Life has taught eighteen-year-old Nancy to expect the worst, so when she’s kidnapped off the backstreets of Edinburgh she’s convinced her number’s up. Her captor, Robert, seems to have it all: youth, looks, and money, but she soon discovers that beneath the façade hides a lonely, neglected little boy with demons of his own.
Bleeding Hearts is the story of two disturbed young adults from opposite backgrounds, but the shared experience of a dreadful childhood. With love and salvation unexpectedly within their grasp, demons from the past resurface, and murder threatens to tear them apart…
Bleeding Hearts - A Young Adult Romance, by Annaliese Plowright
Warning: The Young Adults in Bleeding Hearts have faced some tragic events including; abuse (non-detailed), domestic violence and neglect, and is recommended for mature readers.
Decent but flawed
Nancy Miller is a poor, illiterate teenage girl scrounging out a meager living in Edinburgh. On the day she gets fired from her waitress job, she is snatched off the street, thrown in a truck and driven to a huge house. There, she is held captive by a rich, handsome yet troubled boy named Robert, who refuses to tell her what his interest in her is. As they get to know each other, Nancy learns that she and her captor share far more than she first realized.
What I loved:
While it did take a while for the story to get going, the story kept my interest all the way through. I was intrigued by Robert’s character, and while Nancy was quite difficult to get to like at times, she grew on me.
What I didn’t love:
I wasn’t wild about many of the choices the author made (overlong paragraphs, too many adverbs, many typos, etc.) Additionally, though the book has “A Young Adult Romantic Thriller” in its subtitle, this story has about ten times more profanity than you’d find in the average YA book. Though I appreciate the realism profanity brings, especially when the main character is a street kid, the number of f-bombs felt gratuitous.
My Final Verdict:
Bleeding Hearts is a decent story. If you can forgive its shortcomings, it will keep you entertained till the very end.