Sunday, July 14, 2013

Conflict (Control #2) by M. S. Willis Review

Below contains spoilers for Control, which is book 1 in this series.

From GoodReads:

"***Content Warning - This is a new adult fiction with mature themes. It contains graphic sexual situations, mature language and explicit description of sexual violence.***

Conflict is the second book in the Control series. This description contains spoilers for those who have not read book one in the series, entitled Control.

Private Investigator, Paige Stone has always appreciated the independence of her life, however, her world was pitched upside down when she and her roommates were attacked and nearly killed. As a result of the attack by Chris, Paige now finds herself dependent upon Daemon Pierce for a place to live as she hides from Chris. Paige has never lived with a man before and demands that Daemon consider her a "roommate" only, even though it goes against her own desires.

Strong-willed and arrogant, Daemon Pierce has been working hard to protect Paige from Chris and from herself. Letting go of his life as a womanizer, Daemon tries to prove to Paige that she can trust him, even though he refuses to enlighten her as to his past. Daemon struggles to comply with Paige's ridiculous demand to be "roommates" and quickly finds that he has fallen in love with the girl who does nothing but push him away.

Chris is still on the loose and Paige becomes impatient at the amount of time it is taking the authorities to apprehend him. Paige takes it upon herself to hunt Chris down, while still refusing to ask for Daemon's assistance. When Paige discovers a message left by Chris, she devices a plan to locate him while keeping Daemon in the dark as to her plans. Paige's emotional journey once again places her in dangerous situations and when secrets are revealed and decisions are made, Paige has no choice but to look deep within herself to see if she can finally trust the man who will stop at nothing to save her."

My Thoughts:

Conflict starts off 3 weeks after Paige's release from the hospital, after her and her friends were attacked by Chris. As you remember from book 1, she has agreed to move in with Daemon, temporarily, on a "roommates only" policy. I'm sure you can imagine how well that agreement will (not) work out. It is not long before Daemon truly realizes his feelings for Paige, and Paige lets a few more of her walls collapse. She does however, try her hardest to keep him at arms length.. well.. most of the time.

Buddy was almost a backstory in the first book, and a lot of speculation was made about him. Conflict actually digs a lot deeper into Paige and Buddy's relationship. Over time, Paige starts to question the validity of her memories of Buddy, because her dreams are not lining up with her memories. 

"I trusted Buddy for the most part, but he frightened me when he got mad. On the days they made him talk about himself, he acted so differently than the playful boy I knew."

Paige has put Buddy on a pedestal, and always regarded him with such.. infatuation. Buddy is almost an obsession for Paige, something she is not willing to ever let go of. A lot of her life has been based around her feelings for Buddy, and a bunch of her walls were put up because of him.

"Most people grow up and let go of frivolous childhood fantasies, I held on to Buddy's memory like it was the only thing that mattered to me."

Something.. changed.. for me with this book. Daemon, who I have always rooted for (and don't get me wrong, I still root for him), became almost overbearing. While I understand his reasons for wanting to "control" Paige, he was more than overwhelming at times, and I found myself siding with Paige moreso in Conflict than I did in Control.

"I did not teach you what I did just so you could become so guarded, you would allow yourself to be used."

..ooooh the suggestions in that line..

When it has been well over a month, with still no sign of Chris, and one of her friends still in a terrible place, Paige takes it upon herself to conduct her own search. The only thing standing in her way, Daemon. She has to find a way to get around Daemon, and his vow to keep her under lock and key, and figure out a plan. This is the point where I start seriously rooting again for Daemon, because not only does he want to protect her from Chris, he wants to protect her from herself.

"My present position was between a rock and a hard Daemon and I had to come up with some way to assert my autonomy while not stepping on the toes of the man who wanted nothing more but to keep me safe."

Delivering another round of huge twists, and not just the one (most) people are expecting, and another semi-cliffhanger ending, M. S. Willis has left me screaming for book 3!!

Come on September!! 

Conquer, book 3 in the Control Series, will be available September 1, 2013

Favorite Quote:

"You are not weak for having been hurt; rather you are strong for having survived."



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