Hey lovely readers!
Here’s a book review for you!
But before I start, I need to say a few things. This book is dark, it’s controversial, it’s harsh. It may anger some people to know that I actually really liked this book. So I just want to say this: I have been through some dark and frankly horrific things in my life. So believe it or not I understand a lot of what the heroine feels throughout this story. But I also can identify with the hero in a very real way. That being said, I don’t want to feel any judgement for liking this book. If you don’t like what I have to say, please just stop reading the review. OK, let’s get started!
“Senior year was off to a rough start: lube in my locker, panties on my front porch, unimaginative name-calling. See, I got a player suspended from the football team for harassing me, and in my small Texas town, you don’t mess with the football players—even if they mess with you first.
I didn’t care if it was an unpopular thing to do; I stood up for myself… and in doing so, opened Pandora’s Box.
I never dreamed I would attract the attention of locally worshipped star quarterback, Carter Mahoney. Never imagined his coveted attention would turn out to be such a nightmare. Beneath his carefully constructed façade lurks a monster, a predator looking for the perfect prey to play with. Now, since I’m the girl no one likes or believes, I guess I’m the perfect target for his dark games and twisted desires.
After surviving my first encounter with his casual depravity, all I really want is for Carter to leave me alone. But all he seems to want is me.”
Warning: This book is provocative. It is categorized as DARK ROMANCE for a reason. It will not be for everyone. If you are a reader with certain triggers or sensitivities common to the dark romance genre, please heed the author’s note at the beginning of this book.
Alright so I’m just going to put this out there right away, I actually really liked this book, And the thing is, when I first realized how much I liked it, I felt terrible. I mean Carter is pretty terrible to Zoey, like criminally terrible and I felt like shit for liking him even a little. But here’s what I figured out: it’s OK for me to like dark stories, it’s OK for me to try and understand why someone like Carter does what they do. So yup, I really liked this book and here’s why.
Zoey is so strong through all of the awful things she endures and I really admire that. Having been through things very similar to Zoey, I can appreciate the type of strength she exhibits to make it through each day. And more than that, she has an amazing capacity for forgiveness, which is not an easy thing to do. She tries so hard to see the good in Carter, because there is good. But she also holds onto to herself in the process. I’ve always been a fan of the dark, angsty, tough books, because I feel they represent the darker side of life. They force you to face the ugly things and I think that is so important.
As for Carter, I won’t pretend he’s not an awful person initially, because he absolutely is. His view of the world is more than a little messed up. And maybe it was just me, but you could tell that something horrible twisted him into the man he is throughout the book. it was one of those things I knew would be awful and honestly, I was a little afraid to face it. And I won’t say that it excuses his behavior, but I did understand his feelings.
I just really enjoyed the roller coaster of emotions that the story puts you through. And whether or not you hate Carter, I loved that he did grow as a person. This book was absolutely worth the read to me and I’ve been recommending it any chance I get!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads