Published by Self-Published on January 16th 2017
Genres: Adult, Crime, Dark Romance
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Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.
Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So fucking bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious menace they call Scar. They say he's a sociopath. Maybe he's a psychopath. Whatever path he's on, people tend to stay far away from it.
Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him--a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a Scarlet Letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something... or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn't quite sure.
You can bet your ass he's going to figure it out, though.
Reviewed by Joanne
*I received an E-ARC in exchange for review*
It was only a week or so ago that I saw the news from J.M. Darhower that not one, but two new books were imminent. It was like Christmas all over again! And the even better news was that I had already met the main character before. Lorenzo Gambini, head of the Gambini crime family, was an acquaintance of my man, the one and only Ignazio Vitale. He was introduced in Target On our Backs, the last book in the Monster in his Eyes series. Although its not essential to have read this series before you read Menace, I strongly recommend you do.
1: Its frickin fantastic.
2: You get to meet Naz.
3: You learn a little about Lorenzo.
4: You want more reasons?
Anyway, I digress. This story is about Lorenzo, not Naz. And what a story it is! I picked this up on a Sunday lunchtime, and had read it by 6.30pm. That’s the power of a J.M. Darhower book. I was immersed into the mafia world once again, and hooked from the first chapter. I knew a little of Lorenzo’s story from Target, but Morgan was a completely new character, and I was eager to learn about her back story. As was Lorenzo, who was intrigued when his first encounter with her ends with her running off, leaving her shoes behind, kinda like Cinderella. Time will tell whether Cinderella will get her happy ending!
“Don’t let the fence out there fool you. Around here, it’s just a fucking fence. It came with a house that I bought because my brother liked it. Nothing more. But what I can offer, Scarlet, is to stand in your corner. You and I, we can be the best of friends, but don’t expect to find your fairy tale under my roof. You got me?”
Lorenzo is bored, looking for something to make his days a little more interesting. Morgan gives him that, and some. I loved how Morgan was fearless around Lorenzo, how she said what she felt and had no filter.I loved their interactions, how they affected each other. Her lack of self preservation around him was in stark contrast to the fear she felt when her previous life was about to catch up with her.
“You know, Kassian’s not just cruel,” she says, approaching. “He’s callous… soulless… vicious.” “Cold-blooded, hardhearted, and a dozen other synonyms that mean he’s a real piece of shit?” “Yes,” she says. “He’s not someone you mess with.” “Yeah, well, I’m not Mary Poppins, either.”
As with her previous books, there’s violence, terror, passion and seriously hot scenes! I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book, and I’m so glad we don’t have to wait too long to find out.