Book InfoHalf The Battle by Elle Thorpe
Series: Saint View Psychos #2
Rating: Book ratings explained
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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At the edge of a cliff, in the pouring rain, the man I once loved attacks me. His fingers tear at my flesh, his breath hot in my ear as he spews venomous words of hate and promises of death.
My only hope is Scythe. The psychopath locked away inside the mind of another. Letting him out will only cause chaos and violence. And yet, I utter his name and free him to save myself.
Scythe is nothing like Vincent. He’s dark. Sarcastic. Sexy. The things he makes me do are wickedly sinful.
Nash and War don’t know what I’ve done. If they knew Scythe’s true identity and the crimes he’s committed, they’d kill him in a heartbeat.
I can’t let that happen. The empire I’m building can’t crumble.
Not when I need it to save my family from the streets. Not when half the battle is keeping my head while my heart is split between three men.
Not when the real killer is still out there, ready to ruin it all.
Half the Battle is an adult #whychoose romance, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This book contains romantic suspense/dark themes that may trigger some readers. It contains a male/male storyline. It is the second book in an ongoing trilogy and cannot be read as a standalone. Book 1 of this series is Start A War.
Half The Battle - My Review
Ooooh! You’re gonna love this one. Actually, that could be my whole review, but you know that once I get started about a good book you’re in for an essay.
Start A War transitions into Half The Battle so seamlessly that if you’re reading them back to back you wouldn’t know where one ended and the next started. It’s the perfect pick-up for the start of the book and introduces the final character in Bliss’ harem, Scythe. Yes, we all know that’s going to happen. The question is whether Nash or Scythe will be the one to make it happen first. Or will they work together? If you’ve read the other Saint View series’ you’ll know that any combination is possible.
Before we get to all that there’s a mass of different plot points to throw Saint View into disarray. Bliss’ mum returns, Vincent disappears, Caleb’s very existence causes drama, War and Scythe get it on (almost), Vincent/Scythe’s mum shows up, and Saint View and Providence come crashing together for Axel’s funeral. Not to mention there’s that mysterious drug dealer that Bliss needs to pay off, sex parties to host, Nash getting his head around how he feels towards the girl he once considered a little sister, and discovering who killed Axel. Yep, this book really is packed.
Sandwiched between the theatrics are some heavy themes. Grief, PTSD, disassociative identity disorder, sexuality and other people’s issues with it, body image, and more. Bliss struggles with keeping Scythe’s secret while everyone else around them believes him to be Vincent, but that’s not the only secret she’s inadvertently keeping. The truths that people are hiding threaten to tear down everything the four (or should that be five?) have been building.
The final few chapters are a masterpiece. You can see the cracks widening and you know what’s coming but you can’t look away. The bricks start falling and the book ends with an epic collapse that will reach every character. Normally I read a book 2 cliffie and still come away with the belief that everything’s going to be alright in the end. This time I just can’t see how everyone will come away unscathed.