Source: Received copy from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Don't make excuses for me.
I am not a good man.
I've seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I've fought and I've survived. I've had to.
The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.
I'm here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She's disappeared. But don't worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.
Like I said, don't be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I'm the one front and center.
Here's the thing - I like bad boys but I always want some good in them. Something that makes them not so bad. Not gonna find that in Nassir. He's not gonna be a better person. This book opens with his back story. Never been a fan of him though now I can see why he is the way he is. It explains a lot about who he is. And while I get that, it wasn't a story I enjoyed hearing. Nassir is a true bad guy. He has done what he's had to to survive but it doesn't make him good. I just never cared enough about him to enjoy his story. That made me sad.
Keelyn has done what she had to to survive too. She's afraid to be Nassir's girl. She ran from him. She doesn't get that swooning feeling in her heart just seeing him again. She's attracted to him but he scares her. Don't get me wrong, she's not all sweetness and goodness. She stripped in the Point to survive. She misses her sexy underwear and spiked shoes. That's just who she is. I get that. I just don't enjoy reading about her. She doesn't really appeal to me.
This book is gritty, dark and hard. The characters are real and there are no excuses for who they are. They are certainly attracted to each other and Nassir wants Key. But it didn't feel like a devoted want - more of a possessive want. It matched the location well. The Point is a dark place but these people have made their lives there. They fit that place. It's just not a place I want to go to even in a book.
I enjoyed the first book in this series and the third. Both of those had characters I cared about so despite the harsh environment, my heart got involved. Not so much this time. When I don't care about the characters, I struggle to like the book.
Of course this is a great story and the writing is all Jay Crownover. It just wasn't for me.
Other's loved it more than me.