Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite novels of all-time. There’s something about this tragically beautiful story that draws you into the story, despite being incredibly depressing and frankly, anger-inducing. I’ve read it several times and it still feels magical to me. Is it the writing style? The dark romance? The somewhat taboo nature of the story–especially in the time that it takes place? I’m not sure. Whatever it is, I love it, and just like I’ll read pretty much any adaptation of Beauty and the Beast that I can get my hands on, I’m all for a retelling of this haunting and stunning story.
That’s where K. Webster and Nikki Ash come in.
Now, before I get started into my review, let me tell you that I’m a huge K. Webster fan. She’s a one-click author for me. If she has a new release, I buy it immediately, regardless of the description, because I just love her writing that much–and she hasn’t disappointed me yet! Nikki Ash is a new author for me, but if this book is any indication, I’m sure I would enjoy her writing, as well. 🙂
Here’s a shot of some extremely frank honesty here … I hated Catrina. Seriously. I don’t think she deserved Heath’s undying devotion, especially since she was so self-centered and materialistic and made it quite clear that she wouldn’t be happy with Heath simply because he couldn’t afford to give her the same life she was used to. In fact, reading the first part of this book made me second-guess my love of Wuthering Heights. I knew Cathy was irreparably selfish and no matter how many times I read it, I get angry with her for not somehow managing to be with Heathcliff and find their happily ever after, but something about Catrina … Maybe it was because the authors wrote this book in different POVs, so I was actually able to get inside Catrina’s head and witness what she was thinking during each significant part of her life with Heath and Elliot, so I saw just how ridiculously selfish she truly was. Man, though. This girl was a piece of work. In the words of Harrison, “Whereas Cat is sweet and soft-spoken, her mother was a raging bitch. Reading her journals, I often wondered if maybe the woman had something psychologically wrong with her with as hot and cold as she was.”
On the flip side, while Heath was bearable in his younger years, once he’s older, he’s mean and vindictive and so bitter, it’s palpable. He treats everyone with contempt and has no regard for anyone but himself. He’s misery incarnate and the only way he knows how to deal with it is to lash out at everyone he comes into contact with. There are times when I got so angry with him, I just wanted to strangle him!
One of the unique parts of this novel is it’s told in three generations. Personally, my favorite was the second generation with Cat and Harrison, but each relationship–including the relationships between the family–was written so wonderfully, whether the relationship was good or bad. Even though Catrina drove me nuts, I even thought the relationship between her and Heath was written extremely well.
I loved this book. Like I said, I wasn’t huge on the first part of the book–if only for Catrina’s selfishness and constant back-and-forth attitude–but the second part of the book was incredible. I have such huge crushes on Harrison and Finn–especially Harrison 🙂
I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes dark and angsty romance, or those who loved Wuthering Heights but want something a little spicier 😉 As always, if you read this book, let me know what you think!
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