Tight by Alessandra TorreTight by Alessandra Torre
Published February 2015
Genres: Dark Romance
five-stars
Format: eBook
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I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single, thirty-two year old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence.

I also hadn't got laid in three years. Hadn't been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and wearing makeup... a while ago.

Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants. He flipped my quiet life upside down and crawled into a place in my heart I thought was dead.

The issue is his secret.
The issue is her.
The issue is that I don't even know she exists, and he thinks she's dead.
The issue is that shit is about to hit the fan and I can't hold on to him tight enough.

Riley Johnson is a well-behaved small-town girl from Florida who gave in to a one-night-stand during her friend’s bachelorette party in Jamaica. But the man she let into her bed that night – Brett Jacobs – is mesmerized by her, and determined to make this more than a cheap one-night-stand. Riley’s inital doubts about his motives fade with every day and night they spend together and with every weekend trip they make.

But as their relationship progresses, Brett’s strange behaviour leads Riley to become more and more suspicious. Is Brett really who he pretends to be? Where does he get all his money from? Is he involved in the drug business, or even worse than that?

What I loved about this book:

  • Great suspense up until the end
  • Quite a dark read with a grim tone which makes it an unusually refreshing read

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Nothing, if not the similarities with a book with a similar book called Tears Of Tess

Please note that this book contains quite a few graphic descriptions that might displease the faint-hearted. Tight is not a summer feel-good read but a dark, angsty and suspenseful romance.

“My hardest day was not the first time I was raped. Or when I spent unknown hours handcuffed in my own defecation. Or when I was whipped. My hardest day was that one, when I lost my teeth. For of them, molars taken out with a tool that looked like expensive pliers.”

Alessandra Torre has a gift: the gift of writing extremely unconventional stories that will keep the readers on their toes from beginning to end. At the back of the book, Alessandra tells us that when she started this book, she was trying to write a simple book, without her usual psycho twists in it. But her genius mind got the better of it.

The writing was just perfect: the perfect blend of description and storytelling that will make you feel like you’re really living the story. We get to experience everything first-hand through a 1st person POV alternating between Riley, Brett and Kitten. And Kitten’s POV is what’s really going to bring a twist into the story because her identity is not revealed until the end and leaves the reader speculating about her (and her nameless captor!) all along.

There is always that doubt about who Brett really is, and if he’s only playing Riley. Because on some accounts, he really acts mysteriously, yet the few POV scenes we get from him don’t really add up with that. And what is it about Kitten? All of that turned Tight into a total pageturner. On the one hand, Tight felt very similar to Tears of Tess (because it deals with the same subjects, and holds the same dark undertone), but on the other it was just the theme that held similarities and not the actual plot.

“One helpful site provided the Top 10 Places Where Drug-Related Crime is Most Likely to Occur. We, in the last six months of “romantic” getaways, had hit seven spots.”

And really, if a book has a great storyline, a plot that keeps me on my toes, and characters that raise the bar (even though Riley’s pseudo-naive haven’t-been-plowed-in-years country-girl attitude was a bit OTT), the it can only be good. But Tight only got better by delivering a good deal of steamy scenes, which were highly appreciated!

I had no idea what Tight would be about when I started reading it. Alessandra Torre is just on auto-buy for me, and you will have guessed from my review, it’s adventure and a total unexpected mindfuck waiting to happen as soon you immerse yourself into one of her books.

If you’re not afraid of reading something out of the ordinary, something twisted and gut-wrenchingly raw – well then Alessandra Torre is the best thing that could happen to you.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars