At twenty-three, I’m left with a decision. The outcome could be life or death.
Trent hit me once, and I cried. Then he hit me again. And again. After a while, I got used to it, as I slept on the floor beside his bed, night after night.
Everyone told me to leave him, but I can’t. He won’t let me.
The moment I wanted to give up on myself and any form of hope, Kemper—a tall, sexy Marine just home from Afghanistan walked into my bar. With one look in his eyes, I saw pain that mirrored my own.
At first, I thought maybe he would be my prince charming, riding in to save me, but all it took was one tragedy for me to remember…fairy tales don’t exist in real life.
Worldbuilding: This novel takes place in North Carolina. There are a few scenes were Kemper is overseas but the story usually stays in North Carolina.
Characters: The main characters in this novel were Daphne and Kemper. Daphne has drawn a rough set of cards in her life. Her relationship with Trent was something she could never get out of no matter how hard she tried. And with each minute she stayed with him, so called friends abandoned her left and right. Not to mention her will to actually break away, dwindled as well. Until she met someone with the same pain in their eyes, that graced her own. Kemper was a balm that soothed her aching and broken spirit but can they be more? Or will Kemper bow out like everyone before him? Kemper has just come back from a deployment that turned his life upside down. But even though the worst happened to him overseas, in North Carolina he might just find his salvation. Daphne is not like anyone he has ever met before but the only problem is that she’s taken. Never been one to poach another’s girl, only Kemper can’t ignore the feeling she inspires in him or the pain he sees reflected in her eyes. Can he be her savior? Or will he move on before either one of them can get too attached?
Plot: This was a pretty intense new adult story. While the romance arc was on and off sweet and light, the rest of the story was dark and somewhat uncomfortable to read during certain scenes. The author does specify that there is domestic abuse throughout the story and if you are sensitive to those types of things I would recommend you NOT read this story.
Writing: This novel was told in first person points of view of both Daphne and Kemper. As well as past and present point of view.
Curb Appeal: The cover is just so sweet looking and definitely caught my eye while I was browsing stories! The blurb on the other hand just hurt my heart. As intense and sad the blurb seemed it also really intrigued me. I was already entranced with the story before I even started the first page!
Ultimately: This new adult story was a lot deeper and heart wrenching than I expected it to be. The characters felt real and raw and the story took me on a roller coaster ride. All in all if you are in the mood for a heroine that finds the strength to make a better life for herself and a hero that would do anything for his girl then come check out Ravel!
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