Book Review: No Love Lost by Laurencia Hoffman

“He wanted out of this lifestyle, but I don’t think it was right for him to make that decision for us”.

No Love Lost is a novel written by Laurencia Hoffman, which was published on March 14th, 2017. It follows two major characters as they struggle with love, jealousy, violence and consequences. Aaron Stryder was forced to marry a criminal mastermind named Mary when she became infatuated with him, using her brother’s brute strength and brutally to persuade him into the matrimony. He had accepted his life in his loveless marriage, a prisoner to the whims of his wife. That is until he found himself falling in love with Mary’s younger sister Sara. Sara is the exact opposite of her family and has chosen to keep a strict distance between herself and their crimes. But after her parent’s deaths and being forced to run away from an abusive relationship, she finds herself living at home with her siblings, here she meets Aaron and her attraction to him only grows. The two of them make up their minds to run away together but Mary finds out about their betrayal and does not take it well. Between her brother and half the city in her pockets, Mary is bent on revenge. Sara and Aaron knew things would be difficult but they could not have imagined what was in store for them.

One of the most interesting questions brought up in this book is Si the idea of guilt and forgiveness. At first, Hoffman gives a clear idea of who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. But through the course of the novel, we get to see out heroes bother faced with difficult choices that could lead them down a dark path as well as seeing that their pasts are not squeaky clean. On the other side of this, some of the villains in the story are shown to be conflicted and well living a violent life still feel great love for their families and are willing to make sacrifices. This grey area of morals is an incredibly interesting subject as often books rely too heavily on black and white characters. Furthermore, in the book, we get to see our characters struggling with feeling guilt and trying to forgive those around them.

This is a quick and exciting read for anyone who loves crime romance. While it is also violent, the book comes down to love, romantic love as well as familial love. It is an interesting story of never giving up on those you care about and healing after traumatic experiences. This book is filled with interesting characters and a plot that keeps you from being able to put the book down. Hoffman has done a superb job both with her writing style and with the themes, I am excited to explore the other books she has written. She is most known for her books Casting Stones, Wages of Sin: Bad Blood, A Wish for Remembrance, and Star Crossed: Worlds apart.


No Love Lost

By Laurencia Hoffman

When Aaron Stryder was forced into marrying Mary Doyle – a criminal mastermind – he knew that his life would never be the same. Trapped in a loveless marriage under the threat of violence, he soon falls for Mary’s younger sister Sara, who is everything that her sister is not. They knew that their relationship was dangerous, but they never expected what was to come.

Mary discovers their betrayal and doesn’t take it lightly. She tries to keep them apart however she can, exhausting her resources and going to any lengths to get what she wants, no matter who becomes collateral damage. Will the two lovers get away unscathed, or will Mary end their lives before they get the chance?

About the Author

My name is Emerson Rose Craig. I am a creative writing student and aspiring novelist. I love fantasy, historical literature, sci-fi and classic literature but will read whatever I can get my hands on. I also write in all of these genres and more for inspiration does not limit itself and neither will I. If you ask me what my favorite book is I will not answer because picking a favorite book is, to me, like picking a favorite star.