Series: Stalker #1
on June 11th, 2015
Genres: Dark Romance, Romantic Suspense
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F**k me once, I'll f**k you twice ... then I'll bury you.
No prison can keep me from seeking revenge. Especially when it comes to her.
She, the woman who put me in jail.
I swore that I'd come for her, to claim what belongs to me: Her life. I'm not a good man. On the contrary, I love to be bad. It's in my veins. Just like it's in my veins to ruin her.
She's an actress, pretending to be a saint, but we both know that isn't true. One way or another, she'll pay for what she did. I will hunt for her. Make her fear me. Make her body mine.
Bad deeds never go unpunished ... And I always go out with a bang.
There are a few things I learned reading Stalker by Clarissa Wild.
1. Clarissa Wild is an evil mastermind.
2. I’m sick in the head and I don’t think there is a cure. There has to be something wrong with me. It’s not normal. It’s disturbing, really. Disturbing to swoon for Phoenix Sullivan.
I don’t want to give too much away, because it’s best experienced while reading. Stalker is a dark, twisted, disturbing and yet extremely captivating and engrossing tale about love, betrayal, hurt, and sacrifice. It’s so fucked I didn’t know right from wrong at the end. But damn, I loved every moment of it. Which worries me in its own way, because it’s as messed up as it gets and yet, I couldn’t stop myself from wanting to read more, from feeling drawn into the darkness that is Phoenix and from finding the sex scenes to be a panty-scorching turn-on.
It’s about Phoenix’ seeking revenge for the betrayal he experienced by Vanessa. A betrayal that makes him thirst for her pain, for her blood. And once they cross paths again, their worlds collide, taking them down on the road of destruction.
The characters were absolutely amazing. Both, Phoenix and Vanessa had so much depth and personality, there were so many layers to them and with each layer that was removed, I was left more confused, more emotional and more of a nervous wreck.
Vanessa is a woman with a troubled past and even more troubled present. She isn’t happy, hasn’t been for a long time. No one knows the real her and to some extent, even she doesn’t, having lived a lie her whole life, pretending and wearing a mask. But underneath a cold and calculating exterior, the fame and fortune that comes with being an actress, is a young woman who wants love. She wants to be loved for who she is. She wants to be good enough.
And that’s something she has in common with Phoenix. Although he is brutal, ruthless, downright scary, there is more to him than that. Through small glimpses it wasn’t hard to see that he is broken, damaged, and doesn’t belong anywhereÔÇönever really has. Not wanting to show any weakness, he’s become a bad man. No, not a bad boy, but a truly bad man. He’s someone without mercy, unyielding in his quest for retribution. But even at his worst, even when his deeds were of unspeakable violence, I couldn’t fully hate him and neither could Vanessa. Because at the end of the day, he deserves to be loved.
Phoenix and Vanessa and their story will stay with me for a long time to come. I think this was my darkest read to date and yet, I could see so much more than darkness in it. No matter how misguided or how brutal, there was so much love. All-consuming, life-destroying, but still love. And whenever it shined through, it illuminated the darkness that consumed Phoenix and Vanessa’s life and it allowed me to hold the pieces of my poor heart together, despite the ache that was caused by the characters’ pain.
4.5 as-beautiful-as-it-is-twisted stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted by TBE)