Today, we’re celebrating the release of A CRUEL LOVE by S.M. Soto.

It is a romantic suspense title that is part of the Cavalieri Della Morte set.

A Cruel Love is on sale now for only $2.99 or you can read it for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!





As a hitman for hire, Percivale is no stranger to violence.

From the moment he saw Blossom Jaymes through the window of her bakery, he knew he was in too deep. Not only was she as sweet as her perfectly crafted treats, but she was a soft-spoken, golden-haired angel that shone like a bright beacon in his dark world. And Percivale didn’t deal in angels. He dealt in death and crime. The even bigger issue? Percivale’s next hit is on said sweet little baker who doesn’t seem to realize how much danger lurks around her with each passing day.

If he doesn’t get the job done, who will?

When Percivale has to decide what’s more important to him—the life of a woman who may very well be innocent or getting his revenge on the men who murdered his family—the lines become blurred. Morals are twisted and a deathly chase ensues that can only result in one thing—Blossom buried six feet under.

Or can it?

Can Percivale let his lust for revenge go in order to save Blossom from the bounty on her head, or will the power she unknowingly holds over him be what gets her killed?

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My Review

I’m no stranger to S.M. Soto’s dark romances, so I was ready for the messed up situations and dark circumstances that the hero and heroine would have to face at the hands of potential enemies, sadistic bastards, and even one another.

The world that Percivale introduces Blossom to is not one she would ever choose to be a part of, but it’s one she now must try to venture through and to endure because she is forced to face situations that test her boundaries, test her strength, and test her trust in a man who was supposed to kill her and now can’t seem to let her go.

Blossom is innocent to the darker/harsher sides of life but that does not mean she’s weak. She definitely has a backbone; she challenges him and doesn’t back down and this is shown throughout the story. And, despite her breakdowns, which who wouldn’t have them based on the world she was thrust into, this is the kind of woman Percivale needs – one who can go toe-to-toe with him even if they are on opposite sides.

The man and killer that Percivale becomes seems fitting. What he endured as a child is something that cannot be forgotten, and it makes sense that it’s a driving force in shaping who he is. Revenge is what drives him at the beginning…it’s what pushes him…what feeds his darkened soul…what helps to stymie the fractures that have been a part of him since he watched the life leave those he loved

It’s necessary that they question their attraction to each other because their values, their views on life and how it’s supposed to be lived are on opposite sides. But ultimately, fighting their bodies’ need for one another gets to a point where it can no longer be denied, which means they’ll have no choice but to give into their need for each other. And regardless of their hot and cold interactions, the push and pull of their connection, and the fact that it is an extremely bad idea to give into their desire, they can’t give each other up even if Perc’s initial mission was to kill Blossom.

S.M. Soto clearly illustrates that Percivale and Blossom’s love is a cruel one. There’s nothing easy about the love they share, not only because of Percivale’s dark tastes and his chosen profession but also due to how different their lives  were before she found herself under Percivale’s command and, at times, protection. There are many things that Blossom will have to face in order to remain by Perc’s side, and while there were a few parts along the way, especially at the end, where I needed a bit more explanation and insight about Perc and Blossom’s words and actions, when the story ended, I felt good about where these two ended up and accepted the fact that their time apart was necessary for both of them to determine just what they wanted for themselves and from each other.

4.5 Poison Apples


S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise (carbs are life).

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