First, I fully acknowledge how unlikely and whacky the basic plot and characters of this book are. Billionaire with a perfect memory who witnessed his family’s murder as a child and vows vengeance has a genius IQ, plus graduated from college early and made his first millions at the age of 18? Also a martial arts expert. And also, has weird kinks like no kissing or face to face sex because...who knows why. He just does.
Okay, hard to believe, BUT ALSO, heroine who is a photographic genius who is accepted into the most famous, world renowned photography program PLUS ALSO has a tragic backstory and AMNESIA (opposite of his problem) PLUS ALSO is best friends with a princess of an invented European country.
And I won’t even give spoilers, but let’s just say stuff gets very convoluted.
Sounds wacky right? It is. It totally is. And I ate it up like a hot fudge sundae with nuts.
If any of you are Nalini Singh fans, Alex gives off serious Kaleb Krychek vibes and I am here for it.
He has the stoic unemotional mask down pat, while seething with them under the surface. He straight up will murder the world to protect her and make her happy. He’ll even revel in it. Torture is definitely not off the table. She is the only one in the world who ever gets to see his soft side. But BOY can he be soft with her. He is manipulative, jealous and has constant machinations going behind the scenes to control everything and anything he feels necessary, but he also has serious grovel power and is capable of intense loyalty, as in, he not only will completely humble himself for her, he’s willing to just keep doing it as long as it takes. . . In other words, those aren’t roses in his hand my friend, they are a big bouquet of 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩. And I loved it. Restraining order in real life? Sure. My latest book boyfriend obsession in fiction? YES.
This book is over the top, and I. Am. Here. For. It.
It also had so many lovely romance tropes: brother’s best friend, enemies(ish) to lovers, one bed with one party having a screaming nightmare, he will only ever kiss her and once he falls for her he is straight up DISGUSTED at the thought of other women, and last but certainly not least “touch her and I’ll destroy you”.
Come on, people. This craziness is what I read romance for!