I’m going to review both books in this series bc one makes no sense without the other.
Let’s start this review by saying i’m confused. About a lot of things. Mostly my own feelings. A large percentage of my issue arises because i came to this book straight from Accidental Witness (just the first book – the second book isn’t out yet. DAMNIT!! – that’s an unrelated issue). Accidental Witness had me fucked up as a football bat. I left that book half in love with a very very bad man. And completely unsure that love was justified. I still don’t know who the hero is – and i don’t give a damn. #MateoForever
Anywho, Willow gets kidnapped. Bad things happen. Ethan is involved. And then Willow and Ethan are involved. Nothing is black and white – the grey area of good/bad in all of us is a major theme in this story – one i found enjoyable.
Willow and Ethan don’t make sense to me, but that didn’t detract from the story as much as i thought it would. To say this is an unconventional love story is putting it uber-mildly. Plus Mariano is showing herself to be a true slowburn queen – even while her characters are gettin it on there’s this emotional distance that leaves you waiting for the love. I appreciated that most of the impediments to their relationship came from outside their own heads (one of them was unexpected, dramatic and awsome/awful). I liked Willow for being kinda weird – both in ways you’d anticipate given what happened and others.
At times i wanted to punch both of them in the face (i’m looking at you, Ethan, for like 70% of the second book you freakin indecisive bitch). But the aggravating things they did were reasonable within this created world.
i went into this book hoping for a fix bc i was an addict after Accidental Witness. Instead i got something sweeter, less intense and unexpectedly great in it’s own way. I’m going to check out more by this author while i patiently (seriously, i looked for her email today to send her a desperate plea the second Accidental Witness book – it was ugly and going to involve bribery) for more Mateo. ❤