RATING: 3.5 napkins
I lie to survive.
Have since I was sixteen and my world fell into chaos. But I found a way to endure, or rather it found me. Now I’m a prisoner of my own doing, hiding behind a false mask so no one sees the truth. Not even the man I want but can’t have—Deck. But I messed up and the lies are spilling over, out of control.
Deck is unrelenting and will settle for nothing less than the truth. He demands everything from me—EVERYTHING—even if it rips me apart.
I kill for a living.
Unyielding—It’s how I survive in my line of work. I bend people to my will…except Georgie.But that ends now.I've played her game for far too long. Now I think it's time we play mine.
**Complimentary ARC received from author via Netgalley**
(Originally posted on Goodreads)
First Nashoda Rose read for me, and won't be the last... Quite glad I got the chance to read this. I've read reviews, I read the blurb, I was intrigued, I requested an ARC thru Netgalley, and fortunately was approved. And ever after reading the blurb, I still wasn't quite sure what to expect.
Reading this felt like reading a KA book and watching a Nicholas Spark movie at the same time (2 of my guilty pleasures if I may add), peppered with some other NA books I've read and with some twist, if that makes sense at all.
So we have a story of a broken h and a H who's been protecting her while fighting off his attraction to her bec of a promise. And while this is happening, you find that there are more to the h than meets the eye, that there are bigger forces at play as to why events have occurred or keep occurring.
And I really did like it but itty-bitty things felt off.
For starter, I thought the sexual tension b/w these 2 was thru the roof; then came the heat after, of course.*g* 2nd, for a change, the dirty talk is not just coming from the H but the h as well, so I thought that was diff (some readers might find that off-putting, but I didn't, for whatever reason). 3rd, the H was a decent alpha. 4th, love how the story really opened up the more I read, esp the last 15% or so. 5th, the secondary characters are just as defined as the MCs. 6th, the interaction did not feel forced. And 7th, it's in a Canadian setting (yay, TO), albeit it was done very peripherally.
What felt off: (granted this is all personal taste)
The pace felt quite slow in the beginning. Although I realized everything was being put in context, it felt like it dragged for a few moments there. Also, not sure why, I expected something darker. Maybe others will find it dark and I've just read darker, that's all. The h did get to me with some of her angst, esp in the beginning, but I did get it in the end. And I admit, the writing in some parts came across as too flowery for me.
Like I said, very subjective concerns...
I'm def looking forward to the rest of the series, and can't wait to get a chance to read the Tear Asunder series as well.