* Do NOT read this synopsis if you haven’t read There Are No Saints. It contains spoilers*
I Couldn’t Kill Mara…
But that doesn’t mean Shaw won’t.
She’s living in my house, always with me, always under my control.
The more I push her, the more she pushes back.
She’s peeling away my secrets, one by one. And I’m tempting her to do things she never thought she’d do…
Shaw won’t stop hunting her.
When the time comes to act, will Mara be ready?
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 5 Stars
If you’d told me at the beginning of the year that I would be falling for stalkers and serial killers in my romance novels, I would’ve called you crazy. As it turns out though, most of my favorite romance reads of the year have been dark as hell and have included some really really dark love interests. I’m here for it.
In There Are No Saints we got glimpses into Cole’s psyche, but I feel like we really got to know him on a deeper level in this second book. He and Mara both opened up and their relationship got sweeter and sweeter as the story progressed. I loved that Sophie didn’t really change them as characters and instead made sure that they each accepted the darkest parts of their partner’s personalities.
The best part about this book though? Mara’s growth and rebirth. My favorite thing about Sophie Lark’s books is that she always writes strong women and men who truly support them. Cole might be obsessive, but his genuine support of Mara and his desire to see her succeed in all things is what really endeared me to him.
I also loved that the women in the book support eachother, another theme that Sophie carries throughout her novels. Strong female friendships are always fun to read about.
The entire book kept me on my toes and I was constantly worried about Shaw. I was on pins and needles waiting to find out what would happen to these two characters I’ve grown to adore. Overall, this was an incredible duology and I loved the pacing, the characters, the spice, and the conclusion. I can’t wait to see what Sophie writes for us next!