Calisto had never been a fan of pain, but he found it provided a certain relief.
It was a high that couldn’t compete with anything else he experienced. That was why he fought bare-knuckled, why he drove fast, despite knowing he might crash, and why he still enjoyed looking at Emma Donati—no matter her current status.
Pain felt good.
He might have been a fool for doing so, but as long as he got what he wanted from it, he didn’t really care.
When he fought, he was given release. When he drove, he was given freedom. When he looked at Emma, he was given memories.
All of them brought a certain level of pain. All three might kill him someday.
Calisto glanced at Emma, taking her in again when she didn’t know he was looking.
He realized then that only one might actually be worth dying for.
Emma kept her gaze on the book in her lap, pretending like there wasn’t an argument going on across the room. She had become terribly good at acting like she didn’t hear.
Calisto watched her out of the corner of his eye while he argued on with Affonso.
She was too focused on Calisto to care about their fight.
His anger. The tightness of his jaw. Searing soul-black eyes.
The two men were not the same. They might have shared blood, but their hearts were entirely different. One man never let her out of his sight when he was nearby. The other acted like she didn’t exist.
This was what it was like, she realized, to be in love with someone she couldn’t have.
Calisto Donati would never be hers.
This wasn’t a fairy tale that would end happily.
They weren’t star-crossed. They were impossible.
Thin Lies didn't really have a shock ending because it covered what I'm sure most readers assumed would happen. Thin Lines however, went there. Normally I don't know where there is, but Bethany Kris clearly does!
Whilst I liked Thin Lies, I thought this book was an improvement and covered more ground. In this book we learn a lot about the characters, things previously assumed as well as new information that was honestly fun.
What I loved about this book was the pacing. As mentioned it covers a longer time period but also the longer time period allows for more things to happen, simultaneously quickening the pace. Emma has had a bit of an unlucky run in her life recently and sadly this book is no exception but thankfully we get to see that she gets to keep a lot of who she is. Emma might be in an arranged marriage but she can and will still make sure her voice is heard and even the voice of others if she believes she can successfully advocate for them. During the first book I would have thought that enduring her marriage to Affonso would be Emma's toughest cross to bear but this book proved that sadly there are worse things. I'm honestly so proud of Emma and I just know that in the final book in this series I'm going to be cheering her on so hard!
Calisto is honestly suffering in this book and as a reader I genuinely felt his pain. A series with such a legitimate reason for the main characters not to be together hurts guys. Emma being married to a member of Calisto's family (that's old enough to be her dad) is a genuine obstacle that we as readers can't even argue with. There's no shouting at the characters for being dumb, just reluctant acceptance that this is the situation that our poor beloved characters have to deal with. I think Calisto took the best approach he could deal with in approaching the situation even though it hurt everyone (including himself) in the situation.
Affonso is a dick to be absolutely honest with you. Not a single redeemable quality to him, things revealed about him in this book were absolutely not surprising as hints had been dropped in the previous book but the lengths that he was willing to go to to try and get what he wants tell me that he's definitely dying a slow and painful death and I absolutely cannot wait.
Also, quick note, does anyone else love the cover as much as I do?
Rating: 4.5 stars