I really enjoy the intensity and the high stakes of this kind of story. The violence really accentuates the romance. I love a complicated character, bI really enjoy the intensity and the high stakes of this kind of story. The violence really accentuates the romance. I love a complicated character, but I did have some issues with this book.
Overall, it was exactly what I was looking for. But I didn't really like Stitch, and I didn't really know Zak. I like violent leads sometimes, but if their violence is contained and directed. Stitch's was not, and it burst out at unexpected times which made me feel like he was actually a danger to Zak. What he did to Cox was completely uncalled for. If he had done it to someone who was a direct threat to Zak, then I would have felt like it was justified and even romantic. But it wasn't. It was just Stitch lashing out in anger without thinking anything through. And it really freaked me out that Zak thought it was just an accident. I also really did not feel ok about the scene where Stitch choked Zak. And after he spent most of the book telling us that he didn't agree with the violence in the club. Their relationship probably is not very healthy.
Most of the book was in Stitch's POV, which left me confused about Zak. We didn't get to know him as well as Stitch and I never fully understood why Zak was with Stitch. What he saw in him. Why he put up with all of Stitch's shit. I enjoyed the writing in this, the sex, the violence, and the overall story. I just think that the character development and how they fit together could have been better. ...more
This was a great conclusion to this emotional series. In this ones things are finally going right for Tate and Brian. This is their happily ever afterThis was a great conclusion to this emotional series. In this ones things are finally going right for Tate and Brian. This is their happily ever after. But that doesn't mean that this book isn't still emotional. Tate and Brian's love for each other is so complete, that sometimes it is overwhelming. They are an extraordinary couple, and sometimes what they have is so beautiful that it makes me cry.
Book 1 was entirely from Brian's POV, while book 2 and 3 are both entirely from Tate's. But this book still has the timeline problems that the first two did. It was better in book 2, but in this one it got confusing again. There were some italicized scenes that were flashforwards to Tate and Brain's HEA. But in the present scenes, it still seemed to be inconsistent. Sometimes Tate said that it had been 6 months since Brian left the hospital, and then not long after, while I was under the impression that only days or weeks had past, he said that it had been a year and a half. So, if these 3 novellas had been combined into a single novel, which still would have been under 300 pages, and the timeline issues had been smoothed out, I would have given it 5-stars.
This series is so great. Tate and Brian have such a deep relationship and have been through so much. They continue to make me cry,Actual rating: 4.5/5
This series is so great. Tate and Brian have such a deep relationship and have been through so much. They continue to make me cry, and I am so glad that they have each other while they go through all this.
I had trouble following all the flashbacks in the first installment, so I am glad that in this one the flashbacks are all written in italics. It made it a lot easier to follow. And while the first book was entirely in Brian's POV, this one was entirely in Tate's POV, so we got insight into both. Perhaps the last installment will be alternating, to make things even.
I think it may have been better if this series had been combined as a single book. I don't like interruptions, or stories that don't flow smoothly. But this series is still amazing so far and I cant wait to read the last installment and to see Tate and Brian's HEA....more
I enjoyed this more than part 1 and I would like to give it 4.5/5. I love how DomenicoThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I enjoyed this more than part 1 and I would like to give it 4.5/5. I love how Domenico and Seth's relationship has grown. How I feel like they are now inseparable and forever, but Dom is still possessive and violent. I hope he never loses that. It gives their relationship an edge so that you can never quite relax. And in his own way, it shows how much he needs Seth.
Dom isn't going to use words to tell Seth how he feels. While Seth said the 'L' word near the beginning of this book, it took the whole book and a near-death experience for Dom to say it. Dom is more familiar with sex and violence and those are his best tools. Love doesn't change a man and I wouldn't want him to change.
I love the ending, as Dom puts everything on the line for Seth, leaving them in a very dangerous situation, and leaving Seth to take charge. I can't wait to read the next book and find out what happens next. The blurb says that Dom lost his memories after his injuries, and I am so looking forward to what happens when Dom meets Seth for the first time again. What will his reactions to him be this time? Will it be the same? How confused will he be about his feelings for his brother? I really hope that at some point he finds the pictures that he sewed into the lining of his coat. Perhaps that will be an eye opener for him. I expect to love it either way! ...more
I really loved this book, and probably would have given it 5-stars if not for the factThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really loved this book, and probably would have given it 5-stars if not for the fact that it was incomplete, and the fact that it pushed my limits a little too much.
I was in the mood for a dark romance, and that is most definitely what I got. This book is violent. And Dom is a monster, a passionate, obsessive monster. I love him. Seth is not what I expected. Despite the fact that he is muscular and physically larger than Dom, he seems so weak in comparison. Even though Seth does not fit into Dom's world at all and Dom cannot help but laugh at him and mock him sometimes for his foolishness, there are still things about Seth that Dom finds completely irresistible, and not just his body. It is such a strange dichotomy. Seth's incompetence makes him roll his eyes, but at the same time his dependence on Dom make his blood burn.
I find it surprising that neither of them fought their relationship harder. The hard life they are in has no room for weakness, and in the Villani family being gay is a death sentence. But they both just threw themselves into it and never looked back. And on top of all that, they seem to be half brothers, which is completely disgusting of course, but I am holding out hope for a City of Glass moment.
One of the things about this book that I had a problem with was that there was a little bit of menage and some light bondage. Menage is usually an immediate deal breaker for me. If I come across a menage scene I will close a book immediately and never open it again. But the scene started over half way through the book and I already completely loved Dom and Seth and just couldn't give up on them that easily. Plus I could tell that the other guy, Silvio, was not going to be a permanent addition. So I just had to grin and bear it. If they had actually had sex I would have skipped the scene, but luckily they just did other things. It still made me extremely uncomfortable though and I hated Silvio. I noticed that he has his own series, Dark Soul, but I will not be reading it.
And there was some light bondage that came right after, with just Dom and Seth. It also made me really uncomfortable because I didn't like the way that Seth became so submissive and said that he had been a good boy. It felt so demeaning, as if he was just a dog. The only time I like it when someone becomes submissive is if it is out of love. Like in the last sex scene of the book. It was beautiful. Although neither of them have even thought the world 'love' yet, it seemed to be screaming at them in that scene. Seth hates to bottom but he did it for Dom and told him it was only for him, no one else, because he was the only one good enough. Dom was so tender and it was amazing. Being submissive out of love and not being forced to give up something.
I am totally in love with Dom and Seth and their complicated, angst-filled relationship. I love Dom's love tinged with obsession, and Seth's love tinged with fear. I can't see how things will work out for them and I am so excited to read the next part of their story to see what will happen next, and what they will be willing to sacrifice to try to make it work. ...more