Cruel Water (a Portland, ME, novel, #2)

Cruel Water (a Portland, ME, novel, #2)

by Freya Barker

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Innocence marked her…

Violation crippled her…

Love left her raw…

The life she carefully rebuilt is challenged when she is confronted with the sins from her past. The carefully applied protection is at once ripped away, leaving her exposed and vulnerable.

Her single night of indulgence with the silver-eyed stranger is only the beginning. He sees right to the heart of her and she is unable to ward off emotions that have been deeply buried. With the sting of betrayal still fresh in her soul, she's surprised to find herself opening up to the honest integrity of the sharp-eyed, rough-looking biker.

When he lost everyone who mattered, he was left without roots and learned to be content simply living in the moment. Completely unprepared for the feisty blonde bartender with old pain marring her clear-blue eyes, he questions his own rules of detachment, as she unwittingly finds a way under his skin.

Appearances deceive and when the masks fall away, revealing deep, dark secrets, there is nothing left but to hang onto each other and survive the storm.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152817928
Publisher: Freya Barker
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Series: a Portland, ME, novel , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 577,224
File size: 514 KB

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Cruel Water 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read in this series, and the characters definitely make the book. Viv is a strong yet flawed woman that many readers will be able to relate to. I really enjoyed that Ike was there for her, willing to support her in every way, but accepting of her choice to fight her own battles. The characters are so real, you feel like a part of this little Maine town. The book is cliffhanger free.
Bouscher99 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing read from Freya Barker!! There are no adequate words to describe just how much I love this book ! It raw, gritty and real. The descriptions and actions were vivid enough that I actually experienced what the characters were going through and could empathize with Viv easily. This book had me in tears on several occasions and for many different reasons. I really love the way the author builds this story. It's not rushed by any means but you have a good understanding of what's going on suspicions of where it's going well before the 30% mark. I was completely involved in the story right from the start and that never wavered. Viv and Ike are phenomenal; both are so strong yet soft . Viv is a sassy spitfire and I don't think Ike can even say or do anything wrong if he tried . He's supportive, protective and loves hard but he's not overwhelming. This is a fantastic addition to this series and I will definitely be recommending it to friends!
JanuaryA More than 1 year ago
A hart felt must read! The emotions Freya takes you on during this book is amazing, the more you read of this story you feel like you are with Ike and Viv on their roller ouster of love. I can't wait to read more from Freya Barker.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Viv worked at The Skipper - she was a manager there but also cooked and tended bar. Syd and Gunner are the owners Dino the chief and they all treat her like family although Dino id a man of few words. Viv lived with an abusive husband for a long time but after he put her in the hospital four times she finally left him and went to a safe house. Viv had four brothers and none of them knew this had happened. One night at stranger comes in while Viv is on the bar Viv has what she believes is a one night stand with him. The next morning she has a call her father is in the hospital and quickly leaves knowing nothing about the man including no names no phone numbers. Viv had a horrible childhood no one knows about either the one time she turned to her mom she wasn’t believed. But she has talked to Pam about Frank her ex. Pam is her therapist and friend who runs the safe house. Pam also knows Viv is still hiding something deep within herself but patiently waits for Viv to tell her. The man Viv had sleep with the one time was back and looking for Viv he wants to get to know her better and convinces her to go out with him this is Ike. I loved this story. So very well written this could have happened , it made you feel like you were right there in the story. It does have some brutal parts but so does life and this just adds to the story. Absolutely adored the characters especially Viv and all the twists and turns she goes through as well as Ike. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Cruel Water, Portland ME novels Book 2,  Freya Barker Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction My first Freya Barker read and what a journey. There's a book out before this one, featuring characters from this novel and its one that's gone on my wish list! Its a read that's deep, dark at times, very intense and covers some uncomfortable subjects but is also a solid and beautiful love story.  Right from the first page I was pulled in, pulled to Viv and The Skipper, pulled to Ike and his "silver eyes" - doesn't that sound beautiful and mysterious too? Not grey, grey blue or anything but silver. That's a special term that sums up someone special. I enjoyed too that this was about older characters, Ike is 42 and I think Viv is 35 - about that anyway. It's clear she's got a troubled past, clear from her actions, from the little things she says and does and from the way her friends at The Skipper treat her. It's a place where people are valued, where they're accepted and encouraged but never pushed to give more than they can. For many years Viv thought she was coping OK and then something happens that brings it all back, and that's on top of the very real problems she has from another area of her past that's become her present. She's been existing - Ike's been there, done that and he wants to help her to Live not to just Exist. The way things play out rapidly it's good he's there because she needs him, desperately, even though she doesn't want to need anyone. It's going to take the support of many good people to help her through her demons. Poor Viv, I'd got an idea from a couple of things she says what was in her past, but not quite how bad or prolonged it was.Then the more recent issues become a real danger for her and I was so glad she had Ike and her friends, she needed them so badly. The connection between her and Ike was so sensual, so visceral and couldn't be ignored even though she tried to do just that, to pigeon hole Ike as a one off. He was persistent though, he knew what they had could be special and was determined to get her to see that.  Its not a book with quick, swift solutions but one where things take time, where its two steps forward and one back. I so felt for Viv, and was so glad she had friends, and that Ike came into her life just at the right time. He wasn't looking for love either, was a live for the moment guy but when he knew what they had could be long term he went all out for it. a great and very understanding guy. The story shows how one persona actions can't be ignored and how they affect not just the other person but many more, and tests families and friendships to the limits. At times I was on the edge of tears and had to out the book aside for a while thinking things over and reading something lighter but the ending is so perfect, and after all the dark it was wonderful to see the light coming.  Stars: Five, a really emotional, realistic story with a perfect ending. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, twists & turns, secrets, betrayal, abuse, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first From Dust This is Viv and Ike’s story. Viv works in a pub where she meets Ike and has one night with him. When she gets a call before that night is over she runs without exchanging names with the man she was with. She has secrets about her family she does not want to come out but when a nickname from years ago is uttered she is pushed back into that pain. Can she hide the pain from everyone or does Ike see it when they meet again? The more she around Ike the more she feels. But for years she has kept secrets from everyone. What happens when those secrets start coming out? Will Ike stick around with all the baggage she has? Will his touch heal her from all the past hurt? When one big secret comes out it destroys all she has with her family. Will she ever get them back or have they all turned their back on her? How can she handle the fact that Ike makes her feel and makes everything better? Can she count on him or is counting on him a mistake? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
This intense story of an abused woman and the man who stands behind and beside her is brilliantly written by a great storyteller. I recommend it to readers who want to think and explore feelings and experience life through the characters in this book. Viv is a survivor. She has been through more than most and has had the strength to overcome. She has a strong support group at work and one day evening meets Ike at the bar she works in. What could have been a one night stand ends up being so much more. This story is one of family and trust and communication and is so well written that I was drawn in and could not put the book down even while eating meals today. I was rooting for Viv as she dealt with one issue after another. I was hoping that Ike and Viv would be able to find the happiness, peace and love both so deserved. I enjoyed the slow unfolding of this story and how though things were not easy there were resolutions that eventually were healing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and want to thank NetGalley and BookBuzz Net for the copy to read and review.
nancy-h_ More than 1 year ago
"Just as I spot a figure running towards me, a large wave crashes into me, catching me off balance. My eyes never leave the approaching man, even as my legs are swept out from under me, and I'm washed into the cruel water." Freya Barker created a moving and emotional full story with Cruel Water(Portland, ME #2). It will take you on a journey to face the past and to reach for a future. Freya Barker addresses tough issues that are usually glossed over . She wrote about them with compassion and understanding. Although her characters might have a few cracks and dents, they all have an inner strength that helps them survive and live. Viv and Ike are the main characters in Cruel Water. I adored reading their story. I highly recommend any of Freya Barker's books.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written! I've read books where the hero/heroine has suffered abuse in their past but I've never had a book leave such an impact on me as this one has. The author did such a beautiful job of bringing the characters to life that I felt like this was a friend of mine who was struggling on the road to recovery, trying to learn to live with such a traumatic past and to forgive the people in her life who let her down. And Isaac... Freya Barker could not have done a better job of writing in such a great leading man. Any woman could not ask for a better partner to lead you out of the dark and into the light. Really, just a beautiful story. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review