Published by Self-Published on 7th March 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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After three long years of living in a hell she never could have imagined, Lucy Jane Simmons courageously escapes to New York City for a fresh start.
A new beginning...
When Lucy meets Knox Taylor, the intoxicating man in the business suit, everything she thought she knew about relationships changes. He is strong, seductive and makes her feel safe. But can she open up enough to let him in?
Will Lucy Jane escape the scars of her past? Can Knox give her the future she ultimately deserves?
A story of rediscovery...
Reviewed by Shannon
*I won an ecopy of this book*
“Hmm…I’d give it a six. No, maybe a seven,” I answered.
His eyes widened in surprise, obviously taking me seriously. I almost felt bad. Almost.
“A seven, huh?” he asked, wiping a hand down his face. “Uh, okay.”
I continued to pretend I was disappointed. “Yeah, I mean don’t get me wrong. It was good, I guess. I was just expecting more”
He turned completely on the couch to look at me, resting his arm on the top of it. “Interesting. What do you suggest I do?”
I tapped my finger on my chin, pretending to think it over. “I have no idea, Knox. Maybe when you go home you can practice kissing on your hand?”
Funny moments like this always make me smile whenever I read a book mainly because it brings the guy, in this case Knox, down a peg or two ;). Now while this moment between Lucy and Knox is pretty light hearted and funny that is not the case with the book as a whole. It actually has a pretty serious and sometimes intense subject matter. It does, however, have a few fun moments between Lucy and Knox that I love including the one above.
Discovering Lucy starts right off the bat with Lucy getting abused by her boyfriend Drake. While intense, I really appreciated that it was out in the open from the beginning and we didn’t have to wait for the slow reveal. Luckily, Lucy gets away from her abusive boyfriend and finds herself in New York City working at a cosmetics counter in a department store. She happens to catch the eye of the rich and handsome, Knox. From there they form a friendship even though you know he wants more. And obviously it does go there because, well, it is a romance ;). Just when things seem to be going great, that’s when things start to take a turn for the worse.
The beginning of the book when Knox starts to pursue Lucy was interesting for me because usually I just go with the flow of how the relationship will play out. But since I knew Lucy was in an abusive relationship previously, I kept yelling at her to not give her phone number away or to get a ride home from Knox because he’ll know where she lives. In most books I never think anything of the sort in these situations, but because we already knew Lucy’s past I felt like I needed to protect her or something. I know I’m weird. It’s not like she could hear me or anything sigh. Given, Knox is the hero of the story so I should be rooting for her to take a chance with him. I think I’ve just read too many mysteries where the good guy is really the bad guy. But, after some sweet talking by Knox I grew to love and trust him. I mean who wouldn’t? He’s hot, rich, super sweet, and has no deep dark secrets…yay!
For me, the second half of the book is where it really took off. The beginning always had the underlying fear that Drake would find Lucy and that comes out more in the second half. Obviously the situation is terrible and you just want her to be safe, but at the same time, you know that won’t be the case forever. It definitely had me turning the pages faster so I could find out what was going to happen. The end, while a little predictable, was very good in my opinion. And the fact that there was no cliffhanger was awesome.
Besides the story though, I loved the characters. Lucy was amazing. She was such a strong character and while timid at times, would stand up for herself when the time called for it. Knox was just perfect. No deep dark secrets that he was hiding. In fact the only secret in the whole story is Lucy’s past, which we are already privy to. And let me tell you, Knox sure knows how to wine and dine a girl. Flowers, clothes, dinner…he goes all out. And then there’s Megan, the best roommate and friend a girl could have. While a little pushy at times, you know she always meant well.
This book definitely had its ups and downs for me but all in all I really enjoyed it. Knowing from the get go Lucy’s past was very refreshing to me and I appreciated being right there with her. And I look forward to reading more by Laura in the future.