This is a beautiful and tragic story about redemption and healing. This story will make you cringe, make you cry and take your breath away. I expected a gritty, bad guy meets good girl story. What I got was sooo much more.
I think that Roan is quite possibly the most screwed-up, haunted character I’ve ever read about. The horrors of his past are unimaginable and I didn’t think there was any way he would ever overcome his “conditioning”. There were several times when I hoped that Hazel would just run and never look back.
Although Hazel also has some skeletons in her closet, they don’t come close to touching the terrors in Roan’s past. As they forge a relationship out of past pains, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop…and then it did. The resulting heartache was tremendous, but played a critical role in fortifying their relationship.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that this was a beautiful story. It was unlike anything I have ever read. It is definitely a new favorite of mine. Be prepared to deal with some intense emotions. I couldn’t focus on anything but this book, start to finish. Another 5 star rating for Ms. Winters from me!