Tempeste has survived much choosing to live on Paris’ streets–scavenging for food, learning survival skills from a deserter whom she paid to attack her in her sleep, and living a life her mother would approve of, one devoid of luxury. But denying oneself of food and proper bedding can stir a madness in the brain. So, when Tempeste witnesses the quick and painless death of the guillotine–the death her mother should have received–she vows to find her mother’s accuser and vivisect his spleen.
Quite by accident, Gabriel, the young executioner responsible for Tempeste’s mother’s botched hanging, falls for Tempeste. So, instead of strolling arm-in-arm with a respectable mademoiselle through the gardens of the Palais de l’Égalité, Gabriel finds himself traipsing after an axe-carrying siren through the catacombs and facing off a hostile sans culottes army.
With little choice but to fight, Gabriel determines to win the hearts of the sans culottes, while Tempeste proves she’s quite adept at swinging the blade. When the pair finally make their way to Tempeste’s sworn enemy, though, a secret is revealed which promises to sever far more than they ever hoped to gain
Settle a score. Fulfill a debt. Make a difference.
These are the words that motivate Tempeste after her mother’s atrocious death. For years, Tempeste has trained and focused on her sole purpose in life: avenge those responsible. When the object of her wrath becomes the object of her affection, though, she must curb her bloodlust or withdraw her heart. Either way, Tempeste must come face-to-face with a killer and make the fateful choice—love or death.
Mary Gray is a master at writing authentically broken characters, people who are so haunted by their pasts that their present decisions are infected. OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE sheds light on the life of an executioner, humanizing him and unmasking the burden of guilt he has in a forced profession. It dives into the idea of multi-faceted truth and the human perception. People have secrets, and those secrets long outlive the ones who create them. As a reader, I found myself contemplating how we so often create our own curses but are the only ones with the power to undo their hold on us. We can all relate to the struggle of personal strength and crippling misconceptions.
Readers of dark, gritty, gothic tales with a romantic spin will enjoy this twisted story. This book will appeal to people of all ages who enjoy exploring the dark side of humanity through the comfortable safety of a book, but who also crave redemption and forgiveness.
Fans of The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd will likely swoon at the psychological, thrilling nature of revenge. In addition, readers who love the His Fair Assassin series, particularly Dark Triumph, will appreciate the way love can creep into any setting or situation, no matter how dark.
Vanessa K. Eccles
Books, life, and travel.
Author of FABLED, RED RIBBONS, and OF LOVE & LEGEND // Founder of The Faithful Creative Magazine