The Danger You Know by Lily White

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— BLURB —

You’ll judge me.
Hate me and tell me I’m wrong.
Refuse to see how my darkness is what she needs.

While I don’t particularly care about your feelings in the matter, and while I pursue her despite the wedding bells that rang for another, only I can see how she is drowning beneath mediocrity.

How many times must I remind her?
It can’t matter that I am the person who ruined her life.

The man who killed her father.
The constant shadow that watches her sleep.
The lover who prefers dirty alleyways to freshly laundered sheets

She’s mine. Always has been.
I’m the worst thing for her, yet I’m the only salvation she knows.

He had his chance to make her happy.
He failed.
He didn’t see how she was dying inside because he couldn’t know her.
Not like I know her.

I am her stalker.
Her protector.
And the only man that can bring her back to life.

** This book contains sensitive subject matter.

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— MY REVIEW —

I was not expecting that! Wtf!?! What had I signed up for? Just.. ugh.. fuuuuck!

Bloody good stuff! 👏 BLOODY. 👏 GOOD. 👏 STUFF!

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I’ve never read anything quite like it. It’s a unique, masterfully written romance that’s so deeply twisty that you never see what’s coming until it smacks you in the face. It’s downright sinful but oh so enthralling!

It’s only been a couple days since I finished it and I’m still trying to wrap my brain around what I had just read. I’m consistently reading romance books these days, and a lot of it’s some dark stuff but I don’t think I’ve come across a stalker romance (until now that is) — and lucky me my first one happened to be… *singsong voice* faaaaaabulous! 😊😍

Lily White was a new-to-me author but damn… if all her books had the same high quality world-building, character development and story line that holds up from start to finish like this one, then I can’t wait to read more of her work!

White set the tone and atmosphere right off the bat with an eerie, mysterious introduction of her main protagonists. Written in first person dual POVs, and told as if the character is conversing with the reader rather than just telling their story to be read afterwards — which made it all the more engaging, in my opinion.

The character growth and development was impressive to say the least. They were well executed — I can’t fault the way these characters have evolved over the span of the book. I should mention that Ari and Adeline’s story spans throughout several years. Starting from when Adeline was a teenager all the way to her twenties (around ten.. or almost ten years), and throughout that time you see how much Ari’s stalker tendencies (and I’m putting that mildly) have dramatically increased, whilst Adeline’s young, carefree adolescents slowly takes a back seat to adulthood.

Adeline is a unique character with an equally unique life that you get to discover in this book. It’s crazy, it’s hectic, and not at all how I imagined it could be like when I first discovered what makes her different.

You’ll see complications and consequences with each decision made (or should I say, not made?) by these characters. The what-ifs and secrets. Honestly, it’s like down the rabbit hole, you go!

“She doesn’t need a hero to swoop in and save her, she needs a villain who drags out the hero she has within herself.”

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I thought I was perfectly content with having just Ari and Adeline be the entire focus, but White adding a secondary character — and a friend, no less into the mix heightened my excitement for this story to unravel and added another side to Ari and Adeline’s behaviors that we probably would not have seen if it wasn’t for this character bringing it out in them. I won’t spoil it for you guys by mentioning their name, but I just want to put it out there that they were probably my fave character from the entire book! 😜 Not only were they a solid addition, a voice of reason, but they were also the comedic relief I didn’t know this book needed. The chemistry this friend has with Ari is too adorable and entertaining for words. I end up grinning at the thought of their interactions. I almost wished this book wasn’t a standalone just in the hopes of seeing this particular side character have their own book, but even though that’s wishful thinking, their appearance in this one was nevertheless satisfying.

I love a gritty, grey character who has trouble written all over them, but what makes these guys stand out just a smidge more from the crowd is their intelligence behind the darkness. These characters are smart, and calculating, and seem to always be two steps ahead of everyone else despite the anxiousness you feel when reading what they’re about to do next (and wondering if it’ll all turn to shit). Eeep.

As I said earlier, you don’t see what’s coming in this story until it’s right there in front of you. I can usually predict some things ahead of time when reading, but this one had me stumped. I was sure things were heading a particular direction just for me to be taken aback by it going a completely different route.

Plot twists! Plot twists! Plot twists!

“I have no plans to let her go. I’m not the hero in our story. Never have been. And you need to remember that.”

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Although a lot of things happen in the story, it was never overwhelmingly too much. It was a very well thought-out plot, with great pacing — and White ensuring things connected, had reason behind it, and wrapped up when needed. I always get a little weary with standalones because I almost always reach the end of the book with questions still left unanswered — that, or new ones pop up. But not in this case. Woohoo! Trust me, this one will leave you in happy contentment! 😊

But I should warn you that this book is graphic, and may trigger some readers with its content. There’s violence, abuse, drug use, and profanity. There are scenes in this that can be quite in your face horrific, not to mention some questionable actions taken. It’s definitely not for readers underage. Please be aware.

If you do take the plunge and read The Danger You Know (and I highly recommend you do) — you will be taken on such a roller coaster ride of epic emotional proportions. There is so much angst, drama, and heartbreak in it. So much push-and-pull, and hate-to-love.. and back to hate again that you’ll be second guessing your character loyalties at some point. Such an enjoyable read. It’ll keep you on your toes! 😉

“Even the ugliest of stories can be beautiful, and ours has been fucked from the beginning.”

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RATING: ♥♥♥♥.5/5

Thank you to Lily White and The Next Step PR for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review! 💙

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— The Danger You Know by Lily White —

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Release Date: April 22

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Lily White

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Lily White is a bestselling author who likes to dabble on the dark side of romance. She is most known for her Masters Series, Target This, Wishing Well, and The Five. 

When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, and Because of Ellison (contemporary romance). 

Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

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Hope you enjoyed this review. Happy reading and as always, catch you in my next one! XoBlog_Sign_Off

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