A Terrible Love
by Marata Eros
Published February 11, 2013
available in paperback, Kindle, and BN.com
Jess Mackey is living a meticulously fabricated lie of necessity. She’s left the secret tragedy of her past behind along with who she was and is forging ahead with a clean slate. Jess soon discovers that passion can’t be left behind; her own and that of the one man that sees who she really is. Whose presence caresses her soul in a way that may breach the peaceful life Jess has made for herself.
Devin Castile sees a young woman that is the missing puzzle piece to his existence and who is also the victim to a heinous crime. Devin convinces himself that he can remain emotionally distant even while indulging his physical desire for her. When the lies that Jess has made crumble before their attraction and the truth is revealed, one of them might pay with their life… or their very being.
This was a disappointing read. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and the story was at times confusing.
None of the characters were fleshed out, including the narrator, Jess Mackey. She wasn’t relatable and I had a hard time believing her history/storyline. Devin Castile seemed more caveman than mysterious hero. I didn’t think he was hot nor could I see this chemistry between Cas and Jess Mackey. He would say all there was between them was sex, they would hook up (once in a janitor’s closet), then he wouldn’t call or talk to her for days until they would hook up again. All the while she is trying to date Mitch Maverick, convincing herself that Mitch is safe and the safe choice and so much safer than the dangerous Castile (Yes she repeats this multiple times). And the thing was, Mitch didn’t seem a much better choice than Castile. He had some creepy moments and didn’t care that she was sleeping with Cas, he wants her too!
As for the other characters, none of their interactions felt natural. One of them, who Jess seemed to be pretty close to, just disappears at one point, never mentioned again.
I had a hard time getting through parts of this book, though it did start to pick up toward the end, and then I was glad to have finished it. A Terrible Love has many four and five star ratings, so maybe this just wasn’t for me.
But I did think the cover was lovely.