She came from a past Arthur "Kill" Killian never forgot. She made him sin and made him suffer. She tugged him from the shadows and showed him he wasn't as dead as he thought. And with her resurrection came betrayal, deceit, and war.
But then they took her. Stole her. Imprisoned her.
Now Kill's carefully laid plans for vengeance are complete. He craves action, retribution-the blood of his enemies. War has begun. War is all they'll know until they've paid their penance. He will get her back-and rewrite their destiny . . .
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Rating: 3 Stars
I'm just going to say this right now, I DNF this book around 50% in. You might be wondering if I couldn't read the rest of the book why did I give it a 3 star rating. It all has to do with the plot, the writing, and my love for Hopper. For me, everything was perfect, besides the two main characters. I didn't like them at all. Yes, I know this is a dark biker read, I read some dark reads before, so I'm really okay with the darker aspects of it all. I know the characters are going to be infuriating, but one scene didn't sit well for me, and I couldn't get passed that to save my life.
When I request to read this book, I didn't know it was a second book in a series, because it sounded like it was either a first book in a series or a stand-alone. I wasn't lost at all, so I can't say for certain if it would be okay to start with this read. I don't feel comfortable saying that, but for me, I was okay with it. When it came in the mail, I dropped a book I was already reading and picked this one up.
I devoured the first 100 pages and put it down to get some sleep. On my second sitting, I only read about 60ish pages, before that scene popped up and I stopped. It took me a week or so later to pick it back up again, and I struggled to get through, because now, I really couldn't stand Cleo and Kill. No matter how much I love the plot and the beautiful writing, I just couldn't push through, seeing how they are the main characters and in their POV's. Even my love for Hopper couldn't propel me along. I lost count on how many times I rolled my eyes and thought something sarcastic.
To be quite honest, I feel like I"m being dramatic about the scene, but after hearing them telling each other how much they love each other (which I loved, I loved them as a couple) or how they couldn't live without each other, it shocked me. I couldn't believe Cleo would do that (spoiler: when she finds out from the doctor about his condition after he went unconscious while they were having sex. So she holds his cock, or jerks, whatever, and he was close to going unconscious. Like no, I don't care if you're mad that he didn't tell you, you don't do that, especially to someone you love and couldn't live without.)
I feel like this would be many people favorite reads of 2016, on how beautiful the writing is, how the plot was, there was never a dull moment in it. Hopper was by far my favorite side character, and if she wrote a novella about him or gives him his own book, I would read it. I really want to hug that man, just because.
Before I end this with my favorite quote, I just want to say, I love how in the beginning of their chapters, they both had a little snippet of their past before the present them begins to talk.
Favorite quote: "When we're up there, we aren't boy and girl or neighbors, or even friends. We're infinite...just like the stars shining upon us." -Cleo, diary entry, age twelve.
About Pepper Winters
Pepper Winters is a New York Times and USA Todayinternational bestseller. She loves dark romance, star-crossed lovers, as well as the forbidden and taboo. She strives to write a story that makes readers crave what they shouldn't, and delivers complex plots and unforgettable characters that keep readers talking long after the last page is turned.
On a personal note she loves to travel, has an addiction to creme brulee, and is married to an incredible Canadian who puts up with her endless work hours and accompanies her on signings. She's also a firm believer that the impossible can become possible.