Title: Love of the Egoist
Author: Nero Seal
Release Date: May 20th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Dark
Page Count: 256 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
“I wanted to play with you… punish you. But now, I want to ruin your world and turn it pitch black. Isolate you so you don’t have anything left except me.
And remember, it’s your own fault.”
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Isolation. Loneliness. Endless silence stretching into eternity.
This is the personal living hell of police detective, Kuon Leiris.
His punishment for ruining the Black Duke’s deal.
But when nights come, it gets worse…
Cruelty. Care. Brutality. Affection.
Constant mind games where he can do nothing, but give in.
Yugo pours his every corrupt desire into his prey, testing the limits of their twisted relationship.
Do you dare enter a dark world where safe-words don’t exist?
I’m feeling ambivalent towards this book. There were some parts that I loved and there were some others that were truly underwhelming. As a whole thing I enjoyed it more often than not but I’ll admit that the last chapters were what saved the book for me.
The plot felt, somehow, a little lost. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Sometimes this gives some excitement to the story, but this time it was because there wasn’t a clear story development, either that or I was distracted, but either way it didn’t really worked for me that much. There were some parts of it, some scenes, that had my utter attention and I couldn’t read them fast enough and some other that I read as slow as I could because I didn’t want them to end.
I liked the characters. I liked Kuon because of his internal struggle. It was interesting to see how his emotions were changing and how much of his original defiance remain. The moments of despair and how hard it was to accept some of the things he was feeling. Yugo was odd. I expect to like him the best because I love a good villain, but there was something about him that just didn’t worked. He was a little sweet, which is something I wasn’t expecting to feel. I liked his darkest moments, when he was ruthless, that’s when I loved him the most. There were some moments when he felt weak and that’s what bother me about him. There was a character I loved so much more than the main characters. He was so manipulative, so spoiled and so beautiful. I fell in love with him in the few moments he was on page. I truly expect to know more of him in the future.
The ending….well I guess if someone choose to read this book expecting to read a sweet romance, they were very wrong. I think the ending was good. I felt satisfied by it. I guess not everyone will agree with me, but I liked it.
Overall I liked the book a lot. Sure, I have some issues with it, but thinking about it now, the things that I liked overpower the ones that I didn’t. This is a dark read, so beware before reading it contain non-con, torture, self-harm scenes among others that might be bothersome for some readers. With that in mind, this is a good book for readers who like dark theme stories. I can’t wait to know what will come next for this characters.