BOOK REVIEW: Disastrous by E.L. Montes

After struggling with the loss of yet another person so dear to her heart, Mia Sullivan, transforms her frustration and loneliness, into focusing on her future career. As the top of her class at Harvard Law, she’s nervous and excited, when given the opportunity of a summer extern position at one of the top firms in Boston. Her new boss is young, extraordinarily handsome, and the successful, Marcus DeLuca. Slowly she begins to fall for him, but as she caves in to his charms, she begins to discover he is keeping something from her.

Marcus DeLuca is living two lives: one that involves his successful career and the other that could potentially ruin his entire reputation. Every day is a stressful and hectic environment with his busy schedule. His secret could jeopardize not only his life but everyone he loves.That’s why he has no extra room for a serious, romantic relationship, but after meeting Mia he cannot resist her. She is innocent, humble, and pure, the total opposite of him. She distracts him from all of his deep, dark secrets. He knows once Mia finds out the things he has done and who he truly is, she will never want to look at him again. Deep down he knows he must stay away but he can’t.

Mia and Marcus are heading down a path of love, lies, heart break and betrayal. Can their love conquer all or will it end?


“With him I’m not just me, I’m his.”

A wonderful first book by a bright new author, this is the against-all-odds love story of Mia and Marcus, and the train-wreck that surrounds their sizzling romance.

Mia is a brilliant young woman with no family in the world. She finds it hard to trust people as those she loves and who love her tend to disappear from her life one way or another. Her losses have made her so scared to let people into her heart that she now prefers to be a quiet achiever, somewhat of a loner, counting her roommate as her only real friend. When offered to work as an extern at one of the top law firms in Boston, Mia knows she is being given the opportunity of a lifetime, never even imagining that the firm’s owner, Marcus DeLuca, would also steal her fragile little heart and never give it back.

“After losing two important men in my life, I built a wall, not allowing anyone in. Once Marcus stepped into my life, that wall slowly crumbled. Finally I’d found a man that I could trust.”

Marcus is handsome, successful, powerful, the ultimate catch. Everything in his life appears to be perfect. But under all those appearances, Marcus is a deeply troubled and lonely man who is in desperate need of a life-boat. His ‘salvation’ comes in the form of a young extern who catches his eye in a dark night-club and makes him fall head over heals in love with one simple smile. This is a scorching-hot but truly intense and intoxicating romance between a woman who is afraid to love and a man who is desperate to love.

“Being with Marcus DeLuca was draining, frustrating, confusing, and extraordinary all at the same time.”

What begins as an irresistible physical connection, very quickly develops into an equally emotional one. Marcus is the kind of man you’d want to take home to meet your mum. He is kind, gentle, honest, deeply devoted, and yet an animal in the bedroom who always puts his woman first. He loves Mia with all his heart and soul and with such desperation that I was breathless and choked up too many times to count. Marcus lives a very complicated life, an ugly part of which he frantically fights to keep Mia out of, but ugliness has a way of tainting even the purest of things and their young relationship is constantly dragged through one mess after another. Their love for another is tested relentlessly, making their story an emotional roller-coaster of epic proportions.

“That’s what love is … It’s scary not knowing what’s expected … but I know it’ll be the best frightening love we’ve ever had … I’m not perfect, Mia. And our relationship may not be perfect to you, but it is to me.”

But Mia is no passive participant in the drama that surrounds them. She is a strong and outspoken heroine that knows what she wants and is not afraid to express it. Her feelings for Marcus are just as strong as his are for her but she never loses her mind over it, acting courageously and always in their best interest, regardless of the heartbreak. She is a heroine you’d want to emulate, not slap around for her senseless decisions.

“F*ck you! You want to know who I am, Marcus. Well here it goes! I am temperamental, over-sensitive, and outspoken. I’m honest! I cry at stupid love movies, and I’m a sucker for a romantic novel. I don’t allow people to walk all over me, I have trust issues, and I have insecurities. I’ve slept with four men in my entire life! And the one thing I don’t do is take sh*t from men who try to act like they’re better than me as if they don’t have any hidden skeletons! I’m not keeping sh*t hidden, how ‘bout you? You can f*ck off. I’ll find my own way home. Have a nice f*cking life!”

Ms Montes has given us two characters we feel incredibly protective of. We feel their pain and sorrow, we are deeply affected by their highs and lows, we hate the things that try to pull them apart and we root for their happy ending like mad cheerleaders on crack. I feel that there is so much these two need to sort our before they can even dream of a HEA as their dynamic is so inherently unhealthy at times, fluctuating from one extreme reaction to another. Their coping mechanisms when life becomes a bit hairy are questionable and possibly dangerous if they are to have a functional and happy relationship in the end. Sex is often used as a ‘solution’ rather than a way of connecting, offering them a way of sweeping issues under the rug rather than facing them. All this undoubtedly added to the overall angst of the story but it in no way gave us a picture-perfect romance to dream about. I wish more time was spent on developing their emotional connection, giving us better foundations for trusting the intensity of it rather than just the numerous references to the irresistible physical attributes of the characters. I sometimes felt a bit overwhelmed by the amount of details we were given about inconsequential things but this in no way took away from what is quite a unique and recognisable writing style.

This story will have a sequel and I cannot wait to find out what happens next. If you’re looking for a beautiful but angst-filled love story, flaming hot lovin’, suspense and mystery, something you won’t want to put down, then this is the book for you.




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