This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I am loyal, but I will betray you. I am strong, but I have scars.

I am an angel, but the devil.

I met her when I was sixteen and she was a breath of fresh air.
She swooped in, making me smile. But then she left, taking my next breath with her.

Her smile could light up a room, making my black heart pitter patter. I found her again ten years later, with a syringe in her arm. Blood coming from between her legs. She was broken and I was glad she was broken.

She wouldn't think less of me and my damaged ways.

Sooooo, I really, absolutely, positively LOVED some parts of this story. Right away the characters, Rose and Black, whose bizarre connection pulled me in. We met Black, and he was cold, shut off, totally unfeeling. However, when he heard Rose scream something in him changed and I was intrigued. This is in no way a fluffy romance, nor is it a dark one, but a dark story. The darkness that surrounded Rose and Black was almost suffocating. However, Ms. Smith wrote the story in a way that showed hope, showed light, showed love. But neither of the characters gave into it wholly so it was a slow paced, one step at a time trust building that happened.

The ending however, was very graphically violent and horrid…so honestly, I skimmed many chapters because I don’t need to read about that. All in all that put this book in the mixed bag category for me. Let’s talk about this more and you can see if it’s a good fit for you or not. By the way, Black is not in an MC, but it is part of the story. Had I paid attention to that more and not just oogled the cover maybe I would have had a better heads up about some things.

Black…I’d use his name but that’s for you to find out. He has had a terrible past and the one bright spot was Rose. He was cold, but there’s that glimmer of hope inside that drew me to him. Rose saw it too and that’s why they were perfect.

Rose was a fantastic heroine and a little different. She was strong, yet had been broken. While I found out so much about her, and her voice was honest while I was in her head…there was still so much I don’t know. I assume it will be answered in Red.

The romance was hot….and cold. It was nothing in between…or was it? The pure and raw attraction was fantastic, but it was the soft brushing of lips that really made me swoon.

The stress level for the plot…it was kind of high. I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and while I loved it, I was probably developing an ulcer. When it did it was more violent than I anticipated.

The secondary characters are worth mentioning. I really liked Casey and Sax, and I feel like they were solid and such a good support. Robbie…oh I didn’t like him. I didn’t trust him. Am I wrong? I don’t know! And…the fact that I can’t tell is awesome. I love being surprised. I hate predictable. He did come through for Rose, but I feel like we haven’t really seen the end? I don’t know why I get that niggling feeling. But then again maybe all these characters did get their stories tied up in the epilogue.

The ending, well, I wasn’t expecting THAT. And I don’t like where it’s going…in a way that makes me do an eye roll. That storyline is far fetched and over done. Le sigh. I already bought the whole series so I might take a peek…but then again maybe not.

Before I got to the last 20% of the book my initial critique was that this book needed a massive, and I mean massive beta read. There were parts that did not flow or contradicted themselves. I can actually live with that, but it definitely knocked off a star. What I can’t live with was the gross violence. I do not want to read about torture…ever. While I loved the characters and their connection I would rather a fade to black about torture than chapters going on about how evil the local MC could be.

Rec it? Maybe. I loved the world this is in, the brooding Black and strong Rose. But the violence was a lot for me.

Happy reading!

Book Rating Breakdown
Brooding level of the hero

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