Why I read it
The blurb was incredibly exciting, and I was hooked!
What I rated it
What it’s about
A red-hot, pulse-pounding thrill ride by USA Today bestselling author Bella Jewel!
It’s all part of his sick game. A game he’s been planning for an entire decade. Now everything is perfect: One woman and one man have been selected. They used to be a couple—and they can no longer stand one another. They are the perfect victims. He doesn’t intend for the game to be easy. He wants to push them to the brink of insanity, to make his hunt real. . .
Lara and Noah have been captured and dumped into a massive wooded area. There’s only one rule in this fatal game: They will have 72 hours to find a way out before a sadistic serial killer begins his hunt . . .But what he never could have expected was the explosive passion that ignites between the two ex-lovers—one that makes them strong. Fierce. And determined to do whatever it takes to escape—and to survive.
From the blurb, I was hooked on this book! I love a good mystery and suspense storyline, and I was seriously hoping the blurb came through on the promise of a good mystery. So many times a good blurb has hooked me, but left the full story with a lot to be desired. I am so happy to say I was not disappointed! I was feeling the whole Hunger Games meets Saw type of vibe throughout the entire book, and I was GLUED to the pages!
I loved the character development of Lara. Starting out the book, we are met with a tragic accident that changed who she was. She became a shell of the woman she used to be, trying to protect herself. As the story progresses, you see glimpses of her old self. In order to survive, she is going to have to find herself again.
Noah has been in pain, but he has to be the strong one. He is still reeling from the break-up and you can feel his pain coming out through the pages. I loved to see the inner struggles he faced, trying to be the strong one while trying to keep himself together.
Although this was definitely a romance, there weren’t many sexy scenes between Noah and Lara while in the game, and I thought that was executed perfectly. Realistically, you wouldn’t believe it if there were pages and pages of passion, all while hiding from a psychopath hunting them in an enclosed arena. The scenes that were included were realistic and passionate! Well done!
We do get into the head of the villain a few times, and I really liked the glimpses into his mindset. A few hints at his motives with the game, and why he chose the players he chose. I also would have liked a bit more of the backstory of our villain. Some was included, so readers will not be left wanting, but I like to know every single little detail when it comes to why people do the things they do, but that is just one girl’s opinion.
Although I really liked the book and I was hooked from page one, there were a few times I felt like they could have turned the tables on the game, and I felt like I would have been able to end it right there, but the games continued. Overall, I still really liked the book and would recommend this to anyone who loves a good romantic suspense and thriller!