by Marata Eros
Jess Mackey is living a meticulously fabricated lie of necessity. She’s left the secret tragedy of her past behind along with who she was and is forging ahead with a clean slate. Jess soon discovers that passion can’t be left behind; her own and that of the one man that sees who she really is. Whose presence caresses her soul in a way that may breach the peaceful life Jess has made for herself.
Devin Castile sees a young woman that is the missing puzzle piece to his existence and who is also the victim to a heinous crime. Devin convinces himself that he can remain emotionally distant even while indulging his physical desire for her. When the lies that Jess has made crumble before their attraction and the truth is revealed, one of them might pay with their life… or their very being.
At A Glance
I literally started this book thinking it was one of the best books I have ever read, then things started to get inconsistent and Jess became too obsessive. I so wish the amazing impact I got in the beginning stayed the whole way through.
I fell in love with this book in the beginning. It started out with a HUGE BANG! I was left dumbfounded, scared, and shocked by the first chapter. And I wanted more. I was so sucked into A Terrible Love I didn’t even want to acknowledge the world around me. Screw reality, fiction is so much more enticing.
I felt soooo bad for Jess. What she has gone through is pretty horrible. And now she is hiding from the past that still seems to haunt her. She did a great job of starting a new life, even if it was a lesser one in which she continuously restrains her happiness. But when she meets Mitch, a cute and safe boy, she starts to feel those emotions she has pushed down for so long. Then Devin Castile “Cas” comes into Jess’s life. And he stirs fires in her she never knew existed. It was entertaining watching her struggle between these two boys. Especially with her friends there to crack jokes and make her feel better over her complicated love life. Carlie was a great best friend. She’s snarky, hilarious, and has constant sex on the brain.
Cas was all things bitable and edible. He goes after what he wants and doesn’t take no for an answer. He’s also very aggressive. He beats the crap out of the people who look at Jess the wrong way and bangs Jess like there is no tomorrow. Woah, I am getting a little risqué here. Can’t help it. This book brings it out of me. Cas pushes Jess to take chances, to live life. He may not do relationships but he does sex reeeeaaaal good. But even bad boy Cas can’t deny the connection he and Jess has.
Not sure what to say about Mitch. He was really sweet and nice in the beginning, but soon his true colors come out and I was just as shocked as Jess by him.
I loved the ballet aspect of the book. I was in ballet most of my young life so it’s fun to read someone else’s passion for it. I think Eros described the dancing beautifully.
The writing was pretty good and the action was good too. I just love reading about manly brawls. Though the story wasn’t perfect, it kept my attention the whole way through. I LOVED the twists and turns in A Terrible Love. I was truly shocked by some of them. This book can get very dark, which drew me in even more. I want to read more already.
I was so sad to see some of this story deteriorate as the book went on. The first thing that annoyed me was how Jess’s infatuation with Cas turned into a consuming obsession. She started getting bad grades, skipping classes, and would cry all the time. I had respect for Jess until she let a guy influence her life that much.
Then the inconsistencies started showing up. First, a lot of the time things would be mentioned as if they would be important later. Like Jess getting a D on a Biology test, her friendship with Brad, her work. She never goes to work in this book, we never know if she fails her Biology class and loses her scholarship, and Brad just straight up disappears from this story about two-thirds the way through. WTF!
Then I started to notice that the authors unique voice for some the characters was applied to almost all the characters. All the girls were sex-crazed, made up funny sayings, and had quirky personalities. I like seeing variety in characters so they all don’t sound the same.
The writing and some of the jokes/dialogue got a little confusing at times. And the POV switched from first person to omniscient. It didn’t flow well at all.
*shivers* Ummm, yeah. The. Sex. Yummmmm! I swear, Jess and Cas together was beyond hot. I loved that he was a little rough and a little forceful. Don’t get me wrong, he in no way forced himself on her. But he’s very commanding and it’s just so sexy. Am I bad for wanting more sex scenes? *giggles* I just wanted to see more of Jess and Cas together because those times are my favorite. But believe me, there is lots of smoldering sex and foreplay to be consumed in A Terrible Love.
Oh yeah, there is a love triangle but really Mitch is no contest compared to Cas.
This book could have easily been 5 stars if all the plot points were addressed and Jess didn’t become so obsessive. I almost gave it 4 stars but after writing The Bad section, I knew it wasn’t going to work. But I still loved this book in every other aspect. I actually enjoyed it about 4 stars worth. So, yes, I would recommend it, just be prepared for the stuff I mentioned above. Very much recommended.
“We’re terrible together.”
“It’s not about true love, Jess.”
“If it were love then it’s a terrible love.”
“I guess I’m giving in to life. It’s like the ocean breaking against the rocks: it simply wears me down until I given in. It was only a matter of time.”
Castile is like an unmovable force. A hurricane on a course, destination known only to it. The trajectory likely to change at anytime. Taking anyone or anything in it’s path. As I look into those dark eyes, I know I am in the eye of the storm that is Devin Castile.
Marata Eros is a mixed-genre writer of dark erotica and fantasy with elements of romance and horror. She has completed her first contemporary romance, A TERRIBLE LOVE as her next new release. Marata is a passionate reader who loves interacting with her readers and is more grateful than she can express for their support.