Obedience defiled her…
Fear kept her chained…
Freedom is hard to embrace when she’s never learned to trust. Yet in the span of a second, she grabs a single opportunity and runs toward it. Straight into the sanctuary of a pub at the end of a wharf.
She doesn’t understand the concept of friendship. She’s never felt the connection of a relationship. ...more
We’ve gotten to know Tim now fairly well over the last few books – I sort of already knew he’d be this perfect, protective alpha man who would fall fast and love hard.
Ruby h ...more
I found my heart breaking and soaring for Ruby. And I really loved the group of friends who stick it out with each other through thick and thin.
I’m headed off now to grab the other books in this series and read them. While this is a series I didn’t have a problem reading it as a stand alone at all.
Whatever shape or size you come in doesn't change all the beauty that's you.
Sometimes I don't like Pam, particularly when her arguments start to make sense. But most of the time I appreciate her brutal honesty - I just prefer it directed at someone else.
I will spend the rest of my life erasing every single mark, every single touch, every single gaze any other man has ever left on you, until all you can remember is me.
...the strongest bonds are forged by fire. You have my heart, R ...more
What do I love most about this book and series? Well for me, it always feel like I get a story, with real people, who react like most people would i ...more
I am not sure how Freya Barker is developing her plot ideas but they seem to get more and more intense ( if that is even possible).
The “Portland ME” series is now launching its third book with “Through Fire” and it seems that it will only be getting “worse”
And with worse I do not mean the “bad kind” of worse – I know I am not making much sense #believe me I know. But its really difficult to explain the concept of this series.
Even though they are all standalones and could be read alone – I can on ...more
So late that many reviews have been written for the books in the Portland ME series, some beautifully eloquent and many emotional and descriptive. There is very little I can add, nothing I will say better but here’s the thing, when it’s an author who has given me the hours of pleasure that Freya Barker has, then I kind of have to get the fuck over myself and make an effort (eventually!) whether eloquent or not because reviews he ...more
This story is yet another difficult but rewarding read as we witness the pain and suffering Ruby has experienced over 30 years at the hands of traffickers. After witnessing the death of her parents at the age of 14, Ruby is taken to be “trained” and prepared for the prostitution rings run by gangs. From there her life ends as she knows it. No ...more
Through Fire is the 3rd book in the Portland, ME series which I have come to associate with a few specific characteristics: fierce women who have a core of pure steel to survive some pretty ferocious trials in life, alpha males with hearts of gold providing their safe port in the storm, and a group of friends who leave judgment at the door and provide cheerleading support, a shoulder to cry on, a quiet par ...more
The Skipper is a pub that has seen at least three women in need come through the doors – and – it has managed to provide support, friendship and love while seeing these ...more
This is the first book I have read by Ms. Barker, and it was such a beautiful and compelling introduction to her work. TF is completely enthralling and held me in its grip from start to finish. It's a story of hope, of redemption, of survival...it's a story of love, of overcoming your circumstances, and building a life you deserve.
Although Through Fire is the 3rd book in Freya Barker's Portland ME series, it can be read as a standalone. I have not read the first 2, From Dust and Cruel Water, but ...more
Ruby, our heroine, is broken. There is no other way to describe her, or what she’s endured for nearly thirty years. After months of seeing her at the Skipper, Tim finally opens his eyes and takes notice of the short curvy bartender. He sees through that broken shell to discover a real ...more
I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, twists & turns, secrets, betrayal, abuse, and heartbreak.
If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
From Dust (Portland ME #1)
Cruel Water (Portland ME #2)
This is Ruby and Tim’s story. Ruby has a horrible past and is keeping secrets as she is ashamed. Now her secrets might save another. Can she let the secret out? Will she trust the person reaching out for her? Or will the past make her even m ...more
Up to the moment I ran, my life had been decided on by others; when to eat, when to sleep, what to wear, how to behave. by Ruby
Ruby is on a path to discovery. She is searching for freedom. She is seeking her inner warrior and is getting ready to fight her own demons. But she isn't looking for love. In fact, man is not on the top of her priorities. How could she love someone, if she doesn't even know how to acce...more
Since I discovered Freya Barker's story I am a fan. I like the fact that the plots have a real life situation behind them. I was glad to hear that some people get their HEA in life and maybe in their love life.
This story is as emotional as the others or even more because it involves human trafficking. I am horrified to imagine what some humans can do to little girls and how people in general, women in particular, are exploited, sexually and otherwise.
I had no idea what I was going into when I started this book, I hadn’t read the synopsis or the previous books in the series but I was almost instantly drawn in from the first page and found myself invested in Ruby’s story. There is a message of survival, second chances, friendshi ...more
This is a great book, the first I have read by this author and I will definitely be reading more by her. Ruby is in her Forties and has spent her life being used and abused since the age of 14, having finally got away she is trying to start her life the way she wants. Reading this story broke my heart, these poor children forced into a life they have no choice over. Human sex trafficking is something that seems to be escalating in real life, authorities have a hard ...more
This book deals with a very difficult subject. I'm not going to get into it, as you need to just read the book and be immersed in Freya's world. But, I will say the subject matter is treated with appropriate respect for it's gravity and not lightly brushed aside. As always for me, the star of Freya ...more
Through Fire is a story about an extremely serious subject…and sadly…one that is all too prevalent in today’s times. But this is a story with hope and heart and one that proves that we must always know and believe that we ARE worth more than we think we deserve.
Ruby is a character I loved from the first page. She has been through an experience which is too awful to comprehend. At first vulnerable an ...more
Driven to make her books about 'real' people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.
Recipient of the ReadFREE.ly 2019 Best Book We've Read All Year Award for "Covering Ollie", the 2015 RomCon Reader’s Choice Award ...more