Release Day Review: Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower

Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower

Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower
Series: Monster in His Eyes #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: September 29th 2014
Links: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.


She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

I’ve said it before.
I’ll say it again.
I’m not a good man.
I never will be.

Oh my god, OH MY GOD!!!!!

I freaking LOOOOVED Torture to Her Soul! I mean, I already loved Monster in His Eyes, but Torture in Her Soul was PHENOMENAL! It blew. me. away. I loved every single part of this book, most especially Naz! GAH, the feels this book gave me. I never wanted it to end!

I remember after finishing Monster in His Eyes that I was so, so, so excited for more of Naz and Karissa’s story. I NEEDED to know how it would continue, how it would end! Well, the wait is over now! I’m SO happy that the conclusion to Naz and Karissa’s story is finally here. Theirs is a story you DO NOT want to miss. It’s dark, romantic, delicious, and spectacularly written–you will be sucked into the story, the characters, and the writing… basically everything!

So I guess the first thing I should tell you is that Torture in Her Soul is told in Naz’s POV. Which was pretty much the best surprise for me! And I have to say I abso-freaking-lutely  L O V E D  Naz’s POV. It was so amazing (and a little crazy) being in Naz’s head and knowing his thoughts. He truly is an unforgiving, dark, and dangerous man… but I love him.

I do what I want, take what I want, and make no apologies for any of it. After all, I wasn’t born this way. The world made me who I am, and the world pays for that mistake every day.

It’s actually because of his POV that I fell completely in love with Naz. I was intrigued by him in Monster in the Dark but I never actually LOVED him. His character was fascinating, without a doubt, but I still had my reservations about him. But all of those reservations were wiped away in Torture to Her Soul. I came to understand him, understand his reasons and motives for everything he does. And I unexpectedly fell so hard and fast for him in Torture to Her Soul. But this wasn’t only because I understood him; the main reason I fell in love with Naz is because I could feel his love for Karissa. I could feel that his love for her is unquestionable, that it is the very foundation of his soul. Karissa is the one person he would never intentionally hurt, the one person he would give his life up for.

And maybe there is a monster inside of me.
Scratch that, I know there is.
I feel it rear its ugly head sometimes. I feel it eating away at my body, poisoning my thoughts when the darkness takes over. My insides are black but my heart still beats.
It still beats.
And it fucking beats for her.
So there is a monster inside of me, yes, but it doesn’t make up all of me.
Besides, isn’t there a monster in everybody?

Torture to Her Soul begins with Karissa and Naz at a stalemate. They don’t trust each other, and yet they don’t leave each other, because they still love each other fiercely. Earning back each other’s trust is a huge challenge for them, and as they struggle with their relationship, they also have to deal with people who are dead-set against them even having relationship.

I was a bit frustrated with Karissa, but I understood her, so I could forgive her for being so stubborn against Naz. Her whole world was turned upside down and it was Naz’s fault, so I was sympathetic towards her. Naz was beautifully patient towards Karissa–even though he gets frustrated with her, everything he does is still out of love for her. He’s not a good man, but there isn’t a man alive who’ll love Karissa like he does.

“I’m not a good man,” he says, “but I’m trying. I’m trying. I can’t make you any promises of perfection. I can’t promise I’ll be what you deserve, or what you need, or even what you always want. All I can promise is that I’ll love you until the day I die, and I’ll spend every moment I’m alive trying for you.”

Oh gawd! My heart–Naz completely stole it with his sweet words.

There’s also nonstop suspense and action in this book! Every single moment, Naz and Karissa need to watch their backs. I was flipping through this book so fast, but I never wanted it to end! My heart was pounding throughout this book–I just wanted these two to finally get the HEA they deserved.

Torture to Her Soul is a heart-stopping follow-up to Naz and Karissa’s story. I loved every single page and I LOVED Naz. For those of you who’ve read Monster in His Eyes, get to reading Torture to Her Soul asap! And if you haven’t started Karissa and Naz’s story, I highly recommend doing so. Their story is dark, but it’s also deeply romantic and unforgettable.

She’s oxygen, and without her, I’m dead.

5 hearts

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Reading Order: Monster in His Eyes series

Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower Target on Our Backs by J.M. Darhower

#1 ~ Monster in His Eyes: My ReviewEbook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Torture to Her Soul: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
#3 ~ Target on Our Backs: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads


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