Series: Dante Walker #2
Publisher: Entangled Teen on August 27, 2013
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Bad boy, meet bad girl.
Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.
When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.
With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.
“Music from the party throbs and echoes off the basement walls. I’m not sure how I got here, and I’m certain I don’t know how Charlie ended up on the other side of the room with Guy In Touch With His Emotions. Raising a bottle to my lips, I watch as the guy uncrosses his long legs and recrosses them. His tampon must be killing him.”
“‘Want to stay here while you sober up?’ Charlie askes, taking my hand. ‘Girl, I told you, I’m–‘ ‘Stone cold soober.’ She rolls her eyes. ‘Right.’ I form my hands into guns and fire them off in her direction. ‘Smart girl.’ She shakes her head. ‘Drunk boy.'”
Favorite Character: Dante.
“Real men don’t cross their legs.”
My Musings: The Liberator is a book that I’ve been waiting and waiting for since the first one. When I was accepted for the blog tour, there was definitely some giggling and squealing going on.
The Liberator follows Dante on his first assignment as a Liberator. I really enjoyed seeing Dante struggle to find his ‘good’ side, especially because he thought he was all demon. There was some nice digging deep and letting go.
“It’s painfully early as I cruise through Aspen’s gate and head up the drive, but I’ve got to catch this girl before she heads off to school. After killing the engine and striding up her walkway, I stop and admire myself in the glass door. Looking mighty fine, if I do say so myself: red v-neck, dark denim, designer combat boots, and enough testosterone rolling off me to satisfy Nicki Minaj. Pow!”
Dante is a phenomenal character, and definitely one of my favorite book boys. He has a sarcastic wit that defines him as a character. He had me cracking up within the first two sentences. I absolutely adored Dante’s voice. Usually I don’t really like reading from a guy’s point of view for the whole novel, but Dante is definitely the exception.
“‘Why don’t you calm down, D-Dub. I know your menstruating, but everything’s going to be fine. Once we get inside, I’ll explain all about maxi pads, personal hygiene, and the feel of a man’s penis.’ Aspen grabs our bags from the trunk and heads toward double arched oak doors.”
Aspen is the new character of the book–Dante’s charge. Her and Dante are literally two peas in a pod. They act the same, they talk the same. She really was a great character who fit in fantastically with everyone else in their little ‘group’. Even her and Charlie. They had a great friendship and bond that I did not see coming! I also loved Aspen and Dante’s relationship. I was worried about a love triangle, but I can assure you it’s anything but that. They’re friends. They’re almost siblings. But they help each other to work through their inner demons and to heal. In a way the Charlie can’t help him. It was endearing, and we see more sweet Dante.
“‘Charlie?’ ‘Do what you think is right, and don’t worry about anything else,’ she says. I squeeze my eyes shut against the sound of her voice. It’s so sure, so soothing. I don’t want to be away from the sound of her voice. I don’t want to be away from her. Charlie is my happily ever after.”
I also loved the other characters. Charlie wasn’t as big in this book as in the last one, but she was definitely there! At first I was disappointed because they were being separated. And believe me I was not liking that! Dante and Charlie are the personification of opposites attract. And they are so freaking cute it’s unreal.
Val was just as witty and sarcastic as always. I really love her character because she kind of reminds me of a female Dante as well.
“‘Morning hot stuff,’ a distinctly male voice says from behind me. I whip around, my heart racing, and find Max sitting in a chair across the room. ‘You look so hot when you first wake up.’ He raises a hand to his hair. ‘Got that whole sexy bedhead thing going on.'”
Max was as playful and fun as always. He definitely could lighten the mood if anything got too serious.
The plot continued to thicken in this installment. We came to see why exactly Aspen was so important, and came to a VERY startling realization that changed just about everything. It just…it was packed with important stuff! But the way that it ended…oh my goodness I need the next one!
The Liberator exceeded my expectations. A novel full of wit, hilarity, and of course some action between good and evil, The Liberator is definitely a book to die for. If you haven’t read The Collector, you really really should. I had high hopes, and it completely surpassed them.
1 signed copy of THE LIBERATOR and a signed copy of TWILIGHT, international.