It’s a mini review! I’m clearing out my review queue of all the books I can’t seem to convince myself to finish, for one reason or another. That doesn’t mean these are negative reviews, it simply means that something isn’t compelling me to keep reading at the moment. Maybe I’ll go back to them another day, maybe I won’t!
How far did I get? 130 pages, which is 33% of the way into this nearly 400-page book.
Why did I stop? The vibe wasn’t for me. I’ve heard great things about the author and this had very high ratings, so I decided to check it out. I can see why she is so popular! This book is in the middle of a series, and I got a feel for what the other stories were like. It’s quieter and heavier than anticipated, with a heroine who has gone through hell. I was very much looking forward to the roommates situation, and that was not a major feature in the portion I read.
Was I enjoying it initially? Yes and no. I could tell right away that the vibe might not be up my alley, but I was enjoying the characters and the unique plot a lot. The hero is a great guy who is fighting his own demons, and our heroine has gone through A LOT in the past. That just made things very, very heavy at times, and I could tell that the caretaker/personal growth aspects would be a big part of the book going forward. Suspense too, I assume, as it seemed to be building up to that.
Would I finish this? I can see myself going back to this if my reading preferences continue to evolve, which I’m sure they will. I’ve read a lot of suspense in the past but got burned out on it awhile back, so this is a direction I could see myself heading in the future. It might be too heavy and quiet for me though, so that would be an issue. But there was nothing significant holding me back from enjoying the storyline.
Who would I recommend this to? Suspense lovers, anyone who enjoys a story of healing and a heroine finding her strength. Softer, slow burn lovers. Small town romance fans.
With Sebastian York and Ava Erickson as narrators, you really can’t go wrong. That was one of the major draws for me with the audio version, and they both give great performances. It’s dual narration, and we spend a lot of time in the heroine’s headspace. The slow burn works well for a workday listen, and there was no steam in the portion I read. I would highly recommend the audio if you give the book a try.
My family tried to break me. But, somehow, I made it out alive, even though the wounds from that survival are forever carved into my bones. Now, my only wish is for…normal. To know what it’s like to have friends, a job, a home.
The last thing I want is for my new roommate to see the scars I’m so desperate to keep hidden, especially not the ruggedly handsome man who steals my breath and sends my heart into overdrive.
But something tells me that Beckett has demons, too. I see it in the shadows haunting his gorgeous eyes and the way he looks at me with gentle understanding.
As our unlikely friendship becomes so much more, forces from my life slink out of the shadows. And we could both lose everything we’ve fought so hard for—down to our very last breaths…
About the Author:
Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.
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