“Living in disfunction junction!”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓🥰
The heroine: Holly – Kidnapped at a young age, she was held captive in a small room with no windows for 11 years. Only taken out when her captor wanted to teach her a lesson, and he put her in a well in the woods for days at a time.
The Hero: Tyler – He is walking in the woods and finds a teenage girl in a well. He gets her out and kills the guy that comes back for her as he is rescuing her. Tyler was badly burned in a fire and he now lives in a small house in the woods.
The Story: Tyler is known as an outcast in the small town because he lives alone in the woods, rarely talks, has tattoos and rides a motorcycle. Though he does things like decorates different trees in the forest for Christmas, finds lost dogs and more. After rescuing Holly, he takes care of the dog she was found with.
This book was as much about recovering from past trauma as a romance. I really felt for Holly after she was rescued. We hear every now and then about girls being rescued from captivity after being stolen away and hardly think about the struggle they go through once they are returned. While being held captive, Holly finds refuge in her book of fairy tales and after her rescue she sees Tyler as the handsome prince who rescued her.
Her parents don’t seem at all happy to have her back. The family basically broke apart after she was taken. Her father getting lost in his work, while her mother broke down for years and was only able to build herself up again after getting pregnant again five years later. Now she doesn’t seem to want her ordered life or her innocent young daughter corrupted by a traumatized girl. So they have her live at a treatment facility and only come home on the weekends.
I really liked Holly’s brother, who is the only one who truly cared for her and tries to help her. He explains to her why the rest of the family is the way they are. He wants her to move with him to New York and help integrate her into a new life.
The narration was done by Ava Erickson and Guy Locke. Ava did a terrific job and I really enjoy her voice. However, Guy Locke drove me crazy on this one. I don’t like his cadence and this guy is a loner who hangs out in the woods and rarely speaks, yet the narrator sounds like a banker. It just didn’t fit at all. Though I stuck it out because I was interested in the story and I genuinely liked these two characters.
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