Saturday, June 27, 2015

Review: Perfect Chaos by Nashoda Rose

Perfect Chaos 
by Nashoda Rose
Series:  Unyielding #1
Pub. Date:  Nov. 24, 2014
Publisher:  Self-Pub
Pages:  246
Format:  eARC
Source:  NetGalley

My Rating:  
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I lie to survive.  Have since I was sixteen and my world fell into chaos. But I found a way to endure, or rather it found me. Now I’m a prisoner of my own doing, hiding behind a false mask so no one sees the truth. Not even the man I want but can’t have—Deck. But I messed up and the lies are spilling over, out of control. 

Deck is unrelenting and will settle for nothing less than the truth. He demands everything from me—EVERYTHING—even if it rips me apart. 

I kill for a living. Unyielding—It’s how I survive in my line of work. I bend people to my will…except Georgie.  But that ends now. I've played her game for far too long. Now I think it's time we play mine.

Perfect Chaos is a spinoff from the Tear Asunder series. I didn't realize this until I started reading. I have read the prequel and first book of Tear Asunder, so I at least marginally knew some of the characters being referred to.

I didn't know there could be much darker of a criminal activity than human trafficking, but apparently there is, and it's the focus of this new "Perfect" spinoff series (with at least two more books to be released). I enjoyed the darker aspects of this book, the mystery and subterfuge - it was all good as long as you can suspend belief and enjoy the read. For those readers who do not like the implausible in their books, then this story may not be for you as the suspense is very far fetched. But I enjoyed it nonetheless and am looking foward to the continuing story arc in the rest of the series.

I loved Deck as the extreme alpha male bad ass broody character, but it's rare that I don't like that type of character. And geez louise, the cover is smoking hot. That guy is the perfect embodiment of Deck and offered a great mental picture as I was reading. But Deck's persona fell away at times for me during the story, particularly when there was an attempt to show a softer side of him. Deck talking about rainbows and babies didn't work for me. It was just too far away from his normal broody persona to be believable.

I somewhat liked the tortured heroine, Georgie, but I have just read a few too many books lately where the heroine keeps some big secret from the hero when it's obvious he could've handled the situation. So I didn't fully connect with her character. I will say that her secrets and past were way unexpected and the author did a good job at trickling the info out so that it kept you wondering as you read.

The story started to fall apart for me from about the halfway mark, but then at 80% it picked back up and got me interested again. I think it fell apart for me because that section was mainly the romance part which, shockingly, I didn't really care for. It felt artificial. There were a lot of steamy sex scenes, which were well-written in themselves, but I found myself skimming those to get back to the action.

The next book, Perfect Rain, will focus on Kai and London, who we can expect to be extremely damaged, even more so than Georgie. I am looking forward to seeing if Kai can be redeemed.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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