This is one of my very favorite "meets". What the hell am I talking about, you ask? When the lead female and male "meet". Their first encounter, the spark that ignites the entire story. This one was one of the funniest, most original I have ever read. Their initial reactions to each other and the situation they create, perfect! I loved it..
The connection to both characters was easy, not forced and being able to get glimpses from both via their POV's helped create the bond. Texts, banter and a love/hate friendship was so fun to watch unfold. Some of their situations that would typically having me squirming with embarrassment, instead had me cracking the hell up and had me wanting for more. This book is one of those that once you start reading...you don't put the book down until the unfortunate words "the end". Even at that point you want more.
I have read and enjoyed every book Ms. Keeland has written but lately they just seem...more. Heart, angst, heartache, love, sadness, joy and friendships that are so real they resonate deeper. Every story she tells delves a little deeper in to the dark depths of my blackened heart..lol! I loved this story. Broken people that carry the weight of guilt and responsibility but have enough empathy, likeness and understanding that they are drawn to each other.
"That's no being afraid. Being afraid is when you let fear control your life, let it stop you from doing what you want. When you're afraid, but you look your fear in the eye and live, that's courageous."
And there it was again. That invisible connection I'd felt to him since the first night we met.
As always I have to start this review with a confession of sorts...it took me a minute to get into this book..why, you ask? The first 3-5% I wasn't sure who was who...who was bad...good...female...male, or who was the POV at the time. I would see the name at the top of the page and think it was their POV but it wasn't it was describing them. Took me a minute...is this something I am proud of? Hell no..but I am so glad I didn't stop reading and kept going, because this journey through darkness is not to be missed.
Ms. Shen writes dark, gritty, violent tales like nobodies business. The broken battered leads shine through with a gentleness and light that is hard to capture in the underworld these people live in. Yet she does it with such ease that you forget the surroundings and allow them straight into your heart. Nate is amazing..he is tough, tortured, poetic, loyal, smoking hot and when he loves he does it hard! Having no one he has settled into a life he doesn't want, believe in or get anything out of. Until he meets his more.
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Prescott is a survivor. She doesn't let anyone or anything take away who she is. Even when she is forced to live through hell...she comes out stronger. What she wants more than anything in life is to make the people that tried to make her less...pay. She has a one track agenda that includes payback and finding her brother. Until she meets a different future.
This story is dark, twisted, filled with "wtf" moments, and righting the wrongs that were done to people that didn't deserve to be in the path of destruction...Love, hate, and two broken people that share a bond that can't be ignored. LOVED IT!