The best way to keep your word is never to give it.
Not long ago, in a chapel in Vegas, I swore to love Karissa for the rest of my days. But nobody's promised an infinite number of tomorrows. Nobody's promised forever. Sometimes, all we have left is today.
Seize the day.
It should've been over, we should've been happy, but people are making it hard for me to live in peace. I've got so much blood on my hands they'll never be clean, and somebody out there seems to want me to pay for it. Happily Ever After always comes at a cost, one any real man would be willing to pay. But that doesn't mean I'm just going to roll over and accept these consequences.
Because when it comes to the woman I love? The life I've fought for?
Nobody is safe.
JM Darhower writes mafia stories like no other. I am obsessed with her writing. She is AMAZING. If you have not read this series, you have no idea what you are missing out on. The Monster in His Eyes Series is EPIC. With each turn of the page, you are on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. White knuckles gripping your reading device because you NEED to know what will come next.
Ignazio (Naz) Vitale is not a good man. Ignazio is a tortured soul. Yes, he has sinned. Yes he has done some horrific things in his lifetime. He never set out to fall in love again. Karissa was his target. An eye for an eye. Naz never meant to care for Karissa. He certainly never meant to fall in love with her.
Karissa and Naz have been through a lot. Karissa has managed to forgive Naz for things that he has done and as much as Naz tell her he is not a good man, Karissa vows to see him in a different light. Karissa is not naive. She knows what Naz is capable of. She knows what haunts him in his dreams, what keeps him awake at night. Despite Naz's past, Karissa still loves him and knows that he can be a good man. That there is still good within him, despite seeing the monster in his eyes sometimes.
When Karissa's life is in danger, Naz struggles internally. The monster within in still lives, and it will rear it's ugly head if need be. There are targets on Naz and Karissa's backs as a result of decisions Naz has made. He vows to protect what's his, and he will stop at nothing to protect Karissa.
As we all know, Naz walked away from the "business". But it is ever that easy? Can he just walk away and think that he and Karissa can walk away in the sunset? Things are never that easy. People want Ignazio. He is the best at what he does. But when he declines offers to work for some people, it creates a target on his back. Everyone has a weakness, and people know the one weakness Ignazio has... KARISSA.
Sometimes we think people are our friends, but in Ignazio's line of work, he has no friends. He trusts no one. So when push comes to shove and Karissa's life is once again in danger, can he trust anyone to help him, or will be have to go at this alone.
Target on Our Backs is the third book in this series. I was shocked to see that this was even being released as there was no talk on social media about it, until JM Darhower was like, hey, look at this new cover. Then BAM, I almost fell off my chair. I never want this series to end.
As much as I know that Ignazio is a dangerous man. I, like Karissa, see the good within him. It may be hard to accept the things that he has done, but he isn;t the monster he portrays himself to be. I agree with Karissa, there is definitely a good man beneath that monster that he is portrayed to be.
This was a 5 star read for me. This review was prepared by Heather. An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review and I also purchased a copy on release day.