**REVIEW** ~ Mr X, by Clarissa Wild

Obsession and Dark Love 

18+/Adult Read

Author Note: This is not your average romance story. Some people will kill for love.

He’s come to kill me. I’m a user and abuser of21948425 my own body. In my darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room.Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood.I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X: the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart?

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath deprivation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence.

My Review *****

Obsession and Dark Love

18+ Read. No cliffhanger. Stand Alone

Mr X is a compulsive and scorching dark read about two broken individuals! ‘X’, the hero (or should I say anti-hero), is contracted to kill the heroine Jay, a drug addict, who works at a seedy pole dancing club and who sells sexual favours to feed her addiction.

Jay can remember little of her life before she became addicted to drugs and has no idea who could hate her so much to have her killed. However, she has a strong will to survive and sees that her kidnapper is attracted to her despite himself, and she is willing to submit and sacrifice all to live. At first she is restrained by the physical bonds he puts on her but soon she is also bound to him by the realisation that this violent and twisted man is the only one who just may be able to save her, and she could well lose her heart in the process.

X delights in the suffering of others and enjoys the power he wields over his victims as he takes their lives. He has a heartbreaking and totally f****d up past and a terrifying appearance, including an x shaped scar marking his right eye from which he gets his name. He is gobsmacked when he finds out that his latest hit is someone with whom he has a shared past, a woman who he desires like no other but who he wants to make suffer.

He despises Jay for the part that she played in his past and hates that she does not remember her actions or even recognise him. As Jay surrenders her body and soul to this violent and dominant monster in an attempt to survive, her memories begin to resurface and she wonders if she does indeed deserve redemption. Questions arise about who has put a contract on her head and who has played a part in making her what she is. There are twists and turns a plenty as the past is unravelled and their future is threatened.

The novel is written in the alternating POV of Jay and X, which is highly effective as we are able to witness scenes from both perspectives and experience first hand their emotions. There are also some flashbacks which shed light on their shared history. The novel contains much blood, violence (including sexual violence) and gore and some of the scenes I found ‘Tarantinoesque’. If you are looking for a dark, twisted, erotic read than this is a book I definitely recommend!

Reviewed by Tina Williams

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