☆✮ My Review ✮☆
☆ I received an ARC via As the Pages Turn in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆
"I thought you were on of us...I thought you could play..."
This is my cherry popper for Author Penelope Douglas, and I have to say, I FUCKIN’ LOVED IT!! Omigah! The mystery behind Erika “Rika” and the Horsemen was just puzzling and intriguing. I swear, I just had to know more.
The whole suspense with the masks, the Horsemen’s grudge and vendetta against Rika and making her pay, just made my mind go in a million ways.
"Run all you want, Little Monster," he said, sounding like a threat. "We're faster..."
I really loved and appreciated the delicate and crafty balance that Douglas interweaves between both main characters’ POV’s and past and present events. It was a clever ploy, without being a gimmick or a nuisance, of recanting what unfolded beforehand to where things are presently and why, and a wonderful asset to setting the tone and backdrop of everything.
I was eagerly and always on edge about what was going on in the characters’ minds, what pieces I was missing from the puzzle, and putting it together with the shocking twists and turns that I did not foresee.
I know I just basically wrote a reaction type of review for this book title, but, I just feel as if for me to break down the plot gist and characters would detract from the story and a readers reading experience. The whole point of this novel is to uncover what went on with Rika and this group, including Michael, who they are, how they know each other, and just why they are so set against her and targeting her for revenge. It's the whole perplex cloak and dagger feeling, that just when you think you know, you realize that you truly do not.
This was just phenomenal, phenomenal writing for me. Everything had an arousing “edge” to it that made it have a bite and everlasting appeal. I could go on and on, but, seriously, just pick up and read this book!!
When I had to go on breaks in between reading it and even after I finished reading, I was thinking about things and processing everything in and out. The trigger, motivations behind things, what was going on in Michael’s head throughout, and how things were going to play out.
Man, I wish there was going to be a sequel after for a couple of the other main leads, although at the same time, I am really grateful that it isn’t following the trend of duets and trilogies like most books these days.
Over all, a MUST, MUST, READ LADIES!! And not just your cliché “older brother” dark romance, I'll tell you that!! I cannot stress that enough!! #One-click RIGHT NOW!!
☆✮ Excerpt ✮☆
I enjoyed the fright of not knowing what was coming and from where. “When we used to wear the masks,” Michael said, dropping his voice to a near whisper, “you liked it, didn’t you? It scared you, but it turned you on.”I raised my hesitant eyes and tried not to let out a laugh. What was I supposed to say? That the fact that they’d looked like monsters got me hot? I shook my head clear and stood up, saying in a quiet voice. “I’m going to bed.”I grabbed my phone and took a step, but Michael’s voice stopped me. “Come here,” he said softly. I turned my head, narrowing my eyes. Come here? He sat up, resting his forearms on his knees and waiting, while I shifted on my feet. He was always playing games. I didn’t trust him. But the temptation to engage was too great. He was right. I was getting good at it, and I kind of liked it, too. I took slow steps, holding up my chin to steel myself. When I reached him, he placed a hand on my hip and pulled me in between his legs. I gasped as he fell back against the sofa again, pulling me in with him. I shot my hands out, planting them on both sides of his head on the back of the couch, keeping myself upright as I leaned into him. “Say it,” he breathed out, holding my hips with both hands now. “It turned you on.”I closed my mouth and shook my head, looking down at him with a challenge. “I know it did,” he maintained, a fire in his eyes. “Did you think I couldn’t see how tense your body would get or how your nipples got hard through your shirt when you saw me wearing it? You’re a little twisted. Admit it.”I folded my lips between my teeth, turning my head away. But then he tipped his chin up and caught my nipple between his teeth through my tank top, and I closed my eyes, letting out a small cry. Oh, God! The heat of his mouth swooped into my stomach as he released my nipple and then snatched it up again, dragging it out between his teeth. “I’ve got the mask upstairs,” he taunted, kissing and nibbling on me through my shirt. “I can get it if you want me to.”No. No, I wasn’t like that. I pushed away from him, but he held me firm. “Michael, let me go.”But then I felt my phone vibrate in my hand, and I quickly glanced at the screen, seeing no name with the number. Reading the number, though, I noticed that it was his mother’s. That’s strange. I thought I had her number saved in my Contacts. But I let it go, remembering that my mom was with her. I needed to take this call. Planting my fists on Michael’s chest, I shoved him away. “Get off me. Your mom’s calling.”All he did was laugh, though, and my face fell.
He grabbed my arm and threw me down onto my stomach and came down on my back, pinning me to the couch. I breathed hard and fast, feeling his cock press against my ass as he snatched my phone out of my hand. I stared wide-eyed as he placed it a few inches in front of me, his finger hovering over the green Answer button. “Michael, no,” I rushed out, panic making my lungs ache. But he swiped the screen anyway. The ringing stopped, and I heard silence as she waited for me to say something. “Say hi,” he whispered in my ear.
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☆✮ About the Author ✮☆
Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author living in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter. Her books include the Fall Away series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame). Please look for her new erotica, Corrupt, releasing Nov. 17th, and her new contemporary romance, Misconduct, releasing Dec. 1, 2015.