• Butcher & Blackbird

  • The Ruinous Love Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Brynne Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (8,955 ratings)

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Butcher & Blackbird

By: Brynne Weaver
Narrated by: Joe Arden,Lucy Rivers
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Publisher's summary

A friends-to-lovers dark romantic comedy full of murder, chaos, and spice, unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Every serial killer needs a friend. Every game must have a winner.

When a chance encounter sparks an unlikely bond between rival murderers Sloane and Rowan, the two find something elusive—the friendship of a like-minded, pitch-black soul. From small-town West Virginia to upscale California, from downtown Boston to rural Texas, the two hunters collide in an annual game of blood and suffering, one that pits them against the most dangerous monsters in the country.

But as their friendship develops into something more, the restless ghosts left in their wake are only a few steps behind, ready to claim more than just their newfound love.

Can Rowan and Sloane dig themselves out of a game of graves?

Or have they finally met their match?

Butcher & Blackbird is the first book in the Ruinous Love dark romance trilogy of interconnected stand-alone dark romantic comedies. This dual POV novel ends on an HEA.

Butcher & Blackbird is a dark romance intended for an adult audience—please see Brynne’s website for a comprehensive list of content warnings.

©2023 Brynne Weaver (P)2023 Blue Nose Publishing

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Listen, I'm a 'sympathetic retcher'

I really liked this book and heard good things about the audiobook. Unfortunately the sound effects didn't do it for me, There is a part where the male narrator is retching -- and not like once or twice -- this is multiple times. I just couldn't. I found the sound effects really distracting, like a tv was on in the other room. The female narrator was great and the story was great.

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Meh

Joe Arden and Lucy Rivers do a very good job of narrating this book. They have good chemistry and the style was unique in a good way. The story though? eh. Some of it was interesting but parts of it just literally did not seem feasible and others were so cliché it hurts. There were multiple parts where I bet myself one of them would say something and about 80% of those bets I was correct word for word. It wasn't a bad book, but I am not sure if its worth all the hype the booktok girlies gave it.

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The perfect blend of dark Romance and romcom!

5⭐️

•serial k!llers
•dark romance
•romcom
•annual murd€r competition
•meet cute?
•friends? to lovers
•slowburn

THIS WAS SO DELIGHTFUL UNHINGED. this was one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened too as well. I have no much good to say about this book.

The book has like like a dark romance version of a meet cute. The fmc is stuck in cage with a guy she just murdered when the mmc rescues her. and he knew of her “work”. That when I knew it was going to be GOOD.

This book was the best blend of a romcom and a dark romance. The flirty/funny banter but still have it be dark? I was devouring it.

The plot was so fun. An annual murd€r competition? And whoever kills the right guy first wins? That’s so fun. (I don’t know what that says about me that that is my first thought)

THE FMC HAS PIERCINGS. IN BOTH PLACES 👀 I just felt like that needed to be said in the review. That is all.

READ IT.

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Every single audio book should be read like this

The narration was incredible! I think almost any audio book would benefit from being read like this, it was really engaging!

The book itself was very juvenile. There were overarching adult themes but it felt like if a child was trying to be edgy. I thought it was really poorly thought out. If you're going to write a book where the main plot is driven by 2 people getting away with murder FOR YEARS, maybe put a little thought into how they actually do that. At one point they leave a living witness in a shirt covered in the FMC's DNA.

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Perfect…just PERFECT

This is probably the second review I have ever done. This book, this author, these performers are amazing. Definitely not for the squeamish, but it is brilliant and clever, and just beyond anything!

Read it if you dare, but you will be so happy you did!

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wow

I have listened to many audiobooks but I can honestly say this is the best narration in any book I have listened to. The story is also compelling since I never thought I would like 2 serial killers. Definitely worth the credit.

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Not thrilled

The narration was great, the plot
wasn’t. It was unrealistic , the plot could have been much more interesting and showed more depth with the same framework. Didn’t bother finishing it.

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Holy WOW- amazing!

My first book in this genre and it has DESTROYED me for all others. The characters, plot, humor, spicy-ness - I didn’t want it to end!! Highly recommend!!

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I loved this

Was not sure going in what to really think about this book. I kept hearing really good reviews, but I was very skeptical of the premise. However, within the first page and a half I was hooked. Main characters are very compelling and I can’t wait for the rest of the brothers stories. The story is a disturbingly hilarious ride about two people looking for love, and finding someone to accept them. I can’t wait for the next book. The narration on this book was amazing and they really took these characters to the next level.

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Best book of the year

I was hesitant to read this book bc of the TW. I decided to try it finally based on all the great feedback I have heard/read and I was NOT disappointed. It’s absolute perfection. I read some and listened to some on audible, both were great. I cannot sing enough praise for this book. Funny, exciting, romantic, a little gross (but mostly in a funny way), thrilling… this book is everything.

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