Blog Tour: Monster by Francette Phal
Accidental Gold digger.
Circumstance forced Eden Mercer to sell herself to Dominic Armstrong for half a million dollars and in return she is to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to him completely behind closed doors.
Dominic is Ruthless, manipulative and sadistic but Eden is determined not to break under his cruelty. But how does one persevere when in the clutches of a Monster?
Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.
Eden and Dominic had a deal. She wanted his money. He wanted her looks and sex. So the logical move for them was marriage. The deal is simple. She gets access to all of his millions and he gets sex when and how he wants it.
Dominic is cruel and sadistic. Eden is a fool to think that she can continue to endure his ways much longer, especially considering she is pregnant.
Eden is a smart one. Dominic always took her for granted. That ruled in his favor. Eden was able to save and plan her escape.
Eden has left Dominic. Started a new life. Found a job she loved and was good at.
Dominic will stop at nothing to find his Eden. She is his. She belongs to him. He will make sure to find her and make her return to where she belongs.
Obviously, he finds her. He takes away everything she has, down to her money in the bank and her job. He has made it so she will come running back to him.
No matter what Dominic throws at her, no matter what he takes, Eden is dead-set she will not return to him. She wants out. She wants a divorce. She wants what she should have fought for a long time ago... Freedom.
Of coarse, things don't go as planned for either of them. Dominic has seen a new side to Eden. He has also found a part of him he didn't know could exist through his son. He slowly learns how to love instead of rule. Dominic's new found feelings have opened his eyes to a new Eden... Well an Eden he was never able to see. She is strong and independent. And mostly, she really doesn't care about his money nor does she want it. He is forced to see her as a woman, not his belonging.
Eden can't accept this new Dominic. The only Dominic she has ever known was cruel and vile. This new Dominic shows sincerity. He shows compassion. He possesses her in a whole different way. But she wants out. She knows it will only be a matter of time before he switches back to his old ways. It's only a matter of time before he not only hurts her again but also their son.
This story ripped my heart out. It is full of ups and downs. There is always something endearing about redeeming oneself. Francette has done a wonderful job at showing both characters in such vivid detail, that one cannot love this book! The only thing stopping this from a 5-star rating from me was emotion. Yes, I felt a lot of it. However, there were parts where I was ready for a good old, ugly cry. But I just couldn't get there. I am a tough cookie to crack, what can I say?