Review: Mad Love by Shana Vanterpool

Posted October 2nd 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / 0 Comments

TRIGGER WARNING: References to rape and physical abuse.


Mad Love

Review: Mad Love by Shana VanterpoolAuthor: Shana Vanterpool
Series: Guns & Ink Series #1
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release date: September 25th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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Star rating:
Heat rating: three-flames

She was a disruption he never wanted.

He was everything she distrusted.

Klayton Caldwell owns a tattoo shop in Denver, Colorado, and has seen just about everything and met just about every kind of person. And they all have one thing in common. Ink.

He isn’t complicated. What you see is what you get. Sex? Always. Relationships? Never. Pleasantries? He doesn’t do that either. Those who can’t handle his mouth get inked elsewhere. Klayton holds everyone at a distance, even his friends. He doesn’t do “close.”

Until Madison ends up in his tattoo parlor, broken, afraid and alone. There’s something about her, and almost immediately, Klayton’s guard drops. Now, everything he knows about himself changes as his life begins to unravel.

Twenty-year-old Madison Hart’s future was taken from her the moment she was abducted from her college campus and held captive by a sicko. After escaping, she flees, running into a stranger. A stranger who shares a similar past. Someone who might be able to help her heal. If she’ll let him.

Madi comes into Klayton’s life like a storm. She’s beautiful. Pitiful. Dangerous. Her pain runs deep enough that she may never be able to talk about what she’s experienced. Her refusal to talk takes a level of patience Klayton’s not sure he has.

He must navigate her broken pieces by changing everything he is. Who he’s been all these years won’t work anymore. But Madi fights him, she fights herself. She fights the madness.

She refuses to talk. He can’t control his mouth. She doesn’t want to be touched. He can’t help himself. They don’t want love. Inside this storm, is a love so mad it might destroy them both.

MAD LOVE is book 1 in the Guns & Ink series from Shana Vanterpool. Look for the rest of the Guns & Ink series coming soon from Swoon Romance.


Faerie Queen’s review

It’s not about being perfect. It’s about having more good days than bad.

Hmmm. HMMMMMMMMMMM. Ok. This book and I got off to a rocky start, much like the two main characters. It was so cliché, starting with a gorgeous guy only interested in meaningless sex. Then there was the rampant slut-shaming. And let’s not forget that I was nervous about how it would handle the topic of rape. That’s not to say that books should not talk about rape, but it’s important that they don’t use it as a plot device. Well, the whole plot revolved around a young woman after escaping her rapist, so… You should decide whether you want to dive into that.


Man, did I get wrapped up in this story after I had my fair share of eye-rolling at the clichés. I felt the chemistry, and I kept wanting to read, even when I should be sleeping/eating/working/insert other activity here. Somehow, these two characters worked together. What’s more, I could actually picture how they could keep working together in the future. If that’s not a sign of a good book couple, I don’t know what is.

I want to give a specific shout-out to Klayton for being so tender and caring and chill about things that other guys wouldn’t be able to handle. I mean, the guy didn’t even flinch when someone mentioned their period. He was all “k, cool, what do you need”. What a guy. But, no, seriously, tenderness is genuinely what comes to mind looking back now. Under all that gruffness was such a sweetheart.

So yes, we did not have the best of starts. But this book grew on me enormously, enough to hook me in and earn 4 stars.



Did you know that I shared an excerpt for this book recently? You can read it here!


About Shana Vanterpool

When I walk into a book store I feel at home. When I smell the pages of a brand new book things make sense. When I read I am who I always wanted to be. I read to escape and I write so others can as well. My family, my actress dog Bella, coffee, and a steamy love story are a few of my most precious things.

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