My husband hates me. But he’s also the only man who can save me.
Taken by a stranger, Santiago is my only hope. Except that I don’t know if he’s dead or alive. And for as cruel as he can be, the thought he might be gone is unbearable.
But he has nine lives, my monster.
He’s not finished with me yet. And soon I’m back at The Manor. Locked in my room. At his mercy.
I know I am despised.
I know I have become the face of his vengeance.
But there’s something else too. Something between us. It’s a dark and gnarled thing. And it has its claws around my heart.
Series: The Society Trilogy #2
My Rating: ★★★★★
How often do you read a trilogy and book two is better than book one? In my experience? Rarely. But let me tell you, they brought the fire with this one. I mean normally book one is great and then book is a bit meh, while they leave the good stuff again for books three. Not this time. They decided they’re not fucking around this time around. This book was EPIC and I read it like they were cutting me a cheque! I loved it like a fat kid loves cake. OKURR?!
We pick up where we left of in book one, Requiem of the Soul with Santiago fighting for his life while Ivy finds herself bound, kidnapped, and accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Scared and confused at first, she doesn’t even know what she’s done to deserve such treatment. All she can think about is whether her husband is okay. When said husband wakes up, he’s hell-bend on revenge. He feels betrayed, hurt and disappointed.
Despite his feelings, as per the law of the Society, Ivy must suffer some sort of consequence for her alleged crime. And that punishment comes in form of death. Santiago finds it difficult to reconcile that thought and comes up with an alternative punishment for his wife.
When the time came for Santi to carry out her punishment and he was hauling her through the house I was glued to the pages. Fully engrossed in the story. The whole time thinking surely not. Thinking motherfucker, you didn’t even let the woman explain herself.
That’s the shit that pissed me off about Santiago. HE DOESN’T LISTEN! Too quick to jump to conclusions and hurt people as a result of what he thinks he knows. Anyway, but when he couldn’t go through with, I swooned. Seriously. I felt the turmoil in him, the conflict of what comes to him naturally and these new feelings he doesn’t know what to do with. I loved how tender Ivy was with him, how she reached into him, soothed, made him feel more than what he ever saw himself as.
Just when they’re making peace, the fire at the chapel takes everything off course. Santiago once again looses his shit and doesn’t let Ivy explain what the hell he just walked into. The failure to communicate, hell, even if it was a screaming match, at least it would allow the other party to say their piece; was infuriating. The ease with which Santiago seemed to believe whatever information made it to his ear first, no questions asked
And then followed the dumb shit when Ivy ended up in hospital. Why the fuck would she call Abel for help of all people? Hasn’t she learnt by now how stupid that is? I suppose she really didn’t have much choice in who she can call really, but to blindly trust Abel like that?
And then she’s surprised by what happens the next day when is friends come to pick her up. Meanwhile, Santiago is losing his mind over the whereabouts of his wife. Can’t believe she’d rather be away from him by any means necessary. I mean after the shit he did?
I loved this book, EVERY. DAMN. SECOND. OF. IT. I still need explanation what the deal is with Chambers and why he’s averse to Ivy getting pregnant and why Santiago seems to think its Abel’s doing? The scene where Santi broke into Chamber’s house and found he had cleared his office, then further down the line, Santiago tells Ivy he went through his files and found info on her contraceptive jab. Where did he get that information from if the office was cleared out and they don’t know where Chambers is? Did I miss something?
There’s so much to be revealed in books 3 and I’m already salivating at the mouth and desperately waiting for it. I devoured it in one sitting, fully engrossed I didn’t even see the end coming. I got to cliff-hanger and went
Because I was ready to see what Santiago had going on. But of course there was nothing.