The first thing that got my attention about this book was its cover. It's beautiful!
Then I read the synopsis and decided this was a keeper. I had to read it, so I did.
Heads up: book 2 is coming out soon. If you don't like to wait between books just wait a few more days for Transparent to be out (expected publication: October 2015) before you start to read Translucent.
You won't find a fairy tale here. Mafia and murder and torture have their own scenes in this book. So, if violence and dark is not your thing then maybe you won't enjoy this.
I don't enjoy the violence and the dark read but I did enjoy reading this book.
(No spoiler here; it's the synopsis in my own words) There's Bryleigh that later becomes Blake Martin; a girl married to young to the perfect boy...until she found out he was a murderer and mafia guy. She was so deep she didn't have much chances to get out of there alive until she took an AK-47, became a murderer herself and changed city and name in order to start over.
In between all the wrongs there's romance.
This book was not was I was expecting when I first started it. It was so much more.
The story walks right by the line of "it seems like it's a lot to handle but I can read a little bit more". It felt weird to enjoy a story like this, but I did, a lot.
I think Madden Decker saved this book for me. Blake was this troubled woman with a really bad past and Madden is this alpha, caring, CEO of a firm ( that I still don't understand what's their business, not that it really matters) that has way more patience than a normal person.
Blake has big trust issues. Can't expect anything different looking at her past. But Madden has a way of making her want to trust him.
I loved the couple. It's like a ying-yang. Blake is the black part of the icon and Madden is the white part. They complement each other perfectly. He thins the story when it's so dense. That's what I love about him.
Kind of spoiler alert: the past catches up. That's why I really NEED Transparent to be out NOW!
Thanks to InkSlinger PR and Erin Noelle for the review copy I got