DELUDE by Jacob Chance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Zachary, the secrets are out…
Voluntarily give this review from ARC received yesterday.
But am not biased, I’m gonna buy it As well – it’s that good.
This is the latest in the series from Jacob Chance and whilst the plot is a slightly darker segue from his other stories it felt like it remained true to the core of the series.
Zach has held a corrosive grudge since then, wanting to punish Kyle for robbing him of the right to commit patricide (Kyle is now an ex-cop and co-owner of a detective agency with best bud Derek) .
Zach’s stalking of Kyle and his loved ones (specifically Kyle’s woman, Janey) initially got him stabbed as Kyle defended against Zach-the-Knife (well it’s not polite to stalk Janey and attack them both one night in her apartment…)
But Zach is a true Phoenix. He slips away in the chaos, fakes his ‘death’ and undeterred, vows to continue his hate cmpaign.
So, Zach’s plans for revenge eventually land him in Boston MA, where he is all geared up to unleash holy hell…
…right up until he spots Lana, the quiet, curvy red-headed tech support at the detective agency. He switches his target and graduates from hopeless stalker to intense possessive with a mission to become the best he can be for Lana.
The book cover says it all. Dark, intense, bit Dom. All alpha. But there’s a hint of the gentle soul he has buried to protect from the horror that was his childhood.
And with that new focus all.bets.are.off.
Lana is a tech and maths sauvant and has sped through the educational system as a result. Her past involves a fiancé and being jilted. But even that was done in a gasp-worthy, OMG way…So yeah.
(Even I am not putting THAT spoiler in my spoiler!!!)
For me, this is truly the best type of smexy love story:
Zach’s climb from twisted, tortured, haunted antihero to the HEA? Yep
Lana’s gentle journey with Zach leading her from insecure geek into willing submissive? Yep
Zach’s dark Dom tendencies come out to play… and get to stay? Hell yes!
The plot goes at a cracking speed.
This story is put through its paces and may feel light on content in some areas, but that is probably more due to the deadlines and limitations of indie publishing than a lack of willingness of Jacob ‘McTwisty’ Chance.
This story may genuinely have a number of very painful triggers for some readers. But never fear.
The dark scenes that there are in this book are handled with deft sensitivity that added backstory without being either stodgy or dragging out the jagged, unnecessary pain.
This was a quick read, but maybe that’s because I totally inhaled the ARC version received from the author in one ecstatic sitting.
I’m leaning back well stuffed, satisfied and replete.
Zach started out in an impossible, no-win place. This is his story, with Lana a welcome passenger on this roller-coaster ride.
4 solid stars, McTwisty. Really great story, well told!
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