Published by Self published on Jul 31, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook from Author
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BECCA TRENT LIVED HER CHILDHOOD NEXT TO A CRUEL WOMAN—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom's role—making Becca's life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca's best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple years later, thing ended up in tragedy.
Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, caught between sanity and nightmares. Between therapy, work and her constantly looming past she can't seem to find room to breathe. The memories of her late step-sister, Lisa, are her closest company.
Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now she's trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve been in a romance mood lately. This book seemed like it would fit the bill nicely while also adding a psychology angle with Becca’s issues.
I found the first part of the book a bit confusing as I tried to figure out who everyone was, and how they all related and fit in. I also had a hard time understanding Dan as the hero since his first impression seemed to be more stalker. As I read further into the story though, it began to suck me in.
I admit that I had a hard time liking the characters. Dan never really recovered from his overprotective, overcontrolling first impression. I still have a hard time rooting for him, even though he obviously loves Becca and would move mountains for her. This was obvious from the start, even if Becca didn’t see it, but I think his overbearing personality is a bit too much for me.
Becca similarly was a hard character to like. She’s very standoffish and allows everyone to steamroll right over her. As more of her story and past was explained though, I began to understand her behaviour more. What she went through would seriously affect anyone, and by the end of the story, I was actually beginning to like and respect her. The steps she took at the very end were very promising, and made me want to cheer for her.
Overall, this is a story I slowly grew to enjoy. It’s really in the latter part of the book that things start to come together. As the first in a duology, this book is only half of the story. I like the direction things are headed, and can’t wait to see how Becca’s story ends.
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