Book Review: Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe

Title: Born, Darkly (Darkly, Madly #1)
Author: @TrishaWolfe
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 312 pages
Rating: 5 Stars


He challenged her sanity. 

She shattered his reality. 

They dared each other…to the brink of madness.

A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she’s forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.

Grace Review

In other words, just my kind of book!!

When I heard this author was writing a book about a serial killer, I was immediately intrigued. I’ve always been fascinated by serial killers, having read a number of true crime novels in my youth. So, a dark romance book, where the heroine falls for the anti-hero, was right up my alley. To be clear, the heroine is not a serial killer groupie (yes, those exist), but rather a psychologist, who is brought in to see if he can be reformed.

Grayson Sullivan is a complex anti-hero. Shaped by a harsh upbringing, his morals are non-existent. He is disturbing to the core, taking pleasure in others pain, but he’s a vigilante of sorts. Are his killings justified? Isn’t he doing society a favor? These are questions I and London Noble, his assigned psychologist, wrestle with throughout the book.

Essentially, this book is a battle of the minds. Who can outsmart the other. London is initially intrigued by Grayson, and the idea of fixing the unfixable. Told in dual POV, we learn that she isn’t entirely in control. Grayson is a master manipulator, and the fact that London forms an attraction to him, only makes his job easier. I was surprised how much control she did give him.

My connection to Grayson goes deeper than simple transference. When I look into his eyes, I see myself.

Grayson’s trial surprised me in many ways. First, it was the new position London took. Then it was Grayson’s reaction to it. But the real shocker was learning just how clever Grayson is, thinking two to three steps ahead. As evil as he is, he is a fascinating character. I loved watching him break London (yes, I’m not normal).

This is about her. Where she fits into the puzzle. It’s time we start peeling back her layers.

To avoid spoilers, I won’t reveal how Grayson takes control, but I was surprised by how much he understood London. Part of it was a guess on his part, but it amazed me how he leads her an unexpected direction, with the patient role almost flipping.

She is my salvation. And I am her long-awaited consequence.

This author caught my attention with her dark thriller seires, With the Ties that Bind, and this book reaffirms by admiration for her and her wicked mind. I loved the psychological cat and mouse game Grayson and London played, and the courtroom twists added a layer to further complicate things.

“Why do you think I was so tempted from the start? You came to me as a beautiful disaster already.”

In the battle of the minds, it is obvious that Grayson has won round one. As part two of a duet, we’ll have to wait to see if London can rise to his level, and whether she’ll fully give in to him, or fight a new battle for her own win.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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