I've never been super interested in the bad guy (not to be confused with bad boy) and good girl storylines, but A POUND OF FLESH was an epic love story that transcends the stereotypes and makes you believe in fate.
Inmate #081056 has been a very, very bad boy. Labeled his whole life as a menace to society, Wes Carter is finally about to be paroled from his literal prison when he meets prison teacher Kat Lane. Kat is haunted by the brutal death of her father in front of her when she was just a child, and she's spurred on by her promise to him to help those dregs of society who have been given up on. When Carter realizes that he's met Kat before, once, and that the singular memory of her has haunted his every moment since, it lays him out flat. Neither of them understand their raw, immediate and all-consuming obsession…NEED…for one another, but despite the myriad of obstacles against them, Kat and Carter will fight with everything they are to be together.
Hooo-lee shit. This book is INSANELY fantastic. The writing is spectacular, the plot phenomenal, the sex electric…but it's the raw emotional power that Ms. Jackson pulls from her characters that is the real star. This bad dude criminal, behind bars for a crime he copped to but didn't commit, paying back his pound of flesh, his debt to his cousin, finds himself head over heels for the daughter of a slain senator who's devoted her life to helping those that others have given up on. She, in turn, becomes utterly and completely obsessed with the same kind of person who killed her daddy in front of her 16 years ago. Their Romeo and Juliet-ish storyline is, sadly, fascinating enough, but when you start adding in the derision from her mother and friends and the deviousness of his own family and friends, it makes their utter unwavering commitment to each other even more fascinating. A POUND OF FLESH was such a seductively erotic read from Kat and Carter's first meeting until the last page. Witness:
Never had he been so insane for a woman.
He wanted all of her at once. Every part of her. He wanted to make her his. Mark her. Come in her. Come on her. He wanted to fuck her, to lick her, to feast on her. He wanted her panting, moaning, coming, and loud. He wanted her fast, hard, soft, and gentle. He wanted her above him, below him, in front of him, and at his side.
Ugh, sooooo sexy!! Their chemistry, even in the PRISON CLASSROOM was off the charts gorgeous, but even more stunning was Kat's absolute certainty that Carter would protect her with his life and that he'd never, ever harm her despite his scandalous past and hard-ass reputation. The two of them fairly oozed sensual hunger that made my head spin and libido soar. This book is a MUST READ for anyone who loves romance in all of its beautiful, dirty, sensual, ugly and blissful forms.
Bottom Line: This is my pick for one of the best books of the year. It was raw and emotional and sexy and sensual and playful and heated and aggressive and absolutely brilliant. I'm foaming at the mouth for more by this wildly talented author.