Review: Carver by KL Donn
I have successfully made it through the first five Adair Empire books without puking. With that being said, Carver pushed my weak stomach's limits. How, you ask? Let's just say I will never look at a rainbow the same again. Sweet Jesus. However, through the gore and the intensity that only Carver's story could bring, came a love story that shines brighter than all the rest.
Story Line: Carver is the resident enforcer or the Adair Empire. It is no secret that he craves blood shed. His best friend is Mercy - his knife. So, yes, I should have been better prepared for the graphic nature of this book. Did I take any of those details into consideration prior to starting? Nope. So within the first couple chapters, I was setting my kindle down to take a breather. Side note - in case you haven't read my previous reviews of this series - I'm a super big wuss when it comes to blood and gore. Like I was in health class in high school and passed out from a graphic image. Like I said, super big baby. Anyways, once I came back from a certain "rainbow" scene, I could not have stopped reading even if Carver himself was threatening to "filet" me.
What Carver and Meadow share goes far beyond attraction. They are bonded to one another before either of them truly realizes the extent of their feelings. For those of you wondering who the heck this Meadow character is - she's Lilith's sister from book 1. So, we know she has a broken past with more drama than anyone her age should ever have to deal with. All she wants is to graduate college. But the villains of the universe do everything they can to squash that dream. The struggle Meadow faces internally is realistic, raw and heart wrenching. I could truly feel her pain and sorrow when faced with unfathomable decisions. Carver's reaction to all of this? PERFECTION.
Interaction: Building Carver's character throughout the first four books set a sky high bar for when he finally got to tell his own love story. And it was nothing like I was expecting. I expected painfully rough, demanding to a fault and zero mercy. I was blissfully surprised to see this well rounded development in him. He's firm with Meadow, don't get me wrong. But there's a balance there that I don't think I expected, nor can I imagine without now. And Meadow is broken sure, but boy does she come to her own by the end of this book. She is a force, that's for dang sure.
Laundry: So, I had to wait more than 5 chapters for laundry. And as much as I want to throw a 32 year old tantrum over this, I can't. Because when they do land in Carver's bed, is exactly what you would expect and not expect. Does that make sense? Of course it doesn't. It's like they are the ying and the yang of the world. Soft, pale, sweet, innocent. Versus, dark, sinister, hard and damaged. He's going to break her right? Quite the opposite. A fire is ignited. And there is no way in Hades it's ever going to be put out.
Depth: The Adair Empire in itself is enough depth to get me through my next 20 reads. With each passing book in this series that I read, I think I'm finally grasping the enormity of their universe. And then something else or another villain pops up and back to square one I go. But I love that. I love that I'm kept on the edge of my seat wondering, guessing and hoping where the story will lead us next. Each of these strong and malicious men have met their queens. And together they each contribute a necessary piece to their kingdom. Now we wait. We wait for the final piece to complete their story. I cannot freaking wait.