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Crossing boundaries, taking no prisoners. Write what's in your soul.
It's the bass beat, the heartbeat, the lyrics rude and true.
Nya Rawlyns is the pseudonym of a writer who cut her teeth on sports-themed romantic comedy and historical romances before finding her true calling in the wilderness areas she has visited but calls “home” in that place that counts the most: the heart.
She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science.
When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or two pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
on June 03, 2013 :
Have to agree with other reviewers. This is a very visceral read, often poetic and very moving. This story very bravely enters the territory of self-abuse after victimization, the self-abuse taking the form of seeking more victimization (as opposed to consensual BDSM with safe words).
I did get lost a few times wondering where the protagonist was physically, because steps between his being in one place and another were absent, which made me back track to see if I missed something. That sort of thing pulled me from the story more than once. Also found myself misdirected by pronouns many times. The dedication of third person pronouns to the use of Tony only was very strict for most of the story, which at one point distracted me enough that I made substitutions of he for I, him for my, and got a perfect translation into first person.
I had a hard time suspending disbelief near the end. Why didn't either Tony or his love interest think of security cameras? They're dealing with criminals, have a suspicion of who is the criminal and they don't quietly set up security cameras? That wasn't very smart at all and doesn't seem likely in a story about people in our modern technological North America. A sting without security cameras? A sting where the love interest abandons his partner because he has work elsewhere? No. Doesn't work for me.
Other than that, I enjoyed this story. I found myself wishing I had Aidan's perspective too. Tank was an unapologetically brutal and fascinating character, and the sheer, unabated depth of hurt you wade through with Tony is riveting. I very much wanted to get to the redemption at the end.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on May 29, 2013 :
Sometimes we hurt ourselves because we are too terrified to feel good. Honestly, how many of us get this life thing right? If you are looking for a book that has sweet romance don't bother reading this book. This is the story of a soul searching for his place in this world when he was brought up to believe he would never fit. He makes choices some good, some self destructive. But each choice he makes brings him closer to the realization that he always did fit. There is a place for everyone. I found myself weeping and laughing and cheering. Would I read this book again? Yes, in a heartbeat.
(reviewed the day of purchase)