I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Monster and the Doll by Jade West
Published by Dangerous Press on March 29, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Billionaires, Fiction / Romance / Collections & Anthologies, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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Heartless. Soulless. Relentless. Lucian Morelli is the heir to a powerful and corrupt business empire.
There's only one problem: his reputation.
His father convinces the board of Morelli Holdings that he needs a wife.
Elaine Constantine is the party girl. The wild child. The eldest daughter in the Constantine family.
And the sworn enemy of the Morellis.
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Bishop's Landing, where we lay our scene.
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
THE MONSTER AND THE DOLL is a collection of three full-length novels by bestselling author Jade West, including Heartless, Soulless, and Relentless.
Welcome to the Midnight Dynasty... The warring Morelli and Constantine families have enough bad blood to fill an ocean, and their brand new stories will be told by your favorite dangerous romance authors.
WARNING: This book is intended for readers eighteen years old and over. It contains material that some readers could find disturbing. Enter at your own risk...
I detested the characters, the situations, and I felt just icky reading it. And yet,this story arc was unlike any I’ve read before, and was absolutely worth the read. It just shows the power of this author to make me actually feel all these conflicting emotions. ~ Leigh
Strangers in My Bed is such a hard book to review, because I have to somehow reconcile the way I hated characters, the way I hated situations, and the way I felt just icky reading it, with the power of an author to make me actually feel those emotions.
Cass is fresh out of a break up from a long term relationship. Having watched the love of her life get engaged to another, Cass transfers offices, moves away for a fresh start, and tries to build her career as a wedding planner, watching other women experience the happy ending she wants for herself. She never imagines her dreams coming true. Until she meets Ant.
Handsome, successful, suave, wealthy and charming, Ant is everything she could ever want. He adores Cass from the moment they meet, and she instantly becomes installed in his home and in his life. But when their interests don’t exactly match up, Cass is convinced that she can come to enjoy them to make Ant happy. After all, he has her best interests as heart. But the more she becomes the person that Ant wants her to be for him, the more she loses any sense of herself.
Jade West did a spectacular job of making me feel just as gaslit as the heroine here, making me know that some things were wrong, but questioning whether the motives behind them are as nefarious or as pure as they first appear. This was not exactly dub-con, not technically abuse, but definitely mental manipulation and coercion. It was a story that plays with your head and toys with your emotions. You know that Cass and Ant’s relationship is a speeding train heading for disaster, but each time Cass tries to get off, something pulls her back on. And as obvious as it is that she needs to get out of the situation, you wonder what you yourself would do if placed in the same circumstances.
I can’t say I enjoyed this story, because it was too manipulative. But I can say that I enjoyed reading this book because it was well written with characters I became invested in, and I couldn’t put my kindle down until I was done. The story was uncomfortable and sad and sucked me in to find out how on earth a happy ending could come out of all of this. And it did! There was definitely an HEA that I assumed was coming, I just couldn’t figure out how the author was going to get us there. This story arc was unlike any I’ve read before, and was absolutely worth it.