Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I'm thinking before I even do.

It's alarming and alluring. It's dark and deadly. It's everything I've ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn't take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it's too late. He has secrets, secrets I can't fathom, secrets that make it so I can't walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that's both terrifying and thrilling. He's a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn't stop me from loving him, too.

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Published April 27th 2014
Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

H O L Y  S M O K E S  B A T M A N...

The intensity of the story, the power the author evoked with her words. I was exhausted, completely tapped out. I am still vibrating and shaking my head.

There are no words to express how much this story affected me. I feel like mush.

J.M. Darhower is an author we all know. How can you not? After Sempre and Sempre: Redemption, she pretty much became a household word. But these were stories I never read, the story line just wasn't one I could get on board with. Just not for me even though there are some outstanding reviews for them. So even though I knew of her, I did not know her writing style nor story telling ability.

I was completely sucked in by the premise and some of the reviews I was reading, but attempting Monster in His Eyes was going to be a huge leap of faith for me. Most authors do not stray from their proven formulas. 

There was just so much clamoring on Goodreads, I couldn't help but be curious, curious but very hesitant. 

And thank goodness curiosity did not kill this cat!

Naz is bad, and not in a good way. He is not a good person in general. This is a man if you had half a brain in your head, you would flee from, immediately! But did I? Nope. I was completely engaged, sucked in, and in awe of the character. Completely ridiculous to feel this way, but J.M. Darhower has a way with the words and just hogtied me with a foot on the back of my neck, I was lost in her world.

Karissa is a young innocent. Such the cliche when you think about it, Naz is much older, dark, possessive, scary, and just not a good person. She is completely dazzled by him. Even with all the warning bells, she is hooked. But the story works, the characterizations meld together making the situations so believable, so palpable, my mouth was open through much of the story.

And the sex. Oy there is a lot of it, and not sweet or gentle. This was rough, throw you down and take it sex. Anyone who knows me knows I am not a fan of those shenanigans at all, but again it works and I was in.

The interwoven story line was the back drop, you just knew you were heading for something big, a revelation, but not a clue what it would or could be. Had me on the edge of my seat. 

I was completely engaged from start to finish sitting up two nights to finish because I had too.

A story of secrets, revenge, love, obsession and even a little bit of blackmail. It's fast paced and keeps you on the edge right to the very end with a  mother of all twists, not a cliffie, but damn - didn't see that coming!!

Truly an amazing story.

*I am very excited for the follow up, coming Fall 2014, the thrilling conclusion to Naz and Karissa's story - Torture in Her Soul. Can not even imagine what will happen next, but I am in!

Absolutely loved this story and will forever be stalking the author! Review will also be posted on my Loved These shelf on Goodreads.

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