Tuesday Teaser/Opener - Hyde

This week, I'm reading Hyde: an Urban Fantasy by Lauren Stewart. This isn't a retelling of the Jekyll and Hyde story but it is inspired by it. Not the standard fairy tale retelling that I normally go for, but who could resist that cover? I was surprised by how much I'm enjoying this.

Mitchell Turner is everything women want most in a man — he's charismatic, successful, and undeniably gorgeous. But he's not a man — he's a monster. By venting his rage 24/7, Mitch keeps people out of the danger zone that surrounds him. But, after the most incredible night of his life, he realizes that might not be possible. Except the woman he wakes up with claims she doesn't remember any of it. And that kind of thing can make a guy insecure.

Eden Colfax is kind, loyal, honest to a fault, and cavity-inducing sweet. To rid herself of the monsters that haunted her broken childhood, Eden doesn't lie, doesn't curse, and definitely never wakes up naked in strangers' beds...until the day she does. Then the flashbacks start — places she's never been, people she's never met, blood she's never spilled. And the only person with any answers is a man she never wants to see again.

What they don't know is that someone is manipulating them, determined to find out exactly what they're capable of. And when the truth leaves them nothing to hold onto, they will be forced into a partnership neither expected. Or wanted.

But in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can't even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on earth you should be falling for.

Opening: (Prologue)
  He woke up to the screaming. His mom's. Different this time. More fearful. More frantic. he ran to the door and threw it open. His sister barred his way somehow knowing what he planned to do.
  "Move, Shelly!"
  "No, Mitch," she said, her eyes wide. "Don't. Don't go in there. It'll kill you."

Reality television was a sure-fire escape from reality. Those people were crazier than she'd ever be.

Would you continue?

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  1. Interesting premise -- and I like the teaser and opener. Not sure I'm going to add this to my list, but hope you like it.

  2. I definitely like the cover - very symbolic. And I think this sounds good. Will keep it in mind.

  3. The cover is terrific. I don't think it's one that I would read though.

  4. Ooh I love the sound of this and the way they play with the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde-trope! I'll have to check it out because it sounds like it could beautifully suspenseful! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
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  5. I'm intrigued! You had me with the description, but the teasers have definitely whet my appetite. I will have to add this one to my wish list. I'm really curious about Mitchell and Eden and the direction the author will take this story.

  6. Not my usual read, but the excerpts were fascinating. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  7. Love the cover! I'm not sure this is a book I would enjoy. Too dark. But the opening definitely draws me in.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

  8. Well that's an opening and a half - what will kill him?

  9. You're right about that cover. The opening paragraph is very effective too. They both make me want to find out more.