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Book Review: Bitter Heat by Mia Knight (Worst Book EVER?)

Title: Bitter Heat

Author: Mia Knight


She was the wood. He was the flame. After this, they would be ash.

A cruel twist of fate leaves Jasmine Hennessy stranded in a remote cabin with her worst nightmare—her ex-husband, James Roth, who she hasn’t seen in five years. He isn’t acting like the man she married, but did she ever really know him?

One night together kicks off a series of events that threatens her freedom as Roth seeks vengeance on those who ruined him seven years ago. He’s determined to bring her back into the world she left behind where money is king, reputation is everything, and people will kill to keep their secrets.

Author’s Note: This is a dark romance novel with triggers and mature themes that may make some readers uncomfortable


Rating: 1 out of 5.

Before I start this review, I must say that if you liked this book and you’re sensitive with someone trashing the book you like, this review is not for you. Also, warning for bad language, I won’t even try to censor myself.

I never give books 1 stars, because as bad as they are, there is always a tiny sliver of good in them so they don’t deserve 1 star. However, this book is so messy that the Book Gods are gonna be mad if I give it any extra stars.

Goodreads ratings always seem to amaze me because although we all have our own opinions, it seems weird to me that only a few people (including me) found something very wrong with this.

If there was a book called Handbook of Red Flags in Partners, Roth would be a model example for every single one of those red flags. I mean, the guy is batshit crazy. And people seem to go crazy for this Joe Goldberg x wannabe Christian Grey.

Here are some of his red flags: he threatens his love interest Jasmine, he pushes her to do something she doesn’t want to, doesn’t respect when his partner tells him no (meaning non-consent), got vasectomy behind his partners back, abuses her physically AND emotionally, hits other women as well, probably killed someone, literally buys his partner and then proceeds to lock her up in his house, makes her do stuff she doesn’t want to, threatens to kill another man if she even looks at him and last but certainly not the least, is not very fond of foreplay.

Now I can understand how that dark part of him being so overprotective can be hot to someone but abuse is not hot and you have to remember that. And this is a true example of an abuser and his victim. And there is nothing romantic about it. This book has all the right to be cancelled.

When I finished this, I was contemplating on whether to pick up the second book, because it ended with a cliffhanger and frankly I was hoping she would dump his crazy ass, however thank God the sequel hasn’t been published (even though the first book was published 4 years ago). It seems to me that maybe even the author realized what a trashy book she has written and has given up on it.

This was my sign from the Universe to never pick up a dark erotica again, cause they don’t cease to disappoint me.

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: Bitter Heat by Mia Knight (Worst Book EVER?)

  1. Ouch! I agree, that most books have at least one redeeming quality. So sad that this one didn’t.
    I admit I read 50 shades, but after a while realized from talking to others just how problematic it was in so many ways. I won’t be reading this book, because I would likely agree with you that it’s super horrible.

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    1. I also read 50 shades and I also used to love it, but yeah I agree it’s problematic. This book is 10x more problematic tho so I wouldn’t really recommend it to you 😂😂


  2. Whoa… Big yikes 😬 Those red flags! Definitely not gonna be picking this up! I’ve read a few darker romances (like mafia romances) but haven’t read anything that romanticises abuse! 🥴 That’s really not… it. Thanks for the warning!

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