Will you marry me? Those four little words should be a dream come true. But for Ella Patton, they’re the start of a waking nightmare. For despite the insatiable desire she feels for Liam Stone, marriage is out of the question—divorcing her abusive husband, Blaine, would be too dangerous to even contemplate. Besides, Ella couldn’t ask for anything more than the life she and Liam share: a scalding hot passion that’s totally outside the bounds of “I do.”
Liam has hit a brick wall. His fortune can’t buy Ella’s freedom from the oppressive monster the law recognizes as her husband. Blaine will take any opportunity to bring Ella back under his authority, no doubt exacting a terrible revenge as punishment for nearly slipping away. But Liam has a force greater than money and influence on his side: Ella’s love. She sparks his most unstoppable determination—and ignites pleasures that no man should be able to possess.
For those of you who follow me regularly, you may be wondering how I could possibly be reviewing book two in this series after the review I left for Control just yesterday. Again I offer you the easy answer, I really, really hate DNFing a book that Netgalley has been kind enough to gift me. So, without further ado, here’s the review for Possess.
Picking up where Control left off, Possess begins with Liam and Ella still reeling from the latest revelation, Ella is still married to her abusive ex and therefore can’t legally marry Liam. Typical of Liam and his inflated ego, he assures Ella everything will fine, they will get married and her ex will not be a problem. Though Ella wants to believe everything Liam is telling her, she knows her ex better than anyone else and assures Liam the divorce won’t be easy to come by. Sure that his money and swagger can overcome anything, Liam barrels ahead intent on a happily ever after. Unwilling to actually listen to Ella, Liam is totally blindsided when Blaine shows up at his home with the police and takes Ella.
As a judge, Blaine is well-versed in the law and knows that as Ella’s legal husband and with her history of being institutionalized, Liam doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Even more damning, Liam rages and lashes out in an effort to get Ella back and lands himself in a world of hurt and jail. Before Liam can get sprung from jail, Ella is across the country, heavily drugged and institutionalized once again. Though Ella fights as best she can, the drugs are fierce and before long she is a zombie. True to form, Liam needs to play the hero and finds a way to spring Ella from Hell. Though Ella is once again being put through a horrifying nightmare, the bulk of her past comes to light while she is inside.
As if the ride hasn’t been long enough already, once Liam springs Ella he once again refuses to listen to her when she tries to tell him Blaine isn’t done. Once again, Ella thinks her plan is better than everyone else’s and so, she traipses off to try and fix everything but ends up making things far, far worse, yet again. In fact, by the time all is said and done, Blaine snaps the tether, takes a hostage and ends up going down in a hail of gunfire.
The Bottom Line: Once again, I cannot realistically complain about the book from purely technical perspective. The author is clearly a skilled writer but this is where the praise ends for me. Liam simply doesn’t learn and his actions and attitude become even more ridiculous in this read. He is a jealous, angry individual who throws money at every problem assuming the problem will just go away for a price. Liam always knows better than anyone else and often refuses to listen to anyone or to actual reason. Ella is little better and though I absolutely applaud the strength it took for her to escape hell, her actions and attitude are often rash and ill-conceived. She and Liam are damn-near toxic and I found myself quite literally hoping they would go their separate ways. As with Control, Possess has a great deal of extraneous stuff including characters and situations. In all honesty, if Control and Possess were stripped of all the extraneous situations and characters and combined into a single read it might make the reads more enjoyable. Might is as far as I am willing to go and now that my commitment to Netgalley has been fulfilled, I can reasonably and without guilt say I am done with this series.