Published July 24, 2014 – I can’t find a publisher
Review Copy purchased from Amazon
Synopsis: He’s come to kill me.
I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In my darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room.
Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood.
I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X: the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart?
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath deprivation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence.
My Thoughts: Seriously, take that warning at the end of the synopsis seriously…I didn’t.
Apparently there is a whole “sub-set” of Romance out there called “dark romance”? I was not aware of this. This book falls into this category. When I hear the words dark romance I think more along the lines of “50 Shades of Grey”…Christian was “dark”, brooding, subject to depression, into Dominance…yeah, that wasn’t this.
Mr. X is centered around an assassin’s need for revenge on the girl he holds responsible for his physical disfigurement. This guy isn’t “dark and brooding”, he is black and deadly. The kinds of things he does for revenge are getting the girl hooked on drugs, then having someone turn her into a hooker, at one point he takes her hostage and while the story stops just short of rape, there is consent and she has a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome. Like Mr. X keeps telling her, Jay, “in my world there are no safe words.”. I didn’t find any of this romantic, and yet I kept reading. Honestly I skimmed a lot but did want to get to the point where the reader learned what, exactly, led to Mr X’s need for revenge. And we do get to the bottom of it all eventually, but it was a long time getting there.
Personally, I was not a fan of this “dark romance”. So my rating of this book will reflect that. However, if you use goodreads, there are lots of readers out there who thought this was a marvelous book. Whatever floats your boat, I say.
My Rating: Flats