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Elastic Heart

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  126 reviews
What do you do when the man who raped you has the entire police force in his pocket? When you’re called a slut, a whore, and a liar?

You get your own justice.

My name is Nami DeGrace, and six months ago I was a normal college student. I was volunteering on the campaign of a man I believed in, a man I thought to be good and noble. Then one night that man forced himself on me
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Published February 25th 2016 by Trendlettrs (first published February 23rd 2016)
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☆☆☆☆ 4 "Huck and Dandelion" Stars ☆☆☆☆

"True revenge consumes the spirit."

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Nami was once a strong, vibrant woman with her life filled with good friends and a good starting job with Senator Mitch Morris.

Then her world is shattered in the blink of an eye when the Senator rapes Nami, taking away every ounce of her former self.

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Reporting the rape was the most logical thing to do. Her friends would stand by her. The police would believe her and arrest the monster. Only that never happened. Nami
Mary Gebhard
Nov 15, 2015 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Thank you so much for all of your support. I've decided to keep Elastic Heart at 99c for a few more days as a thank you!>>

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“Nami open your door! It’s me, Law!” I perked up a bit, looking at my door with less hostility and more interest. Why was Law here? Still, my interest was not enough to get me off the couch. Law was persona non grata in the Degrace house.
“Go away!” I yelled, curling myself in blankets.
“I will stay here and wake up al
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elastic Heart
Mary Catherine Gebhard
5 stars

** If you have triggers from rape and abuse do not click this up. **

From the first line of this book you will be raising your eye brows and saying holy what? The amount of WTF moments from the first few pages had me fuming … and not at the author at the reality of the situation that a rape victim goes through. Nami Degrace has been raped by someone she knows she cant fight … he owns the law …

There you go friends .. yup this is a zinger for sure. Having
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
I was in the mood for some suspense and I found this book on an Amazon trawl. In the beginning I really got into this story and was totally engrossed in Nami's story and her fight for revenge and justice. However, from around the middle and to the end this book kind of lost it's edge for me and became a little weak in plot and depth. The "I love you" came totally out of left field and was just quite frankly unbelievable so once I had re-read that line their relationship lost its spark. However, ...more
A little birdie told me...
There is so much... too much going on in this book, yet there is so much left out.

Naomi, a rape victim, meets Law while stalking her attacker, a senator (I assume a state senator) who, because of his position and ties to the community, everyone believes innocent. She vows to make him pay, but Law keeps showing up just when she gets close to doing any one of her PTSD inspired, I-have-nothing-left-to-lose-so-I'll-do-desperately-stupid-things plans.

So that's where it fell apart for me. Law doesn'
Habiba Hasabo
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reads

I am gonna start with the cover and the title of this book because they're so damn catchy. They were tempting and I just signed up for the ARC and I don't regret it.

"The world kept revolving, and I had to revolve with it. Even if I really didn’t fucking want to."~

Nami is a troubled woman. She needed to heal, she thinks she wants to stay away from everyone, but she didn't know that Law was her answer. She needed love and she desired acceptance. She wanted to be
Amanda Lee Disheveled Book Blog
Mary Catherine’s writing and stories just keep getting better, and if you haven’t read anything from her I highly recommend checking her out and this book.

This story is dark, mysterious and tackles a tough subject. Nami is faced with a lot all at once in the begining and she has no one to help her, she’s alone. She’s tough and strong, and given what’s happened to her she is surprisingly determined to find justice. The law is not on her side, so she basically has to pursue things on her own. But
Komal Chandwani
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Elastic Heart is a heart-breaking novel. The words expressed by the author are powerful enough to make your world crumble. This novel is beautiful in it's own way. I've loved how circumstances are woven in this book so that Nami and Law could be together.

There are lies, heart-breaking scenes, stubbornness and so much more. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and at times even yelled at my kindle because all I wanted Nami to do was break down her walls.

She is a woman who has build strong walls around
H.J. Bellus
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elastic Heart by Mary Catherine Gebhard

I have no idea where to start on this one. How do you react? What are you suppose to do? Where do you turn? Is there a right or wrong answer to all of these questions?

Nami DeGrace is faced with all these questions during a pivotal part of her life. Gebhard does an excellent job shaping and molding an in depth character who takes life by the horns and steps to the beat of her own drums. She seeks revenge for the hurt she experienced by a certain someone who
Fantasy Land Romance Reader
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-arc

* This book is now Dirty Law

I am a massive fan of Mary's and was happy to read Elastic Heart/Dirty Law. Dirty Law is a story about pain, rape, suffering, love, and redemption.

Nami is a rape victim who nobody believed. Nami feels she has no one to turn to. She figures it is up to herself to take the Senator down for what he has done. But when Nami meets up with Law and finds compassion and truth in his eyes, she feels she has a partner in getting the facts out.

Dirty Law is a compelling story ab
United Indie Book Blog
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given this ARC for my honest review. I will start by saying this was my first time reading this author and I was pleasantly surprised. It was full of angst and mystery, two of my favorite thing. I was hooked from the start losing sleep just to see how it all ends.

The story starts out with a horrible event in Nami’s life where she is assaulted by a senator with the power to make his crime disappear but Nami refuses to give up even when the police don't believe her even after she has lost al
Robin Martin
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is dark and full of suspense. It will open your eyes to some of the evil that is lurking in plain sight. It will hurt your heart, more than once. It is not a happy fairytale. However, the raw reality of the world that Nami has been forced to live in will pull you in right along with her. You will feel the emotions that she feels. Your heart will break, you will get angry and scared….but the bits of light that start to show up throughout the story will make it worth going through all of ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Elastic Heart by Mary C Gebhard

Let me just say I finished this book from start to finish in one sitting, I could not put it down. I was a little taken back by some of Nami's "operation" plans, they seemed to just pop up. On another note though I loved how this story began, it pulled the reader in right away. I loved the emotional Rollercoaster playing through in her head. I enjoyed reading Law and Nami's story come together. Fav. quotes are "If everyone's insane, then you're the mad one." "I wa
Misty Walker
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
*i was generously given an arc from the COPA crew in exchange for my honest review*

After suffering a horrific rape, Nami is in the fight of her life to take down the high profile politician that wronged her.

The plot and characters were well developed and there are lots of twists and turns to keep you wondering what will happen next. Throughout the book Nick Law is the love interest in question and the reader is smacked back and forth over whether he is a good guy or not. Poor Nami has no trust
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the beginning of the book the young girl Nami gets reaped. Her hole life falls apart. Nobody believes in her because the guy is an known politician. She just wants justice and is obsessed about it. One day she meets the mysterious stranger a guy named Law. But can she trust him or is he working for the enemy ?

I have read the book in one day and oh my god. It was so exciting. I couldn't stop. A gripping story with a lot of action. I felt really sorry for Nami and all that she went through. I
Juli Hall
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an Arc of this for my honest review.
Wow!!! This book has it all, intrigue, romance, suspense and a really great storyline. Warning - it's dark, extremely dark but oh so good.
Sara Reads Romance
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Mary Catherine Gebhard and I really enjoyed this read.

In this book, we follow Nami and Nick. Nick is really sweet and seems genuinely concerned about Nami and her overall well-being. He has the patience of a saint and I think was a great opposite to Nami. Now as for Nami, she’s a tricky one. I liked her I really did, but I just couldn’t for the life of me connect with her. I thought she was unbelievably strong and smart, especially everything she has gone through. But Sh
A Rush Of Emotions
This book grabbed me from the first page. The heroine has been sexually assaulted and nobody believes her. As the story progresses, you really feel everything that she goes through. She's a shell of who she used to be, and her saving grace comes in the form of a new stranger who she distrusts. I liked the journey that this author took us on! I loved feeling the emotions of our heroine, and while it was a bit slow at times, I liked how she had their connection go from point A to point B. There wa ...more
Ga Books LoverX
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am reading this book under it's re-released title of Dirty Law and I think the name is VERY apt for it, I freaking love the characters names in this book and the book definitely held my attention through all of it. This is a dark romance with a LOT of triggers, it might be tough for some to read. I think that MCG did a great job of setting up the characters. There is a LOT going on in the book and had my head spinning a bit so my overall review dropped a bit, but I loved Nami and Law was SUPER ...more
Rhonda Ziglar
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 HEART WRENCHING STARS!! Wow....I read this book in one sitting. I absolutely loved Law and Nami....they touched every part of my heart. Their story is a rough one, but so worth your time and money. This author words are perfection in all her stories.
My Introvert Romance Blog
Emotional, heart wrenching and oddly cathartic.

Everything about this book hit me DEEP IN THE FEELS, so so deep. MCG crawled into my skin and pulled out my veins rerouting the inner workings to my heart.

There is a rawness in this story that feels way too real.

Law was irresistible as much as he was a hard pull to swallow and the h for most part felt too melancholic- but that’s the thing with depression. It eats away at you while you struggle to stay alive.

Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now with a new title and sexy AF cover… DIRTY LAW!!!

Does Mary Catherine Gebhard know how to start a book off, or what?? Seriously, I was gripped from the very first line.

I went into Dirty Law (previously titled Elastic Heart) with very little expectations – I didn’t read the blurb or synopsis – so it’s safe to say, I went in blind.

I was immediately taken aback by Nami’s quirky personality. Self-destructive, yet strong-willed and brave, Nami wasn’t expecting to meet and fall for the mysterious a
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is very well written but can cause triggers for those that have had to deal with rape, so keep that in mind. I was very impressed with how Mary Catherine Beghard tackled such a hard topic so well and gave us a brilliant story where the characters persevere at getting through the hard times. The characters are very well developed and I quickly fell in love with them and longed for more from them when the story ended.

Nami DeGrace is a young lady that is set on getting revenge for what a
Jennifer Lessard
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
I need to start by saying that this book might not be for everyone. If abuse, sexual assault and even drug and alcohol abuse are triggers for you then this is a book you should pass on. As I started reading this book I honestly thought I would be giving it a rating of a 1 or 2 stars. For me this book started out pretty slow for me and I was having a hard time relating to the characters and even to the story line. But at about 25% into th
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The biggest tragedy of your life will be you not realizing how amazing you truly are."

I love the details.... when an author takes the time to make sure to get all the little nuances correct. From the first page with the 'rape kit' scenario, Mary Catherine Gebhard reels you in to a story that is built on all aspects of fear that a victim experiences. There are no holds barred. It's ugly and sad and will make you angry. The one thing it won't do is make you regret reading it.

"I'm afraid I'll neve
Jennifer Pierson
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW WOW! Nami DeGrace was a normal college student ready to change the world, volunteers on a campaign for a man that she believes in. But the night he rapes her, is the night he destroys her life. When she tried to report it, the police wouldn't help her, and the media called her a slut, whore, and liar. She lost all of her friends, and dropped out of school. She's now a recluse, who has one mission in life, to make him pay. She follows him everywhere, trying to find any evidence of wrongdo ...more
Coral Mitchell
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
**Do not read if you have rape or abuse triggers.**

Nami's life was shattered when she was raped by a man she trusted personally and professionally. His campaign was able to make her accusations against him into her fault for being a horrible person and trying to ruin him. Nami can barely function, was vilified by the media, shunned by her friends, and dropped out of school. Her only goal now is revenge. Nick all but forces himself into Nami's life. He recognizes the pain in her eyes. He is intri
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't think I've been surprised by the start of a book like I was by this book. The first few lines alone had me sit up, pay attention and get comfy as I knew I was going to be in for an emotional ride. This is a book that deals with sexual assault and ptsd, it is not something that you should read if you are sensitive this subject.

There have been other books I've read that have dealt with sexual assault but what I loved about this book in particular was that you really felt for Nami. I went t
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Elastic Hearts by Mary Catherine Gebhard
Nami has been subjected to a horrible ordeal and in the beginning stages of this book, she makes moves to gather evidence but then it transpires that the person she has accused, is a person of considerable power. This in itself, provides more issues and she is labelled as the outcast within the neighbourhood that she resides in.
She is determined to get justice for herself. She doesn’t want this ‘man’ to get away with what he has done to her. Whilst she is
Aug 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I scanned through this book after 50%. I didn't want to finish. It was horrendous, but j can never find it in myself to not stick it out. I always try to see if the author can pull it out in the end.
The entire book is conflicting thoughts and actions. It's actually sickening. My brain could NOT handle any more. I found myself getting so frustrated
The characters were heinous. Every last one. The H/h made no sense together.
Nami was the weakest character j ever read. She was crazy and that wa
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