A very emotional and disturbing read about a woman escaping domestic abuse.
Arianna West suffered 3 years with a man named Roger who beat and abused her regularly. She has finally managed to escape and is being taken care of by her brother Jake in small town Milestone. Always fearing that Roger will find her and never allow her to be free, Arianna is the shell of the woman she once was.
When Jake’s best friend Jack finds Arianna on Jake’s doorstep beaten and desperate he and Jake make it their mission to never let anyone hurt her again. Jack and Arianna have a past, she has always loved him from afar and they were a close nit group of three whilst growing up.
Arianna harbours bitterness towards Jack for leaving her and Jake when she turned 18 for reasons that she assumes were selfish ones when in actual fact he has never stopped thinking about her.
Roger is not about to give up on his control over Arianna, and the three live in fear of what he is capable of.
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The first half of this book was a bit slow on the romance front, it really focuses on the healing process involved in coming out of an abusive relationship. Arianna has two men constantly looking after her but she really wants and needs to take steps towards gaining self confidence and strength in order to move forward with her life.
Whilst told in Arianna’s point of view, it is quite obvious that Jack has strong feelings for her and there is never a question that they will start a relationship once she is ready to admit that she deserves a good man like Jack.
Overall, it was a very emotional and well written book.
P.S Jake and Jack are names that are far too similar for my poor brain, and I often got confused between the two, as I did whilst writing this review!
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review