Monday, August 4, 2014

Review by Sky: Hyde, by Lauren Stewart

Blurb: This novel is intended for adults only. It includes lots of cursing, descriptive sex, biting sarcasm, and dark themes. HYDE was inspired by Stevenson's novella but is not a retelling, in part because he and this author have very different definitions of 'bad boy'.
Honesty is impossible when you don't know the truth to begin with.
Mitchell Turner is everything women want most in a man--he's charismatic, successful, and undeniably gorgeous. But he's not a man--he's a monster. By venting his rage 24/7, Mitch keeps people out of the danger zone that surrounds him. But, after the most incredible night of his life, he realizes that might not be possible. Except the woman he wakes up with claims she doesn't remember any of it. And that kind of thing can make a guy insecure.
Eden Colfax is kind, loyal, honest to a fault, and cavity-inducing sweet. To rid herself of the monsters that haunted her broken childhood, Eden doesn't lie, doesn't curse, and definitely never wakes up naked in strangers' beds...until the day she does. Then the flashbacks start--places she's never been, people she's never met, blood she's never spilled. And the only person with any answers is a man she never wants to see again.
What they don't know is that someone is manipulating them, determined to find out exactly what they're capable of. And when the truth leaves them nothing to hold onto, they will be forced into a partnership neither expected. Or wanted.
But in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can't even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on earth you should be falling for.

My Thoughts:
Oh. My. Gawd.
This book had me laughing, panting and white knuckled throughout the entire read.
The characters are lovable, hilarious and snarky, adventurous, and despite this being Urban Fantasy, REAL!
It was easy to forget my surroundings while reading this, was totally involved with this from start to end. 
Eden has been suffering sleepwalking  since she was younger and is aware of her "other personality" and is desperate to regain control of her life. She's even more desperate once she realizes she may be responsible -- rather, her other half is -- for the death of someone. She seeks help from a life coach named Mitch who wants nothing to do with her crazy ass, claiming that is far beyond his area of expertise and just wants her out of his air. Mitch has his own problems, and the incident of his sisters death being brought up constantly by detectives, he has other more important things to worry about.

After weeks of Eden's alter ego stalking him, following him to his house, Mitch realizes this won't be easy. He decides to work with her, and quickly falls under her spell when after meeting her fiery second personality. But even more unexpectedly, finds that Eden, herself unknowingly, has gotten through to him, pricks right through the tough front he's played for so long.

As the story goes on, more deaths occur, more tears escape as Eden believes she is a monster and behind these murders she hears around town. Mitch refuses to believe it but begins to notice a pattern in her alterations. 

 As total opposites they are from each other, he begins to see that she may not be 
much more different than him. . . he, too, fights a beast inside.  The chemistry between them is EXPLOSIVE. They grow closer and closer as the days go by as they try to unravel what's behind the mystery surrounding her condition, behind the deaths in town.

Despite how much of a sarcastic asshole Mitch comes off as, we as the reader, discover he just wants to do what's right, protect others from the evil in him that he doesn't quite understand. I found myself admired by him quite quickly. He's amazing through and through, sweet, passionate, and protective. DEFINITELY a high mark on my list of Book Boyfriends!

"Mitch could feel Hyde's eagerness, his anticipation of freedom. It hit him in the gut, right below where Eden had rested her head in the shower. Where her tears had fallen. He was getting close to her, wanting to be more than he could be. For her . . ."

The evil masterminds  behind the suspicious events, slowly begin to reveal themselves . . . The Clinic. This is when things get more wild by the second, and we have to begin worrying what is to come of their fate?
This is one of those reviews where I back-pedaling in my typing, deleting like mad and shouting at myself to shut up and not spoil anything LOL! I HIGHLY recommend this, dark and exciting novel to anyone who loves a great Urban fantasy and refreshing twists on classics. Believe me, you haven't read a re-telling like this one. 

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