I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wrong Ways Down by Stacia Kane
Series: Downside Ghosts #1.5
Published by Stacia Kane on August 6th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
It’s a thin line between right and wrong. It’s an even thinner one between wrong and dead…
Terrible has always been on the wrong side of the law, living up to the only name anyone ever gave him. As the chief enforcer for Downside’s most powerful criminal, it’s his job to collect debts and protection money by any means necessary. And he’s very good at his job.
But part of that job is also to keep Bump’s various employees safe. So when a street dealer is found dead and a prostitute is brutally attacked, Terrible immediately starts using his fists to hunt down the ones responsible.
He’s determined to find and destroy them. They’re determined to use his desire for the woman he secretly loves to break him.
FINALLY! The much awaited novella told through Terrible’s POV is here and it’s right up, aye!
Fair warning the Downside slang is very heavy in Wrong Ways Down but it’s to be expected since it’s Terrible’s POV. It’s not a fast read. Even though I’ve listened and read all the books, I found myself having to re-read few times to get the meaning. But it was worth it. I can’t imagine how hard it was for Stacia Kane to write from Terrible’s POV with the very dense slang.
Terrible is working a case be himself. Someone is attacking Bump’s street gals and killed one of his dealers. Rumors are flying that it’s ghosts but Bump’s thinking it’s Slobag. Terrible’s not sure which is true and part of he would like it to be ghosts so that he can call Chess up and work with her.
But the natural of the attacks on the whores makes Terrible think twice on involving Chess cause of her childhood. So he keeps her out of it. But don’t worry, we get to see Chess a little. The best apart is seeing what Terrible thinks and feels about Chess. There are tons of swoon worthy parts where Terrible is thinking about Chess and what she means to him.
Wrong Ways Down is set between book 1, Unholy Ghosts and book 2, Unholy Magic. But I recommend you reading all of the series so you get the full impact of Terrible’s feelings for Chess. Plus you will have more knowledge on the slang.
If you’ve read the series you know that Chess has her own problem with self-hate, thinking she’s not good enough. Not worthy of Terrible. We get to see that Terrible has the same feelings when it comes to himself about Chess.
But just like always, having her in the car made him feel better. No matter who he was or how he looked. Chess was willing to ride around with him, be seen with him. Spend her time with him. That was pretty fucking cool.
But when he was with Chess he wasn’t the bad guy no more. He was the one keeping her safe, making her smile. He still wasn’t good enough for her, but he were better than he’d ever been. That mattered.
I loved that we get to see the world through Terrible eyes while he’s thinking of Chess. And even when he is wailing on people. Chess uses her pills to deal with things from her pass and Terrible uses is fists in the same way. These two characters could not be more prefect for each other. And it’s sad and sweet at the same time that Terrible realizes he loves Chess and that it means he is in trouble. Which makes later events in other books break my heart even more. (sigh). Reading this novella has me craving a re-read of the series.
Wrong Ways Down is a MUST read for Downside fans, dig!
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).