“Fear, falling, release, excitement, risk, danger, freedom”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌏🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😎🤨🙂🙃🤓
The Hero: Damon Torrence – Went to prison for three years for raping Winter. Though it wasn’t rape, she had been willing but underage while he was 19. Her father was the Mayor who hated Damon. Damon is one of The Four Horsemen (former kings of their high school).
The heroine: Winter Ashby – blind daughter of the mayor, she used to take dance lessons from Damon’s mother. Winter was sheltered as a child and
The Love Story: Damon met Winter at an event for his mother’s ballet classes when they were young that was the day she lost her sight. They met again later when Winter was enrolled in the same high school as Damon, who was senior at that point.
The Four Horsemen consist of Michael Crist, Kai Mori, Damon Torrence and Will Grayson. Damon was sent to prison for 33 months, while Kai and William were sentenced to 28 months each for beating up a cop who was abusive to his sister. William had been in love with the sister.
Michael wasn’t arrested but felt guilt the entire time his friends were away, thinking it was his fault. In Corrupt, the guys had recently gotten out of prison and were doing their best to get revenge. Only things went bad and Damon tried to kill them along with Michael’s brother Trevor. After that, in Hideaway, Damon hid from and taunted his former friends.
You feel for Damon in this one, in previous books, we found out that he was sexually abused by his crazy mother and a father who thinks women are things to be used by men and are good for nothing else. Damon dealt with it by becoming a monster who likes to use people for his own enjoyment, to keep his mind off his own pain.
Damon explains what went on in prison for him and for Will and Kai. Damon had it much worse and after hearing that, you can’t really blame him for wanting revenge. But you also see a bit of a softer side of Damon, when he was with Winter while they were still in high school.
Though Damon is one of those guys that just when you start to like him, he does or says something to show how much of a villain he can be when he wants, and he wants to far too often. And be warned, the scenes between Damon and his mother are more than disturbing. I was cheering when he finally stood up to her.
The narrators are the same as in the previous two books. I liked the male narrator a lot better for this book. He adopted a lower vocal range in this book as Damon than in the other two books and it went well with the character of Damon and I liked it quite a bit.
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