Angst, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Six Feet Under | Mad Love Duet by Whitney Barbetti

SIX FEET UNDERSix wasn’t the hero I needed.

But he was the man I wanted.

And it was my selfish craving, the desire to own him, that would be our undoing. 

No one tells you that love is a disease. An infection that tears your heart apart, leaving you half the person you were before. A malady that leaves open wounds. An invisible disorder tracing scars in the places you couldn’t see if you weren’t looking for them. 

I was sick, but love didn’t heal me.

Instead, it festered in my marrow, and drove me to unforgivable mistakes. 

Six was my first mistake, but he wouldn’t be the last.

4.5 stars

Romance | New Adult | Contemporary | Angst

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Forward PR & Whitney for providing the copy***

I am a huge glutton for punishment – seriously, the angsty feels down to the emotional tugged at my guts are completely shattering my soul at this point. Ugh the feels. Still reeling. That ending (holy gush me more), all the middle bits down to the beginning of ‘holy fuck nuggets’ what did I get myself into is all I can think to myself right now. 

I may or may not have collected myself enough to provide legitimate non-rambling review, so lets see where we go with this; panic attack has officially subsided and my twitching fingers are not so shaky. 

Lets see, where to start – Six Feet Under is a bundle of sorts within a love story. One that I think is both scary, crippling, toxic yet beautifully romantic. Between the dramatic ups and downs between Mira’s battling addiction, not just substance but her own mind with the additive of romance blooming with Six. All consuming is the thought that comes to my mind. It is hands down a rollarcoaster love story that delivers.

Six is  so many things wrapped into one ball of man meat, most importantly he is seemingly level headed. Understanding. Disturbingly Patient. He accepts the challenge that is Mira, taking her full force to help them survive as a unit. It was hard to get a clear picture of how Six really was throughout; every inch the reader was given it was like it doubled backwards in mystery. Handsome, no doubt and possessive. Secrets to boot, I wish I could see inside his head. Complete mystery. It was as though even as the potential (or rather visible) hero he was completely evasive, almost non-existent. 

On the other hand however, there was Mira. I loved yet hated her. Pernicious is the best one word description I can apply to Mira and it holds so much value. Being in Mira’s head constantly was earth shattering; I was conflicted, mortified, scared, sad and more over I was exhausted. She had so many antics that were beyond infuriating. Mira was a complete enigma to me, I had the urge to reach out and grab her, hold her then to shake her silly to bring some sense into the unhinged mess of a mind that is Mira. The moment of understanding the empathy I felt towards Mira was overwhelming. I wanted to dislike her, I wanted to yell at her for being selfish and yet I wanted to reach out, save her myself.

Between the push and pull of issues on both characters was fascinating. I how Six handled Mira in a lot of ways was both needed yet threading a thin line of complete control, which again isn’t to say it wasn’t entirely warranted. I loved their connection, their angst, how they handled each other. Each struggle was a step forward while each terrifying escalating moment to realizing their true feelings was breath taking to endure. I want more. 

Bottom line, I hated to love it; not because anything was in the least bit horrible, but because holy crap, I do believe my palms are sweating, goosebumps running down my arms and the chills on my spine are unmistakable. Phenomenal. Downright cryptically delicious, page after page I absorbed the characters, not stopping until the end. I screamed, I swooned, I cried, cringed – hell it gutted me. It was beautiful, I cannot wait to dive head first into Pieces of Eight and I know it is going to be even more heavy on the emotional whirlwind…

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