Monster in His Eyes

Monster in His Eyes

by J.M. Darhower


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Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I'm thinking before I even do.

It's alarming and alluring. It's dark and deadly. It's everything I've ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn't take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it's too late. He has secrets, secrets I can't fathom, secrets that make it so I can't walk away. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that's both terrifying and thrilling. He's a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn't stop me from loving him, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497585362
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/27/2014
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 453,850
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

J.M. Darhower is a chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth. The author of the bestselling Sempre series, she lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn't writing (or flailing about books) she's usually ranting about those things.

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Monster in His Eyes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one writes a full story anymore, you always have to wait and buy more. It was great but the ending was to abrupt and tarnishes how good the rest of the book is. Left me feeling disapointed and a little cheated.
Byrd009_ More than 1 year ago
J.M. Darhower does it again! She is always an automatic 1-click! Naz is pure, unadulterated SEX. ‘Monster in his Eyes’ doesn’t disappoint and gets 5-Stars from me! This story had me blown away! Chapter one had me unsure of what kind of story this was going to be, but once Karissa met Naz, I was enraptured! Eighteen-year-old Karissa Reed is a student at NYU, struggling in one of her classes, just like any normal college freshman. Bored out of her mind, she fiddles with her cellphone and drops it in class. When she returns to retrieve it, she runs into a handsome man. Enter Ignazio Vitale. A.K.A. “Naz.” Later that evening Karissa runs into Naz again, and unbeknownst to her, her life will significantly be altered forever. I can understand Karissa’s wariness. Not only of Naz, but of where she fits in into his life. She is constantly asking, “why me?” She sees herself as a meekly eighteen-year-old college student, who eats ramen noodles to survive, and here comes a wealthy man, who wants to wine and dine her. So, why her? And let’s not skip the sex. Because Naz is nothing short of a Sex God. The way he takes control of Karissa’s body is like nothing else. He doesn’t just possess her body, he consumes her soul. If there was a way for Naz to flow through Karissa’s blood veins, trust me, he would. Stepping into Naz’s world is like nothing Karissa has ever experienced. He lives an impressive life from what she sees, but nothing is at all like it seems. Naz has a dark past, and he warns her in the beginning. Once she agrees to stay, she won’t be able to leave. Like a life contract. Karissa confesses her love, and there is no turning back. Ever. He’s told her before. “I’m warning you. I’m not a good man, Karissa, and I never will be. So don’t think you can fix me, or that I’ll ever change, because I won’t. I can’t. You have to know, if this goes any further, if you ask me to stay, I’m not going to be able to let you walk away.“ Still struggling with school and spending her free time in Naz’s bed, Karissa loses touch with her mother. Finding her mom’s house abandoned has her worried. Once she gets in touch with her mom, finding her new whereabouts changes everything Karissa knows upside down. But not to worry though, Naz always gets what he wants. Karissa is his forever and Naz will do whatever it takes to make sure it stays that way. I can't wait for the follow up to 'Monster in his Eyes' titled, ‘Torture in her Soul!’
nikki424 More than 1 year ago
This book is leaving me with the biggest book hangover I've ever had. I cannot wait for the story to continue. I bought this book hoping for a good read, and to my astonishment, I was reading something much better. On some emotional level, I was able to connect with the characters. The hurt and anguish, the sex and sin, truly made this book magnificent. A lot of other books I've read have captured sex as one of two things: romantic or far-fetched. Yet nothing, and I have read hundreds of books, has come close to the scenes in this book. They are REAL, or as real as you can get from the pages of a book. The story is believable and powerful. If you're looking for a exceptional book, this is it. J.M. Darhower will take you on one heck of a ride with Karissa and Naz.
S_Anderson More than 1 year ago
I have to say this book knocked me on my butt with its perfection.  We navigate this new world of J.M. Darhower’s through the eyes of eighteen year old, college coed Karissa Reed. Karissa is an average girl, average student, floating through an average existence with no real desire to rock the boat. She’s eager to experience life and have fun, but a life of instability with a scattered brained, paranoid mother has put up walls around her. I related a lot to Karissa. She’s just like any other girl setting out to find herself in college. She’s lived a life of responsibility with her mother, always feeling guilty when she does anything for herself. She’s content to step out just far enough to have fun, but stay close to home until one night she lands in the arms of Ignazio Vitale.  He tells her to call him Naz, pulls her into his world with just the intensity in his stare, and from the second they meet Karissa’s entire world begins to melt. Soon there’s nothing but him, his desires, his secrets, even the very air she’s blessed with in her lungs is Naz.  I can’t say too much about the story without spoiling the journey we go on, and believe me you will WANT to go on this journey with innocence that Karissa has in this book. You will NEED to have Naz’s words, his actions, and his secrets slip into your thoughts without you even realizing he’s taking over your mind. And in the end you will be just as OBSESSED as I am. I will say that this story is not just an erotic romance between these two forces of nature. It is a dark, seductive mystery with secrets upon secrets and pasts that will collide in ways you can’t even imagine.  What takes my breath away with this book is the ease with which Darhower unravels the mysteries in this world. We’re hunters following the tracks of one animal only to be attacked by another. Each new clue, each new step is like touching a shadow. Just when we think we have it figured out, something new spins us around until everything comes crashing down around us. The characters are complex and real. Monsters have innocence and angels have dark sides. This book is not only an entertaining read, but is a fascinating exploration of human nature.  I’m thrilled that this will be a duology, because I frankly will never get enough of Naz and his Karissa. This is one dark, sensual feast for the imagination with a mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Five stars all the way around. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An 18 year old girl can't figure out why a man twice her age wants her?? Really? How dumb is she? You are young, dumb, easily manipulated and not pushing marriage. I really have a tough not being creeped out. Since when did men chasing young, easily manipulated women become sexy. Hard to find anything in Karissa's character to actually like. She's not a strong enough character to stand up to a strong man.
BookBosomed_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Fresh, Suspenseful, Dark Romance Mystery That Will Keep You Guessing Up Till the End…and then some! 5+ stars Karissa Reed is an eighteen going on nineteen year old college freshman at NYU. Ignazio "Naz" Vitale is the thirty-six year old mysterious stranger she first meets outside her Philosophy class. She quickly becomes drawn to him, and they engage in a love affair. But while Naz doesn't tell lies, he is full of secrets—secrets from his past and hers! Fresh—There are a lot of cookie cutter plots out there. This is not one of them. By any means. Monster in his Eyes takes you on a ride, a dark ride, but a daring and delicious ride that will have you questioning good and bad along with right and wrong. Suspenseful—Told from Karissa’s first person POV, Naz’s intentions, background, and associates are to some degree a mystery with devious clues planted for the reader in Naz’s words, actions, and often double entendres. The devil is in the details, and this is one story to read twice. Dark—Naz is a self-admitted bad man. So if you love bad boys, well he takes them to a whole other level. But like any great dark hero (okay I might be using that term really loosely) Naz is broken and damaged and that makes him intensely deep.  Romance—This is not a hearts and flowers kind of romance. Well, actually there are flowers, expensive dresses, and high roller weekend trips. But there’s also dress ripping, some ominous black gloves, late night visits, and some intense role-playing. It’s deep, it’s dark, and it pushes traditional conventions of love and sex. This is for the reader that enjoys something gritty, gripping, and riveting but without a ton of angst and over-done drama. While there is a large age gap between the two, it is very much necessarily to make the plot work, as well it adds to the depth and psychological layers of their relationship (to which there are many). Mystery—What are Naz’s intentions with Karissa? How chance was their meeting? Why is Karissa’s mom so paranoid? What does Naz want with Professor Santino? Will Karissa pass his class? What is the deal with her roommate’s new boyfriend? What will Karissa do when she finally gets the big picture? So many mysteries unravel the deeper Karissa’s relationship with Naz becomes. The Ending—Without giving anything away because this is one book where the magic is in the gradual reveal, I’ll admit that prior to reading the book I was concerned about the ending. I’m a stickler for HEAs, and I don’t like to be strung along or left for months on a cliffhanger. So is there a cliffhanger? Well, not exactly. By the end of the book some new questions are raised, some old ones are left to be answered and some items may simply be open for interpretation. The ending most definitely wets your appetite for more of Naz and Karissa in Torture in Her Soul. Okay, it doesn't just wet your appetite it makes you starving for the rest of their tale. But there is enough closure to leave you temporarily satisfied as the book is well structured from prologue to epilogue and comes full circle by the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story. I like a lot.i can't wait for the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emotional rollacoaster.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. Great characters, well written. Dark, mystery,sexy. Not what I expected. After finishing this book I actually went back and read it again knowing how it ended. Can't wait for book 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is much more than I expected. At first it reads like a typical "romancey" type of book, then all of a sudden there are dark things going on, and then Wham! It left me feeling befuddled and wanting the sequel. Totally worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If there were a 10 star rating option, I would certainly chose that instead! This book is one of the best books I have ever read! It is everything a good romance book should be; romantic, sexy, full of angst and drama and suspense and heartbreaking emotions! I wasn't sure at first, but reading the reviews helped me make my decision. I hope mine helps you to make yours! Get this book! It is beautiful and fabulous and I could not stop reading it once I started. I took my NOOK to work with me and continued reading while still trying to get my work done! It is addictive and you wont be able to put it down or regret having made the investment! Treat yourself to this love story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just don't know where to start. My emotions are all over the place. The story of Naz and Karissa was suspenseful, romantic and sexy. You wew taken in from the very beginning because you could sense there was some underlying danger although you were not sure what it was. With every page the excitement waa building. I was sorry when book 1 ended, can hardly wait for book 2 in the Fall. Great story. Did a good job of holding my interest.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what there is to say that hasn't been already said before. However, this isn't your typical romance story. I was kinda floored by the depth and dimension presented in this book. I watched the gradual slide between the wild beast and gentle lamb at times. There were times that I wanted to strangle the female lead but then I reversed the situations only to discover that I actually sympathized with her. Something I totally didn't see happening yet it did. Monster in His Eyes is an eye opening experience not to be missed period. I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. i won't spoil the story for any one. Looking forward to my next adventure in this series.
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, it consumed me and when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it and what was going to happen in the book. This book is intense from the beginning to the end and sucks you right in. Naz as much as he is lovable, he pissed me off at moments with how mysterious he is and sometimes aloof. All there really is to say is read this book and buckle in for the wild ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good storyline
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Delmar92 More than 1 year ago
This was a real page turner, interesting characters, action, drama all wrapped up in just two books. Pass it on to other authors!!
GoldFishii1771 More than 1 year ago
The climax and ending through me for a loop.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story and the followup are deep, dark, sensual and troubled. I enjoyed every line of both both books and thought every time Naz was a goner for sure and wondering how she could keep loving him but in the end understanding they were destined Terrific stories
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Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, deep characters, surprising plot! Can't wait for sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this. Love this author's writing style, her stories always flow well, she doesn't write pages of unnesessary details like so many others do, I never got bored while reading. I enjoyed the storyline alot and I really liked the characters. Intriguing story, hot, sexy mob guy and hot, erotic sex too? Yes please, my perfect guilty pleasure read.