Feelings are a luxury I can’t afford. Hidden behind a shield of quiet placidity, I keep my secret safe from those who’d use it against me. Until him—the tatted up, self-centered Scar assassin hired to protect me.
He takes pleasure in tormenting me, chipping away at my defenses as if I’m a toy to be played with. I hate that he continuously reminds me that I’m nothing more than a job. I hate that my body responds to his touch. I hate him.
I’m not a good guy and I don’t pretend to be. Condemn me if you want, I don’t give a fuck. You’re nothing to me. No one is … except her—Max. She’s my target. And I was hired to do a hell of a lot more than protect her … I was hired to kill her.
It should’ve been simple, but it was complicated as hell.
Paranormal romance with erotic elements. Full-length novel. Come meet the Scars.
Scars: Immortal warriors with capabilities derived from the senses:Trackers, Sounders, Healers, Tasters, Visionaries, and the rareReflectors. They each have what is known as an Ink, a tattoo that can be called life.
Expected publication: February 23rd 2015 by Smashwords
***I received an ARC copy from the author Nashoda Rose via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
This book had me confused, irritated and frustrated and yet I just had to see it through to the end and ended up caring about both Max and Jasper and the outcome of their HEA as well as just plain ‘ple curious about the other characters I met along the way. Confused? LOL I was, so let me explain.
The confusion: There is no build up, no this is the world you are about to step into let me give you some background. You are thrust into it and that’s that. It took me a bit of time to get a handle on how things worked and I had to go back to the glossary that is provided in the beginning a few times to fully understand some of the terms so I could at least have a base understanding, so note to all readers: Read the Glossary. It helped in a general sense and as the story progressed I gained a better understanding of the world, but there is still a large part that is still unknown.
The irritation and frustration: I’m not a big fan of the constant internal struggle of ‘do I, don’t I...oh but…’ A good dose is great for any romance but Max and Jasper really took it to another level since they both struggled with it and at times did or said things simply to antagonize the other, Jasper was the definite victor most of the time. But the thing is, and why I didn’t toss my ereader into the freezer, is that they both had valid reasons for it. They were both so broken that they had to lock down their hearts and emotions so much in the name of self preservation because of the trauma they both suffered that even when I wanted to smack them both, I couldn’t help but understand and even empathize with them.
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest...
Jasper and Max’s relationship isn’t insta love in anyway and I’m happy about that since both are so broken that if it had gone that route I wouldn’t have been able to continue reading it, but there is attraction and that seed that there could be more there. There courtship is very atypical, as noted above, but in the end it works for them, one could say it’s their form of foreplay. And though I did want to smack both of them a lot throughout the course of the book, I liked both of them and enjoyed watching as both their walls came crumbling down and being able to see who they really are.
So even though I still have a quite a few questions regarding the world, where everyone (Wraiths, witches, vampires, scars, human) fits into it and spent most of the book wanting to smack Max and Jasper, in the end I just really enjoyed it. I liked the writing style and pace of it and am interested in finding out more about the secondary characters I met along the way as well as learning more about how this world works.