“real monsters thrived in chaos, ruled by pain.”
I love dark and twisted characters. These two did not disappoint. They were both fueled by anger and fear and felt completely alone in the world. I identified with both Rellik and Ella. I understood why Rellik was so tortured and also his need to help Ella. I think that when tragedy strikes, we all tend to blame ourselves to some degree. Ella was a fighter. I loved that about her. She lived a constant need to hide her tracks and watch her back, but she was fighting for more. Rellik’s bandmates were great. The author did an awesome job of bringing them each one to life. Their bond was unique to any book I have read before and I think that the following books are going to be fantastic. With their friendship forming the way it did, (sorry, can’t give you any spoilers,) they are closer than blood.
The alternating POV was almost necessary since Rellik and Ella both had murky and distorted views of the world. I needed to spend time in each of their heads in order to make sense of their actions.The book centered on Rellik and Ella but definitely set up the storylines for the rest of the band. We were offered plenty of background on the guys and hints of their stories to come. I am excited for this series to continue.
His fingertips ran lightly over the small, thin scars that marred my lower belly and thighs. “Who hurt you?”
“Who hurt you?” I asked as his gaze lingered on me for a few seconds. He pressed his lips gently against one of the marks.
“That’s a long list.”
The plot was exciting and different. Teresa Mummert usually covers taboo and different effortlessly, so I wasn’t concerned about that. She always delivers. I think that the fun of her books is actually lifting society up and viewing the underbelly for what it is. Normally I do not approve of insta-love, but I always take the psyche of the player into consideration and in this case, I think it made perfect sense. They had an intense connection and plenty of dysfunction to make them fall hard. It wasn’t pretty, but I understood how it happened.
The ending was perfect. Sick, wrong and perfect. There was a HEAish and some very serious loose ends tied up tight. I never expected the twist near the end, but it answered any lingering questions I had. The story was exciting clear through the epilogue. It was great that I found myself continually surprised throughout the story. Also, I really enjoyed the epilogue and the justice that was dished out. It was all so fitting.
My favorite part (sorry, it’s a spoiler, so this will be vague,) of the book is that “Ah-ha” moment when we receive our first twist that brings the story into an entirely different level of darkness. That moment stopped me in my tracks. When you realize that this is so much deeper and more dangerous than you initially thought. Loved it! All the secrets and emotions that were revealed kept me reading and begging for more. The other thing is that the characters all stayed true to who they were. Nobody suddenly changed or had some great epiphany. Their actions were consistent throughout.
“You knew I’d come after you.”
“Be careful what you wish for.”
My only complaint is that I wish it had been a bit longer. I loved the story and I would have liked to have had a few parts drawn out a little more. Otherwise, this was an excellent read. It had all my favorite things, mystery, suspense, romance with just the right twist of evil! 😉
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes dark and twisted romance. It is unconventional to say the least, but that is what made it great. It was well worth the wait for Rellik. I am really hoping we get a series out of this one. If you liked Pretty Little Things or the Honor Series, you will love this one.
Rellik was definitely worth the price and more. I read it as quickly as possible and hated when I had to put it down. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a dark romance full of unlikely and dysfunctional heroes.
5 Stars and pair it with a few shots of your favorite poison 😉