Her elusive past didn’t worry me,
Her heartbreaking scars never made me cringe,
And her haunting demons only made me a stronger man.
But the day Blake Martin was stolen from me,
I was scared to death.
Prepared to do anything necessary to get her back,
Little did I know it just might cost me my life.
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Reviewed by Stephanie
Transparent is the highly anticipated second and final book in the Luminous duet by Erin Noelle. Transparent picks up right where Translucent left off and after that huge ass cliffhanger we were left with at the end of the first book I was dying to know what happened next! Who the hell was in the back of that Limo and OMG what was going to happen to Blake/Bryleigh !
“Get, ready girl. You’re about to become the most important pawn in the biggest mafia war this country has ever seen.”
At the end of Translucent Blake is taken and in Transparent we find out just how far Madden is willing to go to find the woman he loves. Blake wakes up not knowing where the hell she is or what her captor plans to do with her. Once she realizes the past she so desperately tried to leave behind has caught up with her she knows her only chance to escape may end up costing her more then she ever thought possible.
“I don’t want to be scared anymore. I want to be brave. Brave for you. Because I love you. And no matter what happens , I always want you to know that.”
This book started out pretty faced paced and it was full of suspense. We learn more about the messed up world Blake married into, this poor girl. She finally found happiness and she could lose it all before she gets a chance to tell Madden how she really feels about him. We were left with so many questions at the end of Translucent and as this book progressed we got all the answers whether we liked them or not. I really did enjoy this book, my only issue was where I devoured the first book this one lagged a bit in the middle and it took me more time to get through then I would have thought, especially since it wasn’t that long of a book. I admit I skimmed a little, but I am happy to say the last few chapters I was glued to the pages. I cried, I laughed and swooned.
There were some fantastic characters in this book and I have to say I totally fell in love with a fantastic secondary character . Raze was supposed to be this big ass scary villain but I am so glad the author let us see a different side of him. He was my favorite character in the second book.
“My job here is done. I no longer want to be in the life I was born into , I want to be in the life I choose.”
I’m in shock. We all are. Complete fucking shock. Unable to even process the words Marshal Doherty just spoke. Words that shred me to my core.
Lies. It has to be lies. That’s my initial thought, though I know what he says is one-hundred percent true. He has no reason to be dishonest. He’s shown me the articles on his phone. It’s her in the pictures. Looking exactly like she did in the photos inside the hidden envelope in her drawer. Like the one I took and keep in my desk.
“Who?” I ask, finally able to manage words. “Who do you think has her? Honestly.”
The suit-clad man sighs and crosses his arms over his chest, eyeing me with a circumspect hesitation. If he’s smart, he can sense the desperation oozing from my pores, and he realizes how dangerously devoted to finding Blake I am. No one will stop my efforts to find her, especially not after what he just revealed about her unthinkable past.
“The first place we’ll look is Chicago,” he concedes, his voice so low it can barely be heard over the buzz from people around us. “Vincent Ricci has become one of the most powerful underbosses in America over the past few years, and he has made no secret he’s looking for the woman who murdered his son. There’s a pretty price on her head. It may take a couple of days for whoever has her to get her there, but I’ll have my guys working close to him, keeping their ears to the ground. The Italians are known for having flashy, extravagant celebrations when they torture and kill someone they’ve been searching for. A way to show their entire community what will happen to you if you’re ever marked as an enemy of theirs. If he has her, we’ll know soon. They’ll want everyone to know.”
My stomach rolls, threatening to revolt at the images in my mind of where she could be.
Sometimes you reach a point where you just can’t take any more — a breaking point, some call it.
The day I watched my husband murder the woman who was pregnant with his child, my point didn’t just break, it exploded like a full magazine’s worth of hollow points firing through the barrel of a fully-automatic AK-47.
I am no longer his American Princess, nor am I his slave.
Now, I’m a murderer in hiding. My name was Bryleigh Carter Oliveira, and that was my story.
Translucent is one woman’s story of breaking free, starting over, and learning to trust again through willful submission.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child.
A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. Her titles published include the Book Boyfriend Series, the Dusk ‘Til Dawn Series, Translucent, Conspire — co-authored with SE Hall, Surviving Us, MILF: Wrong Kind of Love and Spark.
Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.