Anne Malcom has been an avid reader since before she can remember, her mother responsible for her book addiction. It started with magical journeys into the world of Hogwarts and Middle Earth. As she grew up, her reading tastes grew with her. Her obsession with books and romance novels in particular, gave Anne the opportunity to find another passion, writing. Finding writing about alpha males and happily ever afters more fun than reading about them, Anne is not about to stop any time soon.
Raised in small-town New Zealand, Anne had a truly special childhood, growing up in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. She has backpacked across Europe, ridden camels in the Sahara, eaten her way through Italy, and had all sorts of crazy adventures. Currently living in London, she’s on a whole new adventure.
BT Urruela is a combat wounded amputee, purple heart recipient, contemporary author who has written both independent and traditionally published books. He is a RARE under 40 award recipient, Rockwood Summit High School and Rockwood School District Hall of Fame inductee, Co-founder and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, Ambassador for Tampa Sports Academy, People Magazine Tribute for Heroes winner, Cover Model, Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist.
At an early age he began writing short stories having been inspired by reading books authored by RL Stein. His maternal grandmother’s bookshelf was filled with literature that inspired his young mind and cultivated his vivid imagination.
Upon graduation from high school his desire to have a 20-year military career was cut drastically short by an improvised explosive device. Taking the life of his commander, and leaving the remaining four team members badly wounded.
After careful consideration and multiple surgeries, he along with the guidance of his doctors made the decision to amputate. It was the only surgery he ever left with a smile on his face, as if a weight had been lifted. He struggled for two more years through 4-5 hours of physical therapy a day, five days a week to get adapted to his new prosthetic. He medically retired from the Army with high hopes. His focus on restoring his physical shape being the most eminent battle caused him to neglect his psychological state.
Meeting people was difficult and there were very few options for veterans to utilize that would stimulate friendship, and ultimately, allow communication barriers to be breached. After moving to Tampa, Florida, he co-founded the veteran community sports nonprofit, VETSports, with two other combat wounded veterans. It was their mission to change the way veterans transitioned back to civilian life through organized team sports, community involvement, and leadership opportunities.
After being invited to attend a photoshoot with acclaimed photographer Michael Stokes, he flew to California in December of 2014, with incredible excitement. His photos were so widely publicized that he soon gained exposure to the literary world like he’d always dreamed of. That opportunity launched him into his present writing career. He co-wrote the novel ‘A Lover’s Lament with author KL Grayson. The following year he released first solo novel, ‘Into the Nothing’ and will be releasing Wicked Little Words with author Stevie J. Cole. He is now writing full-time.
This was an odd duck! I thought for certain it was going to be one type of book and at the last minute it threw me for a loop. I really liked the storyline about this girl, Orion Darby, who was abducted while riding her bike home from her friends house one evening when she was fourteen. Orion had her head in the clouds after being kissed for the first time by her best friends brother. So she didn’t notice the van following her until it was too late.
Orion was raped and put in a basement with two other girls and she didn’t escape until ten years later. She lived through ten years of torture, rape and beatings and came out a different person. The story is about Orion’s struggle to have some sort of existence after living through hell on earth. The police detective that helps her after the ordeal is none other than the boy with whom she had her first kiss before being abducted.
I have read books like this before. One of tells of the struggle to go on after sex trafficking, where the girl even started to have a semblance of a normal life after a lot of therapy and time had passed. I thought this one would be much the same despite the blurb with Orion talking about taking revenge on the men that hurt and used her.
However, this book was a lot different than I expected and takes a much darker turn instead of going for the inspirational ending where everything is just fine. I don’t want to give anything away, but to say that I will give this book 4 stars because though I do like it when a story strays from the predictable, this ending seemed a bit too rushed for me!
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.