Obsession so dark and twisty!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: New York City
The Hero(s): Lucien Morelli – lives by his own rules, takes what he wants and uses people and things. The Morelli’s and the Constantine’s have some sort of Hatfield/McCoy feud and both families are ultra wealthy and don’t seem to care too much about laws. Lucien is a sadist and he is extremely unlikable. He refers to pretty much all women as whore’s, sluts and witches (with a b). He owns a sex club and feels no shame about cruelly using any girl there that he wants. Though he begins to only want Elaine Constantine.
The heroine: Elaine Constantine – is the black sheep of her wealthy family. She is a drunk and a drug addict and she wants to die. When Lucien comes for her, she is surprised by her attraction to him but isn’t afraid of being killed by him. She does want to get rid of her virginity. It seems to be some sort of a thing with her family. Apparently she has to be pure when and if they marry her off to the man of their choosing.
The Love Story:Lucien is unbelievably dark and a sadist. He wants to hurt Elaine and break her but the more he finds out about her the more he becomes obsessed with her. Elaine is a masochist so that is probably a big part of it. Lucien has a gut feeling that she can take anything he dishes out and that she would enjoy it.
Personally, I don’t mind the S&M stuff, but Lucien pisses me off. He is in charge of some underworld dealings (guns and drugs) but he also mentions women, so it is no surprise he refers to females in such derogatory terms. I just want to smack him though.
This is definitely one of the darkest books I have read in a while, but I like it. I was hanging on every word and action and I am dying to know how it all turns out. Elaine has some huge secrets and it looks like Lucien doesn’t only answer to himself, despite his “I take whatever I want” attitude. He has a family and some might be nastier than he is.
If there is one thing that brings this book from a five to a four it is that the anti-hero is not his own man. I hate it when wealthy Hero is under the thumb of someone else. Though I do like it that Lucien is a psycho (he basically has no feelings for anything). I love psycho’s obsessed with the leading lady so I will rate this one 4.5 stars. The ending was absolutely fabulous! You can take it as a cliffhanger or an ending.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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