It's the last thing I remembered.
I was afraid.
Afraid to fight, afraid to run… afraid to breathe.
Then, everything had gone dark. As if life was finally hearing my pleas, my cries to end the torment. To end the fear.
But even in the dark, I still felt it.
I always felt it.
Roger was supposed to be the one. He was romantic and charming. And for the first little while, I thought I could be happy with him. But I was just the fish nibbling at that delicious bait, and he was holding the rod, ready to rip me away from everything I had ever known.
They said I was lucky to get away. Luck has nothing to do with it. If I was lucky, I would have never met the man who almost killed me. I would have never lost my grasp on the woman I used to be.
I'm trying to get her back, but time just doesn't seem to be enough.
My life had been a ricochet of one event leading to the next. Bouncing back and forth from good to bad. Happiness to despair. Hope to fear.
My name is Arianna West. I'm stronger now. Steady. Alive.
I can find a way to survive on my own. I can see what is coming for me. I can channel my fear into strength.
Except… I didn't see Jack.
And Jack changed everything.
For readers 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual content.
About the Author
I live in Morgan Utah with my husband, daughter, and dog, Kolo. I write as often as my active daughter will let me and my husband has the patience of a saint. I find inspiration from dreams, people I meet, and life experiences. When I write, I usually end up drinking one too many cans of Peace Tea, eating three too many Fruit by the Foot fruit snacks, and accidently kicking my pup and best buddy, Kolo, too many times since he loves to sleep under my desk at my feet. I started writing as a teen, but my fear of the unknown won out every time and I threw everything out. After becoming a mother and deciding to stay at home to raise my beautiful little girl, I tried again when I couldn't stop thinking of ideas. I loved every minute, every hour of sleep lost, and every character that came to life in my mind. It's strange, but my favorite moments are when I have writer's block because I can turn to my husband and find inspiration through him by just doing what we do best together. Talking, laughing, and just being in love. He doesn't like to read, but he never stops encouraging me to keep going. Writing has become an important part of my life and every book has a special place in my heart.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was fantastic. It was emotional. Arianna went through so much throughout the book. She found herself in a horrible situation in which so didn’t leave to protect the ones she loved. The love between Jack and Ari was amazing. Of course she was the last to know. The show of support the Ari got once she finally decided she wanted to change was amazing. This book has romance, family, support, violence, and difficult situations for some. It shows the lengths some will go to control someone else and the lengths some will go to protect the ones they love. Arianna found that her life changed when her brother’s best friend, Jack and her best friend, Amanda just left one day. She was so mad at Jack for leaving. She thought he was a coward and was taking the easy way, leaving her brother, Jake to deal with all. She knew that Jack and Jake were into some stuff they shouldn’t have been but she didn’t know everything and that lead her to believe certain things. Years later she is learning how to find herself again as well as the truth about what really happened that made Jack and Amanda leave. Arianna has an amazing inner strength that she doesn’t realize she has most of the book. Jake and Jack would do anything for her, to protect, even if it’s from herself. Arianna learns that sometimes you don’t need to be whole just someone who will love all the pieces of you. This story sucked me in and I can’t wait for the next book. I will say I was mildly annoyed that the names for her brother and his friend were so similar it got a little confusing at time. I could say so much more about this book, but I don’t want to give anything away. I will adding other books by Jessica Wilde to my TBR list. I was given this book in return for an honest review.