Book Review

Still Beating

When Cora attends her sister’s birthday party, she expects at most a hangover or a walk of shame. She doesn’t anticipate a stolen wallet, leaving her stranded and dependent on Dean—her arch nemesis and ultimate thorn in her side.

And she really doesn’t anticipate waking up in shackles in a madman’s basement.

To make matters worse, Dean shares the space in his own set of chains.

After fifteen years of teasing, insults, and practical jokes, the ultimate joke seems to be on them. The two people who always thought they’d end up killing each other must now work together if they want to survive.

But Cora and Dean have no idea their abductor has a plan for them. A plan that will alter the course of their relationship, blur the line between hate and love, and shackle them together with far more than just chains.

(Goodreads Summary) 

My Thoughts 

This read is one that I found through one of my dark romance Facebook groups and I was completely drawn in by the cover. I mean LOOK AT THAT COVER! 

This book is gut wrenching, sad, heartbreaking, uncomfortable, so angsty, and so steamy. It ripped my soul apart and put it back together… MULTIPLE TIMES. It was a rollercoaster with so many emotions going on up in there and I needed a nap after finishing. It was just a LOT. I mean the premise of the book was enough, but what came after just was sooooo MUCH. My little black heart almost couldn’t take it. 

So I’ve seen the reviews on Goodreads and a lot of them complain about Cora. 

Yes, she is a self absorbed and a selfish person at points. 

Yes, the author makes the sister seem really superficial compared to Cora and almost like she deserves what’s coming to her. 

However, this is a FORBIDDEN DARK ROMANCE…. 

It’s not going to be tied up in a pretty bow and the characters are not going to be perfect. Cora and Dean did piss me off at times and I thought they handled the situation poorly… duh. But, I didn’t care because this story is so raw and engaging and I couldn’t put it down. 

Also…. the Cora and Dean banter is freaking priceless. Even in their worst moments, they would say something to one another that would make me laugh. How the sister didn’t see how much they wanted to bang each other, I will never know… There were so many red flags, girl, how did she not know?!? 

This book also deals with the aftermath of a traumatic experience and it BROKE MEEEEEE… 

Cora and Dean just could not get it together for a while, but the sister kinda pissed me off because she just thought everything and everyone would be back to normal…. Like three weeks later…. This is why I don’t really care that the author made her sister superficial… I mean look at the evidence hahaha. 

The story is told in three parts and each part is as gut wrenching as the next…. If you are going to read this read… be prepared for tissues boys and girls. Each part also contains one of the character’s perspectives and it provided such a richness to the story. 

This book was hard to read in the best way and although I wanted to punch the characters most of the time. I loved them and their story. 

My Book Rating

5/5 Book World 

5/5 Romance 

5/5 Plot 

5/5 Characters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Details

Still Beating by Jennifer Hartmann 

Genre: Forbidden Dark Romance   

Published on December 30, 2020 

Copy Read: ebook 

Pages: 366

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