Book Review: Defaced

Defaced (The Monster Trilogy #1)
by Marissa Farrar

A Dark Romance Novel


Hidden away from society by his criminal father, there lives a man who has never entered the outside world. Now, having taken over his father's business, he has all the money and power he could dream of, yet still he refuses to let himself be viewed by the rest of society.


Traumatised by an event in her past, Lily Drayton has a phobia of being touched. Though she helps people externally with her skills as a laser therapist, she refuses to let anyone in, emotionally or physically. When Lily is kidnapped on the way home from work one evening, she discovers she's not the only person who keeps themselves cut off from the rest of the world.


A man owns her now--a man both dangerous and enigmatic. Drawn by his dual beauty and hidden pain, he awakens something inside her, something she believed was long dead. Brought to a room without windows, she's given an impossible task: to make her owner acceptable to the outside world.

Can altering his face change who he is as a man, or is he truly a monster, both inside and out?

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Defaced generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

With so many books encompassing the captor/captive story line there comes a fine line in setting yourself apart from the pack. Defaced interestingly provides a fresh take on this subgenre of romance. I was pleasantly engaged throughout the story and thought the darker elements working behind the plot were quite compelling.

Individually, both Lily and Monster held me captive. There's a subtle current through the story where we learn both of these are people are prisoners in their own rights. The history of Monster and the growth of Lily both provided excellent story lines. With the writing of Farrar each of these characters develop organically and being in Lily's POV gives great insight to the story and her mind frame. With Monster's history unfolding in pieces from his POV, the psyche of his character becomes even more intriguing. However, their relationship together I felt was a little lax from what I've come to expect in a romance. I felt their connection and I understood the depth of feeling however, the the amounts of time and the depth of passion between the two left me a bit put off. I wanted something grand from them as a couple because they both made such strides individually.

The story ends leaving the reader wanting more and I'm intrigued to find out the rest of the story in The Monster Trilogy. Farrar left the door wide open for significant development in their relationship and I can't wait to discover where she takes her readers.

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