El Diablo by M. Robinson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Content warnings: molestation, attempted rape, emotional abuse, mental abuse, suicide by pills, alcohol use, alcohol abuse, mentions of drug sales and useage, cheating mention, death mentions, heterosexual relationships
I received a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I HATED this book. I hate that despite asking the author before via previous reviews (that I know she’s read) that she STILL doesn’t put warnings or didn’t put a warning out about the book. I hate how many people love this book. I hate that it’s 2016 and books that AREN’T historical/regency/etc romances still have men owning women and it being a “joke” that the daughter won’t ever be allowed to date because of the father and his desire to never see HIS babygirl not date.
Like, I literally CAN’T describe how angry I am with this book. So here’s some gifs
The first 20% ish of this book I enjoyed. The setting up of the childhood and everything that happened that would later affect the story. After that? It all falls to hell. And after this point, if you DON’T want spoilers, don’t read further. (for those that do, highlight from here on out)
So, now that you’re at this point, I presume you want the spoilers so here we go. Some of this is going to be directly copied from a chat I had with a friend about it where I was ranting. I make absolutely no apologies for this.
so first 20% is his childhood
we see how fucked up his dad is
and his sister and childhood love almost get raped
his father makes him kill the guys who did so
his father also set up the death of his mother
causing him and his childhood love to not marry like they were going to
for fucks sake, she almost gets raped after getting the shit beat out of her by an ex he saves the day and kills the asshole
and he takes care of her and once she’s healed she can’t leave his place w/o his guards because even though he’s taken care of the “threat” he has her and everyone else convinced he hasn’t
so she goes back to the american ballet company (ABC as it’s professionally known in the dance community)
and he does this bullshit where her first night she’s healed he brings back a hooker, leaves his door open knowing hers is, fucks the hooker, loudly and intentionally to hurt her
constantly pushes her away and then shows her tenderness and then pushes her away again
and he’s of course mafia crime boss
And now, he made sweet love to her then dumped her like yesterday’s trash and is publicly courting another woman to further hurt her
And now he’s threatening to forcefully make her suck his cock
Right now he’s just now telling her that he knew her mother and they were engaged
And he literally just told her (direct quote)
“Do you know how many times over the years I had to catch myself from calling you Sophia? Stop myself from groaning out her name, instead of yours when we were fucking. All those years you’ve been asking me what carino means. It was always your mother, Lexi. She was my carino.”
ok nevermind they aren’t related
the asshole who married his sister cheated on her with his former fiancée
but that’s not how it’s presented early on in the book
with his warped ass distortion of things when it came to Sophia and Michael….
oh nope. never mind. He is actually right on this one with Michael and Sophia
“I was there the day he met you. Hiding in the shadows, in the dark. Where I’ve been living all my fucking life. Watching him hold you for the first time. Seeing Sophia’s broken face when he told her he wouldn’t be a part of your life. That you were a mistake, an accident. Your daddy never wanted you. And your mother spent the rest of her life battling her demons every time she looked in your eyes.”
How fucking awful do you have to be to say something like that to someone
regardless of the truth of it
And apparently “the devil” had Michael (the dude that fathered lexi) murdered
And his sister (because she happened to be in the car that day)
He also killed his father but that was a death worth it
And she just shot him and he faked his own death but she doesn’t know that yet
And now he’s coming clean to her of all the lies through the years
And they happily get married and everything’s great.
As far as I’m concerned this is where this book should go
If you enjoyed 50 shades of grey, this book will be right up your alley with the ignoring the mental and emotional abuse he puts her through. If you didn’t, I can’t in good conscience recommend this book.
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