Review: Monster Stepbrother by Harlow Grace

Review: Monster Stepbrother by Harlow GraceMonster Stepbrother by Harlow Grace
Publication Date: February 9, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Taboo
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Synopsis

Synopsis

His dark obsession runs deep.

He's obsessed with her.
She's addicted to him.
Two damaged souls.
Will they heal or ruin one another?

How does a girl go from being Daddy's precious doll to a different kind of toy?
Easy really. When my father remarries it changes the course of my life and everything becomes . . . complicated.

My new stepbrother is a monster who hates me. Unapologetic, controlling, and brazen, he's intent on making my life a living hell.
Oliver King makes the rules. Whenever he wants. However he wants. Wherever he wants.
My head screams this is wrong, but I can't resist giving in to forbidden desires.
I want it as much as he does.

I'm his possession, his ultimate pleasure, his dark obsession.
My addiction to him grows to a dangerous level. I can't stop craving more from the man who has made me his and ruined me for anyone else.
Can what starts out as lust and vengeance end as love?
Can we take away one another's pain and ease one another's fears?

Nobody said life or love was easy.
My name is Maya Childs, and this is my story.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Review

Harlow Grace brought us an interesting read that had a dark and chilling side to it, but only caused me to read faster, not put it down. Sadness, loss, pain gives way to forgiveness, understanding, and love. It entrapped me!

“How would you feel if your mother married someone only six months after your father died and you  were forced to go back to a place you hated?”

Oliver King is a foul-mouthed, cranky teenager who hates the world. He is angry, full of malice, and bitter at his mom for marrying so soon after his father’s death. He has been made part of a family of which he wants no part.  A step-dad that dislikes him, a mom that is impervious to his feelings, and a new step-sister who is young and likely annoying.

“Scared I’ll seduce my stepbrother, Mommy dearest?…He’s not my type.”

When Maya first meets Oliver, her now-stepbrother leads us to believe that she is a shy, gawky girl.  But time changes people, especially in their teen years.  The next time they meet she is now a knock-out, the perfect package of sass and sexy. She can hold her own and protect herself. The family relationship she is involved in is a mess ranging from non-existent to cataclysmic, and she uses that to further her ghastly demeanor.

“I’m not a kid anymore, if you haven’t noticed. And my eyes are up here, asshole.”

Oliver’s first encounter with grown-up Maya is scorching hot, causing us to have turn down the air and get our fans. She is the conductor of this seduction, and he plays right along with her erotic tune. She does all the work and he watches the delicious scene unravel as she brings herself to the edge and plummets over, all the while aware of his presence. Later that same evening we see the full effect Maya has on him as he plays out his fantasy of her. But Maya is brazen and vindictive. She is aware of Oliver’s tactics and has some surprises for him as well.  Soon we meet Maya’s friend, Quinn, and their dialogue allows us to begin to unravel the mystery that is Maya. She hides beneath the mask of snarky comments and sexual deviance. The reality is much different. She is hurt and broken.  She has concealed ways to deal with her disappointments.

“One minute I wanted to have sex with Oliver and the next I wanted to get as far away from him as possible.”

Maya is trying to control her fetish of Oliver.  His control level is hanging by a thread. He knows Maya is off-limits. But, he’s not ready to let it go. They play from a distance, thinking the game will be safer that way.  Between visits to the past and living in the present we see that Maya is in a desperate situation. She has seemingly run out of options. Her past still mars her mind and body.  Oliver has been an avoider. He stays away from everything that creates any lasting emotion or feeling.  But, he lusts for Maya, dreams of her, fantasizes about what it would be like to have her. In an unexpected move, he defers this compulsion and leaves Maya without hope. Maya, in turn, does the same, but not to the depths that Oliver thinks. Her main retreat is only intended to hurt herself, not others.

“I had died and gone to hell. And my stepbrother was the devil himself showing me the way to burn for eternity.”

I was astonished as the tide in the story began to turn. Harsh and rough, Oliver took advantage of Maya and capitalized on his obsession with her. His possession of Maya was mind-boggling.  He wanted all of her, but had such a demented way of taking it. For Maya, her fascination intensified.  Thinking this was the only way that she could have the man she had craved for so long.  She became the one thing that she never really wanted to be, his play thing to use and abuse. But, as unbalanced as their relationship was, Maya still managed to find pleasure in their sexual moments and justified her continuation in this affair. A fateful encounter had the chance of changing everything, as choices were made and bombshells dropped.

I was hopeful every time there was a brief moment of true love that Oliver allowed to pierce through. But, then he grabbed onto his past, and I found that I loved to hate him and hated to love him. Reaching near the end of the story, I thought that I had managed to endure enough hardship with the main characters, but was wrong, as the ground opened up underneath my feet and swallowed me whole.  Absolutely emptied me out!  Harlow Grace amazed me with the ending she chose to write for our characters.  It left me with a resounding sense of hope.  She allowed the dark of night to fade to morning’s dawn and bring a beautiful renewal.

A quote from Monster Stepbrother that echoed my thoughts in obtaining and reading it…

” I want you. I crave you. And now…finally… I own you.”

4 Stars

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