Disclaimer : I got this book from the Publisher, TOJ Publishing. It is my personal opinion and NOT a commissioned one.
Disclaimer 2: Even if the cover suggests otherwise and there are a few adult scenes, but this book is NOT an erotica.
The story begins with a prologue landing me inside the woods along with Marlena’s abductor. His POV is intriguing and a bit confusing. It is apparent that the perpetrator has a love hate relationship with her. But to what extend a reader cannot be sure of. As to why I am starting, my review, with a prologue is because this was the most interesting part of the story.
Marlena is in love Travis. His kind of love is not very difficult to understand. A controller. An obsessive controller with whom Marlena is forced to break of her three year old relationship with and move 180 miles away to start a new life. He not only abuses her physically but even the mental torture is too much.
She gets a new job. Meets a new man, Elias and everything goes good for her till Travis does not return, with a vengeance, back in her life. Not only she has to fight his threats but also the dark suspicious secrets revealing themselves around Elias. Soon Marlena is in a space where she no longer knows how to separate lies from truth.
A very sweet girl who wants to survive in this world. Her lack of family is her downfall, making her latch on to the first available hand of love. But what I liked is that she had the guts to break free of Travis and start a new life for herself.
Is one part of life I don’t wish on anyone. But it exists and fighting it becomes an obsessive chore. As it did with Marlena. More than her love story, it is more about her fighting off Travis. He is everywhere. In her office as the boyfriend of the receptionist, Katie or spying on her using her own web camera.
But, Travis confused me. His mom is killed under suspicious circumstances but it never explains what made him abusive. He is depicted as an obsessive lover but then why would he want Marlena to witness his love scene with Christina? I get it that he is supposed to be slightly unhinged in the mind but I don’t see any pattern that is generally associated with such psychotic characters.
One of the sweetest relationships shown in the story is with that of DJ , her bro. The brother who suddenly returns and after all the old hurts are washed away, he stuck to her through thick and thin. I loved the journey they took to heal old wounds. Very emotionally portrayed.
“My big brother squeezes my hand tightly, and I don’t miss the tears leaking down his cheeks when a few of my own release. He grips my hand tightly as if he’s afraid this moment isn’t real.”
He just won over my heart. But again it brings me to the fact where the hell is the mom in this? If Marlena was estranged from her mom, how did the selfish woman know her daughter’s address?
Marketing Gimmick :)
If Wilson has intended this story to be a pitch for her next one, she has succeeded big time. Anyone who reads this book has to pick up the next book. The characters are very intriguing and each has their own set of goodness and evil. The shades of grey is want makes every character relatable.
A good editing will make this wonderful story just awesome.
1. Words like off guard is written as of guard.
“ Those questions always catch me of guard…..”
2. Then when the bro turns up he says,
“I needed mom would point me in the right direction.”
3. The back story about the abuse meted out to Marlena has been repeated too many times. We saw it when it happened to Marlena and we heard it when she narrated the story to Elias.
“That was my relationship with Travis. We could have ended things a lot sooner, but it was so easy being around each other at first.”
4. And again when she sees Travis for the first time after the break up…
“Travis and I dated for three years , three long years, miserable years. At first I was blind in love, and after that I was just blinded. I finally found the courage to leave after he tossed me down a staircase….."
I am no grammar Nazi but respecting readers is a duty of every writer, especially when it comes to proofreading. :) For it is clear after reading this story, it is not the lack of knowledge of grammar but careless proofing that is scarring this beautiful read.
Would I recommend this book..
If you like a hot, sexy romance.. Why not? But be ready to buy the next one. The story does not end here. Also I am sure since it is an eBook, the author will correct her errors.
Line that stayed with me..
“With the demise of my last relationship, I realized something. No matter how I act, I cannot control the person. If they’re going to cheat, they’ll cheat.”
Divine knowledge !! :D