I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of person. I wanted to save the world, or at least leave my stamp behind. In my own naïve way I thought I could bribe karma but life has a way of teaching us lessons.
I never knew how selfish I was until my life was ripped away from me.
I’m forced to watch as they torture and kill my family … and I know I’m next.
I hear their screams.
I watch them die.
It’s the worst kind of torture
Then he comes. He made a promise to my brother. It’s the only thing keeping him bound to me.
A promise to protect me.
I should set him free of the promise … but I don’t. He’s my shield against karma. He’s my protector.
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I am starting this review with a warning. The beginning of the book is mind-blowing explosive because you get to witness perhaps the worst thing that can happen to someone and you feel just as helpless as she did. After the beginning ends, you are like, how do you follow up with that?
Well, she follows it up with one epic of a love story, with a little bit of mystery mixed in.
As the story goes on, Riley tries to get over what happened at the beginning and it’s not easy considering the people she lives with. Griffin takes over as her protector and promises that nothing will ever happen to her again.
Until it does.
You think she has had it rough, try living in the world of guilt that Griffin lives in. He is so deep in guilt that it’s surprising that he doesn’t suffocate in it. I know that if I were him, I would want to go into a deep hole and just die. But him, with the help of Riley of course, he is able to find a will to live and with the promise of being with Riley, he is able to look forward to a future.
I love how Horst is able to make a horrid tragedy into something positive in the end. They are able to find love in the darkest of times in their life and with that love are able to find a reason to move on with their lives. It does have a HEA and is a stand-alone so there is no cliffhanger warning with this one. It ends with a big bow on it and I am happy that I don’t have a lot of questions that left to get answered.
Have you ever seen a bomb detonate? Just after the explosion, there’s this hissing silence and then chaos follows – rubble, destruction and so much pain and sorrow.
Right now, it’s as if that scenario is being played in reverse.
It’s a terrifying chaos as that man goes to stand in front of Dad. Dad’s still unconscious. He can’t even do anything to defend himself.
Life seems to be returning to my body in flashes. First, I start to yank at the chain. Then my mouth opens in a horrifying, silent scream.
The man grabs a fistful of Dad’s hair, shoves his head back, and then I watch as he presses the blade to Dad’s neck.
A violent pain blossoms in my chest and it threatens to bring the walls down around me. I watch as blood starts to trickle down Dad’s neck and then the man shoves the blade deeper.
I start to scream as hysteria hits me in waves. Part of me is caught in a nightmare-like state, refusing to believe that this is actually happening right now.
The man just walks away after slicing Dad’s neck open. My eyes are glued to my father’s blood flowing from the wound. The hysteria rages inside of me until I’m swept away in a maddening mania.
I can’t think clearly anymore.
I can’t process what I’m seeing.
All I can do is weep, scream, and yank at the unforgiving chain around my neck.
This – whatever this sick and twisted situation is – cannot be happening.
This is not real … this is not real … this is not real.
International bestselling author of Predator, The Monster Series and many others. She loves writing anything from Young Adult to Suspense Romance.
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