Published by CreateSpace Genres: Dark Erotica
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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?
The plot revolves around Mr. X & Jay, these two characters who seem to have lost their way somewhere while growing up. One accosted by his past and his family, growing between killings and murders while at the same time learning the ropes of his family business and legacy. The other growing within the walls of a house that felt more like a prison than a home. One with the heart of a rebel and the other with an iron heart.
Mr. X is more than just a story of a man who falls in-love with a woman who isn’t meant to be his, this story explores the deep and darkest corners of an assassin’s heart and the sacrifices he had made for the woman he loved. While this story also explores the consequences of these characters decision it also gives the reader the opportunity to experience these characters sacrifices from a different perspective.
He grew up from a family who handled the dirty side of politics and any business that required more than just simple negotiations, he grew up to be part of that business, he was punished for his indiscretions, he was forced to forget about her, he was forced to move on. Mr. X is a tortured soul, in more ways than one can imagine. Now that he is a man his business is simple, remove what no longer has value, regardless of who gets hurt or dies. Mr. X shares a past with Jay, as teenagers they explored and did what was forbidden and what they were told could never happen. Attraction, desire, need and attention seem to pull them together but while they knew the consequences of their action would bring terrible results they ignored it.
These characters share a past, but for some reason Jay can’t remember who Mr. X is, she feels the attraction and the pull they have for one another, but for some reason or another she just can’t remember him or her life before. Mr. X on the other hand remembers everything about Jay, and his need for her is more than just lust. These two characters are broken, they are flawed but they share the same passion, need and desires. Jay’s life was never perfect but she knows that at some point she took the wrong turn. She doesn’t remember why or how but now her life pretty much depends on the little money she can make and the next high she can manage.
This story goes back and forth between these characters, we don’t really know much about either of them and that is perhaps why the story falls short. It isn’t until the very end when we learn what happened to Jay and how she ended up becoming a prostitute, we also learn what Mr. X meant to her and who forced her into the life she now lives. I enjoy dark romance, I like the idea of characters finding redemption and I support the idea of love conquering it all. However, Mr. X fell short for me, yes I enjoyed the action and perhaps that’s probably what I enjoyed the most but when it comes the character’s dialog and interaction I felt it wasn’t enough. The story would’ve been a lot more interesting if we would’ve seen more of Jay’s past and Mr. X current business affairs. We are brought into a conflict and indecision by Mr. X without knowing exactly what was happening. At times I felt I was missing something to then figure out that the characters where going through some flashbacks.
Overall the story was good, just not excellent. I believe it could’ve been better if there was a bit more character development, the end was open ended giving the reader the idea that there could be more. This is the first book I read by Clarissa Wild, and even though I didn’t get the WOW factor I expected I will grab another of her book. She has an interesting way of telling a story and her writing is very good.
Do I recommend this book? Yes, with an open mind.
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