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Blog Tour + ARC Review: ‘Savage Hearts’ by J.T. Geissinger

Savage (adjective):
1) Not domesticated; wild and untamed
2) A brutal or vicious person
3) Malek Antonov

Savage Hearts, the highly-anticipated third standalone in the Queens & Monsters mafia romance series by JT Geissinger is available now!


Savage (adjective):
1) Not domesticated; wild and untamed
2) A brutal or vicious person
3) Malek Antonov

He’s a myth. A ghost. A legend. A Bratva assassin so feared, some won’t even dare to speak his name.

He comes in search of vengeance for the death of his brother, but what he finds instead is me.

A girl he thinks is someone else. Someone unrelated to the man who killed his brother. Except I am.

And when he finds out my true identity, he decides to take me as repayment for what he lost.

Now, I’m a little bird trapped in a cage, and the only way to survive is to make friends with the monster who captured me.

Except friendship isn’t what the monster has in mind.


4.5 ‘Little bird’ Stars!

ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

This book. This series, guys! I am so surprised with myself because I don’t normally go for mafia romance, but J.T. Geissinger’s Queens & Monsters series has me completely addicted. I really loved the first two installments, so I am not surprised that I loved the third one. I mean, yes, is it realistic to fall in love with your kidnapper? Heck no. But romance is not realistic (most of the time) and it’s a way to escape the actual reality. And you know what? In J.T’s world I am all over the idea of a sassy editor falling for a hot Russian assassin. And I am pretty sure I am not the only one!

So, Savage Hearts is the third installment in the series and it’s all about Riley Keller (you remember Sloane from Carnal Urges, right? This is her little sister!) and Malek Antonov, a Russian assassin ready to take revenge on his brother’s death, which happened to be done by none other than Declan O’Donnell (Riley’s future brother-in-law). Riley is right in the middle of everything and she gets kidnapped by Malek when he discovers who she really is. But neither expects the sexual tension and the connection that starts building between them. What will be stronger, love or revenge? You’ll have to read the novel and find out!

“I take back what I said about you being a gentleman.” “I’ll burst into tears over that right after you give me your fucking mouth.”

You know why I love this mafia series so much? Because J.T. Geissinger manages to give us a complex dark romance which also happens to be full of banter and sassiness. I am sure I have said this many times but J.T.’s heroines are my JAM. They do not take shit from anybody and I freaking love that. Riley is just as kickass as Malek and together? WOW. That chemistry burns the pages, let me tell ya! But, again, not surprised about that because J.T. is an expert of all things steamy and hot AF alphas. And when that is mixed with banter, connection and all the feels you didn’t expect? You get this wonderful book and characters that will stay in your mind for a long while.

“My beautiful obsession. This monster belongs to you, sweet girl. I’m tied up in chains at your feet.”

Therefore, I am rating Savage Hearts with 4.5 STARS because it’s another amazing addition to the series that I can assure keeps getting better with each book. I love these characters, seeing all layers of their personalities and how that affects the developing relationship. Riley and Malek were so good together, complete opposites that work so well as a power couple. And their chemistry, burning HAWT! I am so excited we are getting more stories in the series and I cannot wait to read Spider’s because I am so ready after that epilogue. If you are a fan of the previous installments, be sure not to miss this one!

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“Yeah. Oh—can I ask you a favor? Will you please not hurt him? Kieran, either. He’s the other bodyguard. The bigger one. They’re both really nice.”

Malek stares at me in disbelief.

“Sorry. Is that asking too much? It’s just that I’d never get over it if they got hurt because of me. They’re only trying to do their jobs.”

After a moment, he says angrily, “You know who I am. You know what I do. Correct?”

“Yes. I’ve been filled in on the particulars.”

“And you’re lying there with my hand around your neck asking me not to hurt your bodyguards.”

He says it like my sanity is in question.

“I know it’s maybe a little unorthodox.”

“No,” he says flatly.


He growls, “What the fuck is wrong with you?”

“There’s no need to get testy.”


“I’m just saying. You don’t have to get all mad about it.”

Furious again, he glares at me, grinding his jaw and probably calculating how much pressure it will take to snap the brittle bird bones in my neck.

Before he does, I say, “I also want to thank you for the rose you left me. That was really nice. I’ve never had a man bring me flowers before. I know it was only the one, and also you thought I was a captive prostitute at the time, but still. It was thoughtful. So thank you.”

He stares at me with an expression somewhere between confusion and amazement, with a healthy dose of disgust on the side

“Now is probably a good time to remind you that I’m still the same person you left the rose for. So if you did kill me, you’d be killing her, too. Just a thought.”

“Are you on drugs?”

“Not at the moment, no. Why, do you have any?”

“There’s something wrong with you. Mentally. Right?”

That makes me laugh. “Oh, totally. I’ve got more than a few screws loose. At least that’s what my dad tells me. But he’s super uptight, zero imagination, so his opinion doesn’t really count. Not that he’s wrong, because he isn’t, but normies shouldn’t judge creatives. They just have no idea how we’re wired. Why are you looking at me like that?”

“I’ve never had a conversation with an insane person before.”

“Very funny.”

“It wasn’t a joke.”


We stare at each other in silence. His hostile, mine hopeful. He still hasn’t murdered me, so things are looking up.


“What.” He says it flatly. With dread.

“Thank you for not killing me.”

He says emphatically, “Don’t thank me yet.”

“You’re still deciding?”

“If only to get you to shut up, yes.”

“In that case…” I make a zipper motion across my lips.

He watches with outrage, astonishment, and absolute disbelief.

“Actually, before I shut up, I also want to say that it was really sweet that you tried to save me from being a sex worker. I mean, what a gentleman! A gentleman killer who gives strangers big wads of cash in restrooms. You’re quite the puzzle, Mr. Ghost. Or is it just Ghost? I’m never sure how the nickname thing works, except between me and my sister, but that doesn’t count because my whole family is a little weird. I’ll just call you Malek, if that’s all right. Or Mal for short, since we’re such buds now, what with you breaking into my various bedrooms for midnight visits and all. Okay, I’m shutting up now. Here I go.”

I press my lips together and gaze up at him, watching him struggle with dueling urges to cut off my air supply or break something over my head.

Maybe he’s right about me being insane, because rather than terrifying, I find his indecision understandable.

He’s not the first man I’ve driven to the brink of murder. He’s just the most capable of actually going through with it.

“Oh, one more thing—”

“I know a way to keep that mouth quiet,” he snaps.

Then he kisses me.

J.T. Geissinger is a #1 internationally bestselling author of twenty-seven novels. Ranging from funny, feisty rom coms to intense, edgy suspense, her books have sold over five million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages.

She is a three-time nominee in both contemporary and paranormal romance for the RITA® Award, the highest distinction in romance fiction from the Romance Writers of America®. She is also a recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book and the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy.

She’s a Southern California native currently living in Nevada with her husband and rescue kitty, Zoe.

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