Book Review & Happy Release Day | The Emperor

The Emperor (Dark Verse #3) by RuNyx

Publication Date: January 6th, 2021

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What happens when a legacy of ruin mates with a realm of blood?

Heir to the notorious Tenebrae Outfit, Dante Maroni has been trained since birth. A silent rebel in the shadows, he has learned to hide his ruthlessness under his charm, his brutality under his suits, and his love for one woman under his silence. Infiltrating the Syndicate responsible for the missing children, Dante discovers information that shatters his reality and forces him to trigger a lethal game.

Daughter of the Maroni housekeeper, Amara has loved Dante for longer than she’s known it. Abducted and tortured at the young age of fifteen, she loses herself, her life, and her home as she knows it. Years after, unknowingly protected, she’s found some semblance of normalcy when her world collapses again, forcing her to join the game.

Mysteries are unraveled. Secrets are discovered. And their young love is transformed, replaced by a deep intimacy, power, and survival.

The reluctant king and inevitable queen play.

An empire of death is born.

This book contains graphic violence and sexual content recommended for 18 years and above. This is a dark, contemporary mafia romance.

This book. This couple. UGH! UGH! UGH!


Have you ever read a book and it literally makes your stomach churn in a good way while reading it. I’m talking about major butterflies and goosebumps. This is what that book did for me the entire time. The amount of detail and little specs of information we got here and there really kept me on my toes. I was constantly guessing what might happen and thought I was wrong most of the time, being left in the dark trying to figure out how everything was going to unfold was just part of all the fun. I was so excited for this book. Especially after reading book one and two. We met our main characters, Dante and Amara, throughout both books and I instantly loved them the moment they were introduced in the series. This book gave me all the feels. ALL OF THE FEELS. Dante and Amara have such great chemistry. It sizzles and sparks off the page. RuNyx does such a phenomenal job at crafting and creating such amazing, interesting, and unforgettable characters. It had such a great pace and truly kept me on my toes. I’m now ready for more.


I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

I’m an ancient soul trapped in a 26-year-old body. The phoenix is my spirit animal, books are my lifesavers, and words are my lifeblood.

I was born with stories in my veins. As far back as my memories go, story-telling has been a part of my life.

I stumbled upon writing accidentally while going through severe depression. Writing became not just a means of expressing but also catharsis. Every single character and every single story became precious. It taught me to love, to live, and most importantly, it made me discover who I was.

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