Friday, April 26, 2013

Jerk of My Dreams #11


Jerk. Asshole. Douchenozzle. Admit it- you hate to love the jerks. That alpha male character who is so arrogant and rude but sexy as hell. That foul mouthed douche bag of a man who rocks your traitorous heart. We've all read them and we've all liked them to some extent. In real life you wouldn't touch the man with a ten foot pole. But in the fictional world? Nothing can stand in the way! Everyone would be lying to themselves if they didn't admit that the meaner the man, the further we run... Towards them! *sigh* 

That's what this weekly meme is about- those jerky delicious men! Each Friday this meme will go up, and you can share your jerk anyway you want: review, interview, lines and quotes, giveaway of a book. However you want! All you have to do is sign up HERE and follow the linky. Any time you comment on someones post, leave your link so that person can comment back.
 
 
 






Holy.
Freaking.
Crap.

That ending...










There are no words.

My mind has literally been blown. This book seriously surpassed all of my expectations... And more. I don't plan on spoiling anything about this book in my review so I'm not going to go into much detail when it comes to the plot- So to make a long story short, I'll just tell you this: This is a story about Ellie Watt... Errr... Well, whoever she's calling herself on whatever particular day it happens to be. Anyhow, she's not your average heroine. She’s a liar. A con artist. A cheater. A thief. …Heck, if it involves anything illegal then she's your girl. Now I'm not one to typically love the stand-offish in-your-face types when it comes to my heroines, but Ellie is one bad-ass chick that I couldn't help but love. She's extremely guarded and hostile but after learning about her horrific past that affected nearly every aspect of her life, I just couldn't help but warm up to her because I learned to accept that she really just doesn't know how to be any other way. She's wronged, hurt, and disappointed a lot of people in her life but it just went to show that she wasn't perfect and I absolutely loved that about her. Her imperfections was what made her seem so real and it was something that I really appreciated about her character.

Now, down the road and after years of being on the run she decides to look for a legitimate job and really try to get her life back on the right track... That is until she bumps into Camden McQueen: Ex Goth, the most tormented boy in high school, and former friend... That is until she eventually wronged him too and lost any chance of ever having that friendship again. However, luck was on her side the day she ran into him- Turns out, Camden went from "freak" (by society's standards) to sexy tattooed God and he's willing to give his friendship with Ellie a second chance... Only he's not the same person she once thought she knew. This man had his own personal grudges and is a firm believer in revenge. He doesn't easily forgive and forget... A little fact that Ellie didn’t happen to be clued in on…

Camden... Where do I even begin? I just have so many mixed feelings about him- I started this trilogy with On Every Street which could be a big reason why all of my thoughts kept turning towards Javier- Ellie’s first love… And first heartbreak. …But what can I say? I love my jerk heroes. It just seemed as if anytime I would start to grow stronger feelings for Camden, we would be thrown back in time and the story would start reminiscing about his high school days- It was just extremely hard to picture his character as attractive when the only man that came to mind was a Gothic drag queen with big ears.


...Am I being a bit harsh? Probably. But I’m nothing but honest in my reviews and while Camden may have grown on me, I was still never quite sold on him by the end of the novel. Perhaps I’m just being a bit biased about my feelings for Camden since I was already going into this story with stronger feelings for another character. I really and truly was hoping that I’d end up falling just as hard for Camden as I did for Javier… Truly, I did. But Javier has a certain charm and charisma about him that takes bad boy and naughty to a whole other level...

And let's face it: I love me some naughty bad boys...  



After reading this book, you just can’t help but feel like your emotions are all over the place which could explain why this review is a super tough one for me to write. This story was full of scams, car chases, run-ins with the Mafia, kidnapping, murder... My God, you name it and this book had it in spades.

Karina Halle is seriously the God of all authors out there- The woman not only has a gift for writing but can create one hell of an unpredictable, compelling and edgy world that I just couldn't get enough of. It's such a refreshing change from most romances out there these days because the story-line and everything involved is just so uniquely its own. This isn’t your average romance novel by any means… It’s way more. I’ll admit, I was a bit hesitant about starting it because it really didn’t sound like something that I would typically jump on the band wagon to read- But what I thought would end up being a book completely out of my league, ended up turning into a story that I can officially call perfection.



★ Oh, and for the record: This book ends on a major cliff-hanger.

★ Oh and also: The next installment to this trilogy isn’t out yet for at least another month...






8 comments:

Maria D. said...

Lol...good review! I haven't read anything by this author so I'll have to start with the first one.

Ali Ginger-Read said...

"Gothic drag queen with big ears" Bahaha! Dying here! Great fun review. :)

The Autumn Review said...

Love this series

Alyssa said...

Thanks so much ladies! :))

Maria- These books are totally awesome and so is the author. Hopefully you'll love them just as much as I did!

Ali- BAHAHA! I suppose a "Gothic drag queen with big ears" sounds a bit harsh... But... It's exactly what I pictured sometimes, hehe.

The Autumn Review- This is definitely an amazing series, you're right about that!

Sarah said...

Gahhhh I loooved this book. I'm dyying for the next!

Alyssa said...

Sameee hereee Sarah! I need it ASAP. :))

Bookworm Brandee said...

Hot damn! Can't wait to read this one! :)

Alyssa said...

It's definitely worth the read Bookworm Brandee :))

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