Published: July 22nd 2019
My Rating: 4 stars
Myth. Monster. Mine.
I wasn’t even a man when I took a life for the first time, although you couldn’t say I was a child. If I’d ever had a childhood, it hadn’t lasted long. My father, may he rot in hell, had seen to that. I took his life as well and that, too, happened before I was old enough to be considered a grown man.
I never regretted it for a second.
That path almost led to my own grave, and would have, if I hadn’t stumbled across somebody who was as different from my father as day was from night. Sarge had seen the monster lurking inside, so he took control, gave me guidelines, rules, so I wouldn’t be the monster my father had planned.
It worked. I restrained the worst of my rage and honed the skills that had been drilled into me—theft, stealth… assassination. The broken child ceased to exist and I became Spectre, an assassin spoken of in whispers, hired to take out the worst of humanity.
Then I was sent to kill her…and my world came to a screeching halt.
It’s taken a long time, but I finally had a nice, steady routine. I stopped trying to conform to the neurotypicals of the world and found my own norma
Normal went out the window when I walked into my kitchen and found a strange (hot), dangerous looking (so fricking hot) man drugging my new dog.
It probably wasn’t the smartest thing to leap at him like a banshee and attack, but that’s what I did.
When my attempt to wreck the vehicle was averted, my kidnapper didn’t hurt or threaten me. In fact, he told me he wanted to protect me
This (hot) guy had to be crazy. But if he was crazy, what did that make me? Because I believed him. More, I found myself seeing something beyond the rigid, blank mask he wore. He kept trying to push me away, but I couldn’t seem to keep my distance.
He calls himself a monster…but when I look at him, that isn’t what I see. I just see him…and I know he’s meant to be mine.
I have had this book for several months, and I kept skipping over it, thinking I had to be in the right frame of mind to read a dark storyline. I have read so many mediocre stories while a diamond in the rough was languishing in my unread pile. While this has some darkness to it, the hero is a hired assassin who kidnaps the heroine, it isn’t a dark read. It is heavy on the erotica, some bondage and anal play, but everything between the two is explicitly consensual. The hero is very anti-sex abuse for some reasons that are hinted at.
I also enjoy a story where one of the main characters is autistic. in this case, its Tia, our heroine, who has Asberger’s a milder form of autism. Tia’s condition is very well done, it is a part of who she is but is not all that she is. in fact it is because of her bluntness and lack of filter that our hero falls for her.
This book isn’t for the faint of heart; it is explicit and has a dark subject matter, but it is a fantastic read. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a different kind of love story.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.