Ember Walsh was always the quiet one, enjoying a book and a glass of wine over the noise and crowds of a club, but when her best friend asks her to come out and meet the boy she likes Ember's world is turned upside down. He appears like a mythical avenging angel, inked, gorgeous and completely out of her league but one look and Ember no longer wants the quiet, she wants him.
Trace Montgomery has buried his damaged past with women and fighting until one day he meets an angel and suddenly he wants more, he wants her. For her, he's determined to overcome his demons but will the dark secret that links their pasts bring them closer or will it tear them apart.
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Rating: ★☆★ 1/2
Version Read: Kindle
First let me start with these warnings. If you are one of the following: a grammar nazi, someone who can’t handle rough transitions, can’t overlook editing errors or needs a book to go through the perfect editing before, DO NOT read this book. This book is NOT for you and will likely make you mad. BUT if you are someone who can enjoy a story barring imperfections, rough transitions and lack of editing to enjoy the story underneath, READ THIS BOOK.
Now let me explain my above statement. There are grammar errors in this book. But not enough for me to pull out my badge and want to place the author under grammar arrest. It simply looks like they couldn’t find or afford one to proof read their work before publishing. Or maybe they were too unsure or shy of the story to show anyone. I hope that they revise and republish an updated edited version one day in the future, but to me it wasn’t enough for me to throw my Kindle across the room. The transitions were VERY rough. A simple use of double spacing, or something, to separate time lapses or different scenes would have been helpful. It can get somewhat confusing until you adjust to it. But I am the type of reader that will dive into a story and overlook most things unless it’s so blatantly distracting I can’t stand it. With this the story was so engrossing; it didn’t bother me after a while.
Now for the story. We have two different people Ember and Trace. Ember is the wallflower, who is shy and very high on the normal scale. Trace is the man with tats and bad boy charm that wants what he knows he shouldn’t. The story isn’t really a stereo typical boy meets girl and boy hits on girl, and then they connect. It’s more of a girl sees boy, boy stops drunk, girl sees boy in dark corner, shocked girl runs away. Ember and Trace is a natural progression in a relationship even if it does seem strange at first. But we’ve all looked across a room and have just known that the person on the other side was meant in our lives for whatever amount of time. That’s how this starts out. (Again I wish this would have been written in third person as I would have LOVED to know Trace’s thoughts, especially as the story progressed.) While some of the dialog can get a bit cheesy, the love story is heartwarming.
The road for Ember and Trace isn’t easy by any means, and there are a lot of bumps and obstacles, that mostly have to do with Trace himself. This is a full story that actually handles any issues that it brings up and doesn’t leave thinking “well ok what happened to….” You think you know at certain points, but then BAM you don’t. There is a mystery there about Trace’s parents and that makes up the second part of the story. The twist in it, I never saw coming. (And I usually guess pretty darn closely.) Also the burdens you find out that he’s carrying and his sense of responsibility is almost heartbreaking. At the same time it is also inspiring as he reveals each one. Ember starts to grow and come out of her shell. While there are peeks of her here and there in the beginning, only when she figures out things on her own does she really shine. Some may argue that she gave too much to try and heal a damaged man in the first part, but I would say she had set a hard limit and when it was breached stuck to her guns despite the pain. I don’t think she wasn’t trying to save Trace, but rather loved him enough to help him learn to love himself. Love heals, and her character was formed with that though in mind. When you love someone you love all the good, bad and damaged things about them. Not just the things everyone else sees.
The side characters are strong and don’t take away from the main two characters. Lucien was my favorite; I hope he gets a spin off. He was a definite addition to the story. Even the villains in the story weren’t a blatant over the top, but well done so we knew who they were and some we watch evolve into the horrid person they become.
The sex scenes aren’t overly graphic, but neither are they to be considered very tame. Although Ember (much to my disappointment) is a virgin, at the same time she isn’t stereotypical. It’s very hard to describe. Some of the language is rough, but not over done in a lewd way if that bothers you.
This book made me smile, get mad, sad and sigh. As W. Styron said “A good book should leave you slightly exhausted at the end, as you live several lives while reading it.” That can be said of this book. I would have given it a solid 4 Stars, but need of editing sadly made me give it a half. I will say I know that this is one I will reread.