**Disclaimer – I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Dark romance, Amazing (Yup, that’s a genre)
Reese works for tattoo artist Leo in Smother by Lindy Zart. Both Reese and Leo have secrets. They both have pasts that haunt them, devouring their present. When Reese gets into trouble, Leo is there to save the day, but his actions have a price. Now the secrets that Reese has worked to keep locked away are coming out of the shadows, and her life begins to unravel. Reese discovers she must face her demons if she is to ever have a future, but old habits are hard to break.
If you’re looking for a book with healing, redemption, and hope, then go read Smother! But be warned: it will tear you up first. Reese is an unlikable main character, but she is relatable. She is our anger, our fear, our pain. I struggled through Reese’s hell with her, all the while cringing for her and understanding it was her demons that created the person she had become. Leo, the love interest, is a bit more likable than Reese, but his character is so quiet, so deep, that we hardly get to know him. I’m struggling to write this review without giving too much away, or making it sound as though the characters are not enjoyable. Regardless of how unlikable Reese appears, it is just that quality that makes this book so amazing. Reese is a glimpse into our shadows, and while we might only see her pain and anger and not our own, it is a cathartic read. I am a huge fan of Lindy Zart, and I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her, but this one tops my list now. It was a beautiful, heart-wrenching story, and I highly recommend this book to everyone!
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