Yup, it was that good. This was an emotional shredder from the beginning, and the first five books should be read, in my opinion, to have any clue what is going on. Chuito and Alaine have been a background story for quite a while, and the people in their lives and the current state of their relationships with them are a result of those five books.
Nobody can punish Chuito as horrifically as he is doing to himself. He thinks himself toxic and inherently bad but if he truly was, he wouldn’t feel guilt and remorse, now would he? He is a keeper even though his past is littered with bodies and violence. Fortunately, many people see behind the façade of his tattoos and attitude, not just Alaine. When he finally accepts Alaine’s feelings, or rather submits to his own overwhelming ones, he just made my heart melt with his affection and caring. More women should be so lucky to have a man like Chuito.
Alaine, while she is described as petite, is a firebrand in my mind. Her red hair not withstanding, she’s a woman determined to follow her own course and succeed in all she chooses to conquer. And that included Chuito. It took five years, but the Grand Canyon wasn’t built in a day. Perseverance pays off for this good girl in a big way. Is it a fairytale? No, but it’s her love story and she’s going to live it with all she’s got.
This series is soooooo addictive. I have been snagged from the first book and swear the next can’t possibly be better and yet it always is. The books flow well, and things are explained as you go, but again I think you are missing out if you don’t read them all. There is a lot of violence in this book and it’s a pretty gruesome, and unfortunately accurate, portrayal of life in the gangs/mob. Some choose this life, but many are in it because of their blood or their actual geographic location. You work where you live, and if you live in a city run by gangs its join or die. Which would you choose?
To Chuito the apartment was a self-imposed prison for a lifetime of sins. To Alaine, the girl next door, it was salvation from her overbearing, religious father.
He was a devil.
She was an angel.
Two people who should've never met, let alone become friends, but it's not until they give into the dangerous passion that's been simmering under the surface for five years that things go to hell.
On the outside, Chuito 'The Slayer' Garcia is on top of the world. He's successful. He's wealthy. He's a champion MMA fighter surrounded by friends who support him, but they don't know what he was before he came to Garnet.
Now his past is churning up demons he can't ignore. Chuito knows he needs to go back to Miami to end it, but there's something holding him back, a single temptation he can't resist before leaving.
She's the one drug he can't give up...even if it destroys them both.