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XV by Lana Sky
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This is a very dark psychological drama that thrills with its deeply emotional look at revenge and family secrets. It reels you in immediately, and demands that you stay vigilant as these strongly written characters go head to head in a century old blood feud.

Ellen is one of the Winthrop daughters, hidden away from most of the world. She is kidnapped by the brutal Mischa, who thinks she's her sister Briar. And this is where the true fight begins. Mischa is unpredictable and violent...But he underestimates Ellen's strength. He tried hard to break her down, but fails. She has already been through her own hell, and Mischa can't penetrate that mindset. Ellen starts to compare the two monsters while trying to understand why it's all happening.

"Which is worse? To be used slowly and sparingly? Or to be chewed and swallowed alive?"

Ellen starts to find solace in Mischa's care, no matter how hard it is for her to comprehend it. This fuels a strange obsession between Ellen and Mischa.

"And I wake up knowing what true hell is. It’s not the measured cruelty Robert dished out. It’s not fearful memories or repulsive scars. It’s peace— being able to find it, even for a second, while in the arms of a monster. What a terrible power to lord over someone."

The story ramps up the tension until it finally pops. And it's a riveting journey to read about. I do wish there was more reveal during the first half, but the writing is excellent and anxiety inducing...exactly how this author undoubtedly wants. Now my anxiety demands more. Book two is coming soon.
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Reading Progress

May 13, 2019 – Started Reading
May 13, 2019 – Shelved
May 13, 2019 – Finished Reading

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