Hell and Back
I'm running from my demons and when I find out she's trying to escape her past, I know what I have to do.
One broken cop. One woman fighting for her life. A fragile love.
Sinister secrets that threaten to tear them apart.
They've been to hell ...more
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This was my first book by Natasha Madison and for sure won’t be my last because I really liked the author’s writing style. 'Hell and Back' was equally heartwarming and heartbreaking and overall a great mix of suspense, action, drama and angst.
The story fallows Bella, a young mother who just escaped from “hell”. Bella and his three years old daughter, Lilah, have been living for a long time in fear. Living in an abusive relationship wasn’t easy for Bella, sacrificing herself many t
I just adore stories that have young children in them. Though the circumstances for both mother and child in this story start out so dire, it was wonderful to see how happy they end up by the end.
”I have to take my life back. If for no other reason but to show Lilah how to move on. To show her how to live life without fear.”
Bella takes her three year old daughter and flees her abusive and scary relationship. The mom and daughter go to start a new life in her now dece ...more
I'm absolutely shocked, no I'm speechless right now! After the last book I read I really thought I would have the usual book hangover that always follows that author's books!
Well let me tell you, Natasha Madison sobered me up REAL QUICK!!
"They say you never know hell until you lived in it. I can assure you I know it. I’ve lived in it. I’ve asked to die in it."
I feel like I went from Hell and Back, to Hell and Back and then Back AGAIN! After ...more
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I'm already huge fan of Natasha Madison's after only reading a few books from her, but Hell and Back makes me somehow love her even more. Bella and Jackson had my heart racing and their tortured pasts made me want to take them in my arms and protect them.
Bella wasn't ready to trust anyone after leaving her abusive ex, but Jackson worked his way into her heart and made it known he wasn't letting go of her and her daughter. I really liked stubbornness within his ...more
Not an easy read, many heavy topics (view spoiler)[domestic abuse, drugs, rape, trust issues (hide spoiler)], but a beautiful one.
Safe for me (view spoiler)[ H had a friend with benefits, they partet immediately after he met h. I didn't like the scene, but it's much better than a manwhore. H was definitely not a jerk! h was in relationship with an abusive junkie, who had beaten her and aloud his dealer to rape her. No sex scenes with om/ow (except some rape references), n ...more
Well, this just wasn't for me. It might be my mood, but I just didn't click with it. Even though they didn't say that they were in love, it felt a little too instalove for me in how they expressed feeling a strong connection to each other as early as 19sh% (and after only a few short interactions). I didn't feel it at all, and I felt like I was being told about the connection instead.
I can see how some readers might be just fine with this, and that they might also enjoy the OTT possess ...more
I really liked how patient Jackson was, how he committed and didn't waiver, not once even to the point of choosing her over his family. He's more of a sweet and gentle alpha - he's got the uber protectiveness down to a fine art but still gave her the time and space that she needed. I also liked that although there was something with Kendall at the beginning, there was no ot ...more
I totally enjoyed this one..full review to follow!! Worth every damn lap dance I have promised!! The second book from this author started with a bang, drawing me in right from the get go..there was a broken woman...kept strong by loving her daughter...a protective alpha male that was brought into their lives for a reason...and my favorite ...more
I'm passing on this one because just the blurb is offputting, I rarely enjoy romances when there are children with other people. And it's even worse when (view spoiler)[ correct me if I'm wrong, but the father of her child is H's brother? that's disgusting and ruins the romance for me because disloyalty is cheating's evil twin :P. (hide spoiler)] Children are ok for ...more
I really enjoyed the whole story.
It's a slow burn yet this fit perfectly with how much healing Bella needed to experience before moving on. This also proved how truly awesome Jackson was.
The twist missed its mark for me only because I analyze everyt ...more
Hell and Back is a strong sophomore follow up for newcomer Natasha Madison.
To hell and back is right! The story starts with Bella and Lilah attempting to forage a new life but fear and pain have their claws firmly instilled in these victims. The same fear to hold Bella in place until an unthinkable happens involving Lilah. Even though Bella never felt worthy enough to want for more or believe she was worthy enough to even deserve it she comes to the realization she must flee, especiall ...more
HEA (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]
Cheating/OW/OM (view spoiler)[ No cheating or scenes with OW/OM. Hero did have a friends with benefit thing going on with an ex girlfriend when he meets heroine. No sex scenes with OW (hide spoiler)]
Any push/pull (view spoiler)[A tiny bit from the heroine but it didn't last long. (hide spoi ...more
3 ‘Can Mr. Big come out and play?’ Stars
The beginning of the book was like a shot to the heart. Our heroine Bella has left her abusive relationship with her daughter Lilah. What they both experienced and how petrified they are for their lives is palpable. Her chance at freedom is when she finds out that her Nana has passed and she inherits the house.
Our Hero Jackson Fletcher has seen a lot in his job ...more
The story of Bella and Jackson. Bella and her daughter, Lilah, are so broken, so scared and for an incredibly good reason...their lives have been a living nightmare. When they move in across the street from Jackson, he takes an immediate interest. Although he doesn't know their story, he feels like he needs to protect them, and as a police detective his instincts are pretty accurate. ...more
Earlier this year I’ve read Natasha Madison’s debut book – Something so Right – and I loved it. Hell and Back is her second book and tells the heartbreaking story of Bella and her daughter Lilah and their chance at a normal life with Jackson. Hell and Back is written in a different style than the first book, and is much more an Alpha book; a somewhat over-the-top Alpha falling for the sweet heroine. I do like the story, but it wasn’t what I expected based upon the au ...more
4 beautifully broken stars
I loved this book! A beautiful romance between two broken people whose love story absolutely stole my heart!
Bella has just escaped a devastatingly abusive relationship and is in hiding with her three year old daughter, Lilah. She has returned to the house where she grew up, left to her by her recently deceased grandmother, and she is determined to create the life that her daughter deserves – full of love, laughter ...more
When my Girl Natasha said to me that she was writing her 1st book I really loved going on that journey with her. It was exciting and i loved watching how her mind worked. When that book came out I knew how amazing of an Author she was and I was glad the world was getting a glimpse of her brilliance. But this book this damn amazing book shows us she is firstly definitely not a one hit wonder, and that she is not afraid to push the boundaries. She is a magnificen ...more
Bella hasnt had the easiest life and now that she has a chance to give a better life to her daughter and herself she is making the most of it!
When a single mom and her daughter move into the house across the road, formally owned by a sweet old woman. Jackson is intrigued to find out who the mysterious two are. Barely leaving the house and closing all the curtains has Jackson even more curious as two who they are hiding from.
Bella and Jackson's story was definetly a slow burner. Bella w ...more
OMG this book... I want to give this book like a million stars... It was dramatic, sad, emotional and so much more.
Bella and her daughter Lilah has just moved in across from Jackson. But something isn't right with this women and her daughter. They have been living there for a week and he has only seen her out at night. Clearly she is hiding, but from what or who
Jackson is a detective in the SVU department. But he is also hiding something that is a huge burden ...more
This book really took me to hell and back!! Bella has been in an extremely abusive relationship for the past few years. One day she finally gets the courage to leave and do what's best for her and her daughter Lilah. She moves into her deceased grandmothers house and tries to start fresh. But the thing is she really isn't living. She's in constant fear and not getting any better. Both her and Lilah are prisoners in their new home. We have a hottie detective neighbor next door named Jac ...more
Hell and Back was an ok read for me. It started off pretty good and my heart broke for Bella and her young daughter Lilah, what they suffered at the hands of her ex was just terrible. After that I was kind of bored. The story moves along but were supposed to believe that Jackson sees two broken girls and he's in love. The love happened so quickly I had a hard time with it because I just didn't feel any connection between the two. I actually felt nothing while reading this book and would ...more
"I can't lose you, Bella. You own me. My heart, my body, my soul. Everything is yours."
Hell and Back is about Bella and her three year old daughter who escaped from a very dangerous and abusive relationship. She eventually ends up at her grandmother's house, who has passed away, that was left to her. Her next door neighbor Jackson is a detective for the special victims unit and sees right away that his neighbors are broken. As an alpha m ...more
Hell and Back is about Jackson, Bella and her daughter Lilah. Bella and Lilah move in across the street from Jackson. He feels an instant pull to her, but she is hiding from something or someone . Bella is very timid and Jackson being the Complete Alpha he is decides he will be her protector.
Bella is very guarded and nervo ...more
Bella, my goodness...what a life this woman has had so far! It seems like she can never catch a break. Running away from a very bad situation, she arrives back at her now deceased Grandmother's house. To start a happy life with her 3 year old daughter Lilah.
Jackson, hot hot hot Detective who happens to live across the street. He's battling some issues himself... along with the latest that is happening in town. Girls are missing... Can a detective h ...more
Be prepared to be so hypnotized by this story that you may not bath, clean the house or cook till you are done with this book.
*****Review to Come*****
There was also cheating, not with the hero but with his best friend on the police force. This is going to be trouble but I will pass.
This isn't it.
(I think I need to review something written in the 1800's at this point, just so I can give away plot points and not feel bad, but I digress).
I enjoyed Hell and Back. A lot. Natasha Madison is a new author to me, and actually I think she is a fairly new author. This was impressive for what is her 2nd book.
The writing was strong, the pacing was also strong. I liked the way she introduced th ...more