Publisher: Self-Published on March 3, 2014
Genres: Adult, Dark, Romance, Suspense
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Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share.
And then Seraphina was gone.
It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead.
But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die.
Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?
Warning: This review is not going to be very helpful. It’s all about me ranting and being pissed off. Lots of cussing too.
At A Glance
I call Bullshit!
The Good/The Bad
Seriously? That’s Fredrik’s story? WTF? Really? How am I suppose to react to that? For me, there are 4 book deal breakers that I just can’t forgive or put up with. The Swan and the Jackal did something that makes reading miserable for me. I am so upset right now, I can’t even separate my good and bad section for this review.
At the end, I wouldn’t believe ‘it’ really happened. I totally thought someone was going to say, “Just kidding, we would never end this story like that. See, everything is fine.” Rainbows and unicorns. FUCKING RAINBOWS AND UNICORNS! No, this book poured acid on the rainbow and shot the unicorn between the eyes.
Sure, I liked the story and the plot. I loved this book for the most part while reading it, but I will not stand for that ending. I WILL NOT! I know other readers could easily love this book (and most do according to Goodreads), but it really really really really wasn’t for me.
I loved Fredrik, I liked Cassia. I loved how fucked up their relationship was. But in the end, there was no character development. Actually, Fredrik regressed as a character. He really needed his HEA, especially with his horrific childhood, and he didn’t get it. No, that dream was shattered, grinded, melted, eaten, and shit out slowly by a sloth.
Don’t even get me started. I WILL pop an eye blood vessel, I just know it.
I have to be honest, I am giving this book 2.5 pity stars. I still love this series, but this book is useless to me. It would have been a 3.5 to 4 star book if the ending was different. The series is recommended, but this book isn’t.
“Because love is the greatest scam of all time. And because as much as I fucking love you, I hate you for inflicting it upon me!”
“The past has shaped me, molded me into a monster. A monster with a persecuted heart and a dead soul.”
“That treacherous little black heart that sits behind my ribs, as always when I think of her, begins to beat to a slow and ominous rhythm, betraying me so cruelly that I wish I could rip it from my chest and be free of it forever.”