Never in all my years of reading romance have I read a book where I hated the main character so much! I wanted to slap him, yell at him, give him a taste of his own medicine… but how? The guy was nothing more than the conjured up fantasy of one deeply twisted authors imagination. He was not real, he didn’t exist, he wasn’t walking in our world… but it sure felt like he did.
Reading El Diablo was like no other book I have read. From the very first chapter I was held captured in one of the most abusive, narcissistic hell on earth that was the life of Alejandro Martinez. Romance? There was no romance… not as far as I was concerned. There was however a lot of violence, torture (and no I don’t mean BDSM) and enough mind games to make Christian Grey look like a pussy!
When I read some of the reviews on Amazon, I knew that violence was a big part of this story, I just never expected it to be so raw. There is knowing that something terrible is going to happen and there is reading all the gory details. The thought process, the feelings, acting out on his feelings… Alejandro is one f****d up human being! Oh, I read the book… I know he grew up under the careful eye of a violent father and that he was expected to one day carry on his family’s legacy…that he had no other choice but to be the man he became (reviews) but come on – he knew he was a monster! The guy didn’t even like himself, but did that stop him from being who he was – no!
From the moment he took over his father’s role, he had the chance to make things right. But in both his “business” and his private life, he used and abused everyone. To make matters worse you would get a ‘teeny weeny’ glimpse into the young boy he was, the one that cared, the one that knew what he was doing was wrong… then in the blink of an eye it was gone. He showed no emotion or concern for others, he had earned his reputation as a ruthless crime lord, as “El Diablo”, also known as the devil.
Lexi… She never stood a chance. She was never going to have a normal life, from the moment she was born her future was already written. Ballet was her only escape in a world that was so incredibly screwed up. Even in those short spaces of time when life was good, she was never free from the web Alejandro had woven. Some reviewers said that both Alejandro and Lexi had incredible chemistry, that the sexual tension and anticipation between the pair was incredible. I thought that what intimacy they had was nothing more than dark twisted mind games. Each time I thought he was showing that he could be a better man, he would turn on Lexi so quickly even I got whiplash. In fact one word kept coming to my mind – bipolar!
Alejandro is such an ass****, he would flaunt other women in front of Lexi, demean her and say the most awful things. Many times he was so cruel. He spent years “protecting” Lexi and providing for her financially. But no, he was controlling and abusing her. And I honestly have to say that if you find a guy like this attractive, you need help. El Diablo is not sexy, nor is he loving. By the time I reached the final chapter of the story I still couldn’t see what the attraction was. Up to the very last word he was still a manipulative bastard. Oh he may have made a few decisions, changed a few things, but he would kill again if he had to. And that is not romantic, that is not sexy, that is not attractive…not one little iota!
El Diabol, Alejandro… read it if you want. It does have very high book reviews. But if you are sensitive at all to domestic violence, abuse, neglect or torture then don’t say I didn’t warn you. Are you wondering why I bothered to write a review at all? I actually finished reading this book several weeks ago, and I wasn’t going to acknowledge it at all. Then I thought about it. All my friends have been talking about the book… some of them saying things like “That’s the best book I have read all year” and “Where can I find my own El Diablo” and you know what?!! … it bothered me. Why on earth would anyone want to meet a man like that? Making you watch while he splatters some poor guy’s brains across the floor because he showed you kindness isn’t sexy. Having sex with a prostitute right next to you isn’t something someone who loved and respected you would do. My god – do women really have such low self esteem and zero respect of themselves to think this guy is the answer to their dreams! WTF!!??
The book held me captive simply because this incredibly violent book existed in the first place. I was shocked, annoyed, confused…and intrigued. I waited for him to be a better man, I waited for him to do good…and by the time I reached the very last page I didn’t think he did enough! What was done, what did transpire was all too late as far as I was concerned.
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Amazon Premise –
I was ruthless. I was feared. I had sacrificed. Myself. Her. Everything…
Living in a world where I was worth more dead than alive was a choice. I was a bad man, never claimed to be anything else. I’ve done things I’m not proud of. Seen things that can’t be unseen. I’ve caused pain that I can’t undo. It was all my choice. Every decision. Every order. Right and wrong never mattered. Until her.
She was under my protection, until she became my obsession. But who was going to save her…From me… the devil himself. Fate brought us together. Destiny destroyed us.