials: ★★★★★Buddy read with Reverse Harem Revolution.(Apparently, this one is showing on Amazon and Goodreads as C.M. Owens. Kristy Cunning is the pseudonym she used for the previous two books.)
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  • Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
    January 1, 1970
    I need more damn it!! 😭
  • Julie (Allons-y)
    January 1, 1970
    So goodWill review later...It's later.*4.25*A little disappointing but still amazeballs.I do wish there was just a bit more of a coherent explanation about the balance. I mean, I get it. It is confusing to Paca and everyone else too, but shit man... Some shit is going to go down in the next book. I just hope there is a bit more of the 4 and Paca. Not just Ezekiel and Gage. Although... I did love it :)Can't wait for the next book. Hopefully it doesn't take as long to be released as this one. I do So goodWill review later...It's later.*4.25*A little disappointing but still amazeballs.I do wish there was just a bit more of a coherent explanation about the balance. I mean, I get it. It is confusing to Paca and everyone else too, but shit man... Some shit is going to go down in the next book. I just hope there is a bit more of the 4 and Paca. Not just Ezekiel and Gage. Although... I did love it :)Can't wait for the next book. Hopefully it doesn't take as long to be released as this one. I don't know if I can handle it. **************************************************************We have a release date!!!JUNE 29TH!!!!..........
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  • Sophia Triad
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, please! I will take it.
  • Al *the serial series skipper*
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't like this one as much. I feel like this is just book 2 recycled at a slower pace. The whole premise of this book is finding out who killed Paca and it takes forever to find out.The entire book just felt like a filler while we wait for the last book. I am still curious to see what happens so I will be waiting for the next one.
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  • Marguerite (Lady RH) ❀
    January 1, 1970
    Expected publication: June 29thFour Psychos ★★★★★Three Trials ★★★★
  • Gaby★Me Myshelf and I★
    January 1, 1970
    Did not blow me away like books 1 and 2 didI'm a bit let down to be honest. Firstly I wish I had re read book 2 so I would have been in a better position to pick this back up again. It jumps in right where the second left off and it took a while to get back into the characters and remember what had happened before. Paca is still the same smart-mouthed hilarious antihero we know and love. She comes out with some real cracker one liiners in this and I wanted to highlight and share them all. "I nee Did not blow me away like books 1 and 2 didI'm a bit let down to be honest. Firstly I wish I had re read book 2 so I would have been in a better position to pick this back up again. It jumps in right where the second left off and it took a while to get back into the characters and remember what had happened before. Paca is still the same smart-mouthed hilarious antihero we know and love. She comes out with some real cracker one liiners in this and I wanted to highlight and share them all. "I need a handbook: How to Sync Mensies with Your Harem."“The only Rafael I know is green, wears a pointless red mask on his eyes, and is a hero in a half shell,”"Cain is officially my new favorite sibling. I recant that when he reaches down and scratches his balls with a firm look of concentration on his face. Man, with the effort he’s putting into that, they must really itch… I just threw up in my mouth."Her inner musing were both hilarious and infuriating at the same time. They regularly interrupt the other dialogue and made some already confusing explanations about "balance" even more difficult to follow. “She’s really easily sidetracked,” I point out to them. “That’s rather annoying.”This wasn't the only problem I had following what was going on. I think I took some stupid pills because I could just not follow it“I’m sick of the games. Someone needs to tell us what the fuck is going on,” Jude bites outYea you and me both Jude! Games on top of games, balance, purities and impurites, Hells throat/nose/belly/other body part- it just lost me at some points. Lamar in particular went off on confusing explanations. Like she has no guilt but she does have regret...whats the bloody difference and who caresOnto the harem itself. What a backward slide that was. I thought they had sorted out the problem the secret keeping and the mistrust ... or maybe I haven't remembered this correctly? It was like starting from square one again. “It takes so much to get you guys to be nice to me. It’s hardly worth the effort,” I say through strain, trying to lighten the pitiful stares" Well being so vain and all Paca I'm not sure why you are bothering? The horsemen are complete jerks for most of this. They don't have many redeeming qualities apart from being not wanting you to get hurt - which is like the bare minimum level of caring! The "favourite" picking which I loved became tedious and overdone in this one.Didn't mean for that to get so ranty. Its out of my system now. It was still hilarious and it author even made fun of the annoying parts. At least she acknowledged things like the favourite picking "the bar was set pretty low" or "one orgasm and I'll be favourite again". So it wasn't all badI hope that was the dud book of the series and we can get back to the excellence that was Four Pscyhos and Three Trials. Maybe publishing this under a different name made her loose her mad skills? Are we sure they are same person...
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  • CaRo
    January 1, 1970
    Meh just meh. There was not much heat between Paca and the boys... Also Paca was kind of annoying in this book and why the hell takes she all the shit from everyone around her she is the fucking daughter of the devil. And the game which who is her fav also gets kind of old if you mention it every few pages.And where the fuck is the Kai we love...
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  • Rhiannon Chillingworth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars for this one, which is so sad, as the first two are probably my favourite RH series!Paca is still helarious and awesome. I love her a lot and that hasn't changed.I still like the anti-heroic/villain aspect of Paca and the Harem.However, this book bothered me in two fronts. Firstly, it felt mega rushed and messy. I didn't understand or follow half of the stuff that was going on. The whole balance thing is never really explained properly, and what Paca did or didn't do in her past before 3.5 stars for this one, which is so sad, as the first two are probably my favourite RH series!Paca is still helarious and awesome. I love her a lot and that hasn't changed.I still like the anti-heroic/villain aspect of Paca and the Harem.However, this book bothered me in two fronts. Firstly, it felt mega rushed and messy. I didn't understand or follow half of the stuff that was going on. The whole balance thing is never really explained properly, and what Paca did or didn't do in her past before she was killed is confusing as well. This is a big part of the book and it's a shame that it's not very coherent.The harem - relationship wise things have not really progressed (apart from with one guy at the very end, I suppose). After the awesome (and totally hot);group scene at the end of book 2, I expected things to be on track with them all. I wasn't expected hearts and flowers, notlr would I have wanted them, as these are bad guys after all, but I just wasn't loving their dynamic in this one, which again is a shame, as until this book this harem was my favourite!I would still highly recommend this series to RH fans, I just hope this book was a temporary slump and book 4 will go back to being awesome!
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  • Searcy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsgrrr... accidentally just deleted all my notes instead of pasting them here for review, so I will have to just wing it nowOverall, I am loving the story and worldbuilding for THE DARK SIDE series. It is interesting and different, in a genre that often struggles to get out of the familiar paranormal rut. The complexity of the delicate balance between heaven and hell and how the two interact is fascinating and has been very well developed by CM Owens (writing as Kristy Cunning).Unfortunat 3.5 starsgrrr... accidentally just deleted all my notes instead of pasting them here for review, so I will have to just wing it nowOverall, I am loving the story and worldbuilding for THE DARK SIDE series. It is interesting and different, in a genre that often struggles to get out of the familiar paranormal rut. The complexity of the delicate balance between heaven and hell and how the two interact is fascinating and has been very well developed by CM Owens (writing as Kristy Cunning).Unfortunately, this has also been an area that has been a bit frustrating for me. I feel too much time has been spent detailing all the ways the balance is important, and all the intricacies of the purity and impurity system and balance. Less can often be more in describing systems like this to the reader. Only just enough for the reader to understand what is happening and why is necessary, plus perhaps a few additional details that are critical to the character or the plot. Anything more feels a bit "look at all this complex worldbuilding I have done!" to me. If all the detail is to be shared, perhaps an appendix would be better?On the plus side, I have absolutely loved the guys. Gage, Kai, Jude and Ezekiel are interesting, sexy, dominant and pretty much everything I like in an alpha male love interest, but without succumbing to the usual stereotypes. That was very well done. I am not sure I feel there has been a ton of character development for them, but I suppose that is a little harder than usual with the unique backgrounds and world in THE DARK SIDE.(view spoiler)[One other thought - I've loved the tie-in with the Four Horsemen, despite the fact that that trope has been done to death lately (no pun intended!). And I like that it hasn't led to all sorts of typical apocalyptic story. And I even liked the tie in with Paca as Apocalpyse (named such). That was creative and cute when I first read it. But holy crow, I am utterly sick of hearing "The Apocalpyse" puns. Talk about beating a dead horse! (hide spoiler)]On the MC side, again the huge strength is also the biggest weakness in the series for me. Paca is a hilarious, snarky, fun and strong heroine. I enjoy her character and love her interactions with the guys. She is a large part of what makes the series fun. However, for most of the last book and a half, I have found her to be more irritating than enjoyable. And I think this is because her snark and the humor has been taken too far. Again, a little bit goes a long way. I am starting to feel smacked in the face with the snark now and it is taking away from the story progression.Let's call it "filler snark". The series probably would have been half the length without so much random snark and distracted inner monologue. If she actually communicated with people (even half the time) and asked questions, the story would have progressed much faster. It felt like the snark was a plot device to keep the mystery going.Bottom line? Enjoyable series and worth reading, but I am not sure it is a favorite for me. Jury's out until I read the final book ONE APOCALYPSE.UPDATE PROGRESS NOTES:96.0% "LMFAOIt’s like howler monkeys crawled up a gorilla’s ass and had a dinosaur baby that fucked a radioactive Godzilla…and had an even worse baby. If any of that makes sense.88.0% "And that would be because, once again, you haven't thought this all through and just knee-jerk reacted and ran off. Alone. Again. Grrr"81.0% "OMFG that scene made me snort my latte! Wet leather in the sweatpants she fashioned for Jude, indeed! LMAO"76.0% "Oh holy crow... how much time are they going to spend blathering on about the frickin' balance? This is getting seriously tedious. And I'm sorry but I can't possibly buy the lame excuse that Paca is only incapable of focusing and of shutting the frack up because too much serious gives her migraines and makes her nose bleed. Flimsiest of plot devices :/"50.0% "You know, it has occurred to me... if Paca just stopped the utterly ridiculous, nonstop, self-indulgent, snarky inner monologue and actually talked to people, communicated, and asked questions... this whole series would have been half the length. It is starting to drive me nuts that instead of actually talking to anyone, she rambles on inanely. (As with the meeting here with her family)"45.0% "LMAO "Dun! Dun! Dunnnnnnnnnn!"44.0% "LOL okay, the aftermath of the battle in Hell's Heart was hilarious. One of the few times in this book Paca's snark did slide over into irritating."33.0% "God, I feel for these poor guys. She is giving me a headache too."30.0% "And this may just be the quote that defines half the last book and much of this one so far! Grrr…“I wouldn’t be standing here listening to you endlessly ramble about things I haven’t asked about if I had any other way of gathering information,” I point out. “It’s unbearably tedious.”25.0% "Yep, 'cause you are pretty stupid if you haven't realized what you did to them was even worse than what you have been bitching about them doing to you, Paca. *sigh* Think it will actually sink in this time? Not holding out a lot of hope here."12.0% "LMAO!Just as I start agreeing with them, they change their minds? Those moody sons of bitches. I think being moody is secretly their balance, despite all that other drivel about leashing emotions that Gage was going on about in the third trial. I need a handbook: How to Sync Mensies with Your Harem.7.0% "Yep. Nor am I. The only thing I have come up with is: YOU ARE AN IDIOT! That's why.""I'm not sure why I went in so damn determined I could handle that."5.0% "Holy crow. Now she is going to blame the guys for not stopping her idiocy? When they had NO DARN CHOICE because she sent them out of hell and they had no way back in without her? GAH!"1.0% "Aaaand we're clearly starting right off with the not-so-fun Paca-being-stupid again. *sigh*"
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  •  Rosebud
    January 1, 1970
    What a difference five years can make. First coming to consciousness as a ghost with total amnesia of my past, now able to conjure a corporal body that has a liking for freaky sex with the four guys I've been haunting. The icing on the cake? Finding out I'm Satan's daughter who has the potential to bring about the end of the world. Huh. Go figure. Just when I thought I had things figured out and am on the way to being acknowledged as the bad ass I know I am, adored for my awesomeness by not only What a difference five years can make. First coming to consciousness as a ghost with total amnesia of my past, now able to conjure a corporal body that has a liking for freaky sex with the four guys I've been haunting. The icing on the cake? Finding out I'm Satan's daughter who has the potential to bring about the end of the world. Huh. Go figure. Just when I thought I had things figured out and am on the way to being acknowledged as the bad ass I know I am, adored for my awesomeness by not only my four guys but Hell itself, a monkey wrench is thrown into the mix. Friend or foe; ally or adversary; honesty or lies; deception or illusion. The only thing I can depend on is the growing bond with my guys. Everyone else is suspect until I can regain my memory or figure out who or what I am and how I came to be a ghost. * * * * You know that feeling you have when everyone around you is in on a new product that's trending or privy to info that you missed out on that everyone else seems to be fanatic about? Well, such is the case here when I started seeing friends gushing and being overly excited about this new release. Of course that meant I needed to find out what I'd been missing out on. Side note: I started reading this book as a new reader to series based on overly excited friend chatter. Don't be like me. This is not a stand alone. The series builds off of and evolves so it's required to read the previous installments of the "Dark Side" before diving into this one. That's basically what I had and did do myself after I got into like page 10 of this story only to find I had minimal idea of what was going on. So, did a marathon read of the series. New author/new series ... except ... this author is using a pseudonym from her central C.M. Owens persona. The highlight tags include paranormal (demons), alternate universe (Hell), reverse harem with no peenie interaction (mfmmm), and snarky dark comedy first person POV format. It's difficult to avoid spoiler info as this series evolves which means info in my review may include info that would only be known if reader had read previous installments. With that in mind, I'm going to go more vague and stealth so as not to spoil the reading experience for anyone just realizing this series and grabbing it themselves. As I did. This is a book/series to check out if you read and enjoyed Alanea Alder's "Bewitched & Bewildered" series as it loosely translates to the same kind of warped twisted strong female lead main character who has anger management issues. Strong female lead who defies logic and battles through obstacles with an uncanny success rate. Luckily, she has a male support system who may not always understand or agree with her, and the snark is strong, but there is affection and dare I say love at the core so all things are possible. :)The series plot story line evolves with each book which will be wrapped up in the next installment. The scene is set for this final climatic book as this one brings most of the past unknowns full circle. Totally glad I hadn't known about this series before now as the plateau ending for previous books would have frustrated the heck out of me. I'm good to wait now as I have a feel for the world building and erotic romantic relationship dynamics so life is good until that final book is released. A side observation, only after reading the previous two installments, is that this book didn't blow me out of the water as much as the other two did. Does that mean this is a "calm before the storm" or has the author provided high octane excitement in previous installments and this one fell below that bar? I'll leave it up to other readers to decide. Me? Yes, anti-climatic but still oh so good. Loving this series with a "different" take on demons and Hell in general. Maybe it's because my future is leaning to Hell in my afterlife so I like to believe that I will enjoy it more than my religion has prophesied. Regardless, you have to have a mindset to believe paranormal antiheroes can be the good guys to appreciate this book. Me and mine? Yup. Totally on team Paca all the way !!!!!!!!
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  • Sakina Carter
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't like this one as much as the other two but I still enjoyed it enough. It felt like it was missing something.This book was more focused on the ins and outs of hell and figuring out who killed Paca.I hope the next book is more like the first two books because I loved both of them.
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  • Joanne
    January 1, 1970
    AHHHHH this series just kept getting better and better!! I love Paca & her Four Horsemen! Once you start on this book you just wont be able to put it down! Its just freaking BRILLIANT!!! I love everything about this book, the entire series really, because when you thought you got it all figured out, BAM, Plot twist! Freakin Awesome!!! ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    So my friend started me on this reverse harem series and I have to finish it even if there is about 20 books.
  • Runningrabbit
    January 1, 1970
    KUI love the way these are written, Paca has definitely got to be one of my favourite heroines. The humour, including the black humour, is first rate, and together with the innovation and wonderfully defined characters, this is one of my favourite series in a long time.
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  • ❤Rachel Anne's Romance Must Reads❤
    January 1, 1970
    I need the next one!!!This series is only getting better! I can't wait for the next book. The only downside is I wish there had been more steam. With a RH, I sort of expect that. But whatever, this was amazing!Easy 5 stars!
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    So so good!!! They keep getting better with each book!
  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Dude I’m so sad I finished this book because now I have to wait for the next one to come. The entire series is by far my favorite that I’ve had in a long time (maybe a month) but you get the point. So ready for the last one to come!!
  • Cifa
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story because of its hilarious crazy heroine. What did I get?A heroine who has gone from crazy funny to boring crazy.A plot that trudges on at a pace a turtle could outrun.Too many explanations. Too many. This whole book was about Paca finding herself through 1001 conversations. Not enough happened.
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  • LaKeshia Filip
    January 1, 1970
    Well....That was a bit underwhelming.. which posses me off a little because I have been waiting for this book FOREVER! It read like a great adventure novel, but not a reverse-harem. Everything was focused on Paca and who she is and what she is, which I totally get but it's like the guys didn't even exist. They kept talking about how important the bond was but there was no bonding happening. Only at the very end of the book when one of them decides to let her know that he loves her do you feel li Well....That was a bit underwhelming.. which posses me off a little because I have been waiting for this book FOREVER! It read like a great adventure novel, but not a reverse-harem. Everything was focused on Paca and who she is and what she is, which I totally get but it's like the guys didn't even exist. They kept talking about how important the bond was but there was no bonding happening. Only at the very end of the book when one of them decides to let her know that he loves her do you feel like there's a real connection. I'm bummed a little bit...the last two books i have LOVED the connection between Paca and the guys...i missed that in this book.
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  • Daisy
    January 1, 1970
    Very spoilery.....The more questions that are answered the more new questions I have?! Yet I loved this so much. All these books really. The atmosphere of it all with hell and stuff I LOVE IT. I love how the humor and distracting stuff is explained like they can’t be too serious for too long. And I feel like Paca’s purities and impurities might have been switched somehow? Hmm.Anyway. The guys. They can be so infuriating yet I love them so much. Here I was thinking the scene with Ezekiel was hot Very spoilery.....The more questions that are answered the more new questions I have?! Yet I loved this so much. All these books really. The atmosphere of it all with hell and stuff I LOVE IT. I love how the humor and distracting stuff is explained like they can’t be too serious for too long. And I feel like Paca’s purities and impurities might have been switched somehow? Hmm.Anyway. The guys. They can be so infuriating yet I love them so much. Here I was thinking the scene with Ezekiel was hot at the start but then. At the end of the book Gage is there looking all evil and horseman-like after visiting Hell’s Black Heart at the end and he loves her and they like make love and I loved it and was hot and ughhhh *is dead*And the Kai scene at the end had me guessing like that the more in love they fall the stronger they get maybe? But Kai does seem very taken with her so idk.. maybe they have to admit it to themselves or something? Could be all wrong here but... Waiting for the next book will be hell!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    3 - 3 1/2 stars I REALLY expected/wanted to love Two Kingdoms like I did with the first 2 in the series, but it just didn't grab me on this occasion. After the second book, going into this one I thought Paca's guys would maybe show her some more love, but at times they still APPEARED to treat her with what amounted to me as indifference. And Yeah - I did think there would be more hot scenes between them as a group, maybe in the next book?? Plot wise I still enjoyed the read, but it just felt a l 3 - 3 1/2 stars I REALLY expected/wanted to love Two Kingdoms like I did with the first 2 in the series, but it just didn't grab me on this occasion. After the second book, going into this one I thought Paca's guys would maybe show her some more love, but at times they still APPEARED to treat her with what amounted to me as indifference. And Yeah - I did think there would be more hot scenes between them as a group, maybe in the next book?? Plot wise I still enjoyed the read, but it just felt a little slower at times. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book, I'm curious as to what's going to happen next.
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  • Tiffany Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    Loving this series. This one felt far too short! It was quick paced, funny, and more questions were answered. I just wish they'd have more time with the guys. It seemed like she didn't have much time at all with them, and hardly at all by themselves without other company around. But oh those moments they did have were sooo good. This book focused mainly on who and what Paca is. They needed more bonding time. I can't wait for the final installment though. Paca and her horsemen need an HEA.
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  • Stephanie Mills
    January 1, 1970
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  • ❤Bibi's Book Blog❤
    January 1, 1970
    If you follow my blog you’ll know that this is probably one of the top 5 books, that’s kept me on pins and needles while waiting for it to be released. At midnight, the second the calendar changed the date to the 29th of June, I was on Amazon trying to purchase this book – imagine my disappointment when Amazon was slow at doing their part, so I didn’t get the book until 10am UK time. As there’s no word on when the next, and final, book in this series is out I tried to pace myself, I really did. If you follow my blog you’ll know that this is probably one of the top 5 books, that’s kept me on pins and needles while waiting for it to be released. At midnight, the second the calendar changed the date to the 29th of June, I was on Amazon trying to purchase this book – imagine my disappointment when Amazon was slow at doing their part, so I didn’t get the book until 10am UK time. As there’s no word on when the next, and final, book in this series is out I tried to pace myself, I really did. But… I couldn’t. I finished the book in one sitting and now, I’m busy processing what I just read whilst being super sad the next one isn’t out yet. If you’ve read the first two books in this ahmazing series, this review won’t really be spoiling anything - nothing big anyway. However, if you haven’t read any of the books, oh boy, welcome to my personal spoiler party. So, let’s go back a bit to catch up! In Three Trials Paca finally learned of her true identity, this woman is none other than the Devils favourite daughter. As one of the Devils heirs, she’s filled with both purities and impurities because, you know, the perfect balance must be maintained. This seems to be one of Paca’s specialties especially after, she gave the four men a piece of herself. So, who are they all? Well the four men are none other than the Four Horsemen and as a very vein creature, who could she but The Apocalypse?In this third instalment of the Dark Side series, we get to know even more about Paca, her four Horsemen, daddy dearest and her siblings:  Lilith Hera (yep, THAT Hera) Cain Manella The Twins  This book starts pretty much exactly where Two Kingdoms left us, when Apocalypse goes to hell to kill her father. Just before that though, she had her harem sent away, so they’re not up to speed on what’s happening and can’t reach her. Something they’re less than happy about, which they let her know the second she returns. “Before you say anything –““You wanted us to care,” Kai says, interrupting me, slowly standing to his feet.“Of course I did. I still do, and –““You fucking maddening, suicidal, infuriating hell spawn,” Jude growls, interrupting me again.“I realize I’m technically hell spawn, but I find name-calling to only be fun when I’m the one creating the names,” I say, trying to lighten their eerily similar, brooding mood.Doesn’t work. The more I write this review, the harder I find it to completely separate Three Trials and Two Kingdoms. Because so many things from the previous book is explained in this one. While creating a whole other set of problems and questions. Honestly, Kristy’s brilliant writing is out of control. One of the things that struck me the most, is a comment Lamar (Manella’s boyfriend) makes about Apocalypse and her Horsemen. In previous lives Apocalypse held all the control and, constantly had to balance it between Famine, Pestilence, War and Death. This time around, it would seem like the Horsemen are the ones holding the imaginary reigns. One of the examples of this change in control is in a previous life, when Apocalypse was having sex with her men for the first time. Back then she sent them all to their separate rooms and, visited them one on one. Telling each one that they were her first but forbade them, to speak to each other about it. This time around, the men blindfolded Apocalypse, so she didn’t know who her first was. At the time it happened (in Three Trials) I never thought much about it. And while I don’t know how important it really is in the grander scheme of things, I suspect it must mean something as balance is really important in these books, I can’t imagine it’s complete meaningless. We also finally learn who originally killed not only Apocalypse, but also her harem, and most importantly; why! Turns out that all the Devils children, well I suppose technically they’re more creations – anyway, all of them are weapons. Since a pure champion failed his duties, to take down a beast, Apocalypse apparently sided with her father and had plans to seal off hell. So, instead she was killed and, it turns out the recycling of her men was done as a mercy by one of her siblings. However, nothing is as it seems and all things are pointing towards one thing: Apocalypse allowed herself to be killed and, had some kind of backup plan. The problem now is that whilst she managed to somehow come back to life, she still has no memories. She has echoes of memories that sometimes surface, but it’s far from all the time. The resurrection that should have been impossible have the purest wondering, if she could be the champion. So, they want to test her powers, not truly believing that her memories are gone. Those tests are both physically and psychologically exhausting. The psychological one proves to be the worst, showing her own biggest fear. The illusion created specifically to test her proves to be particularly cruel, when it also interferes with the relationship between Apocalypse and her harem. We also learn that Apocalypse’s balance is being selflessly selfish, or selfishly selfless, depending on her take on it – either way she must be both in order to keep the balance. Each hell spawn has their own trade mark, like Lilith’s gifts come with a curse for balance. I realise I’m kind of just describing some of the fantastic scenes in the book, giving a lot of details on some parts, while neglecting others completely. I usually try to not write reviews like that and, write about my overall impression instead. However, this book makes that almost impossible. There’s so many things going on and so many different feelings being felt, which makes it damn hard to do. So, what else can I say? I loved every single word that Kristy have written. The voice of Apocalypse is so refreshingly unique. She’s truly one of the most awesome heroines I’ve met.  The way she views the world “I bet that’s in the How To Control Your Harem guidebook.” Her main impurity is vanity, which shows at the most awkward and inopportune moments which is absolutely hilarious. Like maybe while fighting for your life isn't the best time to stop and admire your crown, but that certainly doesn't stop the Apocalypse. And I wouldn't have it any other way. So, if you like anti-hero characters with over the top lame puns and dark humour, you should definitely give this series a chance. I need a handbook: How to Sync Mensies with Your Harem.
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  • Stina Andersen
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my, I have been waiting for Two Kingdoms! I got plenty of answers in the previous book, Three Trials, but the author is very good at dancing around the real answers, and making her readers guess. But I have learned it's not so easy guessing correctly with this author..!"-I really didn't expect so much hostility," I lie, peering at them with wide, innocent doe eyes. Yeah, it totally doesn't work. In romance books, the girl gets away with everything while the guys dote on her and affectionately Oh my, I have been waiting for Two Kingdoms! I got plenty of answers in the previous book, Three Trials, but the author is very good at dancing around the real answers, and making her readers guess. But I have learned it's not so easy guessing correctly with this author..!"-I really didn't expect so much hostility," I lie, peering at them with wide, innocent doe eyes. Yeah, it totally doesn't work. In romance books, the girl gets away with everything while the guys dote on her and affectionately stroke her hair. So not fair. Fiction is starting to annoy me with all it's misleading inaccuracies."Paca and her guys are trying to understand all the new (to them) information. While learning to work together, and trusting each other...okay, learning to trust Paca and Paca needs to learn how to work as a team...!"I need a handbook: How to Sync Mensies with Your Harem."Again, who can they trust? Who did really kill them? What happened all those centuries ago?How long can they keep up with the games?"-...My soul is dark and twisted. What's your excuse?"-Stina, A Woman & Her Books.
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  • Waleska 'Wally' Floyd
    January 1, 1970
    Paca what happenedTo say , I have been anxiously awaiting to read Two Kingdoms would be an understatement! The first two books were outstanding and phenomenally written . I read and re-read them few times so when finally after almost six months of waiting what we get it isn't at par with the previous books, you ask WTH happened.This book is nothing like the others two in many ways , beginning with the fact that nothing happens. It's slow-going , it's confusing and underwhelming. Where before the Paca what happenedTo say , I have been anxiously awaiting to read Two Kingdoms would be an understatement! The first two books were outstanding and phenomenally written . I read and re-read them few times so when finally after almost six months of waiting what we get it isn't at par with the previous books, you ask WTH happened.This book is nothing like the others two in many ways , beginning with the fact that nothing happens. It's slow-going , it's confusing and underwhelming. Where before the heroine was funny insane now she is just neurotic, boring and insane. Her inner monologue is non stop , rambling and distracting. There's also tons of talk about purities and impurities balances; most of the time it doesn't make sense and it keeps contradicting every few pages. Let's not call this book a RH because there wasn't any of it in this story. The few paragraphs that sex was mentioned were choppy , awkward and unaffecting.I will read book 4 as I want closure to this story . And I hope, the author can bring back to it, the magic , spellbinding , engaging , stimulating and entertaining of the first two books.
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  • Camila Rodriguez
    January 1, 1970
    I FREAKING LOVE THIS SERIES. It’s truly the only reverse harem series that’s had me from the beginning. Paca is INFURIATING, fucking hilarious, and I love her character so much. Nothing excites me more than a heroine who has a sense of humor and somewhat redeeming qualities- like being capable of love even though she’s hell spawn.I also truly enjoy a book where each character is thoughtfully executed and no one sounds the same. Each Horsemen has their own personality and I am thankful for it. So I FREAKING LOVE THIS SERIES. It’s truly the only reverse harem series that’s had me from the beginning. Paca is INFURIATING, fucking hilarious, and I love her character so much. Nothing excites me more than a heroine who has a sense of humor and somewhat redeeming qualities- like being capable of love even though she’s hell spawn.I also truly enjoy a book where each character is thoughtfully executed and no one sounds the same. Each Horsemen has their own personality and I am thankful for it. So many reverse harems have 1 guy who is explained to a T and develops nicely while the rest are just... there.. I guess. Not the case here.The plot: this entire book was one large argument with some action here and there. Not the most exciting except for the dialogue was a winner alone. Again: HILARIOUS. I enjoy a book that much more when it makes me laugh out loud. So I’m giving it five stars because although it wasn’t HOTTTTT in the sex department like the first one, it sure as hell didn’t disappoint. Can not wait for the 4th book.
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  • Rin
    January 1, 1970
    OH BOY !!!! REVELATIONSPaca is the devils favourite child and somehow she was genus enough to figure out how to bring herself and her guys back from the dead. The third book is finding out who killed her and her harem. Her dad ( the devil) puts her threw test, to bring back her lost memories and fighting for all of them, to make them all remember and level up to their full potential. Paca and the guys are in for the fight of their lives. Book 3 is getting answers and trying to figure out who to OH BOY !!!! REVELATIONSPaca is the devils favourite child and somehow she was genus enough to figure out how to bring herself and her guys back from the dead. The third book is finding out who killed her and her harem. Her dad ( the devil) puts her threw test, to bring back her lost memories and fighting for all of them, to make them all remember and level up to their full potential. Paca and the guys are in for the fight of their lives. Book 3 is getting answers and trying to figure out who to trust in hell. I love this series!!!! The only problem I had was knowing when Paca was speaking out loud or to herself, because she's hilarious and it's hard to figure out if it's her inner voice or everyone can hear her ADHD behaviour.Highly recommend to anyone who loves action and the fight against good and evil. Needs to be read in order. This is quite the journey. Great job Kristy Cunning####!!!!!
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