What happens when she’s had enough?
Lake Monroe has given in to her childhood tormentor too many times. She knows it, he knows it, and even their enemies know it. When he returned after being found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit–a crime he thought she set him up for, he returned darker than ever, demanding her body and her submission. To survive him, she knew she had to give in to fear once more or suffer the deadly consequences…
But Lake experienced what it was like to submit to the dark and demanding boy who invaded her dreams. Now she’ll experience what it’s like to fight him.
What happens when he wants more?
Keiran Masters has a past that is both shocking and dark. Once enslaved, he now has demons he can’t escape–demons that have followed him for ten years, demons he blames his beautiful obsession for. He promised to make her pay. He promised to make her break…
But when Keiran conquered her body and tasted her submission, he found a new addiction instead–one he has no intentions of giving up.
As secrets unfold,
Identities are revealed,
Danger closes in,
And they both discover what it really means to fear…
Wow, I did not think I would enjoy this book quite as much as I enjoyed the first but I was pleasantly mistaken. This series is seriously giving me whiplash because I am constantly being surprised by not only the plot twists but also the character development. B.B Reid sure as hell knows how to write a character and then throw in a good plot twist to truly keep you wanting more.
Even though this book follows on straight away from the cliff hanger ending of Fear Me, it has a very different feel. This book is written using dual Keiran and Lake perspectives, with lots of flashbacks to the past. I went into this book with a couple of things I was certain of; firstly, I didn’t like Keiran very much and didn’t think he was capable of change but I wanted to know the inner workings of his brain. Secondly, I thought Lake would always be submissive to her feelings to Keiran and was undecided on if this was a good thing or not. Then finally, I was convinced I knew how Keiran was going to bring down the baddies, I envisaged him stood tall shooting down all this enemies. But everything I knew went out of the window in this book.
The more I saw into Keiran’s mind and his past, the more I liked him. I actually cared for him by the end of the book and his thoughts made me realise how much he actually wanted to change and be the good guy for Lake but he was scared. That emotion of feeling scared took him back to the frightened little boy going through experiences that nobody, let alone a kid, should ever have to endure and I’m not ashamed to admit that my heart actually broke for him. I soon realised I was edging closer to Team Keiran!
But Lakes character development in this book was also amazing to witness. I initially struggled to understand why she was so drawn to Keiran, until I realised it was the same reason I was drawn to him, she wanted to see if he could be saved. But in order to be the person he needed she had to stop letting him control her and be his equal. So she fought back and her sarcastic remarks towards Keiran in this book were great. I liked the fact that we learnt all of Lakes back story in this book and find out that her and Keiran were linked long before they even realised they were. This book really does work around the idea that maybe people were fated to be in each other’s lives.
Even though for the majority of the book Keiran and Lake still have a strong hatred for each other it’s very clear that there is a fine line between love and hate. Keiran’s fierce protective side is very evident in this book and it’s so clear to everyone but himself that he loves Lake. But Lake also learns the most important lesson of all when she realises that having the ability to make Keiran infatuated with her, desperate to protect her and ultimately fall in love with her means that she has been the one in control the whole time. In my first review I said that I wanted a happily ever after but wasn’t sure if that was possible for these two. After this book I’m still not sure you would call this conclusion a happy ever after but for two people who have suffered the pasts that they have and gone through the experiences that they have, it’s a bloody miracle they are able to feel anything let alone love. But these two characters have gotten under my skin and even though I know they will face so much more adversity in the coming books, I am routing for them!
Whilst this book tied up some loose ends where Lake and Keiran were concerned there are still lots of gaps with the secondary characters and I want more. Keenan was one of my favourite characters in book one with his cheeky bad boy personality, but after everything he faced during the first book and this, it is clear that the boy I loved has been replaced by a tortured soul. I am holding out hope that he and Sheldon will find a way back to each other. Then there is Willow and Dash, who although were present in this book it was clear they felt there was no chance for them. But I am hoping they can find a way to work things out as well. Then there’s the curve ball we were introduced to in one very quick scene when Keiran found his childhood friend Quentin kissing Lakes friend Jesse. Although neither are known to be openly gay it was obvious when they visited Keiran in prison that they had chemistry. I am keen to see if there relationship will develop. And finally, this is another new one as we learnt that Lakes Aunt Clarissa had started a romantic relationship with Jackson, the private investigator she hired and worked with to find out what happened to Lakes parents. Jackson was presented as a very mysterious character and that just drew me in and I want to know more. So I am excited for what the future holds for these couples and to find out what happens with the bad guys that are still out wandering the streets!
As I mentioned at the start, this book is giving me whiplash and sending me on a rollercoaster of emotions. I don’t think it helps that I am so addicted that I am actually choosing reading over sleep and food! These books will creep under your skin and you will become addicted. At times they are hard to read and the content does feature triggers that not everyone would enjoy. But for me, I think this series is great and I can’t wait to read more!
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