THE JOKER is Book 3 in the SOLDIERS OF ANARCHY series by Nikki J Summers. It is a New Adult standalone. (But you really want to read the entire series in sequence to be sure to get the most out of it and TOTALLY RECOMMEND the audiobooks, narrated by Shane East and Faye Adele!)
I’ve listened to this book on audio because the narrators are just so good! Faye Adele and Shane East are just brilliant and as I’ve listened to the previous books already, I knew I was in for eargasms.
It’s been a hot minute since I listened – twice in a row! After the first time, I burst into tears, simply because it was over. I couldn’t let go yet and so I listened again. The Joker (as all the author’s books) is an incredible story with deep, dark characters that move you to the core. It took me a while to be able to write about it. Because it’s that good. Because it went so deep. Because it will be a part of me forever. Because I had to digest it first. The things I felt were intense in the best sense. To me, Summer’s books are the perfect blend of true love and darkness. Heart and hate go hand in hand. There is no dark between the two lovers, but there is plenty of dark inside and outside of them.
I will not include any spoilers but what makes this book stand out in the series (and also the Rebels of Sandland series) is the darkness in the FMC’s character. Then again, no other woman but Shelley is a match for Colton. It had to be a character like hers because not only does she reflect the darkness in him, but she also tickles his hunter’s instinct, as well as the protective one. – Not that she needs it. Until she does.
This book has scenes and sentences that pulled so hard on my heartstrings that I had to rewind several times over to listen again and again. The depth of the characters, the trauma and the parts that start to heal as they are brought out into an open vulnerability that is deeply touching, all of this makes The Joker a great book that will forever live in my personal Hall of Fame!
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Nikki J Summers is a British author who was born and raised in Birmingham, the home of the Peaky Blinders. She currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two children, a cavapoo called Poppy, and two guinea pigs, Cookie and Blaize. She writes U.K. based new adult and dark romance stories about morally grey heroes who would burn the world to save their heroine. Those heroines usually save themselves, but the heroes are always by their side holding the matches. Much like her soldiers, she wears many masks; schoolteacher, romance writer, wife, mother, daughter, sister... the list is endless, but she loves wearing every single one of them. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her curled up with a good book or bingeing a Netflix box set. She loves to hear from readers, so please feel free to reach out.