EL SANTO BLOG TOUR
FROM USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. ROBINSON
5 Written in the Stars CROWNS
M. Robinson is another author that gets it when it comes to anti-heroes, consistently making me fall in love with bad men and violent criminals. Plus, I always enjoy the emotional angst and drama that her story-lines provide, and El Santo is just another example of each of the aforementioned attributes.
Damien is a man forced into evil and into committing atrocious acts in order to survive and save himself. However, as the novel progresses, these attributes become a part of who he is, slowly changing the young man in the beginning of the novel to the cold-hearted killer as the novel progresses. The act that stimulates the beginning of his evolution as a character is not only hard to witness, but it allows the reader to see a glimpse of young man readers want him to be as well as the killer they will come to know. It also serves as a moment of self-realization that only serves to further convince him of his lack of goodness, ultimately affecting his relationship with Amira. The dichotomy of his character only continues to grow from here, as we get to see his heart when he is with Amira and Rosario, but we also get to see the dangerous and lethal side of him, giving readers that hero we have come to expect and love from this author.
Just like Damien is the hero readers have come to expect from the author, so Amira is the heroine we have come to need, a woman, although young, who can challenge and be equal to the dominant and often hard hero of the story. Amira as suffered considerable loss, which ultimately shapes who she becomes as she ages. What readers find, though, is that with each passing year, she has not only made a new home, but she has found happiness among the sadness and horror that plagued her. She maintains the core essence of who she is, and she wants to share that with the people she loves. As she ages, though, she begins to develop a level of fearlessness in her interactions with Damien, causing readers to respect her and, for a time, forget the youth that she is. Readers will ultimately enjoy her character because of her bravery, her courage, and her resiliency.
El Santo is book one in the series, but don’t be scared by the prospect of a cliff-hanger. While the story does end in the middle of the narrative between Damien and Amira, it ends in a way that leaves me feeling good with waiting for book two, due to release in January. This story sets everything up. M. Robinson spends this time developing these characters, giving readers a complete understanding of what motivates them. She also spends time creating their relationship, moving them from caretaker to more. She gets readers to invest in them as a couple, makes us empathize with what happens to them individually and as a pair as the novel progresses. With book one, she has effectively sucked me into this evil and dangerous world, and, although she left my heart a bit tattered and bruised at the end, she will put it back together in book two after putting readers through another round of heart shattering angst.
El Santo is another must read from M. Robinson. I cannot get enough of these age-gap forbidden romances with the dark and twisted plots. I am always enraptured by her stories, and although it often hurts my heart to read them, M. Robinson never disappoints in the end, making my anticipation for book 2 that much stronger.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.