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Remember, this is MY opinion!
I've been looking forward to this book for ages. Since reading Monster in His Eyes when it first came out. I had some conflicted feelings with the first book, but I found it to be quite addictive. It was the kind of read you could revisit over and over again, and it was because of one thing:
He was vastly alluring. So mysterious. Incredibly intriguing. Frustratingly cold and calculated. Totally bad ass and... scary.
I didn't know this book was going to be in his POV. At first, I was very happy about it because I wanted inside his head. I wasn't disappointed with his thoughts, because you could feel how off and mentally messed up he is by the way he described things. It was done superbly...
Until it became repetitive.
I'd been praying for two POV's. I needed more of Karissa. More of her thoughts. A balanced split would have been very helpful and, in my opinion, would have made this a page turner. But with this, I lost all touch with Karissa. She was so unbelievably naïve. No backbone that I witnessed. Every time Naz was out and about, she didn't want explanations. And I guess I was disappointed in this book because I thought she would fight for a way out, show some reluctance, demand explanations... Instead, she sat on a couch and wrote recipes all day, and I don't think that was ever really explained. Like... why did she want to do it so much all the time?
I stopped eagerly flipping through the pages after 50%. It took me a very long time to get through this book, and it was very anticlimactic. Naz lost his appeal. He was such a blank canvas to me. He didn't seem to ever really DO anything except kill people (lots of people) and dump them, drink beer with his horrible father figure/boss that he forever defends yet is also against (very confusing) most of the book, screwing Karissa and talking about his love for her. Rinse and repeat.
Every time something happened, I was desperate for some unpredictability. EVERYTHING about this was predictable. It was so disappointing. DO NOT READ AHEAD BECAUSE OF SPOILERS....
Killing Paul off so randomly. Really? And his girlfriend just fell off the radar after that, unresolved, after she cried about his disappearance and that was the end of her! And Karissa was dumb enough not to suspect him? REALLY? SiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiGGGHHH. She was soooooooooooooooooooo stupid. Like dumb as a door knob kind of stupid. I found it hard to believe someone like Naz found something in her to love... but then again, she always seemed to come second to his first love. Just sayin.
Killing off the mother. REALLY? REEEEEEEALLY? I felt like all that growth in Naz went straight out the window. It was unnecessary. Ruined it for me. And I hated that Karissa took a week off and then came back to be with him after learning the news. And then to boot they have a funeral... and think about it for a sec, guys, your mother was killed by your fiancé and he's attending her funeral and you're... with him. Hmm. Really? Karissa is right. She is f*cked up, and I don't think many people can even relate to that level of f*cked upness.
He goes on to defend himself by saying she supported Jimmy (is that the husband's name? god, already forgetting) and that she's not innocent because she knew what he did and still wanted him. Never mind that she had no idea he was going to shoot Naz and his wife and Karissa is essentially walking down the same path by being with Naz even after everything he did to her. Let's also not stop to think that this would technically mean any relative of the countless people he killed is justified to kill someone like Karissa because she's done the exact same thing. Nooo, let's not think by that logic. Lost all respect for Naz because it showed that he's really not so intelligent and has zero respect for his fiancé's emotions. Like that girl has no mother. And with all her mother's faults, she loved Karissa and wanted her to be protected. A true mother's love torn from Karissa. An entire life without her. But that's alright, though, because it was Naz that did it.
Brandy thing was extremely predictable. In fact, everyone that crossed Naz in some way always looked at him "curiously" so you always just knew right off the bat that there was something not right with them.
And if Naz was so experienced with getting arrested, he'd know they couldn't just arrest him without telling him a legit reason why. You don't just walk up to someone and arrest them. That's against the freaking law. A true gangster like him would have sued the department for constantly arresting him instead of just bringing him in for questioning. Believe me, true mafia men in my city have done that numerous times. Police never want to be on someone's case like that. They don't arrest unless they're certain to press charges or actually have some reasonable grounds to do such a thing!
Anyways, there's too much about this that I can find I didn't enjoy. I won't ramble on and on.
Torture to Her Soul is the follow up to Monster In His Eyes. This was one of my most anticipated releases because I loved Naz in the first book. In MIHE, Naz was mysterious and dark, he admitted that he wasn't a good man, and his actions led me to believe him. I loved him in spite of this, because he didn't make any apologies nor did he try to change to please Karissa. In Torture to Her Soul, Naz fell off the pedestal that I created for him. For me, Naz turned from this dark, take-charge, always in-control tiger into a brooding puppy. In the first 1/3 of the book, Naz is basically following Karissa throughout the house trying to figure out what she's thinking, how beautiful she is, or how much he loves her. For me the author made a common error that most female authors make when writing a male's POV once he has fallen in love, she wrote the words that females want to believe that the male is thinking, not what an actual man would make, especially a man such as Ignazio Vitale. His world outside of Karissa basically comes to a halt while he focuses every minute on Karissa. Naz drops everything he is doing, stays at home with Karissa, even though she refuses to talk to him and ignores him for days, and waits patiently for her to love him once again or just smile once again. TMI was the downfall to this part of the book; Naz's POV is giving me too much information. I don't need or maybe just don't want to know that he's eagerly waiting for her minute after minute to toss him a bone, like a puppy. I don't want Naz to be a puppy; I want Naz to be the Naz that he was in the first book.
Fortunately the couple begins venturing outside the house around the 2/3 of the book, and the story starts to escalate. The last 1/3 of the book gave me the adrenaline and excitement that I loved in Monster In His Eyes. The ending was climatic; both thrilling and chilling.
One part of the relationship that the author absolutely nailed, or at least it worked for me is that Naz and Karissa did not completely trust one another. I loved this concept, because this isn't a couple that met through a mutual friend, fell in love while sharing unlimited bread sticks at an Olive Garden. Karissa knows that Naz is a bad man, and Naz knows he committed acts that have turned Karissa's life upside down. In a scenario like this, you don't roll out of bed, kiss each other on the cheek, and make coffee; no, you wonder if he'll kill you if you try to leave, or did she put poison in my coffee.
I loved the ending to story, however the first 1/3 of the book had me wondering if Naz had grown a vagina, and I almost didn't finish it. I look forward to reading more stories from J.M. Darhower
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I enjoyed Naz's POV way more than I enjoyed Karissa's, book one. Naz had more depth, he was a more developed character, then Karissa.Read more