Sinners' Playground | Review

Title: Sinners’ Playground 
Series: The Harlequin Crew #1
Author: Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti
Pages: 655 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 13 November 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Dead girls don’t feel pain.

But they like the taste of vengeance.

Maybe that’s why I came back to my hometown. Because it sure as hell wasn’t for the surf. But what else was I supposed to do when I found myself in Sunset Cove with twenty bucks to my name, the key to my enemies’ secrets hanging around my neck and a mouth full of grave dirt that wouldn’t wash clean?

I hate the Harlequin boys.

But this is the perfect opportunity to take what they owe me. Because once upon a time, they broke my heart, stole my life and sent me away from everything I’d ever known.

Fox, JJ, Chase and Maverick.

The four names tattooed onto my heart more permanently than any of the ink on my skin. They don’t just live in this town anymore, they rule it. And the view here may be beautiful, but the sun, sea and sand hide dark secrets.

The gangs.
The lies.
The violence.

It all lurks beneath a veil so thin that once you’ve seen through it, you can never close your eyes to the truth again.

But I don’t plan on closing my eyes. I have four devils set in my sights. And this dead girl no longer has anything to lose.

This is an enemies to lovers contemporary series where the girl will end up with multiple love interests and all of the characters are in their late twenties. Trigger warning: this series features gangs, violence, dark romance and jealous/possessive themes.


This book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti!

Sinners’ Playground is the first book in The Harlequin Crew series and tells the story of Rogue and her guys Chase, Fox, JJ and Maverick. I recommend reading the prequel novella, Devil’s Pass, before reading Sinners’ Playground.

Any normal girl would have been afraid right now, but every moment since the Harlequin boys had betrayed me, I’d been growing tougher like a rose growing thorns.

I really loved reading the prequel novella, Devil’s Pass, and after finishing the novella, I was so excited for Sinners’ Playground. When I got my hands on this big boy, I didn’t know what to expect. The novella was set 10 years before Sinners’ Playground, so I was really curious about how Rogue and the guys changed in those 10 years. And boy did they change…

Even after all of these years, I was still just the girl everyone liked to throw away.

So many things happened in those 10 years and all 5 characters changed so much. I was shocked when I read about Rogue and the guys because they were so different, yet some things hadn’t changed. One of the biggest surprises of this book was the Maverick situation. I loved that Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti did this to their book because it’s not something you’d expect and it leaves you thinking about what’s going to happen to Rogue and her guys.

"Dead girls don’t belong to anyone, Fox."
"Dead girls don’t even have a heart to offer out."

I mentioned in my review of Devil’s Pass that loved Rogue because she’s funny and says what she thinks, and I’m happy that didn’t change in those 10 years. She said some funny things in this book and I couldn’t stop myself from laughing out loud! As for the guys, they did change much. I kinda feel sorry for Fox and Maverick because those two are both assholes lol. JJ is kinda cute and I really like him. As for Chase, I knew that he was going to be the bitter one, and I secretly like that. I cannot wait to read about him finally opening up about his feelings.

"The bond we have can’t ever be undone. Ride or die doesn’t come close. We’re more than family, more than anything tangible. Our fucking spirits are entwined. So you can keep trying to run and we’re gonna keep coming to catch you when you do until one day, you release you’re right where you’re supposed to be."

Sinners’ Playground is such a good book, and The Harlequin Crew series is definitely going to be one of my favourite series. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat and you just want to know what’s going to happen to the characters. Sinners’ Playground was such a fast paced and well written read, it’s hard to put this book down. I highly recommend Sinners’ Playground, it’s such an addictive book and you just want to know how it’s going to end.