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Thunderstruck Paperback – 25 Dec 2015
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I was given an ARC for an honest review.
Troy and Darla are our heroes in this story.
The story begins with Darla (Rose) has she escapes a mad man by the name of Locke. It’s a dark tale of obsessive controlling love.
It gripped me from the first chapter and kept me intrigued until the very end. Troy an ex assassin and Darla a former model were very good main characters and I felt were believable.
Darla has been in captivity for 9 months having been kidnapped by Locke from a holiday with her sister and family. Troy and his agency are hired to protect Darla (who is an empty shell) from Locke coming back to take his Rose.
Sounds weird or far-fetched? Wrong its not!
I’ve read all of Bijou Hunter’s work and I have to say this is the best so far. It’s dark and gripping with a side of romance with lots of intriguing side characters and I would love to read about them in the future.
Now on to the “BADDIE” oh where to start on this crazed manic, who is so far out of touch with reality is unreal. He has a team of other depraved beings who do his bidding and keep his Rose’s from escaping. We don’t know much about Locke other than he’s rich OCD and he’s killed before…
I really did enjoy this book and I am grateful that I was given a chance to review it before the release date. I will be buying a copy as well.
'Studying her relaxed expression, I need to make things right for Darla. Kill whoever needs killing. Burn the world down to give her a rebirth. She can't understand why I'd want her while I don't understand why I shouldn't.'
Although there is a fantastic dark, depraved and sadistic storyline running through Thunderstruck, detailing why Darla is in so much emotional upheaval and why she is so confused about her life and future, the main focus is the fragile seed of hope and friendship that Troy offers her, that through their darkly comedic interactions with one another and Troy's bull-headedness cause a fun but complicated, sensual but sweet love story to unfurl. Bijou is a craftswoman at characterisation so although there is a great plot happening in the peripheral your main focus is on the array of players that make up her expressive and diverse family members that aren't necessarily blood related. Troy is often funny and goofy which is ironic in such a bada** ex-assassin turned security detail and what made him an even better hero for me was the fact that he didn't necessarily hog the hero limelight, he guided and offered Darla someone to lean on when needed and cajoled her and pushed her gently when he thought she needed it so in turn we were given a hero and heroine on equal footing-Darla because she was learning to overcome so much and Troy because he was her strength and support.
Darla though is the star of this piece, going through so many different hurdles and life altering experiences; traversing through what was and trying to get to a happy 'what could be' with Troy's persistence and the help of The Ramsey Security team. She may have started out as meek, unsure and alone, trapped in her tragic past but she climbed her way out, she fought and clawed and progressed to become a survivor and a warrior.
'"I know you have a life outside of this apartment and this job. I know, but..."
"You don't know Darla. The minute I leave here, I disappear from your life like when a parent leaves a child at daycare." Frowning Darla tries to pull her hand away. I refuse to let her hand go. "If you knew me, you'd know I spend every damn minute after I walk out that door wanting to get back here to see you. You know I hate leaving you. So don't apologise for wanting me to stay."'
Darla has been drugged and kidnapped and through the constant mental and physical abuse she's losing herself, she's slowly becoming the Rose her captor wants her to be. After nine months Darla is barely present anymore the darkness takes over and brings her peace but then unexpectedly an opportunity for escape appears and she takes it.
She may have escaped but she's not free she's suffering and is now a mere shadow of the woman she once was, can she fight the darkness and bring Darla back?
Her captor Locke isn't going to just let her go and she knows this, it's only a matter of time before he comes for her and he does, luckily her brother-in-law Vern is rich and can afford to hire the best and that is Ramsey Security a group of retired assassins run by Rafael as in Rafael and Harlow from 'Damaged and the Saint' plus a whole collection of interesting, intriguing and slightly scary characters. Troy is hot, sarcastic and funny, Minka is an amazing female character and Saskia is well, she's the scary one and I can't wait to read her book.
It started so well and I was so excited I'd forgotten just how much I love Bijou's characters and the humour that runs through her books but then it kinda fell a bit flat and I can't believe I'm saying this but I was a bit bored in places and it just didn't really work for me it didn't grab me like her previous books have.
Having said that the next book is Saskia's and since her character was so interesting I'm going to give it a shot because I love the idea of Ramsey Security and the characters we met were intriguing enough to make me want to continue.
Troy is part of the protection detail looking after Darla when she escapes from a crazy kidnapper who wants her back.
An interesting story but I did feel the ending where they go after Locke was a little too cut and dried. Would have liked a bit more drama there. Excellent read.