Imperfect Monster by Jennifer Bene
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 ‘Dark and dangerous’ Stars
This is the first book I’ve ever read by Jennifer Bene and I am so happy that it was sooooooo great!! Reading a new author can go one of two ways and I always love to add another great author to the list of peeps I like to read from.
This story was definitely dark and dangerous and I find that when I’m in the mood for dark romance that it is oh-so-delicious when you happen to have an arc at the ready. Nicole (“Nicky”) was just trying to help her kid brother out of some trouble. Pay off the debt he owes and be on your way. Easy peasy, right? But the super powered drug lord doesn’t just work as simply as Nicky thought he would. Nicky finds herself taken as prisoner by Paulo (aka the super powered drug lord) and fearing for her life.
Andre is one of the men that is employed by Paulo and he instantly feels drawn to the beautifully brave Nicky. But Andre must tread lightly as he seemed to have his own agenda. It wasn’t super clear in the beginning but as the story went on, you kinda get the idea without it really being revealed until later. Andre was definitely a dark alpha male. There was one part when we were in Andre’s pov and he was thinking about Nicky and he said something like ‘she makes my inner darkness purr’……panties instantly drenched. Why this turned me on so much I cannot tell you but oh man did it!! The other men that worked for Paulo were such assholes. Always trying to fight over Andre not wanting to share Nicky. I mean, really. It can’t be that difficult for them to find a willing body. It’s not like they lived in the middle of nowhere and there were no available women around. They lived in the middle of Miami for godsakes!!
I feel like everything went like it should have but the ending, even though there was an epilogue, felt like a cliffhanger. Like what happens with Paulo and the others? Does Andre ever get to kill them? I feel like there were so many unanswered questions. And even with all those unanswered questions, I was still satisfied with the ending. So, my curiosity is not fully sated but enough that I finished it without any anxiety about the what-ifs.
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