There were some parts of this book I enjoyed, but overall it just left me feeling kind of "blech." First off, I hated the icky murder/rapey accusations near the beginning of the book. It did NOT start me with a good feeling about the hero. I get that he had some pretty serious emotional/mental issues, but I could never really move past that in my mind. He seemed to have a genuine sex addiction (Chloe herself calls him an addict, and I would have to agree), yet he gets no treatment for it. He's "cured" by the love of a good woman. Doesn't work that way! The characters fall in insta-lust that was just so unbelievable to me (every look or touch is "lightning bolts" and "sparks"...ugh). I also didn't feel like the characters had depth. I didn't see that Chloe had a personality. She's described almost like an otherworldly creature floating through life. She doesn't have much agency in the book, mostly just reacting to what others around her are doing. As I said, Mike was kind of a icky hero for me. He has heavy issues but doesn't seem to acknowledge or accept that. I've liked flawed heroes before, but they showed some sort of genuine awareness of their problems AND weren't perfectly at peace even at the end. I didn't sense that Mike had really dealt with his addiction, and it also didn't make much sense to me. He was supposedly this crusader for abused women and prostitutes, yet he has a sex addiction and, while he doesn't sleep with prostitutes, he certainly exploits women to feed his addiction. (He admits he manipulates women and knows exactly what to say to get them into bed.) I don't know enough about addiction to say that wouldn't be possible, but on the surface it seems somewhat implausible. Plus, he sleeps with the supposed love of his life yet uses no condom. Yuck! God knows what diseases he's picked up during his years of addictive behavior, even if he hadn't been sleeping around the last few months. Chloe can't get pregnant, but she doesn't really explain that to him--he just goes ahead with it. Seems like if he truly cared about Chloe and had changed his ways, he would certainly have used a condom or not had sex if he didn't have one. Yuck. He wasn't very tender with Chloe. She was entirely inexperienced with men but the first time they have sex is standing up in a shower the same day she was physically assaulted (and nearly raped)! Sounds romantic, eh?
I did like some of the other characters in the book, and some of the plot was unique. I thought the book spent a little too much time in the villain's head--he wasn't that interesting to me--but there were some moments the suspense worked for me. Still, I ended this book partly squicked out and partly bored.