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Butcher & Blackbird by Brynne Weaver

Butcher & Blackbird

by Brynne Weaver

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Serial killers need love, too. Don’t take our word for it. Read this biting, steamy, and edgy murderers-to-lovers tale.

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    Multiple viewpoints

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Series

    First in series

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_GraphicViolence

    Graphic violence

  • Illustrated icon, Bookmoji_Spicy

    Extra Spicy


When a chance encounter sparks an unlikely bond between rival murderers Sloane and Rowan, they find something elusive―the friendship of two like-minded, pitch-black souls who just happen to enjoy killing other serial killers.

From small-town West Virginia to upscale California, and 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?

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Content warning

This book contains scenes that depict graphic violence and cannibalism.

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Butcher & Blackbird



Being a serial killer who kills serial killers is a great hobby . . .

Until you find yourself locked in a cage.

For three days.

With a dead body.

In the Louisiana summer.

With no air conditioning.

I glare at the fly-riddled corpse lying beyond the locked door of my cage. The buttons of Albert Briscoe’s shirt strain against the bloat of his distended, green-gray stomach. His moving stomach, the thin skin undulating over the gasses and maggots that chew through the flesh beneath. The stench of decay, the buzz of insects, the smell of shit and piss that have vacated his body, it’s fucking revolting. And I’m not squeamish. But I have standards. I prefer my corpses fresh. I just want to take my trophies and stage my scene and go, not hang around and watch as they liquefy.

As if on cue, there’s a quiet tearing sound, like wet paper ripping apart.

“No . . .”

I can almost hear Albert from beyond the grave: Yes.

“Oh no, no, no . . .”

It’s happening. This is for killing me, you fucking bitch.

The skin splits open and a white mass of maggots tumbles out, like little orzo pastas. Except a significant number of those pastas is crawling toward me at a glacial pace, looking for a quiet place to complete the next stage of their maggoty life cycle.

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Why I love it

I did not have a good serial killer romance on my Christmas list this year, but it turns out it’s just the thing I needed this holiday season! Not for the faint of heart—nor the weak of stomach—Butcher & Blackbird is the perfect combination of dark and hilarious, tender and twisted, and instantly a new favorite romance.

Sloane is a scientist and Rowan is a chef—oh yes, and they’re also serial killers. When she’s not preparing clinical trials and he’s not preparing new restaurant dishes, they’re each hunting down and getting rid of society’s worst. On one of Sloane’s routine hunts, she ends up accidentally locked in a cage with her (quickly decaying) victim. To her dismay and relief, she is found by the charming and lively Rowan, who happens to be as big a fan of her murderous work as she is of his.

Soon the pair agree to play a gruesome game: once a year, they’ll each race to find and kill the same sociopath. So begins a most bizarre and lovely bond—one of mutual understanding, witty banter, and some very twisted and sexy after-hours activities.

Brynne Weaver has written one of the wildest (and spiciest) romances of the year, chock-full of surprises and thrills on every page. It’s certain to turn up the temperature during this frosty season. Pick Butcher & Blackbird up and let it shock and delight you—you may just surprise yourself with your new favorite holiday present!

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Member ratings (7,246)

  • Natalie R.

    Windermere, FL

    The author does an incredible job of creating light magical moments amidst dark slayings that make you fall deeply in love with the characters! Obsessed with this genre of dark romance! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Karmen K.

    Los Angeles, CA

    🔥🔥🔥O. M. G. It’s like Dexter meets 50 Shades of pleasure. The trigger warnings and the playlist just put this book at a whole new level. I couldn’t get enough! Love Rowan and Sloane. Checkmate.

  • Kelly K.

    Fayetteville , GA

    I’d say 8/10 can’t wait for the next in the series. I’m little worried that I didn’t find it as disturbing as people made it out to be. I thought it was just enough edgy to make you think. Loved it.

  • Melissa H.

    Augusta, MI

    A disgustingly fun ride! I mean it’s beaucoup f*cked up, but at no point was it so serious that I didn’t want to keep reading. It’s not for everyone- there’s a two page TW in the front- but it slaps!

  • Meagen B.


    I loved this so much I can’t even really put it into words. Serial killers and smut is my new brand, whatever that says about me 💁🏻‍♀️ I can’t wait for more in this trilogy. Love love love!

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