Title: Soulless (Once Wicked #1)
Author: Sarah J. Pepper
Release Date: Feb 23, 2016
Our love is imperfect in the most perfect way. It is love done our way.
Raw. Unconventional. Sexy as hell. Most importantly, it is honest to the core, or so I think. One little, white lie shouldn’t do so much damage. Yet, it changes me forever.
The worst part is that Declan whispered that sweet nothing out of protection. My safety is on the forefront of his mind, especially since there are others who’d hurt me simply to get at him. I never think that he would be the one to cut me so deeply. And it all starts with that first prick—the night he saved my life.
***I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We start off in a POV that you only see the once, and it’s a horror scene being played out in front of them. We realize that Declan isn’t what we thought he’d be and Piper turns into something she never really considered.
This book is relatively short. It feels as though there’s information that we’ve not been given, or at least was given in an earlier book. This doesn’t feel like a stand alone or a first in a series. But Declan’s devotion is unwavering, even through to the end, whereas Piper loves him, but doesn’t. She wants him, but wants to be free from him. I’ll be honest, there’s nothing really wrong with the book, I just couldn’t connect to the characters. Maybe it needed to be fleshed out a little more for me, or more backstory or something. I’m not sure. And the ending left me questioning WTF happened. Did it or didn’t it? Did she or didn’t she?
Ms. Pepper has taken the fairy tale villains and made them into something else. They’re not necessarily good guys, but they’re not bad guys either, and the good guys in the story aren’t necessarily good guys. It’s really an interesting concept and it isn’t like she executed it poorly, I just wished I had more information about the world we’re thrust into. Maybe this is the start of a series and we’ll get more information as we go along. I don’t really know. So would I recommend this book? It’s a quick and easy read, but I’d hold off until I could get more books in this or if there’ll be more for this world before tackling this one.
Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit? Get a glimpse inside her head at http://www.sarahjpepper.com