Cursed Hearts #1
Published June 22, 2013
*ARC Ebook obtained directly from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Synopsis via Goodreads:
There was something seriously wrong with Marty. That was the only explanation that she could come up with. Why else would she feel this way for the biggest SOB in town? Granted, he was also the hottest man in town, but he was also arrogant, callous, and determined to drive her away even as he drove her crazy with his touch. She should just walk away from him and probably would if it wasn’t for this connection that she’d always had with him that kept making her want more with the one man that couldn’t give her anything more than heartache.
He should have left and never looked back when he’d decided to finally do the right thing and push Marty out of his life, but instead he stuck around to torture himself by staying close to the one woman that he could never allow himself to have. She deserved better than him, better than the tortured existence that he led and better than the horrifying future that waited for him.
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R.L. Mathewson has the most amazing way of writing humor into the most intense scenes. I freaking love this woman. LoL
Black Heart doesn't disappoint! Starting out, the novel has an entirely different feel from other Mathewson novels. It's just...different. I'm not sure how exactly to describe it. Make sure you read the notes in the front of the novel regarding the making of Black Heart. <3
The characters are fabulous - easy to get attached to, easy to follow, normal people. Loved them all by the end of the novel. I have to admit that Marty did get on my nerves a tad during the first half of the book but I guess, if I was in her shoes, I may annoy myself too... Now, Tristan, total ass-wipe but then you find out WHY he's like that and you say "No wonder!". Oooh and Shayne! Holy crap I loved him. I wish he was in every single scene because he was awesome. I laughed my ass off at this fella going back and forth with Tristan.
So the plot... Okay, I had no clue what exactly I was getting into when I started Black Heart. Yes, I read the synopsis and knew I wanted to read it, but of course, I didn't know what paranormal twist was going to be thrown at me. Now, halfway (maybe a little over halfway?) you get hit with it. BAM! Totally knocked my head back and gave me whiplash. I have no other way to describe it.... I was like "huh???" "Whaaat?" Gasp! Totally out of left field. I had to pull back and determine if I liked this twist... My decision, yes... I did like it but it's totally different from anything I would've ever imagined in a million years... That's not a bad thing. It was just a shocker...surprise... confusing at first... but then you're like "hmm, okay...let's go with it..."
Overall, I really loved this novel & can't waittttttt for Shayne's continuation!!!!
Overall rating: 5 Stars
Cover Rating: 3 Stars...could be better
Characters: 4.5 Stars
Plot: 5 Stars
Climax: 5 Stars
Ending: 5 Stars