If you aren’t familiar with J.M. Darhower’s work… You need to change that. I discovered her way back in my Twilight Fan Fiction day’s for the story she wrote “Emancipation Proclamation”. I patiently waited for new chapters to be added to her story which was later published as her novel “Sempre” (with a few minor changes) and it’s sequel “Sempre: Redemption”. I have a confession to make that “EP” was my first “smutty” read and I was hooked. It’s all your fault Jessica!
I was lucky enough to receive an arc of her newest novel that released yesterday April 28th, 2014 “Monster in His Eyes”! As I usually do with her books, I devoured it in a little over a day. There are some MILD spoilers in my review so be warned!
Karissa is an 18 year old college student in NYC who is very self sufficient and has been warned by her (seemingly ultra-paranoid) mother not to trust people and that the “city” isn’t safe. She does almost the complete opposite of what she “should” do by becoming involved with Ignacio, a sexy older man (twice her age). It quickly becomes serious and is apparent that these two are drawn together. “Naz” is a complex, charming and interesting character. He never pretends to be something that he’s not… which is good. He clearly has issues and Karissa loves him despite those. The story deals with the mob yet a softer side of the mob. You only see things from Karissa’s POV and Naz doesn’t shield her from his life, but he doesn’t elaborate either. The story is well written, and I was left thinking “WTH?!” quite a few times. I love a book that can actually surprise me and leave me wanting more. Naz will definitely become your newest “bad boy” book boyfriend and you will want to become Karissa!
5 Stars! Torture in her Soul (Monster in His Eyes #2) will be released this fall! Can’t Wait!
About the Author:
JM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing (or fangirling about books) she’s usually ranting about those things.
Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually always find her there.