Title: Target on our Backs
Series: Monster in His Eyes #3
Author: USA Today Bestselling Author J.M. Darhower
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 23, 2016
The best way to keep your word is never
to give it.
Not long ago, in a chapel in Vegas, I swore to love Karissa
for the rest of my days. But nobody’s promised an infinite number of tomorrows.
Nobody’s promised forever. Sometimes, all we have left is today.
Seize the day.
It should’ve been over, we should’ve been happy, but people
are making it hard for me to live in peace. I’ve got so much blood on my hands
they’ll never be clean, and somebody out there seems to want me to pay for it. Happily Ever After always comes at a
cost, one any real man would be willing to pay. But that doesn’t mean I’m just
going to roll over and accept these consequences.
Because when it comes to the woman I love? The life I’ve
Nobody is safe.
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Reviewed by Rachel McEwan Sharon Thérèse Nuttall.
Five Targeted Stars
**Arc given by author in exchange for an honest review **
“I’m a cat with nine lives and I’m already on number twelve. I’m living on borrowed time.”
You know that anxious feeling you get when you pick up the last book in a series which has been a delight to read and every little detail comes flowing back like a gale force wind, blows you over, leaves you trembling! This was us while reading the prologue. Our anticipation was such that we had an awful lot of trouble putting it down. But sometimes life gets in the way and tiredness takes over. In one case, the Kindle was carefully put on the bedside table and in another, glasses neatly tucked away. However, we dived back in only to enjoy this book to the full. One must really read in order and certainly without interruptions. The protagonists’ story of heart-breaking proportions was undoubtedly, for us, a joy. As always, the author’s methodology hasn’t changed. She cannily keeps the reader’s attention, and making us wait for the crunch, well, it was nothing less than excruciating. When we say it comes down like a ton of bricks is simply because the build is off limits.
“If I die, you can be goddamn sure I’m taking everyone around me, too.”
Ignazio is ours. Sorry gals but this bad boy; well, man whose age, stature and drop-dead gorgeous looks has had us swooning throughout the series is trying his utmost to change his tune. Maybe tune is a little over the top ‘cause he still likes himself. And that is a fact! Don’t get us wrong, he’s still dangerous, wise and cold as steel but maybe a little more relaxed than in the previous books in this series. His principles, regardless of whether or not this man is head of heels with the sweetest woman he thought would never be his to have, haven’t changed. We could feel his doubts, we understood what dire straits he was in, his trouble listening to advice from those dear to him. You’ve meet his father, haven’t you? To say he’s cynical would be putting it lightly and quite comprehensible, but under all that he has had to put up with, we adored him unconditionally.
“Not sure how many times I have to tell you… I’m not a good man, Karissa, and try as I might, I probably never will be.”
Our gal, Karissa. So beautifully unpretentious, she has the patience of a saint. Not once does she give up on her man. Her benevolent character literally left us in awe of her. Naz, too. Despite having been to hell and come back and unscathed mentally in between brackets, (she’s stronger than you think), her awareness of what is going on around her is sixth sense. Karissa has never been under any illusions and accepts her husband for who he is, and for that we loved her even more. She never tried to change him at all because overall, she trusted him with her life. Yes, she saw his dark side and at times embraced this in more ways than one! Some of our favourite scenes were with Karissa and Naz’s father, Giuseppe. They were endearing and sweet as Giuseppe tries to warn her about what his son is capable of. Karissa is not your average naive twenty-year-old woman, though. She’s conscious of who Naz was and is today and that hasn’t really changed. Her love for him had no bounds and nobody is going to tell her what to do with her life! As far she is concerned, Naz is her reason for living.
“Not sure how many times I have to tell you…. I’m not a good man, Karissa, and try as I might, I probably never will be.”
Banter! We do love it in our books and theirs was simply marvellous! Yes, this story was extremely intense in parts as you can gather from our review but in between, we were treated with some fantastic repartee between Naz and Karissa. Karissa loved to taunt him about their age difference which gave us some real laugh out loud moments. The scene where Karissa changed his ringtone on his mobile phone to One Direction, hilarious! Intense feelings shared between these characters was perfection and came through loud and clear. This genre is one of our favourites. Yes, you have a beautiful and pivotal love story but thrown in for good measure, just to keep you on your toes, you have the thrill and suspense and for us this was executed to perfection!
“I was never a date. I was more of a target.”
“And I hit my mark, didn’t I?”
“Depends on who you ask.”
“I’m asking you.”
“Then sure. You hit it.”
“Over and over again.”
Never in a million years could we have imagined the outcome of Target. The target…suffer, we did. Pray, also. Love rules in this read and we can’t say how much we adored Naz and his love for Karissa. He’s willing to do anything to protect her and the life they want together; and at whatever cost. They do say the only way to leave a ‘connected’ life is by death which is why this book made us agonise over every page until the very end! We desperately wanted them to get their happy ever after as much as any couple we have had the pleasure of reading. Texts between us flew at all hours of the day and night seeking reassurance from each other as one of us finished before the other!
“I’m just …. I’m just tired of never having the ground under me, I feel like we’re free falling and everything around us just keeps moving in a blur, and I don’t know how to make is slow down so we can land on our feet.”
The question we kept asking ourselves throughout this book was, “will they get to ride off into the sunset together all in one piece?” Well, that would be telling, but what we will say is read this story! After all they have gone through, we desperately wanted this scene for them. The journey the author took us on is full of twists and turns, will leave you blown away and your nerves totally shot. Unlike book two in this series, we felt that this one was finished. We couldn’t help but feel Naz and Karissa’s story was missing something special; nevertheless, we finally got an ending which these two readers will not ever forget. Bravo, Ms Darhower. This was a fabulous read and left us totally and utterly spellbound by your talent!
“I love that sound. It’s the best music in the world.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction.