Blood spilled turns crystalline water red. These red waters are avoided by the lucky ones. Others are forced into the tainted liquid, and to make a choice. Drown… or fight. After what Yury has done to me, I may lack the will to survive. But I have to try. Link needs me to find my way back to him. Whitney Summers, having learned painful truths about her past, is out for revenge. She wants the man who killed both her brother and her first love to suffer. But the man she hunts is part of a world that can destroy her. This is Whit’s story…
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
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Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. That’s what I was telling myself when I finished this book. This is the shortest, deepest, most intense story I’ve ever read.
Deep, raw, heavy, dark, emotional books are nothing new to me. They seem to be the books I really gravitate to. They make you feel. This book is what I would classify as a novella. A novella y’all – that left me feeling so, unsure.
Without completely giving the book away, I’ve never felt so unsure, sorry, pity, for the protagonist before. Ever. This is weird. I’m beyond blown away with the fact she was able to pull those feelings out of me. Her writing, details, descriptions, and downright nitty gritty moments drag you into the story. Each one of these things are the reason I feel this way.
This stories detail is ugly man. It’s descriptive. It’s the type of detail you don’t really want to keep reading but you know you have to. You know you will be missing the entire point of the story, the characters, everything the author has poured into this story if you don’t keep reading. It’s the type of detail you force yourself to push through because you know that somewhere, some way, there will be a lesson in these words.
I love this ladies’ writing style. I love her characters. I love the brokenness that occurs. I love the beauty that comes from the scars.
Should you read this story? Yes, but not before you’ve read books one and two. Let me warn you, have something happy to pour yourself into. Have a friend or spouse available to love on. Have someone there. You’ll need them so that you can decompress and then you’ll love India again. Enjoy!
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
India is either hiding away and writing in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, in a studio writing and recording songs for the Forever series, in yoga trying to find her Zen (that keeps escaping her), walking down an old dirt road (no joke), outdoors with her dogs and family (because to live without the sun is a crime), in a coffee shop talking books, or floating in a lake (when the weather permits). She thinks reading books is the answer to all problems (and having a glass of red wine is a fabulous second solution). She loves to chat with readers because she says they are brilliant and most passionate. Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. Her fictional stories have shadows of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.” Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations. Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.