The Darkness of Perfection, by Michael Schneider

19 Jul

Format: Kindle Edition
Published: June 28, 2011
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Back cover blurb:
He desired perfection. She already was perfect. Can two people build a love forged in the fires of hell?

Nicholas comes from a world of darkness where women are no better than slaves. He believes the secret to true happiness is for his wife to be molded to perfection. He had the promise of perfection in the bright eyes and innocent smile of a childhood friend long since lost to his world. He never gave up his dreams of their perfect life together. An accidental meeting brings him face to face with his dream.

Will he realize that true happiness can only be found in the beauty of imperfection before it’s too

Jayden escaped from a life of terror and found security in her new home. Given a loving home
and raised with all the normal expectations of college, career, love and happiness her memories
of her earlier life fade into darkness.

An accident draws the attention of those who never gave up searching for her, determined to
fulfill a contract not of her making. Jayden is taken from her perfect life and thrust back into a
past she’d long forgotten. Broken of spirit, she is given to Nicholas to be his bride.

Jayden is desperate to find the light before she is lost to the darkness of perfection.

My review:
Loving the enemy has never felt as right as it does in Michael Schneider’s sophomore novel, The Darkness of Perfection, a gripping tale of one young woman’s struggle against a powerful criminal family who see her as nothing more than one of their chattels.

Jayden White has lived her life in fear – of the man who “bought” her from her father and of the possibility that one day he will find her again – but just when she thinks her future looks bright, she is violently drawn back into that world by the one person she thought was her friend.

Schneider writes from both Jayden and Nick’s points of view, giving the reader a greater insight into the true motivations of her characters. We see Nick as a boy, caring so tenderly for his five-year-old wife-to-be and feeling those same feelings as an adult, although his warped upbringing makes him conflicted about admitting them to her out loud.

It feels so wrong to be rooting for a bad guy who condones kidnapping and sexual enslavement, but by the end of this book you will undoubtedly be a little bit in love with Nicholas Harrison. I certainly was!

The last few chapters carry you along on an emotional rollercoaster to a truly surprising conclusion. Schneider has produced a complex, fast-paced, sexy thriller which will leave you begging for more. Definitely a five-star read.

My rating: 5/5

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