The Debt

The Debt

by Tyler King


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ISBN-13: 9781455595235
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tyler King was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Creative Writing. As a journalist, her work has appeared in Orlando magazine and Orlando Business Journal, among other publications. She is a proud army spouse currently living in Virginia with her husband.

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The Debt 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author and from the first page I was pulled into this story! It isn't an easy read for some, but well worth it if you ask my opinion. I liked that it was written by a man's point of view, and that it wasn't sugar coated! Every character in the book played a vital role, and I enjoyed how each character was portrayed and a small back story was included. It wasn't over the top and just enough detail to help you understand their role in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first thing I noticed about this book was that the blurb didn’t exactly match what I was reading. Maybe I misinterpreted it, but I felt somewhat lost because of it. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable and it looked like it had all the makings of a good book. Hadley and Josh’s relationship was complicated and as other reviewers have pointed out, they were both pretty messed up. I am okay with flawed characters -in fact, I find them more likable than “normal” people! But unfortunately, somewhere between the middle and 75% through, I sort of lost interest in their relationship and fell into a bit of a slump. The plot slowed down and I was eager to get a little more action. Then when the action did come, it seemed forced and not what I was hoping for. The Debt was a pretty decent read and other readers may really like it, but in my opinion, it didn’t live up to its potential. New adult is my go-to genre so I generally have high expectations when it comes to NA and I was hoping for a more unforgettable read. Instead, it was average-good for me. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters that were believeable. Definitely angsty, had a Beautiful Diaster feel but darker. Give it a shot it got me out of a serious book rut
ClosetBookJunkie More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Tyler King and it surely won't be the last! Josh is highly talented musician with a horrible past that not only haunts him daily but cripples him emotionally and physically. Hadley has been his rock since day one and fights her own demons with Josh's friendship and support. These two were a complete mess apart but together they create something beautiful. This book was heart-wrenching and original. Dealing with many difficult topics I think the author handled it beautifully... brought me to tears. Highly recommended and am excited to read more from this author!!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--THE DEBT is a stand alone, friends to lovers, new adult, romance story line by first time author Tyler King. This is music prodigy Josh MacKay, and artist Hadley Mitchell’s story of dark demons, broken childhoods, and never quite letting go of the past. Told from first person point of view (Josh MacKay) using flashbacks, memories, self-examination and present day, THE DEBT looks at two lost souls whose earlier years were fraught with abuse, neglect, loss, and the foster care system that failed two children and destroyed their lives. Josh is a music prodigy but events from his past have caused Josh to turn in another direction finding solace in his friendship and love with Hadley Mitchell-who at five years of age-saved Josh when no one else cared enough to listen. THE DEBT follows the bruised and battered relationship between Josh and Hadley-a relationship founded on a kindred friendship brought about by circumstance and loss. At times, both Josh and Hadley’s issues engulfed the story in anxiety and stress. Help was but a phone call away but these two were reluctant to reveal their darkest secrets and lies. We are introduced to Josh’s ‘Mad Electro’ band mates-Corey, Trey, and Scott. While Josh and Hadley’s home life continues to fail, Mad Electro find themselves falling apart. Dr. Simon MacKay, Josh’s adoptive father, is a strong presence in the life of our leading couple. Andre’s friendship with Hadley begins to build a wall between Hadley and Josh. THE DEBT is a story line that looks at a number of emotional and psychological disorders caused by abuse, neglect and PTSD. There are moments of anguish, torment, anger and heartbreak. The story line elements may be triggers for some readers so be warned if you are sensitive to the subject matter. As mentioned earlier, THE DEBT follows several different time lines, flashing back and forth between the present and the past but all from our hero’s point of view. As Josh MacKay recounts his life and reveals the demons, life throws another curve ball into our hero’s life. The premise is tragic and heartbreaking, impassioned and encouraging. The characters are intense and passionate; the romance is intimate, revealing and hopeful.
LittleMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Tyler King and unfortunately, it looks like it will be the last. It was an interesting concept to write about but all in all, it was too much and not enough at the same time. Hard to believe that is possible, but it really is. Everyone I know is probably tired of hearing about how I love a screwed up character. I say it all the time and I always go on to say that it's the journey of that screwed up character that really can make or break a book. But these characters were too flawed. There were too many things going on with them and then not every issue was explained. This is a big problem for me. If a character is messed up, own it. Make them messed up but on the same note, make them either totally realize it or totally ignore it. The character can't have it both ways because it makes the book confusing for the reader. Just like the characters can't have 74 psychological issues and the author insinuate that they are all superbly important but then the author only talks about 3 of them. Again, you can't have it both ways. There were also quite a few flashbacks, which is great. That can bring new depth to a story and give you some insight into the characters. But that wasn't the case with this book. It slowed the story down and while it did show you a peek into the characters past, by the time the story picks back up again you're thrown into another flashback that slows the story down again. It becomes very frustrating after the first few times. The book as a whole reads a bit jerky with starts and stops in the plot. There wasn't really a flow to it that goes seamlessly between plot points. This, coupled with the flashbacks, REALLY slows things down and made me lose focus and interest in the storyline. It was like trying to ride a skateboard in the snow when it's past your knees. I don't want to have to work at reading a book. My reading preference is to sit down and get lost within the pages. I want to be transported somewhere and I don't care if it's a bad place where I'm reading about childhood trauma or if it's a romance novel. I just want to become immersed in what I'm reading. I just didn't get that with The Debt. I wanted to, it sounded like a good book when I first picked it up but it just didn't play out like that. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
An exceptional debut by an author that is definitely on my "to watch" list. The writing was fantastic, the subject matter emotionally-heavy, the characterization complex and multi-layered, and the romance one you couldn't help cheering for from the sidelines. I LOVED that this was written entirely from the male POV, and I thought it was well executed. Josh has had a very traumatic childhood and he still bears significant scars. Hadley is the only other person on this planet who truly understands him because she experienced some of it with him. They came to rely on each other as little kids, and that hasn't changed as they've grown into adulthood. Things have been far from plain sailing, and they are at a point in their lives and their relationship, that is definitely make-or-break time. They love each other so much, but are afraid of hurting one another, so they hide a lot of their feelings behind their issues. At times, this was very heavy going. Both mains have deep-seated issues that go back to their dysfunctional childhood. I really liked that therapy formed a central part of this story, and I feel it was important to put that message out there. I also liked how the author didn't gloss over what had happened to Josh. It was brutally painful to read, raw and heartwrenching, totally realistic and believable; superbly written. Through therapy, the support of family and friends, and their love for one another they finally make progress and a future they never thought possible now seems within reach. I love my happy endings :) I felt the pacing was off in parts of this story, and it became repetitive and dragged a little. I also didn't like how abruptly it ended. But they are my only complaints, and the only reason this is a 4-star rather than 5-star review. The subject matter meant it was a very intense read despite some great comedic scenes, fantastic banter, and plenty of scorching hot sexy times. It's not for the faint of heart. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. Both characters were complex and magnificently developed. The emotions were real and I felt everything they were experiencing. This isn't an easy story to pull-off as a debut piece of work, but Tyler delivers with aplomb. She is definitely an author to follow, and I have no doubt she will have a successful writing career. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“I cherished the rare moments when Hadley was relaxed, laughing, and more like her old self. I had a debt to Hadley that I’d spend the rest of my life repaying. I owed her my head on a platter. And if ever given the chance, I’d take a bullet for her.” The Debt follows the story of Hadley and Josh. Hadley and Josh grew up with one another in foster care. Hadley was the only shining moment for Josh. Try as they might to protect one another and keep each other safe, life had other plans. As time goes on, the two of them are adopted by nice families, but the pain and trauma of what Josh went though will stick with him long after. As adults, Hadley and Josh are still “friends” but their lives are very awkward and different. Josh has these love/hate feelings for Hadley. One minute he can’t stand her and then the next, he wants to make her happy. And Josh has so much anger and so much hate in his life. The only way he can ever move on and attempt to make things right with Hadley, is by facing his fears. Overcoming his past….Easier said than done…. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about this book because I don’t want to spoil it, so bear with me. Here’s what I can tell you…. The Debt is a unique and refreshing story. It’s told from one point of view and let me just say, major points for this story being told in the male point of view. I really enjoyed the idea of this story. It was sexy, intriguing, and frustrating. I am a sucker for angry, broken characters; and this story does not disappoint. Josh and Hadley’s story is not an easy one and their story does deal with some intense subject matter. And that’s what makes their journey even better. They have so much to overcome, so much to move past. Overall, I thought The Debt was an enjoyable read. I found it be well written and captivating. This book was intense, and frustrated me at times. But, I really enjoyed the journey that Josh went on and I appreciated how hard he worked for his HEA. The Debt is the debut novel for author Tyler King and I’m really looking forward to reading more from him in the future. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*