Title: 'Til Death: Volume One
Series: 'Til Death #1
Author: Bella Jewel
Release Date: November 25, 2014
They say there's a fine line between love and hate.
I married a douchebag.
I didn't know it at the time.
He came in like a handsome stranger and blew me off my feet.
I fell madly in love, like the naive girl I am.
Then he left me high and dry.
Turns out, I was nothing more than a business plan for billionaire playboy, Marcus Tandem.
He needed to be married in order to obtain his grandfathers business, and I was the poor victim in his path.
I believed in what we had, until the truth reared its ugly head.
I never meant anything to Marcus. Not a damned thing.
With my world spinning on its axis, the girl I once was has long since died.
Instead he left me as this empty, emotionless shell.
I may have made a vow before God to love and cherish him ‘Til Death do we part, but it’s time for me to give back to Marcus, exactly what he gave me.
He has to pay.
And pay he will.
*This is part of a two book series and it will contain a HEA – Readers over 18+
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This book - oh, wow, where do I begin? I was intrigued by the premise because it's a Bella Jewel book, how could you not be? But then the Prologue had me a bit worried because it sounded so dark and dark stories worry me. Sometimes I like them, sometimes I don't. It all depends on how they are handled by the author. And now I feel silly for worrying because I should have known that, with this author, it is going to be masterful. She just has a way of taking even the touchiest of subjects and weaving it into one heck of an incredible story. Once I got past the Prologue and really delved into the story, I was hooked. And all I can say is - wow. Just... wow.
I won't go into plot points here because I don't want to ruin it for anyone else, but the things poor Katia has to deal with in her marriage to Marcus just made me feel so bad for her. She was so truly in love with Marcus and he really put her through the ringer with his treatment of her. Sometimes, I just wanted to reach through the book and shake her; sometimes, I wanted to throw my reader against the wall (okay, maybe a soft cushion) in frustration at her. But most times, I just wanted to put my hand on her shoulder and comfort her. Because I've been there; loving someone so much, giving my all to them, only to realize that they didn't love me back the same way. It's brutal and it's heart-wrenching and it just plain hurts, and the author managed to wring all those emotions from me again reading Katia's story.
Oh, Marcus, you're gorgeous and sexy and all alpha male, but sometimes, I just wanted to strangle you for not appreciating what you have in a wife. The scene near the end with them - absolutely brutal. I really wanted to kill him then and I have no idea how - or even if - he can ever redeem himself with Katia. I hope part two reveals what made him such a bastard. Maybe then, I can begin to forgive him for how he treated his wife, but it's going to take a lot to get me there. I can't imagine how this is going to play out in part two, but I can't wait to find out!
Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.