by Brei Betzold
5 of 5 stars
Warning: This is not a fluffy love story – it contains and alludes to violence, torture and rape – a heroine broken in mind but not spirit – a hero with his own past regrets.
Scout has always wanted to follow in her family’s business of custom bike building. Being female never stopped her from getting greasy and slapping on paint with the best of them, and made her work even harder at opening up her own shop someday.
When an opportunity to win $500,000 dollars in prize money presents itself, Scout and her group of misfit friends sign on the dotted line to be filmed for a reality television show to win it. But like anything in life there’s always a catch to free money.
When nightmares of the past meet dreams of the future, Scout is forced to face her demons, or be quickly over run by the memories. In the midst of her inner turmoil, family will come home, and possibly a life she never expected to have could be within her grasp.
Harper Lee Lewis: (a.k.a. Scout), survived a horrible event in her past but not without some very deep mental scars. She is strong, skilled and driven.
Thayne Scott: Kind and understanding, while still being strong and protective.
I went into this book not really knowing what to expect, but I was VERY pleasantly surprised. Our heroine in this tale is an incredibly strong young woman determined to make her dreams come true despite having every reason in the world to crawl into a corner and hide from the world.
There are some extremely graphic scenes depicting sexual assault, but they are important to their story as are the powerful emotions that those scenes create.
The Hero is essentially perfect. Understanding, protective (without smothering), and very caring. This book brought me to tears on several occasions which is very rare for me to find in a book. It is an emotional book and very well written.
I cried for a little girl whose body was broken, for the women whose life was unequivocally changed. I cried giant racking sobs for all that was taken from me. I cried as I never cried before….
Plus… there are more than a few scenes where our strong heroine shows the boys up and that is always fun to read about.
Length: 322 pages
Price: $3.99 on Amazon