Author: JM Darhower
Series: (Monster in his Eyes #2)
Format: uncorrected ARC
Review by: Onnica
**This review contains a few spoilers from book 1 – so make sure you’ve read it first!**
Basic story: The action picks up from where Monster in his Eyes left off. Karissa is struggling with who Naz really is and his connection to her ever-diminishing family. So she does what any self-respecting adolescent would do – she ignores him. Naz is content to ride out the storm for as long as it takes, as long as Karissa stays with him. Despite not being able to trust her, he’s adamant their wedding plans and the future they had planned will go ahead as scheduled.
Naz has more things to worry about than Karissa’s cold treatment. His associate and father-figure Ray is displeased with their relationship and makes his feelings clear on the subject: she’s a Rita and needs to be dealt with. There’s no way Naz is going to stand by and allow Karissa’s to be hurt. It’s not in his nature. So even if that means taking on ‘family’, so be it. She may not want to be protected by him, but sometimes the adage better-the-devil-you-know is accurate.
As the pair struggle to find some middle ground, the road to reconciliation is a rough one. Karissa’s about to face the biggest betrayal in her life and must decide whether she can really be with Naz forever, or whether he really is a monster after all…
Why you should read it: I was a huge fan of Monster in his Eyes – the plot, the twists and the smut were delicious. If you read and enjoyed it, how could you not want to read Naz and Karissa’s next instalment? Naz is back and as dark and brooding as ever. This book is his story, told from his point of view. You’ll get to know him inside out – the good, the bad and the downright terrifying. What I liked and appreciated was the humour in the book. Naz can be dry and witty at times and when he teases Karissa by mimicking her or repeating her questions back to her is actually very endearing. The story isn’t heavy all the time and I was grateful for these moments of comic relief.
What you might hate: Ok! deep breath. So, one of the things I liked about Naz as a character was that he didn’t say a lot, but what he said meant something. He wasn’t a massive talker. But jeez – his internal monologue? I lost count of how many times he said he was a bad man over and over and that he’d never let Karissa go. He did go on a wee bit. Secondly, the ability to suspend my disbelief in certain plot lines was not easy – the ultimate betrayal I alluded to before – personally, I don’t see anyone being forgiven or coming back from that. But hey, I’m not in the mob so what do I know? What about Karissa? She’s a typical nineteen-year-old so I didn’t expect too much from her, but she surprised me by finally growing up and facing her problems once and for all. In the end, she has the power over her life and the choices are hers.
Rating: a tricky one as I was super-excited to read this and expected it to be on a par with book one. If I’m honest, for me it wasn’t and it felt a lot longer than the first book. However, I was glad to see how it all ended for the pair. I expected a Greek tragedy at the end, but somehow they managed to get their HEA. Was I a bit disappointed? Perhaps by the repetition at times, but all in all, a heart-stopping thrill ride of a book that I give 3/5.