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Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Suspense, Second Chance, Dark
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Also by this author: Taming Lily, Never Let You Go
Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I'm a fifteen-year-old again--the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She's grown-up now--beautiful, quiet, composed--and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.
I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she's safe.
Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.
So, yeah, I'm stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she'll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.
I’ve read a ton of dark books. I love the emotional rollercoaster — that free-fall into the pits of hell and the slow climb back out again. I’m not one-hundred percent sure what I expected with Never Tear Us Apart…the synopsis said it was dark, the author has a warning in the front of the book that tells the reader it’s a disturbing subject matter. Those are things I take with a grain of salt because typically I’m not shocked anymore, but the direction the author took with this book definitely pulled out all the stops.
Katie was abducted when she was twelve years old. She was hurt in the worst ways possible and thought she was going to die — knew the man that took her would kill her. Being inside her twelve year old mind was painful. Living those memories with her excruciating. A majority of this book is about surviving. Katie, now Katherine, is an adult. Damaged in ways most can’t imagine and trying to live day by day within her own personal hell.
The author did an amazing job crafting Katherine’s character. I was completely invested in her and repeatedly had the urge to hug my Kindle because I couldn’t hug her.
“I don’t know. I want to live. I’d rather be dead. I want to be strong. It’s so much easier to be weak. I want to confront my fears and face them head on. I want to run away and pretend I don’t exist.”
Will had no idea what his father was capable of. Physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive to his son and the women he brought home barely scratched the surface of the evil he harbored. When Will finds Katie chained in the shed behind his house, his entire world comes crashing down. Will is like a superhero. I love him so hard. Katie and Will were both victims of his father and the bond they forged in just a few short hours was stronger than anyone could ever comprehend. The evolution of their relationship was hard to read at times. I felt every emotion right along with them.
‘My heart cracks. This girl. She’s burrowed right into it. She tucked herself in the depths of my heart years ago…’
Everything about this book is a whirlwind of emotion. My heart ached when I reached the last page…I won’t be waiting long to start the second book. I have to know if they can overcome their pasts and finally get the futures they deserve.
Five Plus Stars… the sex scenes in this book are worthy of three wet panties, though due to the nature of the book itself, I want to note that those scenes are between consenting adults and within a loving, respectful relationship.