Author: Stylo Fantôme
Series: Church #2
Release date: November 9, 2018
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from Give Me Books PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A shattered woman.
A changed man.
Church Logan wanted to kill someone, and Emma Hartley wanted to die - they were a match made in hell.
But one little cut, a pint or two of blood, and suddenly everything between them is different.
Are they still destined for greatness? Or has the darkness finally eclipsed them and torn them apart?
Looks like it's time for Church to practice what he preaches.
Ignition, meet explosion.
Sociopaths… What happens when two meet and show an interest in each other? Preach is the second book in the ‘Church Duet’ and continues the story of Emma and Church. If you had hopes they would become less crazy after the ending of Church, think again. This is a Stylo Fantôme story and disturbed people are her specialty… I love this perfectly insane mess.
“Careful, girls, the perfect guy and the perfect kiss come at a high price. How much are you willing to pay?”
At the end of Church, Emma lost her mind and now she’s what she feared the most, institutionalized. Hello group therapy, psychiatrists and fellow ‘victims’, all kinds of things Emma just hates. But luckily Emma’s ‘charming personality’ is still very much present, and it doesn’t take long before she takes control of her situation. Church is still Church; a closed book that sometimes opens a bit. And what you see is not sweet. On their own Emma and Church are bad, but together they’re something entirely different.
“We’ve both spent years training ourselves to bury our deepest desires, and it almost destroyed both of us in different ways. No more, Emma. No more games.”
Emma is one disturbed young lady. I want to hug her the child she was, and tell grownup Emma not all people are that bad… But Emma is Emma. Personally, I think she always has been different from other kids, but her mother ‘fed’ the monster inside her. That Emma meets a guy like Church seems almost too good to be true. Two sociopaths who bring out the best (or the worst, depends on who you ask) in each other. Emma and Church are both so unlike me, their view of the world is so very different. I still wonder if Church is capable of love like normal people, but he’s perfect for Emma.
“I allowed you to see yourself for what you truly are, and I didn’t judge you for it. I rejoiced in it. Your demons and your psychosis and everything in between.”
Preach is the perfect conclusion to Church. Two disturbed young people with their own agenda and plans. Emma and Church are a fitting couple, and what happens throughout the book doesn’t come as a total surprise. I hate Emma’s mom, but Church’s dad earned my respect (never thought I would say that), he finally became a real dad for Church. If you love your romance books sweet and light, stay away from Preach (and Church) as far as you can, but if you’re up for a twisted story…
“You are special, and you’re my church, and I will worship at your altar for as long as you’ll let me. Forever and ever, amen.”