Sara's Review: Imperfect Monster by Jennifer Bene
REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Jennifer Bene RELEASED: January 20, 2018 GENRE: ROMANCE EROTICA LENGTH: 320 pages FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK
Cold, ruthless, vicious.
I’m Paulo García’s monster, and I’d swallowed that bitter pill whole, learned to deal with it… until she stormed into the house like some avenging Valkyrie.
Brave, stupid, beautiful.
Nicky just wants to save her brother. She showed up with an envelope full of cash and a smart mouth and found herself in a den of monsters. I wish I could say I was the best of them, I wish I could say I wanted to protect her — but I’m far from perfect and she’s so damn sweet.
And all I want is a taste before this world destroys her. FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
I usually am not a huge fan of books that are based on dubious consent. And a woman thrown into a position where she is going to be gang-raped by a group of gangsters until on steps up to claim her for his own doesn’t get more dubious than that. Nicky finds herself in such a dangerous position that she has no choice but to give into Andre. “This place was a death sentence, and I was already kneeling for the executioner.” Andre is an incredibly dangerous, and broken man who hates who he is and what he does but when he sees Nicky he wants her and the little bit of good she brings. Their relationship is deviant and honestly disturbing. “I wasn’t scared of him anymore. Which could be Stockholm Syndrome, pure lust, or a mixture of the two.” The story is very dark and has a full on rape scene, which could have been a lot worse, than it was, so just be warned. As much as I hate books with any rape and torture, it played into the brutality of the characters and also the growth of Nicky. I would like to thank Bene for not dragging that scene out any longer than she did, I couldn’t have handled it. Imperfect Monster is an extremely dark romance/erotic book that should be read with caution. If rape and abuse is something that will disturb you, stay away from this book. I feel that Bene wrote the story in a way that it centered on Nicky and Andre’s survival and growth and their relationship and the rape and torture that Nicky goes through plays into the bigger picture. During her captivity, Nicky described it best. “I hurt, and I didn’t. I was happy, and I wasn’t. It was perfect. And not. Perfectly imperfect” “Perfectly Imperfect” is the best way to describe this story and I am giving it 5 Boundless Stars.