Grievous by J.M. Darhower
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“The trouble with trouble is that it doesn’t always look like trouble!”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍
Character development: 😌😎🙃😮🤐
The heroine: Morgan (a.k.a. Scarlet) – at the end of Menace we found out the truth of her past with Cassian Aristoff, the Russian mob boss.
The Hero(es): Lorenzo Gambini (a.k.a. Scar) – Lorenzo Gambini is over the top hilarious. He is a killer and a sociopath with absolutely no fear and says the most hysterical things in such a deadpan manner.
The Story: Lorenzo and Morgan are now a ‘thing’ though it hasn’t been defined exactly what they are. Morgan is still terrified and terrorized by Cassian Aristoff and Lorenzo wants to get him off her back once and for all, though it is a delicate situation since Cassian has a hostage and killing him might mean never finding her.
Like the first book this one was told in dual points of view with dual narration. Narrated by Kasha Kensington and Iggy Toma who both do a great job and have pleasant voices that are easy to listen to. This book is as good as or better than the first. Lorenzo is sexy, dangerous and hilarious AF. He is a lovable sociopath for certain. Every other review I read mentions how much the readers love Lorenzo. You just have to love all his little quirks and quips.
“There’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Pretty Boy. Life isn’t magically delicious. The consequences of breaking a mirror is that your goddamn mirror is now broken.”
“If you’re measuring, fellas, to see which of you has the biggest cock,” I say, “I can end this easily by telling you it’s neither one of you jackasses, because nobody has a bigger cock than I do, so sit the fuck down before I’m forced to whip it out.”
“Whoa buddy!” I say, letting out a laugh as the detective scrambles to pull himself together. His pants are down around his ankles, damn near tripping him, his awkwardly hairy ass on display. “Might wanna shave that shit, Sasquatch.”
“Long story,” I lie. It’s sort of a simple one—my closest guy betrayed us, turning into a bigger rat than Peter Pettigrew in Harry Potter. Yeah, whatever… you’re wondering how I know who that is, huh? Truth is, my brother’s got a nerdy side. He read the books as a kid, wouldn’t shut up about it.
“Just one night of that sleep would probably cure me of every problem I have. I’d wake up the next morning feeling like Mr. Rogers, welcoming motherfuckers to my neighborhood.”
One other reason I like Lorenzo is because he is human. He was beaten with a shovel when he was younger and has a scar across his face and is blind in one eye. He suffers from insomnia and migraines. He needs Scarlet despite not wanting to admit it. He is also very nice to her and does nice things for her.