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Review: Monster in His Eyes (Monster in His Eyes #1) by J.M. Darhower

Posted on 30 June, 2014 by in J.M. Darhower, Review / 2 comments

Review: Monster in His Eyes (Monster in His Eyes #1) by J.M. DarhowerMonster In His Eyes by J.M. Darhower
on April 27, 2014
Pages: 350
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Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I'm thinking before I even do.

It's alarming and alluring. It's dark and deadly. It's everything I've ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn't take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it's too late. He has secrets, secrets I can't fathom, secrets that make it so I can't walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that's both terrifying and thrilling. He's a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn't stop me from loving him, too.

So admittedly I have not read any books yet by J.M Darhower though I have Sempre on my TBR list and have always heard such wonderful things about her books.  After reading Monster In His Eyes – HELLO WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!?!?!  This book had my heart pounding from the excitement and thrills it evoked in me and let’s also talk about how sexy, emotional, dark and gritty it was!  This book had it all and I am happy to say that this author has become a new must one click ASAP on my list of favorites!

I was completely sucked into this book from the prologue to the very end.  This book was wonderfully brilliant in every way – the writing engaging, so well thought out; the characters so intense, connected and steamy.  Monster In His Eyes is a book that will keep you enthralled and vested to the very end, ignoring the world around you so you can stay immersed in this dark love story between a college student Karissa and the very hot and mysterious Ignazio Vitale (Naz).  I devoured this book!

Naz is much older than Karissa (he is 36 to her 18) and the attraction between them is palpable.  Naz is typically not a relationship kind of man but everything changes for him when he meets Karissa and he wants her, despite his secrets – wanting to take care of her, protect her in every way and love her.

I LOVE a dark hero and Naz is pretty high up there in my book – he is surrounded by mystery, we don’t know what he does for a living, is so complex, confident, controlling and powerful.  He is indeed a monster but I can’t help wanting to know more about the man underneath it all.  Karissa is unknowing to many aspects of his life but she can’t help but be drawn to him despite his seemingly dangerous persona, she can’t help but want to be controlled by him in every way.  Karissa grew up with an overbearing mother without a father because he left her at an early age, moving from place to place because of demons her mom is running from.  She falls quick for Naz which I understand somewhat because of her need for something real, something stable and something hers.

The sex between these two is beyond HOT – so intense and dark yet Naz has a tender side which was beautiful to experience.  Seeing these range of emotions from him made me want to know him more, to know each layer and I spent a lot of the book trying to figure him out because he was a complete puzzle to me.

I have to say that it has been a while that a book has kept me so intrigued with all the mystery and suspense making me question everything until the very last page.  I had many surprises throughout my read, keeping me on the edge of my seat when we finally learn some of Naz’s secrets…and OMG wait til you read this to find out!  I SO LOVE when an author keeps you guessing, playing with your mind and emotions during a read, giving us something totally unexpected and alluring.  J.M Darhower did just that with this book and it is hands down one of my favorites for this year!

So yes there is a book 2 in this series, this book didn’t end with a cliffhanger but are you left wanting more about this couple?  That’s a YES YES YES!  I love when a book leaves me with complete book hangover, thinking about it days later and even now writing this review, making me wish for time to speed up so that I can pick up Torture in her Soul releasing Fall 2014.  I CAN’T WAIT to see how this ends…this is a MUST click today – you will not regret it!



About J.M. Darhower

J.M. Darhower is a USA Today bestselling author, best known for her Mafia romantic suspense novels. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t busy writing (or being a fangirl) she’s usually ranting about those things.

2 Responses to “Review: Monster in His Eyes (Monster in His Eyes #1) by J.M. Darhower”

  1. Denise

    I absouelty agree with you in your review. I was drawn in immediately. And I seriously fell in love with Naz. The way he states that he is no hero and not a good guy, but once you find some of his secrets you then understand what made him be that man that he’s become. It’s dark and twisted but so much sexual romance between the two characters despite their age. I honestly cannot wait for book two. I need more Naz in my life. The author out did herself.

  2. Nawallove

    Love the review! Couldn’t have agreed with you more. This book is a favourite of mine all and there’s just something about our that draws you in from the very start. Waiting for book two patiently!

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