Sunday, December 25, 2016

{Book Review} Pretty Lost Dolls by Ker Dukey & K Webster

Pretty Lost Dolls by Ker Dukey & K Webster
Published: November 28th, 2016
Series: Pretty Stolen Dolls
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Thriller

Benny had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.
Just like him, his dolly needed darkness as a fix, fix, fix.
So they tormented and hunted and played tricks, tricks, tricks.
Together their sins a lethal mix, mix, mix.

Until Benny missed his dolly who was lost, lost, lost.
He needed to find her and love her at any cost, cost, cost.
Not wanting him and his dolly to be alone, lone, lone.
He made plans to bring his dirty dolly, home, home, home.

Have you ever touched another’s soul with the essence of your own, breathed them in so they become apart of you?
I have.
Finally starting to live, feel and fall in love, amongst all the chaos surrounding me.
Dropping my guard and letting another into my heart.
I left my soul open.
I left my heart open.
I left the door open.
And he stole me.
Dillon…I’m sorry.

I ABSOLUTELY could not wait to get my hands on this book!  I think that Pretty Stolen Dolls had one of the biggest cliff hangers of all time!  I really didn’t think that this book could not be any darker or disturbing than the first, but I stand corrected.  There were numerous times that I gasped, sat horrified or had to take a break from reading this book.  This is DARK…the darkest I have ever read and probably the darkest that I will EVER read!  This series is not one for the faint of heart, but it was also strangely addicting and I could not put it down.

The writing in this book was just as fantastic as it was in book one.  The biggest difference from book one was that this was written in dual POV’s.  Readers now get to not only see inside the mind of Jade, but now Dillon and Benny’s as well.  It was absolutely brilliant being able to see Benny’s inner dialogue and discovering how his past shaped his psychotic behavior.  This aspect was very important for me because I hate books/movies where there is a serial killer, but there is no explanations given about their actions.  This aspect made the plot feel even more dynamic and well-rounded.

I really loved the evolution of these characters from book one.  In Pretty Lost Dolls, Jade was just a child held hostage at the whims of a psychotic killer, but now as an adult with police training, it was interesting to see how Jade used it to her advantage.  I loved that her decisions were very smart and calculated.  She was able to use the thought of Dillon’s love to help her withstand the torture and abuse she had to withstand.  I also really enjoyed seeing the softer, sweeter side of Dillon.  His parts were essential for readers to know what was happening on the outside while Jade was in captivity, but other than that, I did not really think his POV was that necessary. 

Benny!  Defiantly one of those characters you love to hate.  I almost felt sorry for him…almost.  His gentler side was shown in book two, but for every moment of softness came a moment of hurt.  And with a surprising turn of events, Macy, Jade’s sister, was even more psychotic than her captor.  Her behavior was more cringe inducing than Benny’s, which is really saying something.  Her character was the one that I felt sympathy for because her traumatic childhood turned her into a monster.  She completely lacked the concept of right and wrong, and although her actions were horrendous, I felt like all she wanted was love from Benny.

Although the romance is great, it really took a back seat to the character development and plot.  It still was strong and I am very happy it was integrated within the story, but there are SO many strong points, it almost felt like one of the weaker parts.  I really loved the connection between Jade and Dillon.  I loved how protective Dillon was and the fact that he would move Earth itself if he could to find Jade when she was taken.

I loved the ending of this book.  It almost felt like some of my favorite 90’s horror films.  However, I cannot express enough that this is for MATURE readers in every way.  It is also has numerous triggers, such as rape, kidnapping, death, torture and many types of abuse (mental, physical & sexual).

I really enjoyed this duet, which I find strange because usually I do not enjoy romance books that involve such extreme violence.  I think that the plot is so captivating and the character development was so amazing, it helped out shine any other problems that I might have found with it.  I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good thriller book with a touch of romance, but are not easily offended.  


“If you were a tear in the ocean, I’d still find you baby.  Because you’re mine and I’m yours.”

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