I was young enough not to understand that my life was different. Colin became the one person that I could count on to protect me. He suffered for the both of us by carrying the burden of our secret.Buy the Book •
We were the lucky few that got a chance to start over. A fake family, a new home and a pretty little life built on lies. But while our lives continued to intertwine, we were put on very different paths. Now it was only a matter of time before they collide and the beast behind the beauty is exposed.
To say this was a highly anticipated book to read for me is a huge understatement. I stalked Teresa's Facebook for a month straight. I chewed over each teaser like it was a damn lifeline. I counted down the days for Christ sake. I felt like a stalker at times, but I HAD to get my hands on this book. I NEEDED to read it.
Was it everything I hoped for? Sort of
Did it have me glued to my seat reading like a mad woman? Um. Duh.
Then why isn’t this a 5 star?
Let me break it down for you, starting with the not so awesome. I think the teasers mislead me a bit. Yes, they were steamy, and perfect. What the book lacked was the consistency of that steaminess that the teasers gave off. I found that most of the best parts were revealed in the teaser posts. Which made me sad.
I was also bummed by the pacing of the story. Pacing is a huge thing for me. I talk about it a lot in my reviews. Is the love rushed?
Does it come out of nowhere?
Why did I read 70% of a book to not get a romantic interaction until now?
All of the above are examples of issues I have with pacing. Those are not related to this book, but just general examples of the frustration I get when I read. It’s a hard thing to perfect, and some stories flow so organically that the pacing of the plot is fluid.
For me, I lacked that fluid response when reading the first half of this story. I felt that everything was rushed. As the plot progressed, and their backstory came to the surface I almost felt cheated at the interactions the characters had with each other. I didn’t understand how they could interact one way in their past, but be almost “annoyed” with each other in the first half of the book. Basically the relationship aspect had me all confused for quite a while. Also Jacob? I’m still confused over the entire interaction with Jacob, and how he fit into this story. I know, I know. Put the pitch forks down. I’m not an idiot. I understand what role he plays in this trifecta, but the whole “triangle” or “non-triangle” or wait…was it a “square?” I don’t know. I just wish all of that was more clear. It felt like massive parts of the story were missing.
I almost wish there was a prequel or novella to this. The backstory that was slowly revealed throughout was perfection. I had NO idea that the “secret” life Colin, and Annie lived previously was going to be what it was. That’s was a fantastic surprise that was never hinted at until I began the book.
So ONTO THE AWESOME…
The entire plot line with Taylor was so thrilling. I wish it was explored more. I felt like I was reading 3 books at once, and I didn’t hate it one bit. I refuse to give away, what was for me a welcomed surprise in the story, but Taylor is vile. His interaction with Annie, and particularly Colin was riveting. I loved piecing together the mystery as I read.
Once Colin, and Annie admitted their feelings I was swept into a whirlwind. I loved how they were with each other. I wanted to experience more with them. The simple touches or gestures they shared was magnetic.
Also the ending couldn’t have been more perfect. It was unexpected, and so masterfully crafted. I needed that ending.
Overall, this read may have not lived up to the hype I gave it. My expectations were for something totally different than what I got. However, what I got was awesome. My best suggestion is not to get wrapped into the teasers. Read the book, then go enjoy all those steamy gifs, and hot words whispered. I think you’ll truly enjoy the mystery that comes with this story. I know I enjoyed reading every nail biting moment.
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(This bio is not to be taken seriously under any circumstance.)
Teresa Mummert is an army wife and mother whose passion in life is writing. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling novels White Trash Beautiful and Suicide Note. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived a small town life before following her husband’s military career to Louisiana and Georgia. Check out her website for samples and updates! TeresaMummert.com”