Violent God by Sarah Bale

When I saw that Sarah Bale was starting a new series with Violent God, of course I am going to jump onto that read. The last couple of books I read by her were tales of chaos and kinks.

POV: Dual 1st Person
3rd Act Break-Up: Yes
Tropes: Forced Marriage, Secret Society, Age Gap
Series: The Defiant God Brotherhood
Type of Series: Series of  Standalones with overarching storyline
Rate: 4/5 Stars
Release Date: February 20, 2024
PoP: 30%

I’m the only one who can clean up a mess like this. And the sooner I do, the sooner I can return to my wife and make things right with her.

I enjoyed this story, and I both want and need more.

Violent God is book one of Sarah Bale’s newest series, The Defiant God Brotherhood. In this story, she introduced readers to Isabetta and Alessandro. They have a chance meeting when Isabetta is seventeen, and then have zero connection until ten years later when Alessandro comes across an arranged marriage involving Isabetta.

Isabetta is a girl that first comes off as sheltered and oblivious, however you find that she has a backbone. She just needed someone to encourage her to use it. Isabetta has been dealt a crap hand, but that all changes when Alessandro steps in and marries her.

Alessandro is a made man…with ties into the Villainous Tale world…who is part of a secret brotherhood. This series has a storyline that seemingly is going to continue thru the series because it was not resolved. The mystery shrouded in the story is engaging and I can’t wait for more.

While there are small things about this story I didn’t love, it is a book one in a series and Bale took the time to create the landscape of the series. The growth of this couple works organically, and almost seems far fetch because the almost spend more time apart rather than together. However it’s those moments of together that they create a solid foundation. Honesty and open communication is a big factor, although Alessandro definitely tests that, and discovers to never test it again.

While this story doesn’t have the “bonkers” plots that many of Bale’s books do, it was no less engaging. I am excited to see where she takes these Defiant Gods next.

Read my review of book one and two in the Bale’s Villainous Tales series here.
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