I don't believe in Fairy-tales and Prince Charming.
I believe in fear.
He taught me how to be afraid.
We first met on a playground during a wonderful summer day. It was the first time he hurt me and it wasn't the last. For ten years he's been my tormentor and I've been his forbidden. But then he went away and yet I was still afraid.
Now he's back and wants more than just my tears. You see...he thinks I sent him away so now he wants revenge...and he knows just how to get it.
*This book is new adult and contains rough elements such as harsh language, mild violence, and strong sexual content. Readers should be 18+.*
I read the prologue and I knew without a doubt I was going to love this book. I immediately started rubbing my hands together with a evil grin on my face.
There was a lingering question before I started this book. Was this dark, was this going to be twisted? The title led me to believe that, so I had to stalk the author, find out details, I need to know these things. If you tell me your book is dark, then it better be. Anyway, she was completely honest and told me she didn't know what to label her book. This being a new author, I didn't know what to expect. Well, she threw the book at me, and told me to be the judge. Challenge accepted. I went in with an open mind.
My final answer is Dark Romantic Suspense. I'm using romantic loosely here. There's isn't a real clear answer, I see why she struggled with labeling the book. The book needs a warning, that in itself is dark. Vanilla readers might have a hard time swallowing, dark readers may call this light in some ways. I call it a perfect balance and I loved every bit.
Warning, Book contains: Murder, Bullying, Mystery, Suspense, Coerced Non-Con, Alpha-Possessive Male Anti-Hero, and A Weak Frustrating Heroine.
There once was a little girl named Lake, who tried to save a boy on the monkey bars. There once was a boy named Keiran that told her not to. She didn't listen... The boy pushed her off the monkey bars and the rest is history as they always say. For ten years she lives in fear of this boy, her bully, her enemy. Until he was sent away thinking she was the one that set him up. Revenge is the only thing on his mind when he returns, and Lake is the target. But she was always his target, it just got worse.
I have to say I was hooked from the start. The monkey bar scene totally shocked me, something I did not expect. Why is this boy targeting this little girl? You can feel his need for control through the pages, and THIS IS A LITTLE BOY. I'm thinking, this is going to be good, there's no way I'm stopping now.
The book skips ahead ten years, both of them in high school. Lake lives with her aunt, her parents disappeared. Keiran lives with his uncle, and his parent aren't anywhere to found. I was instantly intrigued.
Are the disappearances some how connected? Is that why he's angry? Why would he torment her for years for no reason. I'm telling you, it's a real mystery. The book takes place within high school... But the story is not even close to being YA, the content is not your average bullying either. I was pleasantly surprised, this is whole other level of stalking here folks. THIS book has a vibe of Bully by Penelope Douglas, which is a favorite of mine. Except Keiran is 100 times worse. There's no right or wrong with him, he does what he wants without remorse. He's a bit terrifying I have to say. This is where the line crosses, I'm not sure vanilla readers are going to enjoy this bully. OF course I did, the meaner the better. He's cruel, his hostility bleeds from the pages.
"I’ve watched you and I’ve studied you,” he began again, breathing deeply. “I memorized you. I know what makes you hurt …I know what makes you sad… I know what makes you cry. But all your deepest fears, I will know. I’ll take your so-called strengths and I’ll make them your weaknesses."
The Middle - 4 Stars.
While Keiran makes Lake's life a miserable HELL, taking control of every aspect, black mailing her into submission... She just takes it, not fighting back, nothing. I was so frustrated beyond belief. Grow a back bone, go to the police, do something for fucks SAKE. She is weak, led my fear. I'm just warning you, she's going to make you want to pull your hair out. But then again, I wholeheartedly believe I would let Keiran do whatever he wanted to me too. Maybe.
"How about if I wrap this around your neck and strangle the fuck out of you?” I jumped from the bed, forgetting about my naked state and the words were spewing out of my mouth before I even knew what I was going to say. “Go ahead and do it! You’ve been threatening to kill me since we were kids!"
You have to like dark heroes to understand where I'm coming from.
The End - 5 Stars.
Woah Woah Woah. Say what?!?! Some of the mystery from Keiran's past come to back with a vengeance. This is where the story turns a bit more dark, we find out bits and pieces of why Keiran is damaged, some clues to what happened to Lake's parents, and whole lot of secrets are revealed. Lake finally grows some balls and does something that knocked me on my butt. After all the complaining I did about her being weak, I was SHOCKED. BRILLIANT MOVE!
I'm anxious to see where this story will go, it's not over by a long shot. I'd like a book for Dash. (Hint) This is the first book in the series, be prepared.
I'm going to stop now because I could go on and on. Sheesh my review is a frecking book, but before I go...
My dark friends you are going to love this book. My vanilla friends, read my review and decided for yourself.
BB Reid you now have a new stalker, oops I meant fan! :)
B.B. Reid was raised in North Carolina and attended North Carolina State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. She also has a military service background in the N.C. National Guard.
Her goal in life was to one day become lawyers for corporate America, but her dream was to write romances and touch the lives of millions of readers.
B.B., also known as Bebe, found her passion for romance when she read her first romance novel by Susan Johnson at a young age and she would sneak into her mother's closet for books and even sometimes the attic. It soon became a hobby and later an addiction that influenced her life in a positive way.
As a person who has always wondered about the existence of her talent, B.B. hopes that the launch of her debut novel, Fear Me, will be the beginning start to the pursuit of her happiness as well as her readers.