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I loved being inside Tom’s head. He’s a wise-ass and makes no apologies for his actions. Everything he did felt real, even when he was a total assholeI loved being inside Tom’s head. He’s a wise-ass and makes no apologies for his actions. Everything he did felt real, even when he was a total asshole. Both Tom and Reese have some serious and deep-rooted issues. Tom doesn't trust anyone, he’s paranoid, and he’s selfish, while Reese is dealing with his past abuse. Obviously, it’s not smooth sailing for these two. Even though it took forever for Tom to address his issues, I took solace that at least he recognized that he was making stupid decisions and trying not to hurt Reese. To me, this was a positive step and I had faith he would finally come to his senses.
All the characters felt authentic. I loved Cash and Steph. They were great side characters. There were no bells and whistles in this book. It was two guys trying to live their lives, but unfortunately they buried their problems and hid from the world. Eventually they realize that this doesn’t work. It was a long time coming, but that’s what made this feel real to me. It sucks to face reality and deal with these types of issues and Tom was no exception. It got to the point where he didn’t have a choice. There were many times I wanted to smack him and yell “wake up!”, but it was all part of the journey.
Sometimes the writing got long-winded, but I got used to it. If I didn’t like Tom so much, I would have got annoyed fast. My other problem is that I wished we saw more of Reese dealing with his trauma. Even though this was Tom’s book, I was invested in Reese just as much.
I wasn’t that fond of Jack, but I will definitely give the next book a try since I enjoyed this one so much.
I don't think I have the words to do this book justice. I'm just going to say that I don't give out 5 stars lightly but this one deserves every last o I don't think I have the words to do this book justice. I'm just going to say that I don't give out 5 stars lightly but this one deserves every last one of them.
Everything in this story felt so real and alive. The characters, the environment and atmosphere, it all sucked me into a world I didn't want to be in, but at the same time, I just couldn't leave it. I needed Alex and Seb to be safe and happy.
This was a raw and emotional read. I was rooting and praying for Alex and Seb until the very end. It made me angry and brought me to tears, but there was always some hope and I clung to it with everything I had. It was amazing because even through the sadness, the author managed to make me smile. It was beautifully written. Alex is just a child who had to struggle for everything, love, acceptance, the basic necessities of life, like a pair of shoes. Both Alex and Seb showed so much courage and strength but under all that they were both scared children who wanted someone to love them and take care of them. Their relationship was a true friendship and even in this cruel and devastating world they had to live in, there was still an innocence about them.
This was a journey of friendship and love where two people found pure happiness in a dollar meal burger, a ride on a Ferris wheel, playing in the sand, or in one of Seb's smirks. They didn't always make the right decisions, but how could they? They were abused children living in poverty, who had no one to hold them and tell them everything would be alright, but somehow they found a will and desire for more.
This was a journey of two boys who were able to find safety and peace within each other. ...more
This was my first Kelley York book and for the most part I enjoyed it. However, it was too melodramatic for me and the e 2.5 stars rounding up to 3.
This was my first Kelley York book and for the most part I enjoyed it. However, it was too melodramatic for me and the events were so OTT and extreme that I had a hard time believing them. I like reading about dark and messed up characters (believe me these characters have major issues), but there was so much going on that I had a hard time even suspending disbelief. It ended up being predictable and cliché. (view spoiler)[ I couldn't get over the fact that Archer committed murder after murder and Evan barely blinked an eye. I really wish we knew more about what Evan was thinking and feeling. I also had an eye-rolling moment when Vivian shot Archer and then killed herself. (hide spoiler)]I knew all along this would happen. It was an easy out for Archer. At least the ending wasn't all flowers and rainbows. That would have been put me right over the edge. I'm glad Archer got (view spoiler)[the help he needed and wasn't allowed to run around the streets like nothing happened. (hide spoiler)]
York was able to get me to care for Archer and that wasn't easy considering what he's done. Hopefully my next read of York's will more believable....more
1.5 Stars: I'm only rounding this up because something actually started happening in the final few chapters.
For starters I think I had my expectations 1.5 Stars: I'm only rounding this up because something actually started happening in the final few chapters.
For starters I think I had my expectations way too high for this book. I expected more of a plot driven story. Unfortunately, despite what’s implied in the blurb and Lindsay's criminal profession, 90% of the book was about Pip and Lindsay’s relationship and the first 50% was all sex, which I didn't even think was that great. I thought Lindsay would bring Pip into his little gang of robbers and we’d get some intense action with a side of romance, but nope, no action until the last few chapters :( This dragged on and on and I was bored.
I don’t mind books that are character driven, in fact if it’s done right I love them, but unfortunately I thought these characters were under-developed and I couldn't connect to them, especially to Lindsay. I did not understand Lindsay’s sexual sadism side. There was just nothing there to connect me to him or his needs. He was constantly disciplining Pip and it seemed more important for Lindsay to straighten Pip out and to get him to grow up, than a part of his kink. Pip, I understood a little better and I liked his character. Although, sometimes his childish behavior got to me. He acted more like a spoiled 5 year old child rather than a young adult making immature decisions.
Ok, what did I like. I liked the British feel to the story and the dialogue. The reason I liked the dialogue was because I felt like something was actually happening. When we’re inside Lindsay’s head, nothing is going on! Regrettably those were the only redeeming qualifies about the book. It felt like a day in the life of Lindsay and Pip, with some BDSM thrown in and no substance behind their actions.
Of course I’m in the rare minority that feels this way *fistbump Aiko* but hey, that’s ok.
I hear the author is going to edit this book. So for anyone wanting to read this, I recommend waiting on the edited version because it is seriously needed. ...more