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Oh boy. Once again I’m in the minority here rating this novel a low score.
After reading the first couple of chapters and enjoying it, I thought I had picked a winner as it started off so great. I was already thinking four stars in my head. However, as I read on that quickly changed to three stars, then two, and then finally one. Thanks to a city blackout that occurred last evening that lasted several hours after I turned in for the night, I thought more about my review only to realize it was incomplete. I won't lie, there were several eye rolls and WTF?! moments that could not be helped. Now if you’re planning to read this novel, please DO NOT read on as I am going to spill the beans on a few things; meaning SPOILER ALERT.
Let me just start with what I liked about the novel.
- It started off with a bang. You couldn’t help but get sucked in as the author weaved a terrific tale about a serial killer.
- The story is told from several POV's; Gwyn, Brady, and the killer, just to name a few. The chapters that were of the killer's and victims' POV were the best ones in my opinion. The author does a great job keeping the reader in suspense as to who the killer actually is. With a few twists and turns thrown in, it was quite a surprise when I reached the end.
- I actually liked all the supporting characters, including Brady's ex Mila, a total bitch.
Now for all the WTF?! moments.
--- SPOILER ALERT!!! ---
After being on road for a few months, Gwyn (heroine) ends up in, Durham Heights, a small town in Louisiana. She left Chicago after being in an abusive (emotional and physical) relationship for three years to start a new life.
“Handsome men were the enemy; that was a lesson she had learned well.”
“Don’t make eye contact, don’t make a connection. She repeated the words in her head as she made her way over, her curiosity getting the best of her. It was one thing to engage with Joan, the older woman’s welcome had filled her with an instant feeling of peace and safety. But men…attention from them was not something she was looking for.”
Well that lasted all of five minutes. The second her eyes land on Sheriff Brady James, Gwyn is ready to jump his bones. This is where everything starts to fall apart for me. The very next day Brady demands a dinner date with her.
““Seven tonight, Gwyn. Don’t make me wait for you,” his arrogant tone pricked her anger and just as she opened her mouth to tell him just how long he’d be waiting for her, he leaned in and lowered his voice. “I can’t wait to taste you.” WTF?!
And just like that, Gwyn has a date the very next day, one which she’s really looking forward to with a man she feels “safe” with even though she knows next to nothing about him except that he’s the town sheriff and absolutely gorgeous. WTF?! (Note: The author makes a reference to Gwyn knowing him for a “few days,” which I think is incorrect. However, if I’m in the wrong, my apologies.) There’s a lot of sexual heat sizzling between them on their date, none of which scares Gwyn. In fact, she’s so comfortable with him she doesn’t protest when he places his hand on her knee for the duration of the car ride, or when he orders dinner for her. Later they make out in the car, and then move into her apartment where things start to really get hot and heavy.
Gwyn - “I need you—please, just f*** me.” WTF?!
I guess Brady slipping a finger in her panties isn’t enough for her. WTF?!
I’m sorry folks but all of this comes across as totally unrealistic. I find it hard to believe that a woman who just left an abusive relationship of three years where her ex controlled every aspect of her life, would let another man, no matter how good looking he is, do the same. I cannot be the only one who thinks this??
- After making out in the car and walking her to her door, because Brady doesn’t kiss her right away she starts thinking she’s not worthy of him. This I can understand. However, it doesn’t work here as it’s beyond obvious to everyone how badly Brady wants her.
““You are mine. This ass is mine,” he ground out, gripping her cheeks tightly. “This mouth is mine,” his lips crashed down on hers, stealing her breath. “If I want to f*** you, I will. If I want you to suck my c***, you will. If I want to devour that sweet little p***y of yours - I will.” His words were a lightning bolt to her core, igniting the passion between them. As his hips began to move against her, she let out a loud moan and pulled his lips back to hers.”
As much as this is a turn on, why Gwyn doesn’t even bat an eye at this makes no sense. Sorry, so stupid of me. She wants Brady bad and if that means giving into his demands, so be it because he’s so good-looking. Serious eye-rolls here. Again, this just doesn’t work when you consider Gwyn’s past relationship.
- Guess what happens next? I’ll give you a hint, it’s includes three little words. Yep, the “I love you” is declared by both just days later. WTF?! Not only do I detest the instalove, I hate it even more when the heroine has a past such as Gwyn’s.
- There’s a serial killer on the loose. He grabs a female after stalking her for a few days, holds her in a basement cuffed to chains and begins his torture that lasts for weeks. The police and FBI agents have no leads as to who’s taking them or where the women are being held. When Gwyn is grabbed by the killer (like you didn’t see that one coming), it turns out there’s a building five miles outside of town that’s not marked on any of the updated maps. It’s by chance the police came across the old maps. I’d like to know how not one cop or FBI agent never thought to look at abandoned buildings close to town. You’d think with all the volunteers looking for the missing women someone would’ve come across the building at some point. Has no one ever driven past it? Is the building so small it’s not noticeable? Is it hidden behind trees? Is there no one in town who once worked there? It’s only five miles outside of town. Five miles! Did they stop searching when they reached the town limits? WTF?! This is absolutely ridiculous. All it does is prove how inept and stupid they all are. My head hurts from rolling my eyes and shaking my head so much.
In the end this was not a hit in my eyes. Considering this is a big hit with a lot of readers, I leave it to your discretion whether to read this novel or take a pass. With all the positive reviews, the chances of you liking or even loving the novel is quite possible.
I’m more than positive many of you will disagree with what I wrote, or think I’m nuts. That’s fine. You’re entitled to your opinion and I respect that. Just remember that I’m also entitled to my opinion and ask that you respect it. If there’s anyone who feels like discussing the novel, or my review like an adult, I’d be more than happy to.
Note: The author contacted me to thank me for my honest review, and asked that I not write her off. So respectful of my review, I can honestly say that I will read book 2 in the "Darkness" series. I thank Ms. Brightmore for going out of her way to contact me.
Cassia Brightmore's debut book, Malevolent, The Darkness Series, volume 1 is a mystery, thriller, and romance novel filled with so much suspense that it will leave you breathless, scared, and hurting for the characters in the story. The author created a fictional heart stopping reality that is nothing short of chilling. It leaves the reader with an eerie "OMG".
Gwyn Woods is running away from a life that has left her scarred physically as well as mentally. She is running from her abusive ex, a man that tried to kill her. She happens upon a small quaint town in Louisiana called Durham Heights and decides that this is a place she will be safe in for a while. Gwyn is in for an attraction that will rock her world when she meets the hot, sexy sheriff, Brady James. Not only does she have a growing need for the sheriff, but she also learns there is a sinister serial killer on the loose in the small community. A psychopath, who takes young girls and does unspeakable things before finally killing them.
Sheriff Brady James has a history with the unspeakable acts of sadistic killers. Once a NYPD detective, he moved to Durham Heights hoping for a fresh start and an easier life. However, when a dead body of a young girl turns up in his town, everything changes for him as he tirelessly tries to find the killer. The one bright spot in all of this is he has met the woman of his dreams. A woman that he wants like no other and he has to have her, protect her. Gwyn Woods is new in town and even though he has only just met her, she consumes him. Fighting to keep his town safe and now Gwyn as well, Brady is relentlessly wading through the evidence to catch the killer.
My interest was captured uneasily at first by this story. I found myself drawn in by the horror and the mystery that the author generated through the eyes of the begging victims. As the story unfolded, this thriller frightened, yet perplexed me. I was drawn to the intensity of Sheriff Brady James, while loving the beautiful person that Gwyn Woods represented. In the end, my heart was lightened, but still heavily saturated with sadness from the killer's mayhem and madness. This novel was carefully crafted to arouse turmoil, while at the same time producing a beautiful love story. I'm a fan, Cassia! I patiently await the next part of this series.
Hero: Sheriff Brady James 4.5 stars
Heroine: Gwyn Woods 4.5 stars
Steam Level: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a book that will take you to the edge of pain and suffering by the serial killer as well as enjoy an overwhelming mystery, with a splash of sexy romance. A heroine that deserves her own HEA and a hot hero sheriff that wants to give it to her. This thriller romance is a spellbinder.
Would I read other books by this author: Yes! Cassia has an interesting way of writing that intrigues the reader from the moment you begin to read her book.
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