Author: LP Lovell & Stevie J. Cole
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thriller/Crime
Series or Standalone: Series (Wrong #2)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I knew going into Wrath, especially after my experience with Wrong, that it was going to be one hell of a brutal ride, and most likely one that wouldn’t let up until the very end (if it even did it then). I was ready. I could handle it. No matter how dark it got, I was gonna be just fine.
Then I saw this message on Facebook.
“Disclaimer: The authors are unable to pay for any therapy bills incurred as a result of reading this book.”
I’m gonna be honest, that made me pause, but I pushed it down as just them being funny and started reading it.
Well, let me tell you. That disclaimer might be funny (it totally is…especially now lol), but it’s also the perfect disclaimer for this book. I’m going on record now and saying that as ready as I thought I was, I wasn’t ready AT all. This is Wrong put on blast. So before you start it, strap in. It’s gonna be one twisted ride.
Before I go on with the review, it should be mentioned that this book may be a trigger for some. There are very violent instances throughout that aren’t for the faint of heart and could cause issues for anyone having lived through anything similar.
Having lived through one of the issues presented in this book, there was a risk for me reading this as well, but what the authors did very well throughout was while writing it realistically to a degree, you knew you were reading something fictional. For the particular part that might have triggered me, I was able to see it for what it was. So for me at least in that particular part, it was safe.
There were a couple of moments throughout this book though where I went numb. I shut down completely and had to take a step away to get my head straight again. It was dark, it was gritty. It was raw and at times almost reading a little too real, but also one hell of an emotional ride. My heart broke, it was put back together only to be shattered again shortly after. When I say this book may have ruined me, it’s not a lie. I’m still recovering from it.
I won’t go into detail about what triggered my first bout with going numb (because it will spoil something pretty damn huge), but I will say that it made me wish I’d named my kid a different name. It affected me so deeply and I connected to Tor so much in the moment it happened that I was as destroyed as she was. I’m still not recovered from it and I don’t know if I ever will be. I’m a lot like Jude and Tor in that way.
One of the things I most enjoyed about this was the humor laced throughout. It was another way the authors seemed to lessen the very violent aspects of the book. Through Tor living through what happened to her, their loss together and Jude’s subsequent rampage, it was brilliant having moments of laughter that could soften the emotional blow. (Head in a fridge anyone? LOL!)
There were so many times throughout where I assumed that no happily ever after could be had for these two. I wanted it. Hell I wanted it with the first book too so that didn’t change here, it just was more magnified. Only, the more you read the worse things get and you just don’t know if they’ll ever be able to get through to the other side.
You want Joe to pay. You want Tor and Jude to live dysfunctionally ever after (in their world that’s happily btw) and just finally get the happiness they both deserved, both apart and together. I won’t go into detail on whether that happens or not for fear of ruining the ride for someone else, but I will say that you should be fulfilled by the ending. Even if it does break your heart a few dozen times before you get there like it did with me.
I can’t say enough good things about this book.
For every dark bit there seemed to be just enough of the light to counterbalance it (other than the one thing that made me go numb), along with some sexy as hell love scenes that I worried might make my kindle spark as I read them. Questions were answered, situations were dealt with and the payoff I was after (especially when I hit the final 20 percent and my damn heart broke in two) was achieved.
If you’re a fan of really dark reads, you’re gonna love this. If you’re a fan of steamy scenes, you’ll dig this too. But if you’re looking for the cookie cutter romance where everything is just roses, you won’t get that here. It’s messy, emotional, agonizing, painful, bloody and violent, but on the flipside, for this reader, it was also beautiful.
Now excuse me while I go and get some of that therapy that the authors were talking about.