Series: Midnight Mayhem #1
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥.5
“This is neither a circus nor a carnival. This is what happens when the clock strikes twelve and all of the monsters you thought never existed expose themselves.”
Child, when I tell you this book is the shit, I mean it’s the shit. I’ve been threating to read it since its release last year and I kept put it off for some reason. But book 2 is coming soon so I figured I need to get my shit together and read it. This is my first rodeo with this author and hot damn…I’ll tell you right now, I’m contemplating all my life’s decisions that delayed this discovery.
The story is just so…I don’t even know the words to use. CRAZY is up there, but somehow feels inadequate, I spent the first 50% of the book thinking
One minute I’m thinking okay, the heroin (Dove) is going to meet a nice guy who’s going to save her from her misfortunes blah blah blah. Then
She flips the script on me. Then I think okay, she’s going to be sold into the sex slavery and human trafficking shit. I stay with this narrative for a while until she meets Delila and then it turns out nope… that’s not it. Anyway, I digress. As I was saying, the first 50% I spent with my “what the fuck” face on, the second half was a complete and utter mindfuck. I swear I spent most of it confused and intrigued as a motherfucker.
“You see, when I was a little girl, a shadow chased me. An entity. Instead of stepping out from behind it to feel the sun against my skin, this shadow ruined every expectation I had of seeing the light.”
Our homegirl dove has been through some hardships in her young life. Tragedy has befallen her at 14 years old with the loss of her “parents” and after being passed from pillar to post that is foster homes, she finally finds some normalcy and security in a strip club where she dances for a living. Dance is all she’s ever loved and all she’s ever needed to survive- the loss of her parents and the shadow that continues to haunt her day and night.
But she’s not sure whether this shadow is real or merely a figment of her imagination. Until she finds herself kidnapped and thrown into the throng that is the Midnight Mayhem. Not sure what to call it-but imagine if what normal people would call a carnival and a circus had sex and had a baby.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking…
But its true people. Thrown into the den of The Kiznitch Brothers, one particular lion, King, makes her heart jump with familiarity she can’t explain.
Lets pause here for a moment. Up until this point I’m convinced this is some sex traffic shit. Dove is a little weak for my liking and seems to have no backbone to stand up for herself. She chooses not to speak and defend herself in anyway. At this point were just past the 60% and finally, some light starts to shed, and I have a few aha moment. But this nugget of information, leaves some inconsistency in the character. For most of the book, as I said she a mute by choice, keeps to herself and all that and then next she has verbal diarrhoea to a total stranger. I mean what’s that about? I get it she could finally be growing up, but damn, there could atleast have been a bit of a struggle in her character going so out of character.
Anyway, in the second half, the story is so good I’m not even bothered by that shit. Bombs start dropping and revelations that once again leave me like
King was your perfect alpha hole. Domineering, rude, dark, broody and it turns out with good reason. Making him so utterly, deliciously perfect. The rest of his brothers and other supporting characters were great too.
There were some like Jack that I thought could have done with some more work. I think the scene where Dove was kidnapped by Jack up until the rescue could have done with more work. I’m not sure what the deal is with Kyrin. Of all the brothers he’s the one who’s story was least developed. Hopefully I’ll get to know him better in future books. But its all good. Do yourself a favour and read his book.
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