Stutter ~ Bleeding Hearts #2
Someone once told me that happiness is fleeting.
I can see now that he was right. I’m trapped in a black hole of darkness I can’t seem to crawl out of. My twin and my lover want each other dead and I’m pregnant with a baby I don’t know how to protect.
Ryland says he will do anything to get me back, but how do you trust the man who almost killed you? When every option before you comes at a cost, how do you choose the right path?
People say that history has a way of repeating itself. Six years after the fact, my father’s actions are still haunting me. When I learn about an old debt yet to be settled, everything changes. It might not matter who I trust anymore when my every breath brings me one step closer to the end of this twisted game.
~ My Thoughts ~
I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion to this duet. Shocking, heartbreaking, intense and filled with the answers to all of the questions you encounter when reading this series, Stutter did not disappoint.
Stutter beings right where book one left off. The continuity of the story is perfect and the depths the author goes to is mind-blowing.
One of the things I really enjoyed was how the author wrote Ryland in this book. Ryland doesn’t just tell a story. He has a conversation with the reader. Brilliant play on the author’s part. To see a character whose strength, deceit, and revenge-filled life crumble before his eyes was not something I expected. The emotions of this character are a brilliant mixture of grief, devastation, humor and heartbreak.
“Even when she was on her knees- filled with my darkness- she was still shining bright. My Siren’s song, my exposed nerve. She lured me in and made me feel. And then she left me to perish.”
The emotional journey of Brighton is intense. Her confusion and unwillingness to allow herself to feel, and her conflict play out beautifully. You can’t help but wish the that this character can hear the thoughts running through your mind. For Brighton, I just wanted peace. Peace in every aspect of her being.
“She made the beast rear its ugly head. Stirred fantasies in my mind I would have never otherwise entertained. Owning her wasn’t enough. Controlling her didn’t douse the inferno blazing inside me.”
Once again friends and family play a huge part in bringing this story full circle. The author shares their fall from grace. Allows them to expose their dirty secrets and slowly rebuilds them into characters that warmed my heart. Also brought to light, are the devious and dangerous way lives were lived. This in turn exposes how decisions were made. It’s those decisions that bring evil, death and destruction into the story.
As in the first book the story is laced with heated passion, truths, lies, murder and the repercussions of the character’s actions. The fall from grace, the internal struggle, the justification of right and wrong. The intense, burning, and darkness that surrounds the passion of the characters is again off the charts in Stutter.
I enjoyed this book, and this series. The storyline contained so many twists and turns. So many moments that had me gasping in disbelief. Heartbreak so painful it bled into my blood stream. Sex so devious, dirty and dark it seemed that I was bending to will of the characters. Mystery so twisted and tangled it was impossible to figure out. Stutter is a very well thought out, fast paced, intense, sizzling, surprising story. One I think is worth reading.