Ryder, Garrett, Kenzo, and Diesel—The Vipers.
They run this town and everyone in it. Their deals are as sordid as their business, and their reputation is enough to bring a grown man to his knees, forcing him to beg for mercy. They are not people you mess with, yet my dad did. The old man ran up a debt with them and then sold me to cover his losses.
Yes, sold me.
They own me now.
I’m theirs in every sense of the word. But I’ve never been meek and compliant. These men, they look at me with longing. Their scarred, blood-stained hands holding me tight. They want everything I am, everything I have to give, and won’t stop until they get just that. They can own my body, but they will never have my heart.
The Vipers? I’m going to make them regret the day they took me.
This girl? She bites too.
Den of Vipers is a visceral tale of healing and acceptance; one of letting go of the ghosts of the past and embracing what the present has to offer. What begins as a recount of a woman being offered to a crime family in exchange for a debt, blooms into a narrative highlighting the growth of a group of damaged souls surviving and thriving.
Where this story truly shines is with its characters and their evolution. We have Roxy, a tough-as-nails dive bar owner, who has learned through pain to only depend on herself as an act of defiant freedom. Then we have the Vipers. Ryder, the ice-cold alpha. Kenzo, the strategic and charismatic flirt. Diesel, the fanny-pack toting, bloodthirsty lunatic. And Garrett, the broken, hateful protector. As the chapters go on, Roxy attempts and succeeds at soothing old scars, while the Vipers give her the room and support to become her true self. Snarky dialogue and hilarious interactions balance beautifully with the intensely emotional moments, and the layers of each of the main cast are peeled away, unveiling the beauty beneath.
The plot of the novel is a both bit thin and exaggerated, but I came into this book with a promise of a good time, which I got in spades. Excessive violence, explicit and inventive steam, and a foul-mouthed badass FMC? Count me in. I will say I felt this was a tad too long with a few holes and unanswered questions, but all in all I had a blast with Roxy and her Vipers. If dark and raw RH romances are your thing, you’re not afraid of a healthy dose of bloodshed, and you’re looking for a wild romp, then Den of Vipers may be what you need.
CW: This is not a read for the faint of heart, and has some pretty intense triggers. I highly suggest taking a look at the comprehensive list of warnings before diving in.
Katie has been obsessed with stories and escaping to new and exciting lands for as long as she can remember. Her passion for writing only grew the more she read and eventually, she decided to start writing all the stories and characters that were demanding her attention.