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Series: Lovely Vicious #2
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Light meets dark. Secrets meet truth.It's been three years, twenty-five weeks, and five days since Isis Blake fell in love, and if she has it her way, it'll stretch into infinity.After a run-in with her mom’s ex-boyfriend, she scrabbles to remember what she’s lost to amnesia. Her ex-nemesis Jack falls deeper into a pit of despair, and his girlfriend Sophia does all she can to keep him to herself. But as Isis’ memories return, she finds it harder and harder to resist what she felt for Jack, and Jack finds it impossible to stay away from the only girl who’s ever melted the ice around his heart.As the dark secrets surrounding Sophia emerge, Isis realizes Jack isn’t who she thought he was. He’s dangerous. But when Isis starts receiving terrifying emails from an anonymous source, that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.Her past.***This book contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.***This is the second book in the Lovely Vicious series.
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Be forewarned: this review contains spoilers to the first book, Lovely Vicious, so if you haven’t read it yet, maybe you should avoid this review. At least until you’ve had a chance to go read it. You go ahead, I’ll wait…. Did you get it yet? No? Why not? It is one of my top reads of the year! (See my review here) On top of that, Isis is one of the best female protagonists I have ever read. She is strong through all of her fragility, and she won’t take crap from anybody, least of all Jack. Who does he think he is, anyway? Smart, good looking, and treats everyone like they’re beneath him. She definitely has him all figured out, right? Maybe not so much.
Lovely Vicious left off with Isis waking up in the hospital and not being able to remember Jack. This sets their relationship back to zero. Jack is understandably upset, but MAN, does he not deal with the whole situation well. Since they’re reset, there is nowhere near as much sexual frustration. To compensate, Sara has introduced us to Sophia, at long last. She wasn’t anything like I was expecting. Even after reading this book, I still have no idea how to feel about her. I mean… she’s sick (possibly dying), she’s insecure (with good reason), so I can’t blame her for being a little… prickly. At the same time, she’s untrusting and more than a little volatile. Getting to know Sophia is just the beginning of putting the clues together, to solve a mystery we didn’t even know was there.
Did I mention there’s a mystery? Since everything in Isis’ memory involving Jack is now a blackhole, she doesn’t remember anything that he told her. She’s forced to go digging around for her own answers, jumping to all kinds of conclusions. She begins to unearth the past. This takes the whole book a step beyond just being a contemp romance.
Even though a part of Isis is broken, she is still as amazing as I left her, complete with verbal diarrhea and nonexistent filter. I love how she unintentionally thinks out loud, and has no shame for everything she says. As far as sequels go, this one was right up there with the best. I loved it almost as much as the first book! And now comes the waiting… I hate waiting. I have no idea when book three will be released, what the title will be, I haven’t glimpsed a cover or read a synopsis… doesn’t matter. I can guarantee that I will clear my schedule to read it.