★★★★ 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