Monster in his Eyes by J.M. Darhower

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Book: Monster in his Eyes

Author: JM Darhower

Series: (#1, Monster)

Review by: Onnica

BlurbIgnazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.
It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.
I want to hate him.
Sometimes, I do.
But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

Basic story: Karissa Reed, freshman in college has no idea how her life is about to change. On a night out with a friend she drinks from a glass that has been roofied and then passes out. A stranger helps her and she wakes in his bed. Her saviour is a man named Ignazio Vitale. Older and wiser than Karissa by eighteen years, she finds herself drawn to him. Naz is straightforward, direct and commanding. She feels safe with him.

Naz is a man on a mission. He has Karissa in his sights and nothing will keep him from her if she wants him. And she does. He gives her the choice: tell him to go and he will. If she wants him to stick around, then it’ll be for the long haul. Naive Karissa jumps in with both feet, with no idea of the repercussions her decision will make.

Why you should read this: Wow, this story has it all. Gangsters, sexy times and family secrets galore! The pace of the action moved along quite nicely – I felt as though I got to know the characters very well. Enough to see what made them tick. Naz is a great (anti) hero. He’s serious, yet playful at times. He has a big neon sign over his head screaming DANGER! His intensity is well…intense. I don’t think it’s over the top, but boyfriend definitely has issues.

What you might hate: Not into stories about the mob? Then best to avoid. I don’t read many set in this environment, so it was a nice surprise of a book for me. Karissa is eighteen. Call me old-fashioned but considering the nature of the relationship, I would have felt more comfortable, had she been older. At least twenty! However, I don’t think the purpose of the book was to feel comfortable. The pair are messed up and we’ll have to wait and see whether they can make it work. Karissa is your typical adolescent: whiny at times, petulant and naive. She’ll have to do some growing up and quick.

Rating: Despite my misgivings about certain elements to the book, I loved it. I read it twice. So the decision is easy: 4/5 and let me have the sequel Torture to her Soul immediately, if not sooner!

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