ARC Review: The Test (Book 2 of the 4H Series) by Elena Monroe

Overall: 4/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Feels: 🤔😟😏🤨😣💗

Genre: Contemporary romance, dark romance, secret society
Location: California
MC age range: Late 20s, early 30s
Lead: Vic(tory)
Love interest(s): Jus(tice)
Tear jerker: No

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Publisher: Self
Audible: No
Series: The 4H (Four Horsemen) Series
1. The Initiation – 8/2/20
2. The Test – release 11/03/20

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative, hate sex
Possible triggers: Violence, murder, hate sex, mention of kidnapping

The Quick and Dirty: E2L + secret societies + inner monsters.

Vic is one of the four horsemen and a member of the Clave, a secret society that controls the world from behind the scenes. Justice has been working for them as a receptionist/secretary and the two hate and are attracted to each other in equal measure. When Justice goes on the search for information about her missing best friend, she gets to know Vic a bit better and realizes that he is much more than the monster he wants the world to believe he is.

An interesting play on the four horsemen of the apocalypse with book 1 being Death’s story. My qualm with the book was that there were instances where transitions felt very abrupt or where pieces of the story were left hanging. I liked the premise, the twists and the chemistry but felt like the story could us a bit more.

**I was graciously offered an ARC in return for a voluntary and honest review.**

I woke up to my roommate and best friend missing. In her place was a note on my bedside table that read: You can only find me with your eyes closed.
No one thinks a note like that is meant for them.
I knew it was meant for me, a clue, a way to seek Justice.
Whoever left me that note was hoping I didn’t let my parent’s legacy die when they did. They wanted to see what kind of warfare I was capable of.
Justice before starting a war with the man who wrote the rule book…

I woke up everyday to the same nonsensical bullshit that was my life.
They say only bad things only happen after dark but I was the exception to every rule. I was bad and I happened whenever I wanted.
I wanted someone to challenge me, put me in my place, force me to be better than war strategies and hold the audacity to traipse across enemy lines.
A pink haired receptionist wasn’t my first choice for shaking my resolve.
I can still smell her but I wanted to know if she’d taste like Victory.
Death before dishonor meant not losing to her…


Elena Monroe grew up in Florida scribbling down stories from a very young age. These stories were really just wavy lines filling the paper, but she knew each word, each emotion, each character’s name, and there was no tricking her into forgetting what each line signified. Just like her unconventional way of writing as a toddler Elena is setting her own rules and just telling stories.

Much like her debut novel, The Best Years, life certainly imitated art. Transplanting from the South to the East Coast, Elena currently lives in Connecticut with her new husband, reformed bad boy.