My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
The beginning of this book had me.
Its gripping intro proposed an intense storyline filled with a mystery that would surround darker issues. While the dark topics were present, they merely served as a backdrop for an otherwise ‘fluffy’ story. The inconsistent plot, although somewhat intriguing, unfortunately never seemed to reach its full potential.
We’re initially introduced to our heroine, Kami, who suffers a crippling anxiety derived from a grotesquely abusive childhood. Her tragic past was revealed through flashbacks, and was painful to witness. She deems herself ‘unlovable’ and has remained emotionally scarred and unattached for years.
Blaine was an immediate attraction for
me Kami. Sexy, strong, mysterious–and battling demons of his own. I loved their initial flirtatious banter and was excited to see things play out. Blaine was patient, understanding, and just a perfect source of security for Kami. Almost too perfect. This is where the story began to lose me…
Kami and Blaine’s complex relationship, although extremely sexy, rode an emotional roller coaster for the entirety of this story. While Kami’s reluctance to let her guard down was warranted, the scenarios began to play on repeat and completely swallowed up the plot. The ending presented more intensity, but some of it seemed slightly over-the-top.
The writing had its moments of brilliance and truly thrived during the reflective narration. The character dialogue was natural and blunt, giving off a slight KA vibe at times. Blaine would randomly and frequently come out with these Confucius-like pep talks—which was both astounding and bewildering.
Although this story didn’t entirely work for me, I did appreciate and respect its powerful message against domestic abuse and felt that it was handled tactfully, but with vigor.
▪ Genre/Category: Contemporary Romance
▪ Steam Caliber: Extremely steamy
▪ Romance: Complex and shaky. Instant connection.
▪ Characters: Sexy, sweet hero. Broken, abused, and guarded heroine.
▪ Plot: Inconsistent. Emotional love story with darker elements. *Domestic abuse involved*
▪ Writing: Natural. Insightful moments.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Alternating Dual Perspectives
▪ Cliffhanger: None