Published by WritePublishSell on April 6, 2021
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In an emotional, thought-provoking journey filled with secrets and regret, a young woman has a second chance at love after abuse.
Emma Marshall is haunted by the trauma of her past. The night she ended her engagement to cheating fiancé, Beaux, was meant to be the night she took back control, but it was only the beginning of his true hold over her. Nine months after suffering an intimate assault by the man who pledged his life to her, Emma is doing - okay. At least, that's what everyone thinks. No one knows the unspeakable truth of what happened between her and Beaux. It's a secret Emma plans to carry to the grave, until Julian Cole moves in next door and opens Emma's mind and heart to the possibility of love after betrayal. As the reporter and music executive grow closer in the music-filled city of New Orleans, Emma must risk everything to protect her newfound happiness. As Emma embarks on a dangerous journey to bring her ex to justice, the bounds of forgiveness are tested as more unspeakable truths come to light. Will Emma overcome her trauma and have her second chance at love? Or, will her past destroy her and everyone she holds dear?
Trigger Warnings: sexual assault/ rape (depicted), self-harm (referenced), abortion (discussed)
I received this book for free from Instatours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I read this book for an Instagram blog tour and wanted to add a bit more detail to my review on here.
I think to say that I enjoyed this book would be incorrect, given it’s subject matter. It was incredibly well written with an engrossing storyline but it has a number of triggers which are the centre point of the plot.
When we open the novel Emma has just returned from a holiday to Greece where she had to make some major decisions around her life and her future following the discovery of her fiance in bed with another woman. She does’t get to have the talk with him about her decision though as he has arranged a surprise party for her return, pulling out all the stops. This got my back up about him from the start, what sort of narcissist knows that his fiancee is likely to leave him and so invites all of her closest family and friends round to try and prevent it from happening.
But this was just the start, Beaux is not a person that you say no to and there are some horrible repercussions for Emma in breaking off their relationship.
From this point on the next few chapters look at Emma rebuilding her life and starting a relationship with her new next door neighbour. At this point I was starting to wonder if I’d inadvertently picked up a romance novel rather than a thriller, in fact, around Chapter 10 I went back to the synopsis to see what I’d thought the book was about.
After this things take on a more thriller journey; Emma learns just what her ex is capable of and what lengths he will go to in order to protect himself.
There were a couple of places where the story jumped around a little bit and things happened a bit too conveniently, but other than that it was one hell of a ride, with twists and turns and OMG moments.
This is a book which is so very relevant to now, it has a very similar theme to another book I’ve recently read which makes me question whether this sort of thing happens more than I’m aware of or expected.
My only negative would be that the final chapter – the epilogue – is a bit of a brain dump of information. I found it really interesting but maybe it shouldn’t have been part of the story but an authors notes at the end of the novel.