Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.
Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realize James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact . . .
What I loved:
I loved how raw this book is. Though it was hard to read at times, the characters are so realistic, that I felt I couldn't put it down. I needed to read their story. I've never dealt with any of the issues going on in this book, but I realize there are people who do go through it, so I really felt I owed it to them to finish this story.
The characters. Sarah is much stronger than she thinks she is. Her character was hard to read at times because I just wanted her to stand up for herself, but she is very loyal, even to those she shouldn't be. James was a tough character to like. Even though I could tell he was protecting his sister, it was hard to watch him go down a road he shouldn't. His character broke my heart. I adored Sam. There's not a whole lot I can say without giving away any spoilers, but I really loved Sam and Sarah's relationship.
What left me wanting more:
This book is a very disturbing read. It deals with incest, all kinds of abuse and even murder. Though it was hard to read at times, I think its very important that this book is out there. This book can be very eye opening. I just want to make sure that people know what they're getting into when they pick up this book. It's not going to be an easy read. It's not a happily ever after ending. However, it's still a fantastic book and I could not put it down.
Overall I'm thankful I read this book.
While there are some light scenes and some sexy ones, there are just as many gritty and dark ones.
James her brother is ago broken but has this mission to protect Sarah that at first I could look over all the negative but things quickly escalate into areas that the author is brave to speak up on and explore because I think issues like these probably happens more than anyone would imagine but it isn't talked about.
Sarah evoked so much sympathy from me. I cannot imagine living in an environment like hers, but she has such a fighter's spirit. She thinks that she knows what love is because of how James has always been there to protect her but watching her realize just how dysfunctional their own relationship is so hard to read. She feels like she is betraying him by having other friends and for having interests in guys, and she has to watch every move she makes because even though James protected her from their dad, he has a temper and many problems of his own.
While many of the characters break your heart, Sam and his mom are especially dear to me and I loved reading the scenes with them in it. It balances out in a way Sarah's messed up family because Sam's mom is involved and caring. She even looks out for Sam's friends as well, because her heart is so big. It was awesome seeing the character growth in Sarah through her interactions with Sam and his mom. Though, they are not without heartbreak of their own... Sam's dad was killed in action protecting our country and that has left a hole in their hearts and memories.
The ending absolutely trampled on my heart and while i could expect nothing less from such a realistic and no holds barred book, it is still on my mind and i am having a hard time processing it and figuring out how things could have ended any differently.
Bottom line: Beautifully dark and amazingly crafted story that will move you and is so powerful and emotional.