Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…
He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.
This is an amazing book. Despite the sexuality, it deals with real issues – rape, violence, and the inner feelings that can destroy a person, mentally and physically, if they don’t seek help. The book was very frank. It held details, and every word was branded into my mind. The mental pictures were horrible, and had even more of an impact on me since this has been the subject material in my health class this semester. So even though the plot may seem like it’s riddled with too much romance, and not enough focus on the actual plot, to me, there was always the underlying sense of danger, that Jacqueline was still trying to cope with that night. Even her connection to Lucas was a constant reminder to the reader of what had almost happened to her.
Another thing that gave this book so much depth and multiple aspects was Lucas’s backstory. I put together his identity long before Jacqueline did, but still, I never guessed what was lying behind his smooth facade or the tattoos on his body. Not only was the book telling a story of violence, it also sent a message that you never know what happened in a person’s past, or what will happen to them in the future, what secrets they are hiding, or which ones they want to share but can’t bear to give voice to. And, worst of all, the emotional turmoil that a person can be in while on the outside they seem perfectly calm, cool, and collected. That maybe there’s a reason for the perfect put-together image, and that inside, the person may be breaking or broken.
Webber wrote this book extremely well. It was effective, and I couldn’t help but be drawn into the story. I also believe that her characters were realistic, and that without even the minor characters, the story would not have been complete. Erin was amazing; I can only hope that my friends would be as supportive as she. She sacrificed so much for friend and never once alienated her, even with Jacqueline’s mistrust after her ordeal. I also think that Katie was a major character, despite the fact I only remember one scene with her having any important role whatsoever. It was her story, short but packing a punch, that really drove home that one event could change your life, your attitude, forever, and that you can’t tell a person’s past from just looking at them, or even being friends with them. Everything in this book held some sort of significance, and I am so glad that I have read it. In my opinion, this a book that everyone should read at some point in their lives. Who knows? Maybe it will change yours.
**Note: I highly recommend this book, but only to readers ages 17 & up due to explicit sexual content, sexual violence/rape, graphically described violence, and profanity.