Author: Kelley York
Published: 6th December 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: eARC (thank you Netgalley and Entangled Publishing)
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.
Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption. - From Goodreads
I had read a few things about this book before I started it and I was excited to read it as it sounded like an all out thriller. Archer has always looked out for Vivian and does what he thinks is in her best interest, even if that means killing! When Archer meets Evan he starts to let his walls fall and starts to build the relationship he has always wanted from Vivian. The only problem is that Vivian does not want to share Archer with anyone and she will go to some extreme lengths!
Right from the start I felt that Archer reminded me of a young Dexter Morgan! Cold and detached, the only time we see any kind of emotion from Archer is when he is with Vivian and trying to comfort her. I did not like particularly like Archer as a character as I disliked his actions and, as I have said, I found him cold and distant. That being said I thought he was one of the most interesting characters I have read in a long time.
Then there was Evan and Vivian. It seemed obvious right from the start that Vivian is bad news. she completely manipulates Archer and most of the other people around her. It also seems like she ends up in one destructive relationship after another! Evan on the other hand is a sweet and nice guy who has no ulterior motives past wanting to be with Archer. I really enjoyed that Archer was torn between sweet Evan and Vivian, who he has had on a pedestal for years.
I thought that the tone of this book was much more serious than anything I had read in a while. For me the characters were what kept me reading and involved to the end. I thought the story running through the book was quite dark and disturbing, but I enjoyed it and I liked seeing it spiralling out of control. The only part of the story I had an issue with was Evan and Archer towards the end of the book. I think Evan's reactions were nowhere close to a "normal" person's reaction. That spoiled it a little for me, but I loved the ending I thought it was exciting and tense and I was satisfied by the last page.
I enjoyed this book and was only let down by the minor points above. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys thrillers, lgbt fiction or contemporary fiction.