Abby has been through hell and has survived one of the most brutal childhoods imaginable…barely.
To the outside world she is 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 rival her own.
Two broken souls that can’t be healed. They can’t be saved.
Abby & Jake have to decide if they can accept the darkness not only within one another, but within themselves.
If they can accept each other for who they really are, they might be able to learn that love isn’t always found in the light.
Caution: This is not your typical romance. The story of Abby & Jake contains disturbing situations, graphic violence, sex, strong language, drug use, and all types of abuse.
I can’t really say if I am a fan of Ms. Frazier quite yet. I think that I am getting there though. After reading ‘King’ & then ‘Tyrant’ I wanted to read something light but in the end I ended up reading this book.
This book isn’t for the faint of heart. I will be adding spoilers at the end of my review for those who want to really know the mind fuckery of this book.
4 Broken Soul to Broken Soul Stars.
Jake Dunn was forced to leave home at a young age. When your own father tries to kill you then you don’t really have a lot of choice. He finds a certain pleasure in his job as a killer.
“I wish it’d been you,” he said, softer this time. “Dad, you’re drunk. You don’t mean that.” “Yes, I do. I just tried to fucking kill you, Jake, and in all honesty I wish I had.”
Jake has very few expectations in life.
I expected nothing, until the night I met a certain redhead with an attitude. The night I met Abby Ford, my life changed forever.
Abby Ford has walked through the valley of the shadow of death and although broken in some parts she survived her parent’s abuse. After foster care she moved to her Nan’s. Who was her saving grace that is until she was in a freak accident. Trying to dodge child protection services she has a run in with Jake Dunn, a first for Abby is that something in her begins to stir. She doesn’t like to be touched but that is understandable as soon as you find out why.
I enjoyed their interaction and how it first started out between the both of them. And that they are cautious around one another. They grow closer they tell one another their secrets, slowly but surely. There is a connection but their relationship progresses slowly there is no instalove.
Since Jake leaving home he has been filled with loneliness, silence and hollowness.
“I like the way you make the silence bearable.”
They are two people that become whole they complement each other. What they have is real, gritty and full of flaws.
“We were just us, broken and bruised, fucked-up and messy, and together we were everything we never thought we could be.”
Jake leaves to take care of business where the unthinkable happens to Abby and with the Fletcher’s owning the town and previous experiences I wouldn’t trust in the system either. Jake betrays Abby. It would have been better to just shoot her.
“You doubt me. I let my walls down with you. I showed you how much you meant to me. I told you things that I’ve never told anyone else.” My voice cracked. “I showed you my scars.”
And what the fuck does he do? He fucking leaves.
Out of all the heartache, pain and despair Abby gains something beautiful. Four years later Jake comes back into town. In Abby’s time of need Frank Dunn, Jake’s dad helps her out.
Jake finds out about Georgia and well that was one of the shining moments in the book.
All in all I can only say that this book is beautiful in its own way. But it isn’t for everyone.
Once again Ms. Frazier has shocked me again, I mean that in the most positive way. One of the very few authors that manages to get the drop on me. I find her unpredictability to be a real asset.
The author has the talent to make the main characters in the book likeable and creates an intricate web of human behaviour, morals that makes you sit up and really take notice of what they are reading.
Life is full of choices that all bear consequences.