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Born, Darkly

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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.

*Trigger warning

304 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 19, 2017

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USA Today bestselling romantic thriller author. From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fictional worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fictional worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.

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173 reviews2,747 followers
February 19, 2018
“Grayson, this is over.” I hold up my hands. The ankle shackles slow his advance, but don’t stop him. “It’s never over.” He positions himself between the door and me. “For this to be over, one of us has to die.”



Have you ever heard about an amazing plan where so many different things can go wrong?


The Plot
I had so much hope for Born, Darkly and although the premise intrigued me, I was skeptical on how the author managed to pull a romance with a serial killer.
After finishing I realized, to me... this really wasn't a romance.

It fell more along the lines of a psychological thriller, and it read like an episode of Criminal Minds rather than a New Adult novel. With that purpose in mind, it actually kept me quite interested, it held certain points of suspense that made me want to read on! However, this is supposed to be a romance and as much as I want to give this book any more stars... I really can't.

This is definitely not for the faint of heart.

"Decorative art hangs strategically at eye level to keep my high-paying clients from staring at the shackled criminals in the waiting room."

Trisha Wolfe put the D (pun intended) in Dark.
Unfortunately, the D felt more like political philosophy rather than erotica.

Nothing really got me going, in hindsight - seeing all the amazing reviews for this. I feel like I'm the pickiest and stingiest person out here. It wasn't all that attractive, and being a pacifist - murderers and serial killers and people who take other peoples lives in general? Dry as the Sahara.

“No, I see myself as a hunter. They’re not victims; they’re predators stalking the woods in search of prey. If they fall into the hunter’s trap, then they were in a place they never should have been.”


The Romance
"No, I do not believe rehabilitation is achievable. Especially for the Bundys and Dahmers of the world."

I agree with this quote (taken from the book!) so much! Let me explain why....

Trigger Warnings: Murder, Rape, Kidnapping, Everything in between.

Meet Ted Bundy
"Ted Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile. He operated in various states in the USA and confessed to killing 30 women. He revisited crime scenes and indulged in sexual acts with the corpses. Bundy decapitated at least 12 victims and kept their heads as trophies in his apartment. Aged 42, Bundy died on the electric chair in 1989. His own defence attorney said, "Ted, was the very definition of heartless evil."
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Meet Jeffrey Dahmer
"Jeffrey Dahmer was responsible for dismembering 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Dahmer also indulged in necrophilia and cooking body parts of his victim, then eating them."
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Meet Charles Cullen
"Cullen worked as a nurse in many hospitals but kept switching jobs as he was fired for suspicious behaviour from many of them. He confessed to murdering 40 elderly patients in New Jersey from 1984 to 2003. He did this by poisoning his patients to death with unprescribed medication. He stated that he wanted to relieve the patients from their suffering much like an angel would."
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Meet Grayson Sullivan
He is our lead 'hero' in this story:
“My patient is the Angel of Maine. He kills ruthlessly. Without mercy, though his moniker suggests otherwise. And there’s not a bone in my body that can find fault with his logic. All his victims were deserving of punishment. And I identify with him, because I’m glad they’re dead.”


What they all have in common: They have all killed people.
There is no scale in murder.
Killing someone is killing someone.

This book set out to take the Robin Hood complex with it's romance, we saw the equally deranged and broken thought processes of both Grayson and London. It showed how Grayson was killing and torturing people that 'deserved' to be killed because they were killers, or rapists, or criminal themselves. This allowed Grayson to become a vigilante.

In all honesty, those criminals and sick rapists, and murderers probably deserved things worse than death. However, once Grayson chose to take the law onto himself and he himself, started killing and torturing people? He was no better.

There is no scale in murder.
Killing someone is killing someone.
Murder is NOT sexy, at least not to me.

"The rules of psychoanalysis are simple: there are no rules. In this safe haven, I can confess my excitement, my arousal at watching the woman be bound and racked until her limbs snapped. But I won’t admit that aloud. I refuse to give in to him."

The Writing
I really enjoyed the writing in this story. The narration was a brilliant tone that created a chilling atmosphere. It's mood was perfect for the topics it dealt with. At times, the story could get confusing, but I learnt early that, that was the style of the flow and rhythm of the pace.

“I hate you,” I whisper.
“You hate everything but me.”

It made me uncomfortable a lot of the time. The dialogue felt a bit robotic and monotone, but that was defeated by the over empowering monologue with both the characters. The structure of the book was also really cool. It was strategically orchestrated so that every little jigsaw piece the reader got, was put into place later on in the story. So hats off to the author for that!

The last handful of chapters threw me off completely! I did not see any of that coming and the twist had me at the edge of my seat. I wanted to give this two stars for all the points mentioned above, but I felt at the end of the day - It would be doing my beliefs an injustice.

I'm a massive fan of dark romance, and over the years I've read some pretty fucked up shit. I think the fact that we got a psychological and 'therapy' side to this story made things harder to deal with. Especially with everything going on in our world at the moment. With more and more girls coming out and saying they have been raped. With more murder cases and school shootings, I felt in the cultural context of things. I couldn't get myself to feel any empathy for their love.

“It’s a simple yin yang; dark and light feeding each side and devouring. A snake eating it’s own tail. A vicious cycle.”
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1,862 reviews30.1k followers
March 27, 2018
So, Trisha Wolfe is really talented.

Chick can write some seriously mind fucked characters, that's for sure.

You can tell she really did her homework as applied to Psychology 101...or maybe she's in the field herself...or perhaps she's just really good at bullshit.

Either way, I bought it, factual or not. So well done.

As said, I really enjoyed the psychological aspects of this story as well as the ways details of both main characters' pasts were peeled away layer by layer as the story progressed. There was also a lot of quality sexual tension and pull between the two main characters.

That said, I did feel like the romance takes a backseat to the psychological thriller aspect of this book, which is totally fine; however, that might also be why I find myself less than highly motivated to pick up book two - which is surprising what with how much I enjoyed this one.


Anyway, definitely pick this one up if you like psychological thriller-esque romance that focuses more on character interaction and development than on plot.
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March 11, 2018
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OH LA LA. Trigger warnings!

Book 1 in duet.
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.

FREE! (limited time) | AMZ US | AMZ UK |
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1,072 reviews51.4k followers
October 28, 2019
i've read this concept in romance before, but never has it been done so well!

i mean... it's a "romance" that never romanticizes the fucked up shit the main characters have done. i mean the H is a damn serial killer. and yet somehow you want to root for these two people to go all bonnie & clyde and just kill bad guys.

this book probably won't change your life and i think some of the psychology was dubious and a little overdone. but you feel both sophisticated and fucked up while reading, which is just how i like my dark romance.
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975 reviews1,114 followers
September 11, 2017

“A smart man once told me the wait for something to happen can drive a sane man mad. And this place is full of madness.”

HOLY SHIIIIIIIIIT!! What type of fuckedupness did I just get myself into?! I feel like I was taken on a crazy ride with no stops in sight and all I want to do right now is just drink! No seeing a therapist for me because after reading this story, I’m staying the hell away from anything that has an office and every other human being in sight. My head is spinning with so many questions right now, I can’t even articulate what I want to say without dropping some much needed F bombs. Seriously, What. Did. I. Just. read?!

Dr.London Nobel is a brilliant psychologist. Her work has been featured and taught in some of the best classes in understanding the mind of serial killers and how they operate. Putting her career first has always been a driving force for her because like most of us, it’s an underlying distraction from something much bigger in her personal life. On the outside, this woman is a force to be reckoned with her designer suits and flawless appearance, but underneath that, is a painful past that not only has it’s bearing on her emotionally, but physically as well.

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“It’s strange what impacts us. People don’t remember the good. They remember what guts them.”

Helping convicted serial killers try to understand themselves a little better and find out what makes their compulsion to kill is why Dr. Noble is the best at her job. Getting a new patient wasn’t in the cards for her but when she realizes it’s the infamous killer Grayson Sullivan, London knows that there’s no stopping what is about to happen. There’s this saying that if you so no evil, you hear no evil and let me tell you, that is a bunch of bull. I saw evil in this story and I damn sure heard it so that saying needs to go sit in a corner right now and take a nap.

“I want to break you, so I can piece you back together”.

There was so much that meets the eye when it came to these characters and knowing that there’s a darkness looming ahead, will make you literally eating out the palm of their hands in your quest to find answers. For fear of spoilers, I won’t be going into full details about Grayson Sullivan but what I will say is that some people are crazy with sociopath tendencies, and some are just certifiably insane and I have no clue what category Grayson falls in but I LOVED him! So on second thought, I think I will be needing that therapist after all.

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This man should’ve made me sick to my stomach with his past transgressions but there was so much more to him. There was a why to every reason and he took us on this insane merry go round journey that was filled with shocking behavior, vigilante justice, and missing puzzle pieces that we never even knew was lost. I’m still trying to wrap my head around what happened and quite frankly, I’m a bit of a hot mess right now.

This story was brilliant in every sense of the word and the author did something so extremely different. She made her readers work for the answers. I’ve never read anything like this and even though I’m confused as hell right now and livid with the cliffhanger, I still have to applaud her in thinking outside the box and making this story so damn addictive. This is by far one of my favorite reads of the year and I won’t be telling you that I think you should read it. You NEED to read it!! NO EXCEPTIONS.

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413 reviews2,238 followers
December 13, 2022
This book ATE and left no crumbs because I loved every second of it. 💅

Trisha Wolfe wrote this with such meticulous detail and it showed. I had so much fun while reading because everything about this book was so well thought out. The psychological aspect was phenomenal and I loved that about it. I love that I’ve found a new fav author!

I have to say that the plot was guessable until it wasn’t. I didn’t guess that there would be more to her past. It was actually a great plot twist and for that reason 5 Stars!

Somehow Trisha Wolfe got me to love the FMC as well as the MMC and I can’t get over them!

𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗗𝗢𝗡 𝗡𝗢𝗕𝗟𝗘 has a piece of my heart because she eventually took what she wanted without a glance backwards. The way she used her brain to draw out Graysons little tells. I specifically enjoyed the beginning where she handed that guy his ass in the courtroom 💅

𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗬𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗣𝗜𝗘𝗥𝗖𝗘 𝗦𝗨𝗟𝗟𝗜𝗩𝗔𝗡 was the definition of boy obsessed and I need that shit 𝒊𝒏𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒅 into my veins 🤌

He was so observant and learned all her ticks. The guy did everything to make them meet. And all the shit behind the scenes?? 🤭💘

He literally went through so much just to get to her and gahh this GUY is so interestingly psychotic I couldn’t help but wait with bated breath to see what he was going to do next. The amount of times he actually followed through with his word was so fucking refreshing.

He would go and say shit like this:

𝐀 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡. “𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞,” 𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐬.
“𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲. 𝐄𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐬.”



“𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐬𝐨 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫.”
~he’s giving Zade and I accept.

“𝐖𝐞’𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫. 𝐈’𝐦 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐧. 𝐒𝐨 𝐢𝐟 𝐈 𝐝𝐢𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐮𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐛𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞…𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐫.”

Oh, and this:

“𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐞.”

I have a thing for psychotic behaviour where he doesn’t give a fuck about anyone but the girl. Idc. Idc.


𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝘃𝗶𝗯𝗲𝘀:
- Cat and Mouse duet by HD Carlton
- Sinners duet by Sophie Lark
- Medicine Man by Saffron A Kent

(Warning: All these books are 𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲—even this one—so please check the TWs for these books)

𝗦𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗲:
It reminded me of 𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠 but without the brother and the fact that the MMC was actually a convicted murderer.
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2,225 reviews8,034 followers
October 1, 2017
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So right this second I closed that last page off and I’m sitting here flabbergasted, reeling, gob smacked, running over everything I just read, trying to make sense of it, twists and turns that had me spinning like a spinning wheel out of control, such a unique, suspenseful, things are not so black and white as they may seem, a nail biting read that has me wanting, needing, craving, stalking the next book in this series.

BORN, DARKLY: Is he first book within the (Darkly, Madly Duet #1) series by Trisha Wolfe.

Starting this I really had no idea what I was getting myself into, straight away your immersed into a courtroom setting that set the pace of this outstanding novel that had me gobsmacked from start to finish.

In this we meet London Noble, one of the top psychologists of criminal psychology in her field
and Grayson Pierce Sullivan (inmate number six, one, four) a convicted killer (the Angel of Maine) that London is psych analysing his disturbed clinical behaviours. He kills ruthlessly without remorse or mercy. He’s highly intelligent, with an IQ of 152.

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London’s waited for a chance like this to fall into her lap, to delve deep into the mind of Grayson. Grayson is a serial killer who does not repent he thinks he’s doing the world a favour by killing undesirables that have sick tendencies that the justice system would fail to convict. He’s their judge and jury and has no qualms and coming up with sick ways of killing them. In Born, Darkly I saw glimpses of the movie saw, the dark, gritty ways to kill and maim victims.

But what happens when London falls for Grayson? Their story is not an easy story to read, it’s dark, gritty, and sick but like a train wreck you can’t help but look at the destruction left behind, I feel like I’ve been put through the wringer, my mind is a jumbled mess for loving this as much as I did.

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If I was a praying person I would ask god to forgive me for loving this book so much!!

Ours is not a love story. Ours comes with a warning. And it's not over yet.

* Teasers used in my review are off the authors facebook page *

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429 reviews21.7k followers
December 12, 2018
okay so this was basically Saw meets the Joker/Harley Quinn and I loved it
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941 reviews917 followers
May 8, 2023
I have been waiting to read a book like this…

And it did not disappoint! The twists, the turns, the truths had me gasping. I. NEED. MORE!

Criminal psychologist London Noble is made to take on a new patient, a serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan, who has killed nine people, yet none of their bodies have ever been recovered. Her job is to analyze her patients and determine the kind of minds they have in order to commit these crimes. She has also helped many get off death row, and Grayson is about to go to trial in three months. What she doesn’t count on is how brilliant Grayson‘s mind is, and she’s about to experience what it’s like to be analyzed herself.

Grayson doesn’t just kill random people. He kills with a purpose. The “victims” are horrible people themselves- from murderers, to rapists, to ped@philes- they don’t deserve to live. Yet he finds justice and mercy in his actions- because all of his “victims” have choices- that’s how he offers clemency.

Gahhhhh!!! This book. This book had me GASPING! First of all, the chemistry between Grayson and London is combustible. The book doesn’t have tons of sexy times, but damn, what IS present was just so explosive. The stares, the breaths, the looks, the underlying connection is freaking SEXY🔥🥵. Jeeezus! Grayson might be the one behind bars and shackled, but the way he captivates London is visceral and seductive, causing her to be imprisoned by him. His intelligence is above anything London has ever experienced, and he knows EXACTLY what he’s doing. The “unintentional” touches, the selection of specific words, the actions that have to take place are all done with a purpose in mind- and Grayson knows what his end goal is. His cockiness is💦🥵😅 and it all centers around who he wants- London. This man might’ve been behind bars for the past year or so, but that doesn’t stop him from playing with London’s body and mind, and the end result is raw, passionate, and PRIMAL.

Although London tries to fight her attraction to him, she forgets one KEY thing to seduction- the biggest organ that must be seduced is the human mind- and Grayson plays her like a sexy musician 😅💦.

The pieces of the puzzle, the chemistry, the consequences, the unanswered questions have me moving onto book 2 ASAP!

⚠️safety squad⚠️
-no cheating/sharing/owd/omd
-there are mentions of ped@philes and their crimes
-there are tortures that are detailed
-as well as how certain people died
-we see the live death of a man
-dubcon/noncon ish when the H is being forceful
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888 reviews697 followers
September 17, 2017
This book absolutely blew me away. Few books have ever left me feeling as if my heart was ripped out, but this one was one of them. The story follows London, a smart and beautiful criminal psychologist who treats a convicted serial killer, Grayson. London gets fascinated by this dark man and falls for him.
I am a big fan of dark, gritty erotic psychological thrillers with an obsessive strong alpha male.
This book was for sure not a traditional romance/love story…This was so disturbing... This was twisted and evil, dark and dank…I've never come across such a complex, difficult, at times hard to watch relationship in my life. Regardless of how you feel about Grayson's sickly behavior, he has moments of vulnerability that shows a human side you can't ignore.
I really did enjoy this book, it was one I found myself racing towards the end to find out what happens but at the same time not really wanting it to end.
If you are looking for a tense, gripping edge of the seat, twisted kind of read this is definitely for you!

In short:
Hero 4/5 | Heroine 4/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 5/5 | Writing Style 4/5 | Steam 3/5 | Romance 3/5 | Angst-Suspense 5/5 | Darkness 4/5 | Humor 0/5 | Secondary Characters 3/5 | Drama-Conflict 4/5 | Mystery 4/5 | Twists 4/5 | Pacing Steady | Action 4/5

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698 reviews1,250 followers
May 5, 2021
So this was a Joker/Harley Quinn-esque, psychologist falls in love w a convicted murderer book. Tbh I didn't think I was gonna be into this just based on the fact that the antihero was incarcerated, cause I guess for me personally, fiction and romance wise it's just hard to respect a serial killer who got caught, yanno?

everyone reading this:

But man this book proved me wrong. All that psychopathy restrained on a leash while he's chained up and trying to push London over the edge, while she is hella turned on but still trying to maintain a sense of professionalism was just... hot af. The tension between these two was fantastic.

The whole time I was reading this I just wanted to laugh at the beautiful irony of someone like London being a criminal psychologist. If you are fascinated by serial killers on a level that is not wholly academic👀 and you put yourself in a position to have unlimited access to them.... bitch you're obviously gonna fuck one of them one day. It's just a matter of time!! Like where is the self awareness, girl—


Anyway, I was liking this a lot until around the 50% mark. Everything that happened during and after Grayson's arraignment scene I felt very indifferent towards. The arraignment itself was anticlimactic and let's just say Grayson could take a few lessons in theater from Daddy Frank Castle👀


After that tho, London started to really annoy me. Girl was just wishy washy as hell. I liked watching her narcissistic, I-will-always-be-the-last-man-standing tendencies rise to the surface, but aside from that she was all over the place. And the tension between her and Grayson dissolved for me. I was over it by the end so the cliffhangery ending didn't entice me to read onto book two. The first half: four stars. The second half: two stars == 3 had potential stars🌟
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3,916 reviews33k followers
April 11, 2021
4 stars

Well, that was a wild ride. I mean, I’m here for the occasional dark romance and I was excited to get to this as I’d heard lots of good things about it, but that was darker than I anticipated. I mean, Trisha Wolfe, are you okay girl? LOL but in all seriousness, this was really well written and captivating and messed up in the best way. There were a few hard to read parts and I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a romance, but it was kind of sort of one? Either way, I am interested to see what happens next with London and Grayson.

If you’re interested to read a book about a serial killer and a criminal psychologist who has her own secrets, I highly recommend this one. As I said before, I do consider it a bit more of a psychological thriller than a romance, but it still had some romantic elements. I feel like I need a little break between book one and two, but I’ll for sure get to the second one soon enough. I’m gonna read a few light and happy books in-between though.

Audio book source: Audible (purchased)
Story Rating: 4 stars
Narrators: Kate Genevieve and Joe Arden
Narration Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Contemporary (dark romance-ish)/psychological thriller
Length: 8 hours and 11 minutes

Profile Image for Selene.
933 reviews237 followers
March 10, 2018
3.75 stars

Solitude reveals who we are. Isolation is not loneliness; it’s the absence of noise and distraction. It forces you to acknowledge your worth. If you must surround yourself with people, you invite distractions from the one person deserving of your time: you.

This story had most of the elements I crave in dark romance: some legal drama, forbidden romance, a female lead in a position of power, and a male lead with a strong sadistic side. I loved the way Grayson stroked London’s childhood history out of her and I loved her physical response to him. But she didn’t play the cold and cunning card as well as he did and I wished there was more character development on both their parts. Enjoyed the author’s writing style but this one fell a bit short for me.

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21 reviews86 followers
March 16, 2023
“We’re connected, and we belong together. I’m already a dead man. So if I die in pursuit to obtain the unattainable…then that’s a death I can honor.”

The feeling when you go in blindly not expecting anything but come out loving every damn thing!!! Yes, this is what reading this felt like. I do not even regret choosing this over my exams.

This book is just unbelievably well done. The author put in the perfect amount of darkness, thrill, tension alongwith the psychological details being the cherry on the top. It's been a while since I've read something that had me all invested and anxiously anticipating the next course of actions.

The characters are amazingly written plus the intense tension between them like they were barely touching and I was ready to burst into flames. *chef's kiss*
The way they were self aware, always in each other's head and catching up with what game the other one was trying to play makes this more enjoyable because they weren't each other's victim. They were both hunters fighting for control.
There is barely any romance in there but the fact this doesn't affect the story one bit is just commendable. Idk how the author managed to do this but I am a fucking fan now.

"If I’m obsessed, then she’s infatuated—an explosive combination."

London Noble is really smart and strong. The way she carries herself, doesn't take shit from people, always does what she thinks is best for her including getting back at Grayson to protect herself and finally when she let goes of everything, accepting her past alongwith Grayson was what I needed.

Grayson Pierce Sullivan has my fucking heart, idgaf about what he did, is doing or will do. This man is so hot, intelligent, detail oriented , organised and observant, the way he saw right through her, sometimes I found myself questioning who was the doctor out of the two of them. The obsession he has with London alongwith everything that comes out of his mouth has me on chokehold like i feel it in my bones-

“It’s never over.” He positions himself between the door and me. “For this to be over, one of us has to die.”

“I love everything about you—even your sickness. It turns me on and drives me mad. The bad things you’ve done. I should despise what you are, but you caught me in your web, and I’m begging you to bleed me dry, that’s how twisted you got me.”

“I’m afraid that when it comes to you, London, I’ll never master that kind of control.”

"To me, she’s a dark goddess that should be feared."

*ok calm down*
I am gonna stop here but I truly can go on and on about this man. I mean I know already obsessive psychopaths fucked up men have a special hold on me.
Profile Image for dd (danerys).
472 reviews224 followers
December 25, 2021
what the actual fuck was that
that was so weird

so a therapist lady falls in love with this absolute psycho and i know that sounds good i thought it sounded good too but ITS NOT GOOD DONT READ IT I COULD BARELY MAKE IT THROUGH



the guy is so scary too 😭😭😭 idek how she thought he was hot and was in love with him he literally locked her in some jail cell chamber underground for who knows how long and drugged her and tortured her wtf


Profile Image for isy  | yuvi's wife.
210 reviews311 followers
May 23, 2023
Who said serial killers weren't sexy?

My brain is fucked after reading this book. Not only cause, well... I just fell for a serial killer, but also because said murderer is wayyyyyyyy too fucking smart for me.
Man was running laps around my brain and I was just left staring at him while he caused chaos up there.

Also, didn't NOT expect the craziness that transpired. Miss ma'am, miss London... you- I-
I don't know how to feel honestly
Profile Image for Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews .
1,409 reviews191 followers
September 5, 2017
Just incredible! I highlighted so much my Kindle is nothing but a blue neon sign at this point. Brilliant read, absolutely brilliant.

Born, Darkly is a dark, twisted, and filthy seduction. A doctor with a secret. A convicted death row patient with tormented answers. Doctor London Nobel and serial killer Grayson Sullivan see things within each other that they shouldn’t: a kindred spirit. What happens between them becomes more than patient-Doctor.

Dr. Nobel lives a life of lonely solitude, for the most part. She’s trying to understand her own demons outside work and looking for answers to unlock her past.

“Were my memories even real anymore, or just fragments of the truth tangled with my nightmares? Like an old cassette tape being recorded over and over, my memories now play back a garbled distorted song.”

Grayson Sullivan has long understood his psychotic predilection. He’s calculated and has motives beyond anything anyone dreamed of. He’s an angel of death for the depraved. The serial killer of killers. He only comes for you if you’ve done very, very bad things. If your heart is pure, you have nothing to fear. He will force a very confused and yet eager doctor to face her fears and do the unthinkable.

“We weren’t born the day we took our first breath. We were born the moment we stole it”

In all honesty, this is not only one of my favorite reads this year, but one of my favorites from author Trisha Wolfe. She has attempted to leave her writing comfort zone and jump into a genre that is more gripping and dark than her previous works. It can be a scary adventure with a precarious outcome when she challenges her fans to come along for the ride. I, for one, found myself hanging onto the bumper by my fingernails; sometimes having to cover my eyes, yet looking through my fingers for what was to come next.

Born, Darkly is a forbidden relationship fraught with a fantastically diabolically twisted plot.

A must read.

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

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691 reviews1,884 followers
July 9, 2022
i needed something with a serial killer MC after finishing the mindfuck series... and i think it’s safe to say serial killer heroine >>>>>>>>>>> serial killer hero.
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477 reviews252 followers
January 8, 2019
”Ours is not a love story—we’re too volatile, too explosive for monotony. No, our story comes with a warning.

=> Warning ⚠️ : I curse a fucking lot in this review.

Oh well, this book is fucked up. And I wasn’t expecting anything less.
The characters are fucked up, the story is fucked up, the romance is fucked up, even the writing is fucked up - in a beautiful way because I loved it - overall everything is fucked up.

“Just like Grayson once said: we’re an inevitability”

The couple is completely toxic and crazy, but together they somehow are free, more themselves than they ever were. And it’s beautiful in a fucked up that makes me question my sanity and morals kinda way.
And I ship them? Wtf is wrong with me? I don’t know but fuck it.

I was really conflicted about reading this book, mostly because I knew either I was going to love it or hate it, but that either way it was going to fuck my head and that’s exactly what it did.

“He tastes hypnotic. Like a drug. Like freedom.”

I need more time to arrange my emotions, but one thing that I know is that this is definitely a fantastic book.
This author can definitely write some fucked up shit and make it look good - not good, but good to read, a very nice good read, you know? Lol. That’s not funny but it does make an interesting, involving with a lot of twists and turns that lives you wanting more read.

I won’t say too much because I’ll definitely spoil somethings, and I when into this book blind. And I think there isn’t a better way to go, because so much happens that if I knew about it I wouldn't have had so much fun reading this book.

But this is not for the faint of hearts.

TW: violence; kidnapping; emotional, psychological and physical (sometimes) torture; death; pedophilia: obsession and suicide.

“No, ours is not a love story. Ours comes with a warning.
And it’s not over yet.
Of course, no one heeds warnings. If ours began with a beware, my story begins with a threat.
Do not enter”

And now I’m jumping to the sequel because I need answers.
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455 reviews
August 7, 2019
"You're mine, London. We can dance this violent dance until we bleed each other dry, or we can surrender. You're choice. But I will have you."


Devo prendere un bel respiro, e non è facile, perchè mi sento ancora Grayson addosso. E' come una macchia che più gratti per toglierla, non viene via.

London Noble è una psicologa, una brava, davvero brava, e decide di iniziare delle sedute con Grayson Pierce Sullivan, un uomo condannato per tanti omicidi. Lei non è affatto intimidita da quest'uomo, non solo perchè è sempre ammanettato durante le loro sedute, ma perchè fa parte del suo lavoro capire le persone come lui, capire cosa gli passa per la testa mentre fanno queste cose orribili. Per lei le persone sono come oggetti, oggetti che vuole studiare.

Ma London non ha idea di chi sia quest'uomo. Grayson è un manipolatore di livelli indecenti, ogni parola che lui pronunciava era una manipolazione, persino io, lettore, sono finita nella sua trappola. Non riuscivo a decifrare niente di quest'uomo. Il buio più totale.
Come se non bastasse, ha anche un quoziente intellettivo altissimo, sa ogni cosa di London e di chiunque altro, gli basta schioccare le dita ma il suo cervello lo sa già. E' anche affetto da sinforofilia, cioè prova piacere sessuale nell'osservare disastri. Eh si, che uomo d'oro! Eppure io mi sono innamorata di lui, di come si prende gioco di London, di come cerca di farle capire che loro sono uguali, che hanno gli stessi traumi e gli stessi segreti nascosti, lui la smaschera e lei, anche se non vorrebbe, si innamora perdutamente di questo assassino, perchè non può farne a meno, alla fine sentirà che gli appartiene.

Ora, per come è finito, vorrei avere Born, Madly immediatamente ma so che dovrò aspettare almeno qualche mese, ma se volete un piccolo indizio da parte mia, prevedo un NON HEA.
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579 reviews242 followers
May 11, 2023
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WTF WAS THIS 😭 i was enjoying the first half but then it become too unhinged.

just some dude with a couple of diagnosed mental illnesses killing people left and right. and for some reason his therapist who was trying to prevent his death penalty -which she did the opposite- falls in love with him🤨🤨 obviously it's fiction but there's no way a doctor could be this unethical???

i have to stop believing when i saw someone saying "they found a book similar to mindfuck" because it never is?? this couple reminded me mara and cole from sinners duet(also a disappointment), mmc is a psychopath and i don't believe for a second he's capable of loving someone and fmc is delusional👍🏼

grayson(hero) was scary and i stop reading because i don't feel safe anymore?? he BURIED HER ALIVE for how many minutes god knows while he was claiming loving her? 😡 i loved lana from mindfuck because she would kill herself before harming logan🥰 so this little psycho torturing and scaring his lover wasn't for me.

idk if it's lawyer in me talking but i didn't feel it's justified just because he was killing rapists or people like that. he was enjoying torturing them and i know i didn't finish the duet but i don't believe they could ever have a hea because one day this man can decide he wants to kill her and i wouldn't be surprised.

i'll stick to sweet romances or dark romances with unhinged heroes who actually loves their lover 💅🏽💋
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125 reviews39 followers
April 10, 2021
5 stomach churning stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lord, oh, Lord. I can’t remember the last time a book had my heart thrumming in giddy anticipation and my blood pulsing in timid excitement.

This book had me hooked the moment I read the premise, because isn’t there something so diabolically erotic about a criminal psychologist falling in love with a convicted murderer?

”I’m still in control of my mind and emotions, despite my fears. And I refuse to admit I’m falling for a patient. I refuse to fall for a killer.”

Grayson Sullivan is a serial killer and a master manipulator with an IQ of 152, he’s convicted of five murders and has served one year of a life sentence. Before being transferred to a maximum security penitentiary, he decides to have therapy sessions with a criminal psychologist, London Noble, who would evaluate and diagnose him before his trial in three months, and speak on his behalf at the trial and advocate for leniency.
In his therapy sessions with London we catch glimpses of his ingenuity and sometimes beneath his cold, hard veneer you could peek just a hint of vulnerability. These sessions promptly turn into a game for Grayson where instead of being analyzed by London he starts dissecting her. Learning her quirks, her fears, her secrets.

“A week together, and she still doesn’t get it. There’s nothing to be found. I’m not here for myself, to resolve my psychotic tendencies. To be rehabilitated with the hopes of reentering society.
I’m here for her.”

London Noble, a criminal psychologist, provides rehabilitation to inmates and convict murderers under the pretense of helping them, but in reality she’s no better than the criminals she treats. She’s a hypocrite and harbors her own grueling secrets. Secrets that if revealed could result in incarceration. Secrets that are disinterred by Grayson in such an ingenious, compelling way that will leave you bristling.

“I was vain to believe I could simply outwit him. He’s offered me nothing of his past or himself.
He’s been the one gathering and collecting intel. On me.”

Although romance felt like a subplot in this book, I loved the chemistry between Grayson and London. They were like two different poles of a magnet, attracting each other, unable to fight the gravitational pull. Their connection pulsed with electricity, curiosity, passion with an undercurrent of lust. It was such a heartwarming, womb-clenching experience to watch their patient and doctor relationship evolve into something forbidden, something lethal.
London’s every moment in Grayson’s presence was spend wondering if his emotions were contrived or sincere.

”Dejection fills his eyes before he’s able to mask his expression. I remind myself that it’s not true emotion; he’s a manipulator.”

Grayson’s personality rouses many questions in the readers mind, all of which were astutely answered by the author. Trisha Wolfe is, undoubtedly, my new favorite author. Love her writing style it’s so peculiar and gripping. I’d definitely recommend you check her works out.
Profile Image for Melanie (mells_view).
1,729 reviews351 followers
September 29, 2017
3.5 "My sick matches your sick," stars

When I saw this, I was expecting dark and sexy. When I read it I got a mind-blowing dark psychological twisty read. This is actually my first Trisha Wolfe read, and she proved that she knows how to write a story. It feels smart, but also easy to understand. It's dark, but not for shock value. It's part of the characters and true to their stories.

My only complaint is that it is a very slow slow slow build. For me it didn't feel like the good kind of build, but it definitely redeemed itself once everything started to happen. When the dominos fall, they fall hard, and the end result is exciting. I don't want to say much more, because I feel like it will ruin the read. I say go into this one blind just know it's more psychological than romance. It's dark and has dark themes and triggers, but to me it still felt more slow psychological thriller than anything else. If you have a hard time at the start, push through. It's so worth it.

There is another book, but the first part of the story IS complete and feels that way. You're not left hanging, but more so left prepared for more to come. So if you're hesitant to read because it says duet, I'd go for it anyway.

Can't wait for book two to see what happens next!
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294 reviews121 followers
October 23, 2021
Do yourself a favor if hot, Irish accents are your thing, and listen to the audiobook - thank me later

Harley Quinn meets the Joker for the first time? HELL to the yes, count me in. Now, this trope could go wrong on so many levels, but that didn’t happen in this case. Was it kinda sick and twisted? Yep. Did I enjoy it? Yep, and if you do too, let’s go to therapy together🥰

"We weren’t born the day we took our first breaths. We were born the moment we stole it.

Must admit, pretty refreshing with characters that make "morally grey" look cute.
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