I refuse to break at the hands of a man.
My situation makes me his.
He’ll never really have me.
I’ll never let him hurt me.
Until he claims more than my house, my body, and my life.
When Javier Almanza claims my heart, I’m no longer his cartel bitch.
No, I’m the queen.
Not quite what I expected ….
I loved the first book in the series, which introduced me to two fascinating individuals, their brutal reality, and the path that they navigated to not only survive but be better, and I have been so excited to discover where these characters will find themselves second and the last instalment in this duet..but unfortunately and unbelievably this book has left me conflicted…the author has written about intriguing characters who live in a world where there is little or no room for love…and as far as character development and emotional content goes, she delivered…my heart broke for the loss that Mari Belle and Javi suffered there loss felt raw and real. Further more the conclusion was everything I hoped for, however, there were some aspects that left me disappointed.
First of all this was quite a short story; I read it in one sitting. The page count suggested something longer but more than than a quarter of the book was taken up in extracts from other stories and series. I do like to read about other works by the same author, but I had been expecting more of Marie Belle and Javi’s story than I actually got..
In addition the story felt rushed…the potential drama and suspense was not given time sufficient to develop and I never felt the menace or peril that I associated with the first book…I wanted more darkness, more vengeance, and more sweet revenge…..it felt as if the author had simply run out of steam and it left me feeling cheated ….
Finally and this is a tricky because I do not want to give anything away but I think it is safe to say that Javi has a secret which he keeps until the end and once revealed I honestly felt it was inconsistent with his personality and his responses throughout the book towards both life, and in particular Mari Belle
So a mixed bag…I am glad I went on the journey and the second book had to be read for closure… I shall read more of this author’s books, and would encourage anyone reading this to do likewise, but I am sad this series is over and I am sadder still that the finale was not as grand as I had hoped….