What To Read Wednesday is a weekly feature at Fiction Vixen. Each Wednesday one of the Fiction Vixen reviewers will tell you about a book they’ve recently read that they think you need to read too. This week, Angela recommends:
Wrong Ways Down by Stacia Kane
I have extreme, mad love for Terrible from Stacia Kane’s Downside series. He’s a drug dealer’s enforcer, a very violent man and the ultimate anti-hero who has a deep passionate love for his Chessiebomb. Wrong Ways Down is a novella (although it reads more like a full length novel) set between books one and two and told absolutely, completely from Terrible’s POV.
There’s a mystery to be solved in Downside and it’s up to Terrible to figure out the connection between a dead man and the rapes of some of Bump’s working girls. As much as I loved Terrible before this novella, I have a new appreciation now for how his mind works, how he views himself and a better understanding of his past and the relationship he has with Bump. And his love for Chess. I’ve always adored the way he loves Chess, but seeing her through his eyes was almost like a revelation. It’s so beautiful and really quite sweet. He has this need to be with her and it’s so lovely when he finally realizes that he has fallen in love.
Because every other book in this series is told from Chess’s POV, we’ve always seen her self doubt and insecurities, but now it’s obvious that Terrible has the same issues with his self esteem. Where Chess deals with her problems by staying high, Terrible uses violence as a crutch. I’m now positive these two are meant to be together. I came away with the feeling that they make each other feel like a better version of themselves when they are together and just maybe they will overcome the odds because they want to be together so badly.
After I finished Wrong Ways Down I had the urge to immediately go back and do a reread of the entire series. I loved being back in Downside and am once again counting down the days until the next release,
But Chess laughed and looked at him like she weren’t so unhappy anymore. Made him feel like a hero, and he’d never been a hero. He was the villain. He was the dude who beat people for money cause he liked it and killed em if he had to, and it ain’t bothered him a bit doing it. And that made him the bad guy. He could live with that. He were right up with that; just the way it was, the way he was.
But when he was with Chess he wasn’t the bad guy no more. He was the one keeping her safe, making her smile. He still wasn’t good enough for her, but he were better than he’d ever been. That mattered.