on November 22, 2017
Format: Audiobook, eBook
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They call him a monster.
Pale blue eyes as cold as ice that see right through you.
He lives in a castle fit for a fairy tale, but he’s no prince.
He’s a killer.
By an act of fate, our worlds collide.
They call him a monster, but he is my salvation.
Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
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Holy sweet mother of Mary!!!! I was thrown for a loop with this book! If I could put all of my favorite aspects of a dark romance novel into one book, this would be that book! The backstory of each character, the plot, the pace, and the chemistry….omg the chemistry!
L.A. Fiore captured my attention and my heart with the opening to this book. It was breathtaking in a haunted sort of way. She’s pulls you into this past and it’s one where you can’t look away but you feel as if you need to because you know it’s only going to get worse.
“Brochan said he wasn’t looking to be saved. I wasn’t looking to save him. I understood some wounds cut too deep and his seemed to cut right to the bone.”
Brochan broke my heart in ways that were unimaginable to me before this book. He’s a jaded and hard man but he was created to be that way, he wasn’t born the monster he thinks he is. He lives a life on the outside looking in and until Lizzie, he preferred it that way. The entire town knew of his past, knew what they helped create but still they were unaccepting, scared even of what he did…what he had become and what he represented to them which was their failures as a community.
Lizzie grew up with her own kind of hardships, but instead of turning hard as Brochan had, she found her outlet in painting. She tried to find the beauty in all of the ugliness that surrounded her as a child and had become quite a successful artist. It wasn’t until a great-aunt she’d never before heard of that she found herself and her own kind of happily ever after.
The main characters were perfectly well written and relatable. I loved how Fiore gave us their backstory so we were able to see their development throughout the entire novel. The side characters were a huge part to the overall book itself and I loved them to pieces.
The plot itself went at a perfect pace. It kept me on the edge of my seat at times and ugly crying for the most part. Fiore gave us the good, the bad, the ugly and then the amazing with this book. You want a dark romance with twisted, beautifully broken characters, but also a HEA eventually after they’ve had to wade through all the shit to get there???? Then this book is definitely for you! On top of everything else Fiore completely outdid herself with the imagery. I’ve never been to Scotland but I feel like I know the place just from her descriptions. She truly has a way that captures your soul and makes you feel as if you lived the book instead of just read it.
From an audiobook stand point I’d rate this a 3.8 but the book/story itself is definitely a 5++ for me. The narrators were good, but not not great in my opinion. I loved Aaron Shedlock, his accent brought life to the Brochan in a way that gave me chills. Listening to him also helped me “see” the imagery that Fiore described so well. Tracy Marks was okay. I believe her voice fit the character well something about the way she ended most of her internal dialogue had me thrown off a little, but not enough to stop listening. She did good and I will definitely pick up some other books from her just to see if it was a one-book thing.
Overall, this book is my favorite so far for 2018! I may just have to read/listen to this again!