Never cut the drugs--leave them pure.Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded.Family is everything--betray them and die.Harley McKenna is the only child of North County's biggest criminal. Duke McKenna's run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley's been working for him since she was sixteen--collecting debts, sweet-talking her way out of trouble, and dreading the day he'd deem her ready to rule the rural drug empire he's built.Her time's run out. The Springfields, her family's biggest rivals, are moving in. Years ago, they were responsible for her mother's death, and now they're coming for Duke's only weak spot: his daughter.With a bloody turf war threatening to consume North County, Harley is forced to confront the truth: that her father's violent world will destroy her. Duke's raised her to be deadly--he never counted on her being disloyal. But if Harley wants to survive and protect the people she loves, she's got to take out Duke's operation and the Springfields.Blowing up meth labs is dangerous business, and getting caught will be the end of her, but Harley has one advantage: She is her father's daughter. And McKennas always win....
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Barbed Wire Heart Reviews
DNF @ 16%
Southern Gothic is my jam and Barbed Wire Heart sounded right up my alley. Of course, when you compare anything to Winter’s Bone I’m even more on board. Harley McKenna’s character did in fact, read a lot like Ree Dolly with her badass nature and overall inability to sit on the sidelines letting someone else handle business. It’s an admirable quality and I’m quite fond of this characteristic in female characters. For some reason though, something about the characters, the atmosphere, and ...more
A brash and dark story that doesn’t skimp on violence and dark emotions. Harley is a one-woman assault team and reckons with her past in order to carve out her future.
I read almost half of this and I am calling it quits. I absolutely loved this author's YA debut, Far From You. But this book was a big hot mess and not for me at all.
Everything felt forced. The violence, the drama, the abuse, the explosions and stabbings all felt put there just for the sake of having it in there. In my opinion it went too far. Look, I read a book about a drug lord carving his initials into the love interest's back, so I can handle violence. But the author must do a convincing j ...more
There's nothing stronger than a woman who's risen from the ashes of some fire a man set.
This was good! I didn't love it, but I appreciated a lot about it. It went in a different, (better) direction than what I was expecting, though I liked that about it. It was brutal and dark and hopeful and very feminist. And it's actually decently light on the graphics compared to some novels I've read, yet Tess manages to get the point across directly and indirectly. But there is A LOT of gruesome and gros ...more
Damn. If you need some hardcore feminist rage in action--and who doesn't?--this book is GOLD.
I read an early manuscript and absolutely loved it. Could not put it down. A feminist Sons of Anarchy - tense, violent and real. But what really carries the book is the relationships. Love in a myriad of forms, some unexpected, some unforgivable. Difficult choices between the future and the past.
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Barbed Wire Heart is the story of Harper McKenna, the daughter of the most powerful criminal in North County. Her father's biggest rival, Carl Springfield, is starting to make moves against them, specifically with an eye on Harper herself, and if she wants to avoid a bloody and violent turf war, she must stop him at any cost.
I don't know many authors better than Tess Sharpe at writing compelling mystery thrillers. There's something about the way she writes that just k ...more
I am obsessed with this book. Once I started it I couldn't put it down and after I finished it, I kept thinking about it. I think this was pitched as "feminist Breaking Bad" and I see that, but it reminded me so, so much of Justified. So if you like Justified or Breaking Bad or just, you know, damn good books, I HIGHLY recommend this one. It was intense and dark and real. Harley is an incredible main character and I loved her from page one. She has such a protective instinct for the women in her ...more