Series: Monster in His Eyes #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: April 27th, 2014
Genres: Erotica, Romantic Suspense
Also in this series: Torture To Her Soul
Also by this author: Torture To Her Soul, Made
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Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.
I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I'm thinking before I even do.
It's alarming and alluring. It's dark and deadly. It's everything I've ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.
It doesn't take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it's too late. He has secrets, secrets I can't fathom, secrets that make it so I can't walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that's both terrifying and thrilling. He's a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.
I want to hate him.
Sometimes, I do.
But it doesn't stop me from loving him, too.
“His full name is Ignazio Vitale, although once, not so long ago, he urged me to call him Naz. And it was Naz who charmed me, who won me over and made me melt. It wasn’t until later that I got to know the true Ignazio, and by the time I met Vitale, it was far too late to just walk away.”
When I first heard that J.M. Darhower was releasing a romantic suspense duology , I was intrigued. After reading Sempre and Sempre Redemption I knew that I just had to read this. I am always drawn to dark romances and dark characters in general. Lately with books in this genre, the anti-hero is usually outright about his wicked intentions. Sometimes it is obvious to everyone BUT the heroine. With Monster in his Eyes, it’s not so much obvious as there is this feeling of unease when it comes to Ignazio Vitale.
“Maybe Cinderella didn’t live happily ever after. Maybe, come midnight, she wanted to run away. Maybe her price wouldn’t let her. Mine didn’t.”
To 18 year old college student, Karissa Reed, meeting Ignazio (aka Naz) Vitale, for the first few times feels like fate. Naz is sexy, sophisticated, and twice her age. For a sheltered young woman like Karissa, Naz is a revelation. A spark of color in a world filled with grey. Naz starts showing Karissa how to feel instead of think. To live in the moment. But as happy as Karissa is, she knows there is something different about Naz. There is this undercurrent of darkness that lurks inside him.
“I love you, too. Promise me you’ll remember that.”
“Good,” he says. “Because I’m about to fuck you like I don’t.”
But by the time Karissa learns just who Naz is, it’s too late to save herself or her heart.
“I’m warning you. I’m not a good man, Karissa, and I never will be. So don’t think you can fix me, or that I’ll ever change, because I won’t. I can’t. You have to know, if this goes any further, if you ask me to stay, I’m not going to be able to let you walk away.”
Monster in His Eyes is everything romantic suspense should be. One of the greatest strengths of this story is the attention to detail that truly sheds light on just who Naz is. And let me just say that Naz is absolutely fascinating. Like Karissa, his darkness is what draws you in. I have to confess that after I read this I re-read it again because there are these moments, these subtle changes, that after looking back add a new layer to these characters and this story. I think it’s a testament to the story J.M. Darhower tells because the monster sometimes lurks in light, in love, in plain sight.