Murder... Fifteen years to Life... Childhood to manhood...
With his parole granted, it's time for Brian to come face to face with real life. What he doesn't know is that this new life would prove to be the most difficult thing that he had ever faced. There would be struggles beyond his control. He has to learn how to be a man, and learn everything that goes along with it.
Sex... Love... Life... Responsibilities...
Will it be too much for him to handle, or is he strong enough to survive life on the outside?
Recommended for 18+ due to language, strong subject matter, and sexual content.
**Warning** This book contains physical abuse. Please be advised.
Standalone NA contemporary
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really loved "15 Years to Life" by Regina Bartley! It was not exactly what I expected it to be, but in a good way. There was just the right amount of tension and emotion; it felt balanced. I expected something much darker, and it was kind of a relief to be able to comfortably read through it one sitting. When things go overboard, then I need a breather. This, as I said, was balanced, and I really value that in a book! I loved Brian, and I could sympathize with his plight. This book makes me wonder how many CHILDREN are forced to grow up in "correctional" facilities. Given his motive, he should have been considered a hero rather than a murderer. He was 11 . . . How was he supposed to know the "right" way to "fix" the situation? We knew from the beginning who would be his lady love, but we didn't know how they could be together. That added a nice layer of drama and suspense. His sister, Blaine, added some tension herself with her mysterious boyfriend. I loved hearing Brian through the pages. He sounded like a real guy, written by a guy, which is great writing if you ask me! He always tried to be honest and forthcoming even when he didn't really know how. He tried to do the best he could by everyone around him despite the world having basically dumped on him for his entire life. He suffered no issues of entitlement and tried to work and be a functional member of society. I would be drawn to such a man in real life in a heartbeat! One of my favorite parts was the extra at the end. Blaine wrote a letter to her brother, and we could only guess at the contents until the very end. I loved that. It was both touching, a little surprising, and very enlightening. I don't think I am sounding excited ENOUGH or praising this book ENOUGH, but although I spent several days hitting the refresh button waiting for this to be published in the U.S., I was not disappointed at all. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves romance, an easy read with a complex story-line (if that makes sense), and rooting for the underdog. Well done!