Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Warning: This is not your typical romance. The story of Abby & Jake contains disturbing situations, graphic violence, sex, rape, strong language, drug use, and all types of abuse.

Abby has been through hell and has survived one of the most brutal childhoods imaginable…barely.

To the outside world she's just a loner with an attitude.

When her grandmother dies in a tragic explosion, Abby is left with questions-and nothing else.

Homeless, sleeping in a junkyard, and on the run from a system that has failed her over and over again, she meets Jake, a tattooed blue-eyed biker with secrets that will rival her own.

Two broken souls that can't be healed. They can't be saved.

Abby & Jake must reveal to one another their most guarded secrets and discover if they can embrace the darkness those secrets hold-and the darkness within themselves.

If they can accept one another for who they really are, they might be able to learn that love isn’t always found in the light.

*stand alone novel, HEA in a twisted kind of way, no cliffhangers, no sequel

Paperback258 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Booktrope Publishing
Source: Purchased

Our Review--

I LOVED THIS NOVEL. LOVED IT. The writing was fantastic. The words, Courtney, the words. I could gush lots. The story was compelling and I had lots of OH MY SHIT! moments. I'm betting that Courtney cried maybe once?!!! 

You know what? I didn't! It's a miracle right! But *mumbles* I came really close. Even though I didn't ugly cry...it was still an incredibly emotional story. I mean, look, Shelley is even using shouty caps! WHAT! That's right. The writing was immediately enthralling and this is a DEBUT NOVEL! WHAT! Yeah. I thought that too. It is a ridiculously well written story that sneaks up on you without you even knowing what hit you. And now I'm shouty caps'ing you...so basically you need to read this book! 

I love Jake and Abby. They're both so dark and unapologetic for their darkness. Jake is grappling with some bad stuff but if it were a contest, he'd lose. Abby had some major fucked up shit happen to her in this novel. I gasped at some scenes..and really, I don't do that. I'm not going to say I was shocked but I was hurt, pained, distraught, freakin' angry beyond belief..livid, really at some of the horrors she lived through. So, yeah, I love these two when they are together. They are raw and hard and vulnerable all at the same time. Good stuff. 

Girl couldn't catch a break. At all. It was insane the things that happened to her. But I never felt pity. I never felt sorry for her. She made her reality for herself. And you just knew if she was thinking something was too good to be true...it probably was. Abby's journey is raw, emotional and shocking. It is difficult to read, but so amazingly well written that I could not look away. I read it so fast, it was ridic. 

I can see why this wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea but I've been leaning towards darker things lately and this had a nice balance of dark, light, and pretty, honest, and raw prose. I enjoyed every single word of this novel. Every word. I have HUGE, MAD LOVE for this writer and I'm not ashamed to say that I'll snap up every thing she writes. I loved it that much. What a storyteller. I think I have a new crush...

I am with you on this new girl crush. THIS is another perfect example of why we love to read. THIS, sure is very dark and twisty and OH MY GAH did that really just happen....but it is so real. It is much more real to life than some of the dark things we've read. Life isn't all sunshine and rainbows, but reading about the people who look for the sunshine anyways...makes me cry while writing a review thinking about them. How's that for a revelation? 

Shelley: 5 stars

Courtney: 5 Stars


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