Elena Reviews: Torture To Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes #2) by JM Darhower




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Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.


She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.


5 stars gold

“If I were hard pressed to explain why I fell in love with her, that would be my answer. Because she’s beautiful. And I don’t mean it in a superficial way. You’re not going to find her on the cover of a magazine. She’s more the kind you find at a museum, on a painting or in a piece of literature. Her beauty is in the soul. She has enough of that for both of us.” –Torture To Her Soul

Since I read Monster In His Eyes, I couldn’t get Naz and Karissa’s story out of my mind. You know the feeling…There are some books that you don’t just read, but you feel like you’re living them. Monster in His Eyes is one of them. And Torture To Her Soul is even better. It’s everything I hoped it would be. It’s an epic conclusion to Naz and Karissa’s story, an unforgettable sequel that made me feel SO much.

Torture To Her Soul is the second book in this wonderful series and it’s a sequel told from Naz’s POV. I’m stressing the fact that it’s a sequel, a real one, because it picks up where the first book left off. It’s NOT a retelling of the first book. It’s the book where Naz and Karissa’s story continues, where we get all those answers we desperately craved for in Monster in His Eyes, and this time we are in Naz’s head.

“I’m going to tell you a secret. A secret I’ve never told anybody. I, Ignazio Vitale, have always been afraid of the dark. If you tell anyone that, I’ll kill you.” –Torture To Her Soul

I fell in love with Naz even more this time around. In Monster In His Eyes he seduced me like he did with Karissa, in Torture In Her Soul I fell hard for him. We know he’s not a good man. He said so in the first book, he keeps repeating it to Karissa, over and over again. He doesn’t disguise what he is and does. But in this book we see how tormented a man he is. He’s plagued by nightmares, he’s often restless, pensive…He starts thinking that maybe, maybe, a change is possible, that maybe his soul didn’t die long ago…And all because of Karissa.

Karissa finds herself trapped in her own feelings, between love and hate for this man. If you’ve read Monster In His Eyes you know the big secret that is unvailed towards the end. Well in this second intstalment it still plays an instrumental role. Naz and Karissa shouldn’t have fallen for each other, their love is dangerous especially to them…I was on my toes while reading because the book is full of suspense. Naz and Karissa aren’t safe, it seems everyone is turning into an enemy. Can they trust each other? The answer to this question is not a given. They’ll have to work on fully trusting each other, without doubts and fears, but only through love.

This is also a psychological book. We touch Naz’s soul and we get to see all his toughts, all his motives. He wants to give everything to Karissa, and he’ll do his damnedest to achieve that. There are a lot of passionate moments between the two of them, that reflect exactly what they’re going through in their relationship — they love each other, than they hate each other and finally they fall in love with each other all over again. Needless to say I found them perfectly written.

“Tell me,” I whisper, running my tongue along the shell of her ear. “Tell me how you want it to be. Tell me what you need from me.” — Torture To her Soul

This book addicted me and I’m sure you’ll get addicted to it as well. It’s the conclusion, but I found myself wanting more. A lot more. So can we hope for a third book in the series? I really hope JM Darhower will consider it, because I’ll be the first in line to get it and I’m sure lots of you would join me 😉

This is and it will remain one of my absolute favorite series. It goes straight to my Top Recommendations list of the year.

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**ARC provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review**

About Elena

Literature is my passion. I love reading so much that I spend countless hours in bookstores and libraries. I have a soft spot for poetry and art. I like traveling and discovering new places. I can't do without a book.

9 thoughts on “Elena Reviews: Torture To Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes #2) by JM Darhower

  1. Brandie says:

    I’ve been wanting to read the first book since I read your glowing review. Now that the second book is out – I’m going to have to bump it up asap! Glad you enjoyed it.


  2. msdebraanastasia says:

    Amazing review for an amazing book! Thanks Elena.


  3. katiebird says:

    *happy sigh* you know how I feel about the first book, so I was excited to read your review. 🙂


  4. Keisha says:

    Awesome review, Elena!
    I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book. I just finished it and LOVED it! Such an amazing series from the 1st page of book one to the last page of book 2. I especially loved reading from Naz POV in this one. He’s such a mysterious, scary, intriguing but yet ‘something about him’ lovable guy. I must say I’m having a book/Naz withdrawal right now cause I love this series SO! I loved both Naz & Karissa story and their conclusion. Like you, I wanted more of their story and never wanted the book to end. I kept looking to see how many pages I had left, as I dreaded getting close to the end 😞

    I hope so badly that this isn’t the last we’ve read of this couple. *fingers crossed* ☺


    • Elena says:

      Loved your comment Keisha! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this amazing book! I’m so happy to hear you loved it! 🙂 I have Naz withdrawals as well! I hope JM Darhower will continue their story 😉 *crosses fingers with you* 🙂


  5. NobleSwifties says:

    Hi … I just want to express my review here… I hope you don’t mind … The first thought that I gathered from this series starting reading the MiHE , this novel was twisted and sick ( like really crazy) . But I just went along and read it . Curiosity I would say . I like the way it was written. I just can’t understand why this is okay , I mean the murder thing that H did . Like don’t the reader felt bitter reading the H killed a lot of person besides fascinating the love btwn H n h. Well … After I read few reviews , I would say , whatever , coz this is dark romance … and they said anti heroes . So that would conclude all of this .

    I just smile thinking this is unrealistic, and how am I going to react if I am in Karissa’s place .

    Well it is just a story that sometimes myb happened in this world . Coz life is sucks

    I am so sorry for my English .

    Thank you
    Hv a great time 😉


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