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Reign of Royal (Memento Mori #1) by Samantha Barrett


When the card is dropped, you are marked.

There is no escaping them, they come for their prey and will hunt until your blood soaks the ground beneath your cold lifeless body. They are the new generation and they have something to prove. They are hungry to show the OG’s that they are ready to lead, except, the crowned heir got tired of waiting and began the new generation under the name of the Memento Mori for he is the bringer of death.

The King of Clubs belongs to the heir.
The princess owns the Queen of Hearts.
Jack of Spades represents the coming Chaos.
Ace of Diamonds is for the Havoc.

It’s time for you to Reign Royal….

Those are the words that changed everything and forced us to come out of the shadows to mark our prey. They thought they could take out the Don and have us submit, we are the Memento Mori and bow to no one. We’ll infiltrate their armies and destroy them from the inside, one calling card at a time…

The cards are dropped and our victims are marked ready to be sent back to the hell they crawled out of but when the blonde-haired, green-eyed woman who hasn’t uttered a single word has me following her like a siren’s call, receives the Queen of Hearts, I’m forced to choose between her or them.

Do I break the rules and fight the ones I love most to keep her alive?


Karma is a bitch. A new generation of mafioso is ready to avenge their families and prove their worth. Vengeance is hers. A young woman is bent on revenge on the man who brutally took her family.  It’s a game of who falls in love with the enemy first.

This is an excellent start to the new generation of Murdoch’s and if you haven’t read the Murdoch Mafia Series, I suggest you read the novella Stalemate which breaks down the Murdoch family dynamic and nicely prefaces Reign of Royal.

Royal is a complex character, always trying to prove himself to his powerful father. He’s ruthless and calculating, but also surprisingly mature for his age. It’s fascinating to see how he’s created his own mini-mafia unit under his father’s nose.

Erika, on the other hand, is a force to be reckoned with. She’s often underestimated and she’s cunning and determined, willing to do whatever it takes to get the information she needs to exact her revenge. Her strength and resilience are inspiring considering her tragic past.

The chemistry between Royal and Erika is explosive and the action is nonstop. Royal and Erika are destined to be the true King and Queen of Miami.

It’s nice to meet the large Murdoch family and learn the playful and serious dynamics among them all.

If you’re a fan of sexy and suspenseful mafia romances, then you should check out the new Memento Mori series. Royal and Erika’s story is an exceptional read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I look forward to reading more by this author.

Thank you to Ms. Barrett for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

Murdoch Mafia Series

Played By The Bishop (2022)
Tormented By The King (2022)

Tortured By The Knight (2023)
Tempted By The Queen (2023)
Turned By The Pawn (2023)
Ruined By The Rook (2023)
Stalemate (2023)

Memento Mori Series

1 Reign of Royal (2023)
2 Broken by Sin (2023)


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Samantha Barrett is a dark romance, PNR author who loves to write out-of-the-box stories. She is originally from the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand. She is totally fluking her way through this whole author gig, if she isn’t writing you can find her kicking back with her kids and husband with a bag of chips and glass of wine in her hand.

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