Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Malevolent ~ Cassia Brightmore

Darkness has a seductive power, a delicious energy that sinks its claws in deep. Once the devil has a hold of you, true malevolence is born.
Sheriff Brady James has sworn to protect the small town of Durham Heights, his current priority to ruthlessly hunt a sadistic killer on the loose. With lives at stake, his focus is split between two beautiful women - one dark, one light. The clock is ticking, the threat palpable; crawling closer at every turn. Once death has you in its sights, there is no escape.
Pain. Suffering. Lives shattered and broken. In the fight of good against evil, who will survive?
This is the first book in the Darkness series, a wishing evil upon others novel that can be read as a standalone.
Due to mature content and violent situations, this book is recommended for readers 18 years and up.

3 It was good. corsets

True evil is a reality, it exists in all of us. The question is- who do you choose to be? Do you embrace the light? Or will you surrender to the dark and its temptations?

Two people running from troubled pasts.
A killer on the loose.
Young women showing up murdered.
What’s a sheriff with no leads to do?

Sheriff Brady James left his demons behind in New York and found a good, stable job in Durham Heights, a small southern town. Gwyn Woods is running from an abusive relationship and plans to never look back, only forward. As their worlds collide, another world through the eyes of a killer comes into perspective which causes an uproar for both Gywn’s and Brady’s new beginning.

Enter a manipulative ex, the sweet hometown honey, the diner where everyone frequents, and a lot of southern hospitality; clich├ęs galore.

"Yes, Gwyn. I love you. Every tiny part of you. Even the things I know you're hiding from me. I know, when you're ready- you'll share them. And I can wait. Because you are worth it. We are worth it." ~Brady

Before I dive into my thoughts this was a great debut. The author has an engaging and interesting writing style and created a world full of both lovable and malevolent characters. I enjoyed reading about Gwyn the most, she was almost like Sookie Stackhouse. Gwyn was a genuine and lovable character through and through. However, I think the Southern aspect of this book was overdone- there was just TOO much where it didn’t seem natural in my opinion.

Also, I feel this novel was marketed incorrectly. I read almost strictly dark romance and dark erotica and this was neither. The romance was completely separate from any dark element and the “darkness” played a very small part in the background. About 60% of the book was setting up the scene and then it was over. No mind f*ck, no sudden twist. I would’ve liked more insight into the killer’s mind and motives: when the killer was revealed I didn’t feel anything- who was h/she? Why?

Furthermore, there was so much emphasis put on Gwyn’s past. She was terrified of an abusive boyfriend- but he never found her… was he looking? Why so much devotion to the topic when it played no real part in the story minus a few paragraphs in the first chapter? *sigh*

Now I must mention the prologue/first chapter…DAMNNNN that was intense! The author wrote one hell of a scene in the killer’s perspective…I just wish there was MORE of that throughout.

Overall this was a good read~ unfortunately not the read for me but I would still recommend it to other readers who enjoy sweet Southern romance, a hot alpha male, and some thrills along the way.


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