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Stain by Francette Phal REVIEW

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Stain by Francette Phal REVIEW

“You’re like the sun…and I’m the stupid moon. Always chasing after you.”

I didn’t know it was possible to fall so deeply into someone. To drown so strongly into their bottomless depths coming up for air was unfathomable. Until he comes along, with his sun-hot radiance, and eclipses the candle that is me. He’s Lucifer before the fall, beautiful but the devil is in the way he looks at me. In the way his touch brands his name across every inch of my skin. His kisses possess my soul in the most sinful of ways.

Maddox Moore is my beginning and my end. Protector, friend, and lover—he’s become my sole religion. At his side I become fearless, in his arms I burn to cinders, and in worshiping him I lose myself and discover the person he sees in me. But nothing is forever. Moments are ephemeral. No matter how much you want something life inevitably reminds you that you can’t have it.

I’m damaged. He’s broken. We’re both covered in stains. Stains that make it impossible for us to hold onto each other.

MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY 18+ Warning: This book contains graphic content which may not be suitable for sensitive readers.

Review

★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★

My first read from this author, and I have to say I am mighty impressed. It was dark and twisty, no holds barred.

Stain follows the lives of high school students, Aylee and Maddox (Max) who are polar opposites on the outside but have a lot more in common than they think.

Aylee is an adoptive child, living with her church going parents and sister, she is considered a good girl who always plays by the rules.

Max doesn’t care about anyone except for his twin brother. He lives with his drug dealing foster father and is set to follow in his footsteps. Not only that, but he runs a porn website, and is the star of most of his videos. He uses girls and they use him, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The pair are drawn to each other, like they really see the real person beneath. Max’s protective instincts are on overdrive when he realises that all is not what it seems in Aylee’s household and when she proposes drawing him for her art project, he sees it as a way to find out more.

“Maddox, please don’t make me.
If I tell you, you’ll see how dirty I am. And then I’ll lose you.”

This book for me was addictive, and the writing was spot on. Max wasn’t a particularly nice person but with his truly horrific past I didn’t blame him one bit. The was he was with Aylee more than made up for his shortfalls, and I got tingles literally every time he interacted with her. He had an aura about him that made you root for him and want him to get the girl.

“This is scandalous. Wicked. Wrong.
But how can something so wrong feel so intensely right?”

I really fell for Aylee too, she was weak insofar as she was helpless to get out of the situation that she found herself in, but determined and strong willed when push came to shove.

My only concern with this book, was the rushed ending, and the way certain questions are left unanswered. I really feel like there should be more to this story and hope the rumours are true that a novella is on its way.

Another new author to add to my list, which is a great pleasure, especially one who writes the more dark and gritty romance that I sometimes like to get lost in.

Stain is a standalone dark romance, told in dual POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.

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