"It’s when you are secure in your sleep, in the safety of your warm covers, when you think you are most alone. That’s when I come, when every last guard is down."
Vesper Rivers lives a good life. A bubbly likable girl with a charming smile. The perfect girl with the perfect boyfriend. Until the day she catches the eye of The NIGHT STALKER. A man that invades the lives of his prey, leaving carnage and destruction in his wake.
A feeling of being watched and a glimpse of ice blue eyes has Vesper on edge, but intrigue. Longing for something more. Something less perfect.
When she finally comes face to face with those cold, empty eyes, nothing in her life will be the same again. "If you leave, I’ll have to kill you, Vesp. I don’t want to do that. Don’t make me do it.” He’s killed me a thousand different ways. Stolen countless breaths and hopes. Slaughtered the girl who had plans to marry a nice doctor. Killed the dream of helping people for a living. Snuffed a piece of her soul by pulling her out of her little brother’s life. Pillaged her pride."
I honestly don't know where to begin with this review. I LOVED every twisted fucked up moment of it. And there were A LOT of twisted fucked up moments that's for sure.
Sam is a ANTI
anti hero. I should HATE this guy. I should LOATHE him. The things he does (has done) to women (including the heroine) should make me SICK. And they DID, but you see somewhere along the way I started to like this guy. Then we would get more and more hints about his past. We'd get these fleeting moments of kindness and vulnerability and I started to LOVE this guy and root for him. I'm not really sure I want to look too closely at what that says about me... "Who am I?” he asks in that voice, dirty and broken. “I am the person who has nothing to lose but you.” He pushes himself inside of me, and even though I am ready, it is so sudden and hard, I nearly cry as I gasp. “I am a man who has risked everything to have you.” He pulls out slowly and plunges into me again. “You are the only thing, Vesp.” He draws himself out and buries himself inside of me. “And you...are my obsession."
His and Vesper's relationship (a term I use loosely here) was all kinds of fifty shades of fucked up
but I couldn't help myself. I was rooting for these two to get a HEA. I had NO clue how the author was going to get us there, but my fingers were crossed and she didn't disappoint.
This book isn't for the faint of heart that is for sure. I almost lost my lunch a couple times (yikes) It danced on the edge of crossing the line for me a few times, but this author can WRITE. I was sucked in from word GO and didn't stop until I reached the last page. That said I would be remiss if I didn't add that this would have been a 5 star read, but I did feel like it dragged a bit in the last 15% or so of the book.
So if you are like me and LOVE a good dark and twisted read with a fucked up hero and a heroine with a little "fucked up" in her as well, then this one should definitely be on your TBR shelf.