My rating: 4 of 5 stars
➳The dark side of Penelope Douglas has arising in this shocking “romance” of a novel, that will have you questioning your sanity…
➳Let me start this off by saying, I am a true fan of Penelope’s writing and the beauty and magic she has with them by moving the mind of the reader to a whole new world. And that’s why I always read her novels, I never back down from signing up for her novels or anything that she promotes. She has earned that respect from me and the admiration is there as well. I knew that if I got involved with this series, something dark would come out of it. The first novel, Corrupt was action packed, emotionally draining when it came down to the dark side of each character, and also sexy and steamy in the best of ways (steamy… **wink wink** y’all know what I am talking about). And the love I had for her first novel in the Devil’s Night series was just the beginning of me getting emotionally involved with the horsemen. And then Khai’s story was created in Hideaway, and I knew that my baby Khai was going to need all my hugs and kisses. The drama in both books is nothing in comparison to what we got in this novel, Damon’s story. And I want to warn my followers, that if you are NOT into dark romances with menage a trois, or voyeurism then you need to skip this novel for sure. As some of you know, I am not big into sharing. I love possessive alpha males, and Damon was indeed very possessive of Winter… but he was also very possessive over other people that I was not expecting to make a twist and turn of. I won’t mention who it may be so if you want to know then keep reading because I will have a spoiler section following this review.
➳Let’s talk about the story! And just because Penelope is my number one favorite author does not mean I will back down from speaking the truth. It hurts me to write this aggressive review about an author whose words have changed my mindset in many ways, but it is indeed something that I cannot be backed down from writing about. For those who have read about Damon in the first and second novel, you know that he is the most emotionally dark individual out of all four horsemen. He had a childhood past that we learned about in the second novel, that has you wanting more of him and comfort him. And then of course we also know about the malicious side that is his father, Gabriel. After knowing about Damon’s past, I was still intrigued to keep reading his novel. That’s when we meet Winter. The strong individual who has made Damon’s mindset change with a semi-positive attitude. His side of protectiveness towards her, is also one in which he wants to hurt her. Not for revenge, but for the sake of just wanting the dark to arise and engulf them both;
“The shit the came out of my mouth. All for Winter’s sake, because she was my sole motivation in everything I did, and I was kind of fucking ashamed she had that power…”
➳There are a lot of twist and turns in this novel that sometimes, I felt like just stopping and DNF-ing the novel. But out of respect for Penelope, I continued reading. The drama that revolves Winter and Damon is one that I felt kept dragging (for my tastes), and yes. This is the longest book that Penelope has ever written and I am so proud of her for accomplishing such a task that not many can do. There were somethings that to me I felt were not necessary but maybe did make an importance to the story plot in general. There is no denying that if you skip a single page of this novel, you will be completely lost. There is mystery in every page, an angst and darkness of every turn that you cannot miss out on reading. And when finally Damon and Winter ever do make an appearance together and demonstrate their passion towards each other, the page burns because of said passion;
“I don’t know if I felt responsible for the fact that she now only had four senses by which to experience the world, but it was a strange feeling to want to protect someone from others when I knew I’d be worse for her health than anyone…”
➳From the first book, you could always tell that every important character in this novel was connected in some way. Maybe in a genetic way, or an emotional type of way. But the connection was always there. Reading Damon’s story, you soon realize that some people are legitimately connected genetically, and the shocking part of it all is what really makes the story worth to be read. Not many can be compelled to read such a malicious and dark novel, but others do have that tempting side to it that makes them want to read more. In my case, I like to read dark romances. This one in particular, was just not my cup of tea.
➳I think I have said enough about the quality of this novel. As previously mentioned, I am proud of Penelope for having all these dark yet beautiful words in mind and creating an indeed unique novel that had my skin crawling. Do not enter by reading this novel with a mindset of finding a cliche happily ever after. The prologue had to for sure be my only and favorite part of this novel because it was only Damon and Winter. That is the way that it should always be, and I am glad that Penelope was able to acquire such a beautiful yet simple ending. Now, the question remains: What is going on with Will? Honestly… Will is such a mess! Emotionally and physically. He was left off at the end of this book viewed as him having the time of his life. But I feel like there is more to him that we have not been able to identify. I will be hesitant to read his novel that’s for sure, but I am determined to give him the benefit of the doubt.
➳ARC kindly provided by the publicist in exchange for an honest review…
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Penelope Douglas is a writer living in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to “just get the damn degree!” She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she HATED public administration. One night, she told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later she was married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The 100, and she shops at Target almost daily.