Book InfoPretty Little Killer by AJ Merlin
Series: Pretty Obsessions #2
Rating: Book ratings explained
Genres: Dark Romance, New Adult Romance, Psychological Fiction
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I should’ve forced myself to forget both of them exist.
Not crave for them to find me again.
Yet as soon as my plane touches down in St. Augustine three days before the start of the spring semester, my sweetest nightmares are waiting for me, reminding me of all of the reasons I can’t stop thinking about why I let myself fall prey to their affections in the first place..
I’ve convinced myself that I need to end this before I’m the one with a knife in my stomach; that Oliver and Rook are the worst kind of people and certainly not capable of love.
Until the unthinkable happens, leaving me broken, devastated, and questioning all of my recent choices. Suddenly I can’t tell what’s right or wrong anymore, and their darkness beckons to all of my broken edges, promising me something I can’t find outside of their embrace.
But once I give into the wickedness they offer, I’ll never be able to go back to who I was.
And that’s exactly what they want.
Pretty Little Killer is the second book of the Pretty Obsessions trilogy. It includes MMF, MFM, MM, and mature content. To see a full list of possible triggers, use the look inside feature of the book.
Pretty Little Killer - My Review
Just like its predecessor, Pretty Little Killer is a whole vibe and one I’ve been eagerly awaiting. All those things I loved about Pretty Little Tease, they’re back for book 2 but this one’s hotter still.
Following the winter break, Blair returns to St Augustine but the situation has shifted slightly. Juniper and Oliver trying to play nice, Rook works on convincing her to take another semester of photography classes with him, and Blair is convinced she needs to break up with her two serial killer boyfriends… All nice and normal. For serial killer smut, anyway. In the meantime, Oliver and Rook try to convince her to move in with them but fail to realise quite how serious they need to be for Blair to take them, well, seriously. It’s all pretty lighthearted despite the murderous undertones.
Then the story shifts and Blair is attacked by another professor. There’s no glossing over the event in this book; Blair’s every reaction and emotion is exposed. There’s no break as she’s discovered by her art history professor, nor as her misplaced guilt surfaces when Rook sits with her. Every painful moment is detailed as she’s attended to by paramedics and transported to the hospital, through the examination, and as Oliver and Rook sit with her.
In the weeks after the attack Blair’s mindset shifts. No longer is she caught up in the thought that she can’t be in a relationship with two serial killers, and instead she believes that something in her must be broken as she can now identify with that side of them. Even when reading the first book in the Pretty Obsessions series, I suspected it would only be a matter of time before Blair began the murderous descent to Rook and Oliver’s level. The way in which it happened wasn’t terribly surprising, nor how her potential sidekick and mentor dealt with the situation. In fact, it fitted perfectly with what we’ve seen of them so far. I enjoyed knowing that the MMCs were a little unhinged and waiting for Blair to join them before they really let loose.
When I started the series it was billed as a duet. Since reading the first book AJ Merlin has sneakily slipped a third book into the lineup and I’m here for it. Book two could easily have been an ending but instead, it hangs. There’s no cliffhanger, no danger or peril to drag you back into book three, but it’s set up so perfectly for more that I don’t want to wait. I want to see Blair in full-on psycho-killer mode and the hot things Oliver and Rook will do with her when she’s like that.