BAD SAINT by Monica James

Volume One

Release date: May 6th 2019

Series: All The Pretty Things Trilogy, Volume One  

Genre: Dark Romance

Cover Designer: Sommer Stein— Perfect Pear Creative Covers


I was kidnapped on my honeymoon by three masked men.



Destination unknown.

I was told to stay silent and abide by their rules. But they didn’t realize I wasn’t a victim…not anymore.

The open sea was my backdrop for nine torturous days. During that time, glimmers of my fate were revealed by a man with the mysterious chartreuse-colored eyes. He should have scared me, but he didn’t.

He intrigued me. And I intrigued him.

He punished me when I didn’t listen, which was every single day. But beneath his cruelty, I sensed he was guarding a grave secret.

I was sold.

And in a game of poker, no less.

My buyer? A Russian mobster who likes to collect pretty things. Now that I know the truth, I only have one choice.

Sink or swim.

And when one fateful night presents me the opportunity, I take it. I just never anticipated my actions would leave me shipwrecked with my kidnapper.

He needs me alive. I want him dead.

But as days turn into weeks, one thing becomes clear—I should hate him…but I don’t.

My name is Willow.

His name is Saint.

Ironic, isn’t it? He bears a name that denotes nothing but holiness yet delivers nothing but hell. However, if this is hell on earth…God, save my soul.







My Review

Monica James’ new release, Bad Saint, is an apt moniker for Willow and Saint’s story, and as the plot unfolds, readers learn how Willow became the fierce fighter that she is, why she refused to play the victim from the moment she was taken, and how her inner strength gave her the willpower not to break, even when that’s exactly what her captors demanded of her.

Even though the events that happen to Willow on her honeymoon are truly frightening, they don’t quite capture the full gravity of her situation; there have been people orchestrating her abduction, working behind the scenes for reasons unknown to Willow and readers, to ensure that the kidnapping occurs exactly as planned and as her days of captivity head into the double-digits and small clues are provided as to why it occurred in the first place, what we do learn is that Willow’s kidnapping is part of a much bigger plan, and it seems that not even Willow’s main captor has a choice in what’s going to happen to Willow once she’s handed over to the man who bought her and who plans to make her his slave.

Monica James masterfully explores the unusual dynamics of Saint and Willow’s relationship as he prepares to make her submit to his every desire and works to mold her into a compliant submissive. And while readers get the entirety of Saint and Willow’s story solely through her perspective, the additional insights that are provided at the beginning of each chapter help to provide much needed information from a person whose stake in this situation is more significant than anyone realized, and it’s these details that allowed me to see what both sides are fighting against and for and what that means for the bond that Saint and Willow are forming regardless of the fact that he’s to blame for her disappearance.

The further into the story I got, the more questions I had and the more information I needed to unpack, so when I finally reached the end of volume one, the situation didn’t seem any less confusing, especially with what’s revealed in the last few pages, which means that I need volume 2 as soon as possible so I can figure out what the newest revelations mean for the angel and her ‘bad saint.’   

4.5 Poison Apples


Author Bio

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.

She is a bestselling author in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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