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on July 18, 2014
Genres: Dark Romance, Suspense
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*Author Note: This is not your average romance story. Some people will kill for love.*
He’s come to kill me.
I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In my darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room.
Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood.
I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X: the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart?
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath deprivation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence.
I am quite a newbie when it comes to the sub-genre of Dark Romance. I’ve read a couple that I’ve REALLY enjoyed, and it made me want to continue with it. Unfortunately, Mr. X by Clarissa Wild didn’t live up to the hype for me. It was well written, and the blurb caught my attention right away, but I was thrown off by the time stamps and the dual POVs. There were times when it was all over the place, and while the plot buildup was intense, when revealed, it was disappointing.
❝I’m losing it. I’m losing myself. My freedom. My body. He’s claimed it all.❞
I don’t know, maybe dark reads aren’t for me. Or maybe this one was just too dark. Even in the few dark romances that I have read, there is still that element of yearning for the male lead in the story, feeling sorry for him, but for Mr. X, that urge was nowhere to be found. Not only did the storyline fall short for me, but I felt nothing for either one of these characters. I didn’t get any emotional connection to either one, nor did I feel any chemistry between them at all. Sure, they had some, maybe consensual sex, maybe not, and it was definitely kinky and twisted, but it just didn’t do it for me.
I am a fan of Clarissa Wild’s work, and I was extremely excited when I saw this book cover, and read the synopsis. I was just extremely disappointed with the lack of follow through on this one. More seasoned Dark Romance fans should still give this one a shot! Who knows, maybe I missed something. Mr. X DID NOT turn me off of this genre at all. If anything, it has widened my interest in it.