Rating: 4.5 stars
Series: Boston Underworld #3
Definitely darker than the others in the series, but I love books with emotionally disturbed characters. Talia had a shitty life. Being kidnapped shattered her fragile grasp on reality. What she went through was unimaginable and heartbreaking. It takes a special kind of strength to survive what she did. One of my favorite things about this book was that Talia’s recovery was depicted realistically. It was long, slow, torturous, and never truly complete. No one could go through the things she did and ever be the same as they were before. A small part of her would always be broken, and it made me like her even more.
It didn’t take much to see that Alexei was different than most of the men around him. There is something incredibly appealing about a mysterious man, and he was very good at keeping his secrets well guarded. Talia and Alexei were well suited since they both had issues going back to their childhoods, but his issues paled in comparison to hers. I understood why Alexei acted the way he did, but it wasn’t always appropriate. Sometimes he was downright cruel. I did like them as a couple and wanted them to be together, but I feel like there was a bit of stockholm syndrome going on. I believe she genuinely loved him, but I’m not sure she would have if she met him some other way. Towards the end I did get annoyed with Alexei. For such a smart man he was blind to what was going on around him. It was obvious who really wanted to hurt him, and everyone but him could see it.
This is a hard one to rate. It’s a toss up if this should be 4 or 5 stars. I really can’t decide. It’s close to 5 stars but just not quite.
I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!!!