on March 12, 2015
Genres: Abuse, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Dark, Dark Romance, Erotica, Romance, Sociology, Suspense
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A dark romance about the lies that lead us down…
I’ll do anything to get safe, even if that means working at the scariest club in town.
I’ll do anything to stay hidden, even if it means taking off my clothes for strangers.
I’ll do anything to be free. Except give him up. When he looks at me, I forget why I can’t have him. He’s beautiful and scarred. His body fits mine, filling the places where I’m hollow, rough where I am soft.
He’s the one man who wants to help me, but he has his own agenda. He has questions I can’t answer. What are you afraid of?
I picked up Love the Way You Lie curious about the story after reading an excerpt. It’s my first from this author and I dove in knowing nothing really. The writing style of Skye Warren is hard to describe. The internal dialogue of the main character Honor was great. I felt like I was right there with her, feeling her shame, her resilience, her determination. The spoken dialogue between characters felt off. I can only describe it like the characters knew the story in their heads and they had these conversations that made sense to them but didn’t necessarily translate to the reader.
There were many things that felt off in this particular story. I think the biggest one for me was that it didn’t feel like a standalone book in a new series. I felt like I was missing a lot of background. Maybe that was intentional. I don’t think so. I was missing filler dialogue, cohesive thoughts, tangible interactions.
I sort of understood what Honor was doing at The Grand. Even though it took a while to get there. She wasn’t just hiding from her mob family and scary as hell fiance. She was looking for her mother, praying that she wasn’t really dead. She really wasn’t even a stripper but more like a prostitute disguised as a stripper. It’s interesting because as I was reading I kept thinking that she was strong enough to escape from her family but had absolutely no backbone when it came to stripping/hooking. She just did whatever she had to do. She had no remorse really. Maybe she was just resigned to doing whatever. But even then it didn’t make her feel dirty. Or it didn’t come across that way. There is only one incident that I can think of between her and Kip where she felt ashamed. And that was totally justified and understandable.
I did appreciate the lengths Honor was willing to go to in order to protect her sister Clara. And I would have liked to read more interaction between the two so I could understand that dynamic better.
Kip hmmmm lets discuss the mysterious Kip. I felt nothing for the guy. He says he’s dangerous. He says stay away. He says I’ll hurt you. And yet Honor has no issues being in his company. They have no meaningful conversations and yet they apparently have some deep connection to each other that’s not really explained. He totally stalked her and she didn’t even question it. Not really anyway. Here she was running and hiding from her family and she didn’t even question Kip’s motives.
I feel bad that this didn’t work for me. I really tried to understand the authors intent. Even after everything is explained and truths are told, I was still left feeling very confused. I just don’t know how Honor got from point A to point B.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*