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{May 16, 2013}   {Review} A Terrible Love by Marata Eros (Tamara Rose Blodgett)

16052597From Goodreads: Jess Mackey is living a meticulously fabricated lie of necessity. She’s left the secret tragedy of her past behind along with who she was and is forging ahead with a clean slate. But Jess soon discovers that passion can’t be left behind—neither her own, nor that of the one man who sees who she really is…and whose unexpected presence may breach the peaceful life Jess has painstakingly created for herself.

Devin Castile didn’t expect to meet a young woman who may be the missing puzzle piece to his existence…and who is also the victim of a heinous crime. Devin convinces himself that he can remain emotionally distant even while indulging his physical desire for her. But when Jess’s lies begin to crumble in the face of their undeniable attraction and the truth is revealed, one of them might pay with their life.
I picked up this novel because it’s written by one of my favorite authors, Tamara Rose Blodgett (pen name Marata Eros).  Though I really try to shy away from most novels that I know deal with content of a more sexual nature, it’s somewhat impossible for me to pass up a book written by a favorite author, and so I purchased a copy and sat down to read.  And, once again, I’m very glad I did. Yes, there are some intense sexual encounters in this novel, and sexual tension abounds throughout, however, Blodgett walks a very fine line, staying just this side of too explicit, for which I am eternally grateful (I’m a bit of a prude, as you know).

Truthfully, though, I was worried I wasn’t going to like this novel as I found that the men in it, all of them, it seems, are demanding.  Most also seem to relish hurting women, which just isn’t my thing in any way, shape, or form.  That, in and of itself, really gets my blood boiling.  No, it’s not Fifty-Shades of Greyesque, thank God; it’s not that type of “hurting women,” but more so physical abuse.  In fact, I had more issues with the way men treated women in this story than I did with the sexual encounters, which is saying a lot, because I am a bonafide cringer—and cringe I do—when a scene becomes too explicit for my liking. But in this novel, I wasn’t cringing over the sex scenes, I was cringing over the inhumane treatment of Jess by the men around her, by their nasty demanding nature, and by their physical abuse towards her.  But, the story is so well written, and the ending revelation so perfect, that the novel did sweep me off my feet.  Sure, I screamed at the male characters a lot, especially Cas, who I originally disliked just as much as the other male characters, but he is redeemable, and Blodgett redeems him quite nicely in the end, as the truth is unveiled.  

Despite my reservations and dislike of abuse, this novel won me over, and I think much of that has to do with the characterization.  While Jess isn’t perfect, by any means, and she makes some bad choices, overall she’s got a good head on her shoulders and she’s believable.  And, truth be told, any novel that can get me so riled that I yell at the characters through the pages is a winner in my book, because it caused me to really feel, and really interact, and that is exactly what Blodgett did in A Terrible Love.  Blodgett has written a beautiful tale of redemption, full of suspense and mystery, and I highly recommend it for a more mature audience.  Five stars.

5 stars

I purchased this novel from Amazon.


[…] Tamara Rose Blodgett) gives us just that in A Brutal Tenderness, the amazing companion novel to A Terrible Love.  This time, we see the entire story through Cas’ eyes, living his thoughts and feelings […]

Thanks so much for giving ATL a chance, Shana, and for all the wonderful faith and support you’ve given me over these last two years; you’re the very best! :D xo

Angie F. says:

I’m so glad this one won you over! I love Tamara Rose Blodgett, too, and I was super excited to see that she writes adult fiction! I bought this one immediately but haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet. You’ve definitely made me more excited to do so!

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