Broken (Beautiful Monsters #3) by Jex Lane
Vampire. Incubus. Demigod. Weapon.
Matthew has many names, but none as distressing as pet. A slave to incubus High King Malarath, Matthew is tired. Tired of fighting. Tired of losing those he loves. Tired of the torture. And, in his despair, his body begins to decay around him.
The High King, angered that his pet is dying, brings in the one person who might be able to fix Matthew: High Lord General Tarrick.
While all trust Matthew had in the general is gone, maybe there is hope in the situation. All Matthew needs to do is start acting like an incubus and put on a show.
You would think after Captive and Sire, Jex would give Matthew a break. Apparently, Jex likes to not only torture Matthew, but her readers as well. Her first two books took me to the edge, but didn’t cross any boundaries. Just when I thought I could handle Jex's brand of torture, she goes and pushes my boundaries further than I thought I could handle. Everyone has their breaking point, mine was Broken. The torture Matthew endured at the hands of Malarath was indescribable. It made me mentally and physically cringe. Certain parts had me setting the book down and walking away.
With other books, this level of discomfort would usually end in me unable to finish the book, but not this one. Broken crossed all my boundaries, yet I found myself sucked in and wanting more. It was then I realized that Jex made me care for Matthew. Having strong feelings for a fictional character can be dangerous at times, especially, when said character seems to find himself being tortured all the time. Her words hold a magic that made me run back to the book to find out what happens to not only Matthew, but to the rest of her characters.
Captive left me with a love/hate relationship with Tarrick. I mean, he fucking tortured Matthew. Not at the level that Malarath takes it, but let’s be honest, is there a level of torture that can be considered redeemable? I am still processing my feelings about Tarrick, so I don’t have an answer. With that said, Tarrick is called in to help with Matthew when Malarath and Prescott realize he is dying. Tarrick left me unsure, yet at the same time, hopeful. At one point, you can see he treats Matthew as only a vampire. An opponent, not an equal. Then there are times I caught glimpses of what I thought may have been feelings of adoration and possibly love. I got a feeling that Tarrick may have carried feelings for Matthew all along, but for some reason, he holds himself back. I am so confused. Maybe I am reading too much in to this book and the relationships of Jex’s characters.
Jex is a wizard. Or is it a witch? Anyway, her words have a way of creating these feelings within you that make you crave what is coming. Good, bad, and ugly.
Broken is incredible. Jex’s imagination and storytelling is fantastic. She made me cringe, swoon, laugh, and cry. I suffered all the emotions and I loved every minute of it. You could say I have become obsessed. Unfortunately, my obsession has been put on hold until the release of Blood Prince: Beautiful Monsters, Volume IX.