Sandy Grassini’s review Oct 28, 13
5 of 5 stars
Author: Ker Dukey
When River’s already broken life shattered further on her sixteenth birthday, she was forced to be with the wrong best friend of her brothers. She was meant for Sammy but circumstance and black mail forced her into a relationship with Danny, a troubled, abusive partner. Leaving the only boy she ever loved to flee. Now four years later he has returned. When her feelings and missing parts of herself that left with him return also, loyalty, restraint and love will be tested. Can she find a way to leave the threatening clutches of Danny, to finally be saved by her childhood love? Or will Danny’s hold on her tighten when more life shattering events consume their already troubled lives?
When Sammy returns home, after four years of being away from the girl that broke his heart, he’s not prepared for all his old feelings to force their way straight back into his heart. Questions that were left unasked when he left begin to plague him, when the sudden relationship between River and Danny all those years ago seems all the more confusing now. Secrets, mistrust and Danny’s possessive behaviour sends up red flags and Sammy begins doubting himself for leaving in the first place. When the spark between Sammy and river finally ignites it will leave explosive consequences for everyone.
This was an amazing book. First, it was written through both River and Sammy’s point of view. This book can be classified as a romance, but a very dark romance. This is not erotica by any means. There is a lot of love in this book, but there is also a lot of mind numbing events that happen to River. No girl should ever have to go through what she went through. Even though this is fiction, this is stuff that can happen in real life. It almost made me cry.
River shows so much courage throughout the book. She does whatever she has to do to protect her brother, even if it means risking her life. Not only has River suffered, but Blay has suffered as well at the hands of their father. He feels responsible for Rivers unhappiness.
She was forced to be with Danny through blackmail. Even though she was meant to be with Sammy. Sammy is her next door neighbor who has known River and Blay since they were kids. Sammy has always had feelings for River. On her 16th Birthday, he was going to be with her, but instead, she was with Danny. Sammy was heartbroken and went off to college. Four years later he comes back and River is still with Danny. He can’t deny his feelings for her. With Danny’s possessive behavior, he does what he can to get close to her. The chemistry between River and Sammy is phenomenal that you know they are meant to be together.
Throughout the book River continues to experience loss. She feels that this is her fault since Danny is apart of their lives. She is an empty shell.
Will River and Sammy find true happiness. How will things play out between her and Danny. Danny refuses to let anyone have her.
Watch how everything unfolds, you will be shocked by the ending.
I give this book a 5 star rating. I look forward to reading future books by this author.