Abuse, Anti Hero, Bullying, Dark, Revenge, Romance, Second Chance, Series

When Art Falls (Living in Cin #2) by Lorrain Allen


I gave her my heart, but she broke it, so now I’ll give her my rage. I never considered the possibility of us crossing paths again. When our gazes connect, an internal switch clicks on. The last words she spoke to me whisper through my mind like a mantra, causing the sleeping beast to come roaring to life with a taste for her blood. I need her to bend to my will, so I make her an offer she can’t refuse.

Once my desire has been fed, I’ll toss her away like a piece of garbage right after I destroy her, reducing her to nothingness. She’ll regret the day she dared to betray me. Her debt must be repaid in pain, and I will not rest until I have my pound of flesh. Karma is a bitch that has finally come for her, and it’s hungry for retribution.

WARNING: Due to the nature of the storyline premise, there may be triggers for more sensitive readers.


When Art Falls is the final installment in Lorrain Allen’s dark, adult, dark, erotic, Living in Cin duet which is set in Florida. Please see my review for book 1, When Art Rises.

Told from a dual first-person perspective, the story continues the over-the-top cluster fuck of a relationship between the weak pushover Cinnamon “Cin” Belo and the psychopathic monster Arthur “Art” King. It’s eight years after the awful night that destroyed many lives. Cin is a single mother and the baby’s father, Cin’s former high school boyfriend, wants nothing to do with them after finding out about her infidelity (that’s putting it mildly) with his friend Art King. Cin is left to care for her disabled mother who was injured during that crazy night and her friend Anneli, the only person who stood by her after the incident, convinces them to move to Florida. Needless, to say Cin is fated to meet Art again and he has become a vengeful, abusive, douchebag who plans to destroy the woman he thought betrayed him so many years ago.

I liked the first book in the series, but this book made me furious. There is nothing redeemable about the main characters. Cin is a total doormat with no spine and Art is a criminal who needs to be locked up. The story revolves around Art’s revenge by sexually humiliating Cin. They can’t seem to get enough of each other with some really hateful sex and Art’s unforgivable actions. I have to agree with Cin’s friend that he needs therapy and/or thrown in jail. I’m still dumbfounded and disgusted by the things he does to make sure she is his alone. Art needs to grow up and get over the past. To think this guy has custody of his five-year-old brother is beyond belief though he seems to care deeply for him. I can’t say the same about his feelings toward Cin.  There is no way in hell this guy “loves” her with the way he treats her and he didn’t even apologize after finding out the truth. As for Cin, she is another one that needs to grow up and grow a backbone for God’s sake. I could have slapped her every time she gave in to that maniac and forgave him for his atrocious behavior. I have read my share of angsty, sexually-charged stories, and normally I can handle the triggers, but this one did me in. I don’t know if you could call this story a happily ever after because who lives like that? To each his own.

Anneli is my favorite character as she stood by her friend and tried to be the voice of reason. Cin’s mom is also supportive of her daughter even though she had reservations about her choice in men. As for Josh, Art’s cousin, he got off way too easily.

If you like triggering bully stories with lots of angst and hate sex, have at it. I recommend the first book over this one. 

Living in Cin series:

1. When Art Rises (2020)
2. When Art Falls (2020)


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Lorrain Allen aka Trigger Queen has enjoyed writing ever since she was in first grade. She loves to get away from the world and lose herself in a book. As a young adult, she became a romance book junky and was inspired to pen her first romance by the many creative authors whose books she’s read. Her main focus is writing nontraditional dark romance. The subject matters of her books are controversial, but what’s life without a little controversy?

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