Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or numb to all emotions? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between. Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don’t care about anything or anyone.
I love her so much that I hate her. I hate that I can’t let her go. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn’t trust her—or anyone else. So I hurt her. I pushed her away. But I still need her. She centers me. Engaging her, challenging her, pushing her—it’s the one last part of me that feels anything anymore.
But then she went and screwed everything up. She left for a year and came back a different girl. Now, when I push, she pushes back…and I’m not sure either one of us will ever be the same.
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This story is the companion of Bully told from Jared’s viewpoint. The first book was good, it wasn’t great. But I had some people tell me that this book would give me a better understanding of Jared and I love when authors prove me wrong in my first impression. I’m weird, I know. Who likes to be proven wrong? In this, I do.
I like the writing, I just didn’t like Jared as a character. And while I do agree with Lenore that this novel did help me better understand him; At the same time I still have a hard time liking him completely. I like alphas, I’m a huge fan of the alpha dominant, shifter genre but I think because there was so much violence in the book, that’s what really made me cross that line from liking him into a grey area where I don’t really know how to feel about him. And I still don’t, I’m still on the fence. He’s been through a lot of shit and while I can empathize with his situation, to me that’s not an excuse for the way that’s he’s acting. I don’t know why I can’t give him a pass on his behavior because of his past, I just can’t. Maybe that’s just how I’m wired. I’m a firm believer in “You are not your past” so I think that might be why I have this block for loving Jared.
I will say this.
The writing, I loved it. I loved the book.
The character himself, not so much. I’m wondering if that’s what makes me like it more. Because the writing is so good that it helped me to look past his character deficiencies. And now I’m just on this kick where I am just reading up all her other books.
This book can be read as a stand alone. Although Tate’s character is really minimized in this book. If you didn’t read Bully, you wouldn’t really have a feel for her as a person, it’s all Jared in this one.
And Madoc! I was real surprised in the subtle depth she put in to him in this book because in the first book I felt his character was one dimensional but in this book he really blossomed for me. He took on way more layers than I expected him to. And I think he is calculating in all his decisions and the writing hints at his intelligence. Almost like a sheep in wolves clothing. Because he is not a bad guy, he is just using it as a means to an end. He is by far my favorite character in the series. Yeah, I would really recommend this series. We are going see where it takes me.
Look out for Rival’s review soon.