Francette Phal is one of my favorite authors. She also wrote “The Bet Series” and the “Concubine,” all of which I have read and thought were excellent reads. However, Monster is in a totally different stratosphere, as far as I am concerned. The book is extremely well written and is her best book so far in my opinion.
This is Dominic Armstrong and Eden Mercer’s story.
Dominic is truly a tyrant, for sure. He is oppressive, a dictator, bully, ultimate alpha male and truly damaged because of his background. In short, he is a very hard and complex man. This does not mean he is unlovable and cannot be redeemed. He needs the love and understanding of a good woman. He has that but does not recognize what he has until it is too late.
Eden starts out submissive, totally dominated by Dominic, but there is chemistry between them. Eden does not know her own internal strength and power to master Dominic until something unplanned and totally unexpected happens. Eden uses her intelligence and out smarts Dominic at this point in the story. Eden is a loving, forgiving strong woman who is resilient enough to love a man like Dominic, which makes her kick ass in my book!
This story captivated my attention from page one. This book is in my top 5 of what a great read is supposed to be. It is totally engrossing, jaw dropping, intense and an emotional roller coaster of a story. There is a scene in this book where I literally read it with my mouth hanging open because I could not believe what Dominic asked Eden to do and she did it! At this point I was like you have got to be kidding me.
I actually have difficulty to find the words to describe just how great this story is. At first Dominic will absolutely make you want to slap him, but if you hang in there with him, you will come to love him as I do. He is totally worth it!!!
I highly recommend this read!
-Reviewed by Marcia