I move in the shadow of death. I’m the villain. The monster everyone fears.
I’ve been born into a life of depravity and ruthlessness. It’s kill or be killed.
The moment she smiles at me, my world changes.
I keep coming back. Watching her brings me stolen moments of peace.
Until I can’t stay away…
She doesn’t know who I am, that she’s flirting with death.
Slowly we fall deeper until she loves the lies I’ve told her.
The danger that follows me, creeps closer and the façade I’ve built comes crashing down around us.
And lovers turn to enemies.
But there’s no going back for me.
I want her. I will have her.
She doesn’t have a choice.
STANDALONE: Romance Suspense full-length novel.
Series: St. Monarch Academy#3
You know that feeling when you’re stuck in a book rut, and your book picking radar is so well and truly fucked that for the life of you, you just can’t find a book that gets you in the feels, and then suddenly you give one a shot and HALLELUHA the angels sing, it’s the one? Yes? Just me then? Well this was it for me.
When I tell you I inhaled this book, I’m talking about the type of inhaling that has you saying, “just one more chapter” until 4am because you can’t put it down.
I loved this book something fierce. I’ve read a few of Mitchell’s book and I have to say, this is probably her best work yet for me.
We met Carson in the first book in the series when he first started at St Monarch’s Academy. Coming from a family of assassins, that’s all he’s ever known. Following the death of his parents, his brother is all he has left. The best his brother gives him is to never allow himself to love anyone or get emotionally entangled. So, he takes that as gospel. For years, he lives off the beaten path. Moves in the dark within the shadows, known as one of the best in the business, he is content with his life. Until her. Hailey Welsh.
Hailey decides to take time off her mundane everyday life to travel Europe. To make money to support her travels, when she gets to Switzerland, she finds a job as a bar tender in a little, quite village. This is where she meets the brooding, quiet, intense but hot as devil himself Carson. She is enthralled by him, curious even. So, she decides to befriend him, but for reasons unknown to her, Carson keeps pushing her away.
I loved this story a lot. Carson is just the type of alpha I fuck with. Dangerous, elusive, quiet, strong, but treats women with respect. I loved how he struggled with his feelings about what to do about Hailey. The chemistry between them was palpable. And the grovelling. Lawd, this man knows how to grovel. You could feel the desperation, the fear of him loosing his girl. UGGG!! I was here for it.
I liked Hailey as well. I loved her light-hearted nature. How easily she laughed and that for once the heroin didn’t come from a fucked up family who mistreated her. I loved her innocence and naivety and how well it complemented Carson and smoothed out all his rough edges.
All in all, I enjoyed this book very much, except I had a little gripe about Dimpo. She apparently comes from Malawi, but somehow, she has a Setswana name and her mother a Zulu name and they speak Xhosa? Not only that, but Tsotsi is very much southern African countries lingo Nah. I don’t know if its an oversight on the authors part, but I hate the narrative that everything in Africa is the same and nothing differentiates the people. And the idea that someone from Malawi could speak Xhosa is ridiculous to me and just factually wrong. More so because this author supposedly lives in south African. So frankly she should know better.
But atleast now I know how other people feel when a book mentions something or is set in a place they know personally. Nonetheless, it didn’t ruin the story for me. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a minute detail. I can’t wait for Alexei and Demetri’s stories. I wonder if Ariana is going to be Alexei’s girl. Either way, I’m looking forward to it.