TBR reviewer: Luta Wolf
Page Count: 182
Genre: Drama, Contemporary Romance
Warning: Parental Rape and Parental Abuse
It’s so much harder to let go and forgive than it is to hate but if you allow hate to grow and fester it can leave you with regrets. It can destroy you. Mikayla has loved Noah since she was nine years old but unless she can learn to let go of past pain then he may end up one of her many regrets.
I hate to rate this a 3 but it didn't meet my requirements for a 4, in all honesty this was a very difficult book to rate. I can review it and tell you that despite the many editing errors and the lack of details this author can write a heart-wrenching story. This book is an emotional rollercoaster that leaves no prisoners.
I’m capable of telling you that Mikayla and Noah are some of the best characters I’ve come across with DeAnne doing an amazing job of pulling you into their life and having the reader react to their every emotion. Mikayla is this spunky, smart, compassionate, young woman and yet the author clearly shows her as a victim and not yet a survivor. Noah we see as a cocky young man who sees himself as invincible and all the time in the world until he has to come to terms with just how vulnerable he really is.
The problem is that while there is so much that I love, there are equal parts hate in me. I can understand the forgive and let go theme but it wasn’t just a let go within yourself it was an actual you need to forgive, which personally left me gagging. While I don’t want to spoil for anyone I just could not understand wanting to forgive a mother that allowed and then stood by a man like that. Also in the start of the book we are lead to believe molestation and later in the book we find out rape, which was an inconsistency that really irked me. The editing and lack of details also played a key role in the rating. However, the tenderness and love in this story between the characters overwhelmed me.