“I’m going to tell you something that a wise man once told me: it’s not the darkness that’s terrifying, it’s what you might find in it.”
I think everyone who read the first book in the series “Monster In His Eyes”, (where the narrator in Karissa) was happy to hear that the second book will be entirely told from Naz’s POV. I definitely was and I enjoyed tremendously being in Naz’s head! “Torture to Her Soul” picks up right where the first book ends.
“I didn’t set out to love her. I didn’t even plan to like her. But it happened… we happened… and I’m still trying to figure out how to deal with that.”
Naz’s plan was never to fall in love for Karissa. He never supposed to like her, but it happened, they happened and now Naz had to deal with it.
“My insides are black but my heart still beats. It still beats. And it fucking beats for her.”
Karissa still lives in Naz’s house even if their relationship has changed. They live together, but separately at the same time. They are like two strangers. She ignores him, she doesn’t talk with him, but Naz is patient, he gives her space only because he knows she loves him back and because he knows at some point she will forget that she’s supposed to hate him.
Naz is a haunted man. For almost twenty years he didn’t forgive himself and others for his fiancée death, he didn’t forget, he didn’t live. Until Karissa…He didn’t live, yes, he only existed, wanting only one thing, revenge. Naz is forced by some circumstances to make a decision. He will have to choose where he wants to live – in the past or in the present. He will have to choose between dark and light?
“It’s okay to admit the darkness terrified me. Because I found some light in it. I found her.”
Naz knows he’s not a good man and Karissa knows it too. He is who he is and he regrets nothing.
Naz’s character is so well developed in this book. He’s a complex character, intriguing with many layers. He thinks he has only bad in him, but he’s so wrong and Karissa will try to show him that. I loved her for that!
Even if he’s not “completely” a good man, you will fall for him and sometimes even sympathize with him. I did! I loved how he is with Karissa. He’s so patient, caring, loving and protecting. There were times when his words or actions melted my heart. You can truly “feel” his love for her.
I loved how he loves her, how intense are his feelings for her, how much he wants to be with her, no matter what, how vulnerable he is when it comes to her. With Karissa he’s human again, with her he becomes a good man. Their chemistry is really palpable, they are perfect for each other and the sex scenes are hotter than hell – rough or sweet they are intense every time !
“I’m not heartless—my heart is just hardened, while the rest of me is hollow. But she breathes life into what long ago stopped trying to live. She’s oxygen, and without her, I’m dead.”
Karissa is a little different here. She is more mature, less annoying, so more likeable. She loves Naz with all her heart, even if she constantly tries to fight her feelings because she doesn’t understands how it’s possible to LOVE a man like him, to love HIM.
I know there are many there who got bored with the first half of the book. For some reason I didn’t. Yes, the second half is more engaging and entertaining, but I enjoyed the first half too.
The story is more emotional then the first book, which I really liked.
As always the writing was perfect and the epilogue and the bonus scene (Karissa’s POV) were amazing. Loved them so hard!
Overall, I loved it!