Genres: Dark Romance
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I was young enough not to understand that my life was different. Colin became the one person that I could count on to protect me. He suffered for the both of us by carrying the burden of our secret.
We were the lucky few that got a chance to start over. A fake family, a new home and a pretty little life built on lies.
But while our lives continued to intertwine, we were put on very different paths.
Now it was only a matter of time before they collide and the beast behind the beauty is exposed.
“Pretty Little Things” by Teresa Mummert was a fantastic read, but it was twisted as hell and messed with my head and heart a lot.
It was different than what I expected from the blurb. Very very different. It was darker and way more intense and raw. And I absolutely loved that. There is so much mystery, so many things that are left in the dark and only get revealed bit by tiny little bit. But what you get from the start is a feeling of darkness, something that is always there looming over the characters and the story. I was intrigued, at times shocked and wanted to find out more. Oh, and lets not forget the sexual tension between Annie and Colin because there was enough of it to last for a year or two.
Annie and Colin have escaped a tragic, dangerous and dark past with the help of Connor, an older man who know fills the role of a father for both of them. While they pretend to be siblings, their infatuation with it other is always there, waiting to claw its way out to the surface.
Annie and Colin couldn’t be any different, and yet quite alike due to their past.
Annie is a young girl who’s sweet, loving and kind, but has a rebellious side to her that regularly gets quenched by Colin’s controlling behavior and protectiveness. She’s forgiving and understanding, but not as untainted and angel-like as Colin thinks. The things she’s seen and experienced have left their marks on her soul. She’s the one person that isn’t scared of Colin or of his darkness, but she also doesn’t know how to get near him and past the numerous women parading out of his bedroom.
Colin on the other hand is harsh, controlling and severely damaged because of what he experienced. What I really liked was that the things that were done to him and that he was taught as a child, still live on. Although he knows they aren’t right or good, he can’t always fight them. They’ve been burned into his personality and it’s who he is now. All he can do is try to control it and not hurt others. This was such a unique thing. Often, you’ll find the hero shedding his past, wanting nothing to do with the wrong or despicable behavior. But growing up in this, it’s all that Colin knew and it’d be utopian to think that it wouldn’t effect him as an adult. I loved the darkness about him. I loved that he was truly damaged. And I loved how he tried to keep it from Annie, not wanting to infect her with the darkness that surrounded him. And I loved, that he lost that fight.
The relationship between them was different. In a way taboo, but then again not. There was no way to draw any clear lines in this book. Things were blurred, not allowing to just see them in black and white.
The story kept me on edge. It was really well-written. What bothered me though and it’s one of the reasons this is only a four star rating, is that sometimes the transitions between the situations the character we’re in left me wondering if I missed a chapter. They seemed choppy at times and made me always flip back a few pages to make sure I didn’t just skip a paragraph or two.
The other thing that I didn’t really understand was Jacob’s role in the plot. He’s Annie’s friend/boyfriend but doesn’t serve any bigger purpose than getting Colin jealous. There wasn’t that much of a connection between him and Annie, his role in the book didn’t seem all that important, yet on multiple occasions we got his POV. Again, I feel like I missed something major in order to understand how everything is connected.
Overall, it was a great story though that kept me hooked from beginning to end. And although I’m not sure what that says about my twisted mind, but Colin was sexier than sin.
4 twisted-like-a-pretzel stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)