Monster In His Eyes by J.M. Darhower: Review

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Monster in His Eyes (Monster in His Eyes, #1) 


Ignazio 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.

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Monster in His Eyes, is the first part of a two part series. The book is told solely in the heroine's POV.

Karissa Reed is a struggling college student. She's completely dependent on a scholarship as a means for paying for her education. The biggest problem in her life is surviving her Philosophy class and maintaining her 3.5 GPA. That is until she meets Ignazio Naz Vitale. From the moment he steps into her life, he makes his presence known in a major way. He takes her average existence and turns it into Cinderella's story but with a dark twist. When the clock strikes twelve something much more sinister happens.

Karissa, is 18 years old while Ignazio is twice her age, 36 years old. Their age difference is quite blatant and the author doesn't try to make you see their relationship through rose tinted glasses. Karissa, is the lamb to Ignazio's lion and that is the basis of their relationship. Until they get into the bedroom, when I read those scenes their age difference was forgotten, and all I could think about was the intensity of their relationship. And how freaking hot is was!

Why do I mention their age so much? Because HE'S TWICE HER AGE, and in the beginning I couldn't wrap my mind around this because the heroine was a little childish in the beginning. I was quite interested in how all this would play out, and thankfully it all came together quite wonderfully. Meaning she grew the hell up, I breathed a sigh of relief, and the story became quite awesome.

Now without giving too much away. This book is about secrets, revenge, love, obsession and even a little bit of blackmail. It's fast paced, there are a few twists but for me the one I never saw coming was the one near the end. The mother of all twists that had my jaw getting carpet burn!

Read it. Weep. But remember, Naz is mine!

ARC kindly provided by author in return for an honest review

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