ARC copy, requested a unbiased
Lorrie has been away from school for three semesters dealing with the horrors of her personal life. She decides the best way to over come her problems and move on from all the death surrounding her is to go back to school. It is there in the first few weeks before classes begin she meets Hunter. The relationship builds and the entire time Lorrie fights her growing feelings for Hunter. This was supposed to be a drama free semester without boys!
Hunter has his own secrets that he holds close, attempting to handle it on his own. He finds solace in cage fighting, alcohol and an endless stream of meaningless sex. When he meets Lorrie he begins to find someone who interests him more than any other girl he's met in a long time, and makes the decision to get to know her better. He also fights the growing attraction, but holds back his ground shaking secret from Lorrie. Will he ever let his guard down?
Im not sure where to begin with this review, I liked the writing style. I enjoyed the pain staking effort Mrs West put into making this book something which university kids could relate and understand. I found it refreshing to see university level romance where they didn't have fancy cars so they took the bus, and they used their Food Cards in the cafeteria to save cash. I loved, loved this having been a university student for over 5 years. Realism, check!
On the down side, none of the kids had -jobs-. They don't seem to have to worry about tuition, money or where they will have money to get the bare necessities like toothpaste. The majority of the kids in the book could be sponging off mom and dad, but Lorrie has no parents so where does she get all this money? I probably bring a unique perspective to this having been paying my own way through university and paying my own necessities since my first year in university, and I have to say, Im always at work. If I didn't work, I couldn't pay tuition. This cut deeply
into the realism of the novel for me. I kept thinking: "Get a damn job."
The lack of employment probably also hindered my ability to feel bad for Lorrie when she starts breaking down during exams. She seemed weak and selfish to me, complaining that some guy in prison sent her a letter (which is part of his rehabilitation program
, not some kind of cruel behaviour. She also expects Hunter to take care of her, even though she knows he has his own issues. She does very little to support him, and their relationship becomes incredibly unhealthy.
Hunter's obsession with Lorrie raised so many red flags I cant even list them here! He shows up where ever she is, when they finally have sex they are closed in for DAYS, and Hunter uses kittens to get a blow job - and Lorrie forgives
him. Im pretty sure Id punch him in the face and never look back. Get a backbone, Lorrie.
This is not to say I didnt enjoy
the novel. I did very much, and will most definitely read the second installment (against my better judgement). Even with all the things Ive listed I hated about the book, I found it difficult to put down, and will read any new series Mrs West develops. I feel like next time she should try for adult fiction to skip over any gaping holes in the fabric of character's lives (EMPLOYMENT), or young adult to make up for the weak heroine roles.
Overall Id reccommed this book to anyone who loves the new adult fiction going around - angst, lust and love are all prevalent. A rich tapestry of relationships and flawed main characters make it real, and a guilty pleasure.
See you next time, Lorrie and Hunter. I cant wait to catch up in Rescued (Wrecked, Book #2)!