This is hard book to rate and review. Why?
Probably the way implausibility and reality crash during the development of the story.
I understand perfectly that this is a Pepper Winters book. Having said that, I know I am going to read a much darker story, with a very tortured/damaged hero, who ultimately “heals” to the extent he can actually heal, thanks to Love, sex, BJ, orgasms, understanding and determination provided by a unique, strong woman who will not cower. Therefore, the story is borderline dark-romance/science fiction/psychological thriller with a dose of sad and sappy.
If I review and rate this book strictly a dark/contemporary romance, I would not give it more than 3 stars. Why? Probably the way things happen in the beginning, the whole “encounter” between the main characters and their dialogue was redundant and truth be told, somewhat ridiculous. But, if we take the whole picture into consideration and, understand from the beginning that you will be reading something that is pure and utter fiction with pretty implausible scenarios, the you’re good to go and FEEL, really feel the book and the emotions it provides. In this case, it is definitely a 4 star read!
I don’t want to provide a summary of the book because I don’t like giving away important details. Pepper Winters slowly uncovers truths and past events during chapters, and she warns the reader that things eventually fall apart (as they should). But in the end things do get better!
Obsidian/Roan Fox is very, very damaged (I don’t want to say psychotic) but underneath he want’s to be normal. He’s conditioned to kill and that conditioning hunts him every day of his life. This is the part I consider kind of sci-fy; truth be told, with his background, what he really needed was a psych ward and medications, lots and lots of therapy (years), love and probably that way he could lead a “normal” life. But since we live in fiction fantasy land, all he needed was love, sex, love and more love, a strong will and … I can’t say but you need to read the epilogue. Kill.
Hazel was a walking, talking contradiction. I kind of got her, but sometimes I just didn’t understand her decisions. She learned a lot, and finally she understood how to help Roan and what he needed. Her journey was full of bumpy rides and, she had to put up with being in danger constantly. She was also damaged, more that we knew at the beginning and she was also a lost soul, grieving before her time.
The story was worth it; I loved the dark side of it, and the story behind Roan’s past. I also loved the emotions it bring while reading; I literally wept like a baby during certain events and I was relieved and joyful in the end.
If you are looking for something different and, you can stomach mild dub/con, and somewhat graphic violence this is a story you will like!
"She thought she could fix me, and I wanted her to. Too bad it would never have a happy ending."
"I'm not a Ghost. Not anymore. I'm just a man searching for a way to be human again."