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Hero Paperback – February 25, 2014
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Leighton Del Mia lives behind large sunglasses and under massive headphones. She can usually be found behind and under these things at any Starbucks on the West Coast, which is where she writes twisty books between sips of black coffee.
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Many say dark and for traditional romance this is true, but if you are at all into s&m or tops and bottom play, this is rather just perfect.
Kidnapped the main lady fights with what she finds pleasurable and what her mind tells her is right.
The man man, an anti-hero, fights within himself to control his darker side and fulfill his parents' wishes... or pay for their sins.
The book hooks you right from the first and doesn't let go. You kind of wish it had dragged on longer in the middle, but even good things must end. (BUT if you want, there is a small little novella she made to extend this book, a sort of aftermath.)
The way this book plays into one's mind is like a sneaky superhero itself. It climbs up to the highest ledge and dangles you over like you have information to spill... you think you have evaded him to run, but then he draws you back into his hands and delivers you to an ending you have to have...
...and you know you will be back to read it again.... if you have been a good pet...
Well worth the read!!! Even if just for your curiosity... READ IT!!!
This story contains all the right content to send my taste buds into sensory overload and sate every nerve. Truly gritty with a gothic twist to it this story has a unique blend of adventure, sensual pleasure, a sort of Stockholm Syndrome, stalker tendencies, and a bit of criminal enterprise all rolled into a steamy, erotic paradise.
Cataline Ford is a dynamic little spitfire, very strong, independent female character who never gives up, never changes her head strong ways, and never fails in her belief that Hero will save her and her city, NEW RHONE.
Hero has been protecting New Rhone from evil and the Cartel for years. He has watched over and provided Cataline for over 16 years. He feels as if he is running out of time and patience, he is ready for a change. I believe he needs love and he's willing to risk all to get it. I think he does.
I'm strangely left craving cotton candy, willing to fly like a sparrow, needing a prayer answered, and searching for a hero to hurt me, break me and love me.
Thank you Leighton Del Mia I truly, madly, deeply.. Loved it!
Calvin Parish is exactly that kind of character. Indestructible, indomitable, with a dubious sense of humanity and a clear motive to protect the innocent. He is the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing; a mixture of comic book hero, fairytale character and Master cloaked in forbidding darkness and a barely restrained feral nature. He is terrifying and tortuously erotic.
Cataline Ford is the light to Calvin’s darkness. Or so we initially think. She’s always been alone since losing her parents in an apartment fire at the age of 6. Left to be raised by strangers, it’s almost as if she suspended herself in that space of naïveté, hope and child-like defiance of anything and everything that challenges her worldview. As her character moves forward in this story, we begin to see a clear-cut duality in Cataline that almost defies description. She fights her imprisonment with every fiber in her being, but at the same time allows herself to melt into any and all human contact she finds, regardless of how kind or cruel that contact may be.
The journey these two characters take together defies words. Cataline is hell bent on forcing Calvin to fit into a pre-determined sense of good and evil even while her very existence serves to simply makes his fluidity more lithe and hard to pin down. As Calvin’s commitment to protect evolves into obsession until he is consumed by his desire for her, we see him re-frame his existence in a way that should be impossible for him. Because while his ideals are mercurial, his nature is fixed. Until he lets himself have Cataline. That transformation is excruciating and mesmerizing to watch happen.
Leighton del Mia has crafted an impossible story. She has created two characters that have no business inhabiting the same story and surrounded them with circumstances that shouldn’t make any sense or exist in any genre. But they do and it does. In a true feat of masterful creation, she has managed to bring all of these elements together in way that is genius in its architecture even if not fully harmonious.
I finished this book at 2am last night and I cannot stop thinking about it. I cannot stop trying to wrap my brain around these characters in this story. I cannot stop replaying the last scenes in the book. There’s no way I’m going to be able to stop screaming from the rooftops how good this book is. I won’t be able to stop applauding Leighton del Mia for taking such a genuine and fantastic risk by writing this book.
This book proves that sometimes, the dark is simply exquisite.