"Hyde, an Urban Fantasy"
Author: Lauren Stewart
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Source: Review Copy
Published: July 8, 2012 by Off The Hook Publishing
Author's Website: http://www.ReadLaurenS.com
Buy Links: Amazon
To survive, they must embrace what they most despise . . . in themselves and each other.
Mitch Turner is everything women want most in a man—charismatic, successful, drop-dead gorgeous. Except he’s not a man—he’s a monster.
The only way Mitch can protect others from his monstrous side is to stop them from getting too close…that and a 7x7 foot cage. Isolated by his genetic curse, he spends his life hurting people emotionally, driving them away before Hyde can harm them physically. But, after a night of the best sex Mitch has ever had, he realizes that might be impossible. Except the woman he was with claims she doesn’t remember any of it.
Eden Colfax is everything men want most, men other than Mitch, that is. She’s kind, honest to a fault and sickeningly sweet. To rid herself of the monsters that haunted her broken childhood, Eden doesn’t lie, doesn’t curse, and definitely never wakes up naked in strangers’ beds…until the day she does.
Then the flashbacks start—places she’s never been, people she’s never met, blood she’s never spilled. She discovers she’s split into two parts—the woman she thought she knew and another who is capable of anything. And the only person with any answers is the one man she never wants to see again.
What neither of them know is that someone is watching them both, manipulating them, determined to see just how evil the two of them really are. And when the truth begins to seep through the cracks, leaving them nowhere to turn but each other, they will be forced into a partnership neither had expected.
Because in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can’t even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on Earth you should be falling for.
*** This novel is intended for adults only, as it includes lots of cursing, descriptive sex, biting sarcasm, and themes similar to those in Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, from which this story was inspired.
First off, I absolutely LOVE the cover. It fits perfectly with what’s within the book and WOW what a book! I had no idea what to expect and love surprises and that’s just one of the things I got from reading it. It was intense, sensual, exciting, adventurous and mysterious; it will leave you feeling as if YOU’RE about to go all Hyde because you have to wait for book two to release. Lauren Stewart now has a new fan (in the form of little old me), and I recommend this book to EVERYONE, yes, that’s what I said. It was so terrific I feel any reader over 18 would enjoy this book as much, if not even more, than I did. It was an amazing rendition of the age-old tale of Jekyll and Hyde with SO much more :)
Eden is a young very shy, honest, beautiful, smart and resourceful young woman that has a secret that she’s not even fully aware of. Sleepwalking from a young age and then it coming to a stop, only to return again baffles her. What confuses her even more is the why she woke up in a strange mans bed and on his porch various times since their encounter. Not remembering even one detail she finds the courage to approach him and ask for his help to solve the why(s) of her sleepwalking.
Asher is one successful, stubborn, cold hearted and cursed hottie of a man with issues and secrets, from his past and in his present. He’s really a great guy (even though he'll never admit it), well he's only great when his monster does not have the reigns. Never remembering anything when his monster takes over drives him close to a breaking point. Now this woman that’s entered his life brings more questions to the fore front. But he cannot seem to ask them or tell the truth about how he feels. The least he can do is try his best to help the beautiful woman, for now.
I LOVED all of the characters, their antics and just everything about this book. Now to wait… Wait… And wait… Is book 2 out yet? Bring on the Hyde!