***This novel is intended for adults only. It includes lots of cursing, descriptive sex, biting sarcasm, and dark themes. HYDE was inspired by Stevenson’s novella but is not a retelling, in part because he and this author have very different definitions of ‘bad boy’.
Honesty is impossible when you don’t know the truth to begin with.
Mitchell Turner is everything women want most in a man — he’s charismatic, successful, and undeniably gorgeous. But he’s not a man — he’s a monster. By venting his rage 24/7, Mitch keeps people out of the danger zone that surrounds him. But, after the most incredible night of his life, he realizes that might not be possible. Except the woman he wakes up with claims she doesn’t remember any of it. And that kind of thing can make a guy insecure.
Eden Colfax is kind, loyal, honest to a fault, and cavity-inducing sweet. To rid herself of the monsters that haunted her broken childhood, Eden doesn’t lie, doesn’t curse, and definitely never wakes up naked in strangers’ beds…until the day she does. Then the flashbacks start — places she’s never been, people she’s never met, blood she’s never spilled. And the only person with any answers is a man she never wants to see again.
What they don’t know is that someone is manipulating them, determined to find out exactly what they’re capable of. And when the truth leaves them nothing to hold onto, they will be forced into a partnership neither expected. Or wanted.
But in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can’t even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on earth you should be falling for.
Eden awakens in a strange man’s bed. Not only is she in his bed, but she’s naked and it is apparent that she and he…yanno. Which is counter to how she lives her life. Not only is that not something she’d normally do, but she had no recollection of how it even happened. She only remembered going to sleep in HER bed, in HER pyjamas the night before. And this starts Eden and Mitch’s adventures together.
Mitch has a secret. He suffers as a monster. He’s crude, rude, and downright mean. But he sees something in Eden, something she doesn’t even see in herself. And the people around them aren’t what they’ve made themselves out to be. And just how far would these two go to set things right and to build something worthwhile. I really liked Mitch, though I didn’t want to. His sardonic personality would rub me raw in real life, but I found it funny in the story. Eden loved playing ostrich, but really, who wouldn’t when faced with what she’s been asked to accept. I also really liked Carter, though I don’t know how I feel about him right now, and EFF a bunch of Jolie. For reals. And UGH! She was just despicable, KNOWING how he felt in his regular hours to abuse that in his non-regular. UGH! She should suffer. And that ending. The unknown ally and all. I can’t wait to read Jekyll and then Strange Case.
Ms. Stewart has this way of creating characters that are witty and charismatic. They are both lovable and loathsome at the same time. This is the first paranormal/fantasy style book of hers that I’d read and the way she handles it is interesting. They are a part of our world, but unknown and definitely would be unwelcome if found out. But they seem like more of a science experiment than naturally occurring. So, would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. There’s too much win in it not to.
Lauren Stewart grew up reading Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, James Clavell, Piers Anthony, and Agatha Christie, which explains why she can’t seem to stick to one genre at a time. She loves emoticons and hates when people speak in the third person, so…
I got to the more romantic stuff pretty late, but paranormal romance was what changed me from an obsessed reader into an obsessed reader AND writer. I think my writing style comes from a mash-up of all my early favorites and my new ones, women like JR Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Nalini Singh, Charlaine Harris, and Janet Evanovich. Wow, how much would you pay to be invited to that dinner party?
I want to make people think, cry, and giggle, not necessarily all at the same time (although it’s great when it happens). In every one of my books, you’ll find elements of other genres – fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn’t kill us should make us laugh.
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