Author: Jessica Lemmon Published: January 19, 2016 Pages: 200
Stars: 1 out of 5
Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.
It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.
He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.
The story jumps feet first with a panicked Tucker. The author creates a nice balance between sympathy and disgust. Thus creating a wonderful page turner that slowly draws you into the story. But the plot changes quickly and before long, this story isn’t anything like I thought it would be. It’s both a positive and a negative that the author provides an inside look into Tucker’s thoughts. The positive being the reader gets to see the complexity of the character and the negative being it takes away from the potential of the book. I think without knowing what went through Tucker’s mind, this book would be more intense, an undeniable page turner, and scary.
As the story continues, Stockholm syndrome comes to mind. As dose spoiled brat. The heroine of the story, Morgan, is over dramatic and doesn’t have any common sense. While she is kidnapped, the thing that pushes her over the edge is her vegetarian virtues. Also, her chipped nails and dirty hair. And although Tucker gives her a peanut butter sandwich, she becomes hysterical that she will starve to death. And the thing she wants most that will keep her from starving to death is a salad. Yes, my friends, a freaking salad! Although her character is sympathetic to Tucker’s situation, I really didn’t like her character. At times I felt like Morgan was playing a game, taking a break from her difficult privileged life, to have some fun with the town bad boy.
Contrary to Morgan’s character, Tucker’s character stands out the most in this story. His pain is heart-rending and the story of his childhood is horrible. I am at a loss for words on horrible his childhood was and the father who caused all this pain. This book is dark and highly emotional. The plot centers around rape and cruelty, with the hope of a happy ending.