Anger and pain brought them together, but their passion might just set them free.
Dimitri wants only one thing: revenge. His stepfather, Hendrix, has caused him nothing but pain and heartache. At last Dimitri can take something—someone—important to Hendrix and make him pay: Jess.
Jess is feisty and strong headed. Her past haunts her and connects her to the dangerously dark Dimitri in an unexpected way. Dimitri keeps his secrets locked deep inside, and Jess is drawn to this broken man like no one before.
With little to cling to besides their haunting pasts, both could have been doomed to lives spent raging against the darkness that holds them prisoner. Instead, it seems that as their pain draws them closer together, it is their desire that will set them free.
Review by Amanda
This is book number 2 in the Criminals of the Oceans series, and is Dimitiri's story.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Dimitri has been plotting revenge against Hendrix for years. He wakes up thinking about it and falls asleep dreaming about it. He believes that Hendrix abandoned him and left him to the wolves, where the unimaginable happened to him.
What better way to do to serve revenge than to grab the object of Hendrix's affection and to keep her at his mercy until he can face off against his nemesis.
Mistakenly, Dimitri captures Jess, thinking that she is the Hendrix's lady love. She is a fragile girl who has lived and worked with Hendrix for many years since he rescued her from a life and world of hurt. Although she is dealing with her own dark demons from the past, she is feisty and full of sass. Dimitri captures her and puts her back in a position where past hurts are relived. Jess more than shows her metal, she stands up to Dimitri, she shows him that even though you have been broken in the past that does not have to define your present.
The character of Dimitri is almost heartbreaking to read. He is incredibly difficult and cruel, but at the same time we are exposed to the reasons that he is like he is. He has experienced things in his life that no person should ever have to. He is fractured at best, but we are given glimpses into his ability to love and to feel compassion. Such a well crafted character that I absoltely loved.
Jess is the antithesis of everything that is Dimitri. Dimitri has let his past define him - Jess has used her past to move forward. She chooses not to let the pain of the past define her in the now. I just loved that about her. A character that shows both vulnerability and complete ferocity. She is full of quick witted 1 liners that make you burst out laughing, a juxtaposition in terms of the seriousness of the trials and tribulations that she and Dimitri go through. I loved her. She teaches Dimitri that life is full of possibilities - that love is possible, finding someone that is your brand of "f#$ed upness" can lead to life's most wonderful things.
The book is written in dual points of view, so we get to experience things through both character's perspectives. Jewel writes men that are so strong and hardened, their perspective remains manly even though written by a woman.
I am giving this book 4.5 stars. I just love Bella Jewel, each series is so different and each book so unique (with the exception of the HOT HOT HOT panty melting scenes) and this book is no different. I was sucked in from the onset and loved every minute of it.
Meet Bella Jewel
My name is Bella Jewel, but you can call me Belly. I'm a fun loving, happy go lucky girl that took a shot at writing. After doing a few creative writing courses, and reading until my eyes were ready to fall out, I decided to have a go at it. My first book Hell's Knights was released on the 20th August 2013. It's been a thrilling experience and I'm always up for meeting new people. You can come and find me on Facebook under Author Bella Jewel, so pop in and say hi!!!
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