- File Size: 2172 KB
- Print Length: 273 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: NineStar Press (July 20, 2020)
- Publication Date: July 20, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B08CZ12J4V
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ras steps in long enough for Nate to run. It's not that easy to get away from someone like Ras though and by the time Nate gets home Ras is already there. Ras is impressed with Nate's art and offers alternative employment. He wants Nate to display his work at a syndicate gallery at which they launder money. It's not ideal but it's not dealing drugs and it's not being dead... so it seems like something Nate can do.
I'm not sure how to describe this book. It's a journey of self-discovery I think. Nate is in recovery from his drug use but that doesn't mean that he has recovered from all the things that were done to him when he was a kid. He had a brutal childhood and it has left physical and emotional scars on him.
This story is really well written and I love Moll's style. The flow is very graceful despite some of the violent content. The author has a way of bringing you in while you're reading, allowing you to forget at times how brutal some of the events are in the book.
Nate is an interesting character. His story is revealed through flashbacks to his past. His mother was absolutely wretched to him when he was young and he suffered things that no child should have to deal with. The one good thing in his life is Sierra. Sierra is the child of Nate's ex's sister - he just happened into her life and was at the hospital when she was born. He felt an instant connection to her and has vowed to try and make her life better.
I really liked Nate. He stuck to his guns and really tried to be a better person than he was raised to be. Part of his journey throughout this book is coming to terms with the fact that the abuse he has suffered wasn't his fault and hasn't changed him irreparably.
Ras was a really interesting character as well. Sadly, I felt as though the full potential of Ras doesn't play out in this novel. The story eludes to Ras being part of the same person as "Jude". Jude is a person from Nate's life pre-recovery. It's never explained whether Ras suffers from dissociative disorder or has chosen to move on from the person he was in his youth. I was extremely curious at first and was looking forward to more reveals about Ras and his past. Sadly, there's not much revealed. NOTE: I have just looked on Goodreads and it seems as though more of Ras' story may have been revealed in the first book. The two books are not, however, marked as part of a series.
Ras is an extremely violent man and the counter to that is the fact that he loves fully and completely. Once he loves someone, Ras is the kind of person who will never fall out of love. He just wants to take care of the people he loves and it doesn't matter to him if that means crime, money or just being there for them. He will do it all. Ras is polyamorous and is in a relationship with Scarlett (the syndicate boss) and his boyfriend Ash. They are great supporting characters in their own right and it would have been great to know more about them.
There was a bit of POV switching which confused me from time to time...but it didn't take me out of the story. Moll's writing was beautiful and I kept coming back to that.
I know that some people won't be pleased with the ending. But I think the author made a brave and purposeful choice. It makes sense to me... and I think that's an important part of this story. It's very realistic and doesn't pull any punches. I'm not going to spoil the ending...but I think it was a brave choice and it fits with the story.
Nate is a recovering heroin addict determined to save his niece Sierra. Ras refuses to give up his murderous ways for Nate, so Nate must leave Ras and his lifestyle behind. He turns to lawyer Ethan for help with his addictive sister Becky.
The book is like a walk thru a misty landscape with sands shifting under your feet. You feel strongly for Nate who's just trying to live his best life for Sierra. You want to hate Ras, but his backstory is so sad you just want to provide a safe place for him to rest.
I received an ARC from the author and this is my honest review.
Ras was a very intricate man, hard, intractable, yet soft with those he loved or felt responsible for. Nate was the Phoenix, rising from the ashes so many times. Every time he was taken down he just kept getting back up.
I don’t want to say too much because the reader needs to discover this book for themselves. I will say there is a brief MF scene, there is also mention of a threesome but not on the page. The sexual intimacy in the book was mostly off page. The writing was nice. Bringing each dark thing into the light for a better perspective.
I didn’t realize there is a book that tells Jude’s story called Dark City. I definitely would of read it first.
I was given an ARC by the author and voluntarily read it for an honest review.
I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving an ARC.