Marked Part 1: The Missing Link by J.M. Sevilla
Marked. Part I: The missing Link
Warning: This book contains violence, excessive language, and strong sexual content. It's intended to be read by mature audiences.
Part one of a two part series.
There are three things Lily Evans immediately notices about her new neighbor, Jay Lincoln. The first is his monstrous size, the second is the malicious way he glares at her, and thirdly, but most importantly, the three scars that mark his right eye. She knows the smart thing to do is stay away, but she has never met or seen anyone like him. The more time she spends with this frightening yet captivating man, the harder it becomes. He can make her hairs stand on end but he also has a sweetness to him that tugs at her heart. Soon she finds herself merged into his world full of murder, revenge, and deceit.
After reading Beginnings and loving it I thought I would check out some of the authors other works. I am so glad I did! The Missing Link was hot and intense and phew! Sure there were times when it seemed a little over the top, but I didn't care. Now to get this review written so I can continue on!
When the story opens Lily is this weak, timid girl. She just got away from her boyfriend of two years after he beat her up. It is Christmas and her mom makes her go ask the neighbor if he wants to join them for diner since she saw he was just going to be eating Taco Bell by himself. When she goes over there I kept having to remind myself how old she was (22). She seemed way younger and like she would break so easily.
Jay can be a bit intimidating if he wants to be. He has scars and is big and bulky and grumpy. He does not seem like someone you want to mess with. When Lily comes to his door he doesn't seem happy. He scares her, but intrigues her at the same time. There is something about him.
Slowly Lily weasels her way into his life. He is very adamant about not wanting a friend or anything else, but she just keeps showing up and getting him to spend time with her. It is obvious he does like her, but for some reason he keeps trying to push her away once he realizes he started to let her in some. He was so sweet with Lily it was just wonderful. He helped her and protected her and made her feel safe when she needed it. She really had a lot of not so good things happen to her, and Jay is so good for her. Even though Jay tries to keep her away he still tries to keep her safe as well. They were so cute together!
When you find out who Jay is and his life story you understand why he doesn't want her in his world. She, however, doesn't care. She loves him no matter what. She sees him, something no one else has ever done. She knows he is a good person inside. She knows he would never hurt her and would do whatever he can to keep her safe. The last part of the book you get thrown into his world and it was a bit intense at times. Yes, sometimes it felt a little fake to me, like is this what it would really be like? But then again I have no idea. I didn't care either. By the end of the book Lily had definitely transformed into this strong woman. It was nice to see her be able to deal with everything that came at her, especially after seeing her so week and powerless at the beginning. By the end she is just amazing and it was just like yes, they really do belong together.
Overall I loved the story. There were rough parts, and intense parts, and super hot parts, and sweet parts, and all kinds of parts. Loved Jay and Lily together. They are so perfect for each other and I just loved Jay! On to part 2!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★