Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Killer by Clarissa Wild - Review

Author: Clarissa Wild
Publication Date:  JUne 17, 2015
Publisher:  Self- Published
Series:  Stalker, Prequel
Genre:  Dark Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 3.5 stars

Book Description:

Some secrets are meant to stay hidden …

Secrets could kill you. My husband is the prime example.
I’m a trophy wife. Someone’s prized possession, just there to be pretty. My dreams were pushed aside for his. Until one fateful night, one chance encounter, all his dirty secrets were exposed.
And then my supposed husband is killed.
I should be sad, but all I feel is anger. My husband is a lying, cheating bastard. And if that isn’t bad enough, I’m now the prime suspect for his murder.
Only his brother believes I'm innocent, and in his support, I find relief. However, I will find the real killer and bring him to justice ... before he tries to end my life too.

WARNING: This book contains strong language, explicit situations, and disturbing content.

My Review:

This is the funny thing about this book, I really like the bad guy, the killer.  I don't think I am supposed to like him, but in the end he is the only one I do like and the dude got hosed, haha.  Phoenix Sullivan is evil incarnate, he's the guy that hides in dark shadows and scares puppies for the giggle.

"What can I say?  I'm the scum of the earth, the disgusting vile that creeps in the corners to jump you at night...and I don't for a second regret being like this." -Phoenix 

He is not a good dude, no doubt, but you know I am not so sure that he was ever meant to be that way.  I think he's become someone because of someone and I am pretty darn sure that someone is Vanessa.  

I can not stand Vanessa and I think I am supposed to like her.  Let's talk about evil I am not going to lie, she's had a real crappy kind of life.  Her family is distant and un-loving, her husband, he's a philanderer and they basically hate each other.  Even knowing all that, I can't bring myself to feel any sympathy for her.  I think she's a liar, a cheat, and a manipulator.  She's greedy, selfish, and willing to throw anyone under the bus to get what she wants.  Is that a product of her environment maybe, but the way I am seeing it she is in no way better than the guy who is supposed to be the evil character in this story and don't even get me started on Vanessa's there's a creep.  

Vanessa unwittingly and unintentionally gets implicated in the murder of her famous Hollywood producer husband.

"I didn't mean to drag her into this, but I guess she had it coming for her"

Phoenix wasn't looking to involve Vanessa in his business, but she landed there anyway and since she's there he certainly isn't going to step in and correct assumptions.  If she takes the fall that's fine with him as long as he stays out of it.  That means keeping an eye on her because he knows that she just isn't going to let him get away with this.  

This is a fast paced book with a ton of twists and turns, true game of cat and mouse.  It's dark, it's twisted, and it's a great set up for Stalker, the stand alone novel that Killer is the prequel for.  Killer ends on a pretty big cliff hanger but the good thing for everyone is that Stalker is out now so you can move seamlessly into it, because I know we all hate that wait to figure out what the heck is going on and you will so be wanting to know when you get to the end of this book.  The book is dual POV which is one of my favorite type of narrative especially when done right and Clarissa does it right.  The problem with dual POV is you can end up getting the same information twice but Clarissa transitions smoothly between her two main characters and you never feel like you are getting overlap, instead you feel like you are simply getting more of the story which is exactly how it should be done.  

Now you guys know I do not like one of the main characters, I am afraid by the end of Stalker I am not going to like the other very well, but I really enjoyed the story and I am so curious to see how it all plays.  This is a great read for someone looking for something dark and (very) steamy.  It is not in anyway pretty, there isn't a freaking happy grin to be seen, except for maybe when Philip looses his life and that should tell you something right there, haha.  Killer falls right in line with other books Clarissa has written so if you are familiar with her other works you will feel completely at home here, if not there is no better time to start.  



 No Cliffhanger. Stand Alone.

Book Description:

No prison can keep me from seeking revenge. Especially when it comes to her.
She, the woman who put me in jail.
I swore that I’d come for her, to claim what belongs to me: Her life.
I’m not a good man. On the contrary, I love to be bad. It’s in my veins. Just like it’s in my veins to ruin her.
She’s an actress, pretending to be a saint, but we both know that isn’t true. One way or another, she’ll pay for what she did.
I will hunt for her. Make her fear me. Make her body mine.
Bad deeds never go unpunished … And I always go out with a bang.

WARNING: This book is a DARK ROMANCE STANDALONE - it has a non-conventional ending. This isn't rainbow sprinkles & unicorn fluff. It's a dark, thrilling journey of two people clashing over love, lust, and hatred. Heed the warning. Contains graphic violence, alcohol, drugs & other disturbing content. 

Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, and Stalker. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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