Darkly, Madly Duet #2
Release Date: February 5, 2018
Genre: Adult, Psychological Suspense, Dark Romantic Suspense
Source: I received an eARC from the author. I voluntarily provided a review.
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Duet: a performance by two.
But who is acting, and who is devolving?
A buried past is unearthed, and Grayson Sullivan - AKA The Angel of Maine - retaliates against the system who made him, deploying psychological warfare on the woman who initially set him free. Dr. London Noble probes deep into the mind of the killer she's fallen for, searching for answers, as a copycat killer threatens their unity. Are they partners, lovers, or enemies? One final trap will reveal all.
"Even the vilest of monsters deserve to be loved." -London
That quote pretty much sets the stage for the finale of London and Grayson's story. Do we really believe that everyone deserves love?
TWolfe dove into the minds of a killer, a criminal psychologist, and two law enforcement officers - I can't imagine the research she did for this story - and delivered a tantalizing, thought-provoking, mindf*ck of a story that couldn't have been a more perfect ending for London and Grayson.
London, having experienced the revelations brought to light in Born, Darkly must now learn to accept who she is in light of what she suffered and how it impacted her. And she must also deal with a new revelation about herself.
Grayson is so self-aware it's almost scary. However, he's unsure how to deal with the emotions London elicits having never experienced them before. Even Foster and Nelson, the law enforcement officers on Grayson's trail are so well developed that I wanted to crawl inside their heads to figure them out.
If the quote didn't already clue you in, this story makes you think. It's still rattling around in my head - things like nature versus nurture and fate. Whether criminals can be rehabilitated. If a killer deserves love.
- Psychologically thrilling
TWolfe kept me guessing throughout. I was never certain what either London's or Grayson's next move was going to be. And the moves they made were often perplexing and chilling. There are many things that never would have occurred to me. That London and Grayson were in each other's head so deeply that they could seemingly feel each other's need was mind boggling.
London and Grayson's romance is so far from conventional that unconventional doesn't cover it. As Grayson said,
"We're inexorable. Inescapable."
"We're connected on some deeper level... Through bars and cages and prisons...in the physical sense and the mind. That's why you could never be expendable to me. You're my match."Born, Madly rather blew me away. It's a story that will stick with me for a long while as I attempt to puzzle out the how's and why's. I'm still questioning whether I'm smart enough to figure it all out. I knew TWolfe would make this finale worth the wait. She didn't disappoint!