Author : Lindy Zart
Genre : Romantic Suspense
Rating : 3 Stars
Reading age : 18+ Contains sex, violence,drugs and language
“There’s a difference between not caring about what others think, and not caring about yourself. Your problem is you don’t even care about you. And if you don’t care about yourself, how the hell is anyone else supposed to?”
Reese. A self-destructive girl who has survived hell. Living in a world that is her own, she has no one, cares for no one – not even herself – and has no interest in participating in life. You wont like her, you’re not expected to.
Leo is pensive and quiet only speaking in half sentences when its necessary. He has a past, a history that is tragic. He has secrets that Reese is desperate to figure out. All the while, Leo is desperate to keep her in the dark.
The story follows Reese through her destructive behavior and need for acceptance. Leo becomes a fixture in her life where there has never been one before. Showing her that not every man has the same things in mind when it comes to Reese.
Reese meets Leo when he sees her crying over her loss of job and apartment. With a sadness he can relate to all too well he reaches out to her and offers her a cheap apartment and a job in his tattoo shop. With a strange attraction growing between the two of them Reese finds it harder and harder to stay away, soon finding herself doing absolutely anything to get Leos attention. Even if it puts her in the direct line of fire.
He only wants to keep her safe, even if that means risking his life to do so. While she just wants to figure out why he is so different from all the other men that have been in her life; why he is so quiet, why he wont touch her, where he keeps disappearing to, his past, but the more she digs the more dangerous it becomes.
Their relationship grows slowly.. like realtime slow, through the book. Which is a good thing really. Given the story line anything more would have seemed fake. The two of them fight their way through this book growing closer towards the end.
”Have you ever watched an injured bird struggle to fly? It’s heartbreaking. You want to help them, but you know if you try,they’ll hurt themselves more. That’s what it’s like to watch Reese in motion.” ~Leo
The book contains a few surprises, but nothing that was jaw dropping, grasp my chest, I CANT EVEN! worthy. It was for the most part predictable.
Smother is beautifully written and the words were just breathtaking. It is a dark book full of words and quotes that drip down the pages, several times I found myself highlighting the extraordinary language.
I am definitely a fan of Lindy Zart. But sadly this book was just to slow-paced for me. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this book, I found it to have a realistic time setting with the character’s behavior and growth on more of a realistic human level when looking at what they have endured in their lives.
It was true and emotional and much more respectful to people who have survived this kind of life. By far the most honest book I have read in its particular theme. But personally, I just need more nail biting stuff in my books.