Beautiful Inferno by Abby Gale
Released: August 28, 2018
Genre: Dark Taboo Romance
Publisher: Abby Gale
Reviewed by Keyrsten
Those things should've stopped me from wanting her.
*Warning: This book is taboo and contains dark themes. Some may deem it forbidden. It's not for everyone. It has triggers for some readers.*
This is the type of taboo romance that goes against everything you are taught, but yet you continue to excuse the taboo because you understand the darkness that went into creating this love. Abby stepped out of the norm with this one and wasn't afraid to touch on a love that most would deem morally unacceptable and wrong. When I read the twist in Zeke's Prologue I swear my jaw hit the floor. I was unsure how I would feel while reading this type of taboo, but I pride myself on giving everything a chance and not yucking anyone's yum. I'm glad I gave it a chance and didn't shy away from the story.
Zeke and Maya grew up being each other's everything. They were each other's steady rock in the shit storm of what life had dealt them. The hands they were dealt required them to grow up fast and tested their strength. When you are surrounded by darkness and suffering, you tend to hold on tight to the little light you have. Maya was Zeke's light, as Zeke was Maya's light. There comes a point where Zeke leaves, hoping that in his absence Maya will be able to lead a normal life. He trusted in her strength to get herself through life without him, and he would be there for her if she needed him. Maya fights tooth and nail for 2 years to prove she can handle what Zeke left her with, but everyone has their breaking points. Sometimes we need to fall to pieces before we can be made whole again.
We were like a match and gasoline together, destined to explode brining everything down to ashes.
There were a couple turning points at the end of the book that I wish we could have seen more of. A lot of time passes and there are a lot of keep plot climaxes during that time that I felt were a little brushed over. Instead of being able to watch these occurrences unfold we are told after the fact what happened. I feel like the story could have gut punched you in the feelings so much more if we would have been able to see the time at the club unfold, see the time in Florence unfold, and see how the decision to go that route was formed. I think it would have added another facet to the story that would have just solidified Zeke and Maya's relationship even more.
It's dark. It's wrong. It's broken. Yet ... it's right. This is the type of taboo that you know you should be disgusted by, but you can't help but understand it and root for it to work out. It kind of gave me a Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews vibe. You're given something that you should deem inherently wrong, but you understand the circumstances that lead down that road. Sometimes the path to paradise begins in hell.
Rating: 4 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addict with slight wino tendencies.