No way to get around it, this book is very dark, cringeworthy dark, self questioning dark...why am I liking it, and why do I keep reading it, dark.
Fair warning about this book is necessary....it is not for the faint of heart.
Yet I did like it and I kept reading it until I was finished, no matter that it was 12:30 and I am up at 5:30 to start my day.
Ella Dominguez is a fantastic writer. She has never disappointed and certainly not with Grace Street. Grace Street had me sucked in from the first blurbs appearing on Goodreads and from the intermittent teasers that were posted. The book finally appeared on Amazon and I devoured it.
Without going into too much detail, Grace St tells of Elsa, disillusioned, hurting and self protective, who leaves her Boston home to start fresh in Richmond after an extremely painful breakup. Victor/Mr. Black, a hardened criminal profiler, who picks mostly women, or as he call them, Chapters, for sport to break down, under the guise of helping them. He happens across Elsa and is relentless in his pursuit and infiltration into her life, needing to know everything about her.
He doesn't bargain for Elsa's resilience and determination, despite being already broken, She is a formidable partner in his games and quite throws him off his.
I could not put the book down and now I have a major book hangover and the need to start it all over again to pick up what I missed, which is inevitable when I am anxious to know the outcome. Grace Street has all of the elements I enjoy...erotic, dark, sexy, mind engaging. Elsa and Victor have this undeniable chemistry and in spite of the darkness, Ella allows us to see them in light, as well.
This is a two book series and ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger. I want more of Elsa and Victor. I loved Elsa for her spirit and drive and her mother, Elise, who makes an appearance and allows the reader to see where Elsa gets her strength. I loved Victor, beautiful and damaged and beyond redemption.....maybe. Hopefully Grace Street 2 will be out soon and I will find out.