Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes #2) by J.M. Darhower

22021942From goodreads:

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. Karissa. 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.


Maybe I need more Oreos in my life or just a vacation.  Most likely I need both. *shrugs*

When I say that I loved Monster in His Eyes, the first book…I mean it.  I loved it.  It’s sexy and dark and it’s the perfect book if you’re in between reads.


Torture to Her Soul was so painful to get through and it was unnecessarily long.

Nothing happened in this book.


Except the last 20% of the book and that doesn’t make up for everything this story lacked.

It was a snoozefest.

I think where this book failed is that it was in Naz’s POV and his voice simply wasn’t working for me.  What made him so fantastic the first time around is the fact we didn’t know much about him.  And yes, there are certain revelations that provide the AH-HA moment but it was through dialogue with Karissa that made it work well.

But in this book…

Naz mentions several times that he is a monster. Well Naz, that’s shocking and whatnot but for the love of sweet baby jeeeeeeeeeeeeeezus show me that you’re a monster instead of telling me. Also, his internal thoughts annoyed me more than once and not to mention, it didn’t always make sense.

“She’s not just under my skin, she’s in my organs, wrapped up in my cells, infecting me.”

nope She’s in my organs? Really?? That’s just weird. Like really weird.

“I’ve lived a life of darkness already, years where the sun didn’t shine on me, and now that I’ve seen daylight again, I don’t think I could ever turn my back to it.”

The dialogue felt forced and it came across as though the author was trying too hard to be lyrical with her writing.


I’m not sure what more I can say without sounding like a total crank-pot but obviously this book didn’t work for me.   With that being said, the average rating on goodreads is 4.29 stars and who knows, you may love it or not. ;)





    • Cristina says

      Thank goodness I’m not the only one! Honestly, I thought it was just me but it was boring and Naz simply lost his appeal. And since it’s a duology there is no hope for redemption. *shrugs* On to the next book! ♥

  1. Tricia says

    So sorry this one was such a disappointment! I’ve actually never heard of it or the series, and now that I know this was hard for you to finish, I won’t be reading it or the series. I hate struggling with a book! Books are supposed to be enjoyable & entertaining to read, not painful!! Hope your next book is way better!! :-)

    • Cristina says

      Yeah, I would totally skip this series because even though the first book was fantastic, the second book was a waste of time. Seriously. I have a new book I’m starting shortly and I can’t wait. ;)

  2. says

    Yikes, there are all sorts of bad writing in this book. The daylight/sun thingy quote was kinda… cringe-inducing. Seriously, it’s like I had to look away because of secondhand embarrassment! Sorry that this was such a disappointment, Cristina. I hate snoozefest books, too. I’m reading one right now, a Sleeping Beauty retelling, and it’s driving me sleepy and I’m still at 40%. RAWR!
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    • Cristina says

      Secondhand embarrassment < – EXACTLY!!! *sinckers* It was just painful. And it’s never a good sign if you’re getting sleepy at 40% but I hope it gets better! ;)

    • Cristina says

      RIGHT?? Wasn’t that line just weird? *snickers* Be warned…the first book ends on a cliffhanger and you’ll want to see what happens. *shrugs* And that’s exactly what happened to me.

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