They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.
There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.
Then I meet Lucas…
His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.
But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.
My ****4 STAR**** Review
GREAT characters, GREAT dialogue, GREAT suspense, GREAT romance….then the ugly cliffhanger!
The characters actions and dialogues in this story were perfect. The teenagers acted and talked like teens. Raielle’s toddler-aged niece, well, it was easy to visualize my own children at that age. I REALLY enjoyed the dialogue in this story! I also enjoyed seeing the relationships, and not just between the two MCs. Every character and relationship was unique. I could easily visualize every character that played a role in the story and their individuality.
I loved the instant chemistry Raielle had with Lucas. It didn’t at all feel rushed and unbelievable. Doxer did such a wonderful job of displaying raw teenage emotions. I often found myself laughing out loud, and other moments I was filled with dread.
I also want to point out that I thought the transition the story took, from normal teenage romance into a bit on the paranormal side, was smoothly done. I’ve read so many stories where the dialogue had me questioning whether the book was going to spread into the paranormal realm, but it never did – confusing. Then there’ve been a lot of stories that just jumped feet first into a paranormal world, and they came off as completely unbelievable. It was nicely done in this story, though.
The one big downside for me – the CLIFFHANGER!! I feel like I can’t really rate a story that isn’t finished. I NEED to know how it’s going to end to know how much I’m really going to like it. I’m all in, though. I absolutely CANNOT wait to get my hands on the next book!
Warnings: language, sexual content, mental illness and child abuse
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
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About the Author ~ Debra Doxer
Debra Doxer has always loved to write. She also loves to read, often finishing several books a week. By day, she works as a writer in the network and software security field. By night, she writes fiction novels.
Debra lives with her family outside of Boston and is currently working on her next book.