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Yanni's Story by N.R. Walker
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**CONTENT WARNING** This book contains a protagonist (and side-characters) that is recovering from sexual assault and physical battery from a significant other.

Firstly, apparently my library-borrowed audiobook was an abridged copy, and three hours was missing. A lot of issues stemmed from this, as in those hours, new characters were introduced and apparently big character development and plot events happened that I never got to read, which made me confused for most of the second half of the book. I'll have to let my library know that their copy isn't very good.

That aside, my feelings about this book can be divided into two categories: 1. Yanni's growth, recovery, and simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming story, and 2. The ick factor.

I found Yanni's journey to reclaiming his power beautiful and heart wrenching, and everything it should be. It was very slow, but absolutely necessary for his growth. I got a little choked up several times, particularly when it came to Peter's instinct to help him, and in Yanni's lovely interactions with the Landons.

That, however, is pretty much where my good feelings about this book end. The relationship between Peter and Yanni was ok, but whenever the "Daddy" and "Boy" endearments/roles were brought into it, I cringed. I don't think that there's anything wrong with this kind of romance, but I hear my kids call my husband daddy all the time, and in my brain, the sexy stuff just wasn't working. Maybe I can re-visit it when my kids are way older and don't use that word anymore. For the time being, though, this book just isn't for me.

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Reading Progress

December 10, 2019 – Started Reading
December 10, 2019 – Shelved
December 13, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Cheri Champagne I'm so confused. Yes, the pace has been slow, but there's a very good reason for that. But suddenly it feels like big chunks of the book are missing. It started with Yanni waking up in Peter's bed out of freaking nowhere, without an explanation as to how he got there or what day it is or what happened, aside from the fact that he'd been "scared". I let that one pass, but then they wake up spooning another time, and there's a new character being introduced that was abused by Lance, just like Yanni, and there is zero explanation as to how they came across one another. I don't know who this guy is, how Yanni found out about him, his abuse, or the fact that he was with Lance. Also, why can Yanni suddenly say Lance's name now? This wasn't explained, either. And THEN, when Yanni and Peter were giving this new guy a minute alone with the Landons, they have a private discussion about Yanni's sleepwear and how they have phone sex. What the what?! Since WHEN? And why wasn't such a monumental character development plot point written on-page?! I'm really worried that this book is going downhill.

Cheri Champagne Nvm. I'm apparently listening to an abridged audiobook, which has more than three hours missing. That's probably where this information is.

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