5 murdered Stars
Love. It takes all shapes and forms. And is written about every single day, from every single angle, from every single perspective. It’s at the heart of almost every book I read. It always manifests differently in individuals both in life and circumstances, but it’s always there. In one way or another it’s always there. It’s what we’re all looking for. That flash of epiphany when you feel something click into place with another human being. When you feel thoroughly seen and understood by your beloved. The passion that races through your nervous system at the realization that THIS one is different. It all boils down to love, one way or another.
And revenge is an equally potent motivator. After all, hate is a feeling too.
Meet Tax Draconi. This man is savage, cruel, impossibly tender and ridiculously fucking sexy. There is no good reason why anyone should like this character. None. But I did. From the very first moment we met him, I fell head over heels in love with how feral he is. How he owns a room even when he’s lurking in its shadows. How easily he fits such everyday things like jogging into the grander scheme of his psychopathic nature. Tax is truly larger than life.
Especially when he’s standing next to Mia Tibbett. If Tax is walking, talking darkness, she is the light. It shines from her so unapologetically that you can’t help but fall in love with her as well. She could have easily swung into sticky sweet, but instead she’s smart, sassy and authentic. She meets Tax’s darkness in such a fearless way; so ready and willing to meet this man exactly where he is and that takes an incredible amount of courage.
Debt is aptly named as the subject of what balances the scales is laced throughout the entire book. Nina G. Jones explores every possible meaning of what it is to even the playing field through the lens of love. And every single character’s scales are out of whack for one reason or another. Every single character has sustained some monumental loss that leaves them on uneven ground, looking constantly for that which will bring everything back into synch. Unfortunately, life is not fond of the even keel. It likes to keep people thrown off balance, because that’s when we make the most interesting choices.
And Nina G. Jones is the queen author of writing interesting choices. When I first picked up this book, I fully expected it to be dark and one hell of a ride. What I did not expect was the story and the characters to so completely crawl under my skin and wring every possible emotional response from me. There were moments of brilliant snark that made me laugh out loud. There were moments that left me gasping from the heat or the suspense. And there were many moments that left me on the edge of unabashed sobbing because of the deep emotional ties I had built to these characters. This story absolutely, 100% murdered me. And I’ve never been happier to be laying in a chalk outline.
Put down all of your preconceived notions about what this book might be. Jump in willing to be swept away on a breakneck current hell bent for crazy and enjoy the scenery on the way. This book will make your heart beat faster. This book will make you wet. This book will make you growl and squeal and snort. But mostly, this book might just take you unawares as it teaches you something new about what love can look like when you’re least expecting it.