Series: The Breaking Point #1
Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 18 Oct 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Don’t be fooled.
Don’t make excuses for me.
I am not a good man.
I’ve seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I’ve fought and I’ve survived. I’ve had to.
The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.
I’m here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She’s disappeared. But don’t worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.
Like I said, don’t be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I’m the one front and center.
Just when you think Jay Crownover’s writing couldn’t get any better she creates something so completely different, thought provoking and enthralling it leaves you speechless. I feel as if my review is going to be a rambling mess because that is the direction my thoughts have been spinning in since finishing Honor.
Honor is something so completely different yet nonetheless brilliant. It isn’t going to give you the warm and fuzzies but it is going to make you consider the world around you, the way in which every action has a consequence and the experiences that shape our identities. It will also make you consider how much of our selves is defined by nature or nurture. Ultimately Honor makes you reflect on accepting who you are and where you belong.
The plot is intense and gripping, it will immerse you in Nassir and Keelyn’s world altering your perception of everything you thought you knew about them.
The story is powerful from the very beginning. The insight it gives to the Nassir’s background provided understanding not only to Nassir but child soldiers; it was heart breaking to imagine children being born into the world to be stripped of all nurturing and affection and be crafted as weapons. Clearly showing how unhinged some minds are whereby they use anything as justification for their diabolical actions. It is amazing Nassir survived and thrived. For everything Nassir has endured in his life it is amazing that he still holds an innate sense of protection especially for the women who work for him. I kept picturing Nassir as an avenging angel/devil while reading Honor.
Being able to see Keelyn through Nassir’s eyes helped understand his attraction to her and determination to have her by his side. Keelyn provides balance to Nassir, yet she has to be equally strong in order to survive in his world. I loved the level of understanding and empathy Keelyn had for Nassir and the depths of emotion he brought to the surface in her.
The romance is a little twisted, taunting and tempting like only the best sins can be, burning anything in its path.
I loved the cross-over with some of my favourite Jay Crownover characters within the story and cannot wait to see the direction this new series is going to move in.