Some secrets should only be shared in the dark.
Jonah and Vivienne’s erotic bond—living out raw scenarios of captivity and force—began as no-strings sex between strangers who shared the same desires. Now the intimacy between them is turning into love, but it’s a love built on fantasies so extreme that exploring them makes guilt inescapable. But the risks they’re taking are far more dangerous than they’d imagined.
A stalker is terrorizing the city, and one of Jonah’s ex-lovers names him as a potential suspect to the police. Standing by a man under suspicion could cost Vivienne everything. But when Jonah’s stepfather takes advantage of the scandal to seize control of the Marks family fortune, Vivienne is drawn into her lover’s broken family and twisted past. Only then will she learn how dark the truth really is…
Ok so this one is better (in my opinion) than the first installment. It’s grittier and seems to have more substance in it. I actually liked this one. Not that I hated the first one, I just could not connect with the characters enough to feel that it had an impact on me.
Jonah is so much more alpha in this one. In Asking For It, he seemed more whiney and grumpy… now he’s stepping up to the plate and exerting his alphaness! He’s in the middle of a shit storm with his Step Father and the media regarding his stock in his Father’s company and his reputation and whether or not he’s the Campus rapist everyone is talking about. I guess I can’t fault him for being a tad bit grumpy, but holy hell… snap outta it man… Vivienne needs you!
Vivienne also blossomed in this one. She became more brave, more demanding, and more truthful. She’s putting more of herself and her past out there for Jonah to see and… well… for the world to see. Part of me still feels she’s kind of dense, but I guess she’ll pass for now. She did grow this gigantic back bone near the end of the story that simply amazed me! Whaaa Hoooo!!!
The supporting character cast is what it is… I like some, I hated some… let’s just say Vivienne’s side of friends a family were just ok… the friends were pretty cool, but that stupid ass sister, Chloe was as dumb as a box of rocks and the mother must eat a bowl of stupid for breakfast everyday! Jonah’s side of the family, whoa! Carter, the Step Father = EVIL! The man tramatizes his children/step children and still tries to keep it up in adulthood. Now Maddox the brother… holy hotness and wow is that man smart and rich!!
So, all in all I enjoyed this installment more than I did it’s predecessor. It seemed to have more heart, more connection to the characters, and more grit! The pacing was pretty good… mostly even keel! The writing style was effortless to read and the subject matter was just the right amount of darkness!
ARC provided by Author/Publisher for an honest review
If you haven’t read Lilah Pace yet… pick up the first in this series…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author, so she can’t give away too much about herself here, but she has lived everywhere from Italy to the United Kingdom before putting down roots in the American South.
She’s addicted to Diet Coke, loves her dog, and daydreams about several British movie stars (though usually no more than two at a time).
And while it took her a long while to get up the courage to write books, now she hopes she’ll never stop.