Release Date-Sep 5th 2015
Kindle Edition-193 Pages
Fair Warning … This isn’t a sappy romance. It’s not sweet. It’s far from anything you would want to imagine. This is a story to leave you feeling dirty.
Nothing about us is normal.
Nothing about us is natural.
Can love ultimately be defined in such ways, truly?
This is our story.
He is a hit man, the very one who took my family the night that changed us both forever. Something in my eyes stopped him from killing me. Something in my eyes called out for him to take me.
At ten, he captured me. At fifteen, he consumed me. And at eighteen, he owned me.
Outsiders think he’s my father … That is so far from the truth.
Our twisted desires fuel the darkness that lies deep inside us both. My innocence never existed, and he takes me as I am.
***Warning: Adult content not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a dark romance filled with graphic violence and is not to be mistaken as a light read. This is not your typical HEA. You have been warned.***
This was certainly nothing like what I was expecting but I adored it anyway.
“Stay” tells the story of one tragic little girl’s redemption by a very unlikely saviour.
I didn’t find this a particularly dark read but it definitely had undertones with the physical abuse of a young girl prior to her liberation from the hands of the people who should have been her fiercest protectors.
In this, it’s Her Stranger that takes on the mantle of guardian and unexpected benefactor to a young Fallyn.
In her, this stone-cold hitman sees his second chance at protecting the innocence he still sees in her.
An almost second chance if you will after his life imploded so dramatically; ironically it’s his angel (Fallyn) that gives him a purpose to live for; I say ironic because considering his initial intention it really is.
So I really loved this and honestly didn’t see that ending; it took caught me completely unawares.
Though I do think considering Her Strangers need to protect her things would have gone down slightly differently than they did.
After everything that Giano had done to shield and protect her, I can’t see him then subjecting his Angel to such tortures of the soul and scarring her with recurring memories for years to come; one thing was very apparent here her stranger loved her so deeply so I just can’t see it myself.
That is my only reason for removing half a star here.
This is told all from Fallyn’s POV and it was truly intriguing witnessing the slow metamorphosis from Fallyn to Angelina to the point the two identities merge into one whole new entity entirely.
I also loved the fact we are then treated to two epilogues an almost you decide scenario; I adored that and is it wrong that the darker of the two possibilities is definitely where my own choice was edging towards here.
So This isn’t a rainbows and ribbons type of story, it isn’t even a romance if I had to put a label on this it’s all about loss, redemption and temptation, finding a reason to continue the daily struggle that is life.
But where there is darkness there is also light and I truly believe that Fallyn was this for Giano, his redemption; And in a way, despite the conclusion here these two were each other’s, unexpected saviours, there for each other at a certain crossroads in life.
I’m actually welling up here just writing this review so deeply did this story touch my soul.
This is one bittersweet story that will stay with me for a while and am so very glad to see the author has decided to continue this enthraling saga I for one can’t wait to see where this goes.
A warning before I go this does very briefly at the beginning portray a scene of Fallyn’s abuse by her father; just thought I’d give a heads up in case anyone is triggered by this.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a review copy of “Stay” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.