My name is Avery Decker, and my story isn’t for the faint of heart. It is about revenge and hatred, misery and violence. I wasn’t always this way even though it was in my blood. I grew up happy and in love with my best friend until she betrayed me and walked away. After that, I fell into the deep, dark world I was meant for.
Presleigh Clarke’s actions turned me into the ruthless man I am today. Too bad for her, I believe people should pay for the things they have done. The more painful and messy, the better. I get off on making people bleed. It feeds my inner demon, and right now, he is starving. She crossed me once, so now she’ll know what it’s like to fear me. But not all stories end the way you think they will … mine certainly didn’t.
Shantel is a Texas-born woman who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their two daughters. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.
She considers herself extremely lucky to do what she does while getting to work from home. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college, and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.
Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughters, along with their cat and dog.
This book started really strong, and I was sucked into the story. I was dying to know everything that went down between Avery and Presleigh. However, by 40% in I was starting to get sick of the over the top violence towards Presleigh by the hero and pretty much everyone else. There was no forward movement in the mystery of what happened between them. Just scene after scene of Avery abusing and humiliating Presleigh, and Presleigh trying (and failing) to escape. This continues well into the book (60+%), and it was just exhausting and frustrating to read.
The other issue that bothered me A LOT was the ridiculous amount of slut-shaming Avery did because Presleigh slept around while they were apart. I legit lost count at how many times he called her a “slut” or a “whore.” This was especially annoying because he did the EXACT. SAME. THING! But apparently, that was A-OK. However, at 70% we FINALLY find out what all went down, and Avery FINALLY gets his head out of his ass (somewhat), and I found myself sucked back into the story (although we STILL had to hear all about the abuse and rape the heroine suffered).
My issues aside, this wasn’t a bad book by any means. This author is a fantastic writer. Even though I got sick of reading about the over the top violence aimed at the heroine, it was still a well-paced and engaging storyline. I can’t say I was enamored with any of the characters. Avery was just too filled with hate and self-righteousness to be likable. Not to mention all the abuse he heaped on the heroine with basically zero grovel when he finds out HE was the asshole all along. Presleigh was a bit more likable. Many times with this type of scenario the heroine can come across like a doormat. I didn’t feel that way about her. She was a straight up victim, and any time she tried to stand up for herself the hero would smack her around or humiliate her. So really, what could she do? Surprisingly, considering the content, we had zero OW or OM drama. The sex was hot (but a lot of dub consent, and rape (IMO), and it was wrapped up in a satisfying ending.
So yea, a bit of a mixed bag for me here. The violence was a bit too much for me and went on too long. I have read books similar to this before and rated them higher. So perhaps it is the mood I am in today. Do keep that in mind when reading this review and deciding for yourself if this book is for you.