Release Date: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Summary from Goodreads:
Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.
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 realizes 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 thought:
Somehow, despite being a book about abuse and incest, I really enjoyed it.
Sarah was really likeable, as was Sam. James, in a way wasn’t, but his appeal was still there. His instability is shown slowly over the course of the book, and at first similarities to his father are the last thing you’d ever think about him. It’s only as the book progresses that you realize how messed up he really is.
The incest part of the story is actually sort of small, despite its significance. It’s also not very detailed, but if that’s at all squicky or triggery for you, DEFINITELY avoid this book. Also, if family abuse is a trigger for you, again, stay away. If can stomach those topics, however, I definitly suggest it. I was pretty invested in the story by the end, which I simultaneously loved and hated.
Let’s just say Sarah got the closest thing possible to a happy ending.
Read this if: want to read something dark, don’t mind heavy triggers, and like strange families.
Out of 5: 4/5
This is book 11/120 for 2013