NOW LIVE! Possessive by Willow Winters ~ Sarah A’s Review

From USA Today bestselling author Willow Winters, comes a provocative, standalone, contemporary romance.

Some men are born with a black heart and a tainted soul.
I never liked to admit it back then; I thought I could outrun who I am and lie to myself.
But I accept the truth now.

It’s in my blood and in my bones. In every impure thought and desire.
I tried to leave. To do the right thing and walk away from my past.
But then she came back into my life.

Stumbling towards me and looking up at me as if I’m the one she’s been looking for all this time.
As if I could be her savior and take her pain away.
If only she knew.

She turns me into what I hate most about myself.
Selfish, ruthless, possessive.
I tried to be a good man. To be cold and distant and warn her away.

She should have taken the hint and run.
She didn’t…
And now she’s mine.

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After reading She Asked for It, I was desperate to get my hands on Daniel’s story.  He was an intriguing side character in that book, and I longed to find out more about his history and motivations throughout the book.  There was no way I could anticipate just how complex his life was or exactly where his story would lead.

Possessive is a standalone novel, though it has ties to other books Willow Winters has written and is the jumping off point for an upcoming novel the crossover with the She Asked for It is negligible, and that book is not necessary for the understanding of this novel.  I have a feeling I’m going to be glad to have read Possessive before reading Merciless.  Possessive is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Addison and Daniel.  There are also a couple of surprise narrators toward the end.  There are a number of flashbacks that help put Addison and Daniel’s relationship into perspective.

The way time passed in Possessive was deceptive.  Everything happened over the course of only a few weeks, yet there were years of hurt pain and secrets between Addison and Daniel.  And I felt each of those years of loss, loneliness, and love while I was reading.  It felt like a slow-burn romance while having the present timeline of a much quicker love story.  That push and pull of the past and present made their story feel even more desperate and unique that it already was.

The history, the loved ones, the guilt Addison and Daniel shared made this book.  Their backstory and their shared loss, had it been any different – any less momentous – it would have made this into something I may have hated.  Their interactions in the present weren’t always kind, often bordering on cruel, but with the knowledge of what they’d experienced, those moments felt very intimate and apropos to the development of their love.  They needed those moments to hate one another to heal the wounds they’d suffered with for so long.

I wish the end of this book, of Daniel and Addison’s story, in particular, had been more fleshed out.  I felt like their story was ended rather abruptly in favor of putting the pieces in motion for Daniel’s brother’s book.  I have no doubts about the state of their relationship, but it still seemed unfinished.

Willow Winters is a powerful writer.  She’s able to wring out emotions and make her readers live in her books.  With each book I read of hers I feel a deeper connection with who she is as a writer.  The way she always makes me feel slightly uncomfortable, a little off kilter when I’m reading her books is – gah – it’s enthralling.  I know every time I pick up a new Willow Winters novel I’m going to be in for a ride, and it won’t be easy or predictable.

Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!

Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.

In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!

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