Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street.
Best decision I ever made.
Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job.
My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved.
But the saying is true.
The world makes way for those who know where they are going.
I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace.
But then there’s him.
I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me.
He makes me feel.
But it’s real.
I’m sure you’re wondering how a person falls in love with their stalker.
So am I.
This isn’t a story.
This is my life.
***Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.***
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With that said, the best part is that I was caught completely unaware of the tragic ending. I dropped my kindle at 99% and looked to the heavens praying 'please don't let it be what I think it is' and... turns out it is exactly that. Well... kind of. At the very, very end you figure out that life sometimes just sucks and although while I was halfway through Raw, I stepped away and gave some thought as to whether or not I'd read a follow-up. At that point I came to conclusion that yes, I was enjoying myself, yes it's an awesome tale, unique plot and just a great reading experience... but I did conclude that I wasn't sure if I would. I kind of liked the idea of this being a stand-alone... because really at that point I wondered what more could be added to this book in order to make a series of it and I couldn't think of anything. There's so much that happens here that unless a second book consisted mainly of sex - there wouldn't be much else to tell....
Now, that I've finished reading Raw - the first thing I did was come and check to see if it was going to turn out as a series and although there is little (none actually) indication that this may happen, I'm broken!
I know, I know - I just told you it ended tragically, but there is definitely more to this tale and I get the distinct impression that this was done purposefully. Regardless of whether there will be a followup or not - I'm sad and happy all at the same time regarding my recent reading experience. Mind Blown actually...
This was my first read from author Belle Aurora but her name wasn't new to me. It was just a matter of time before I got sucked in and I'm proud to announce that, that time has come. This is the first book of 2014 that I've read, enjoyed and freaked out about. It's the first 2014 Favorite and topping this is going to be really, really hard.
A little about the book - It's brutal. Passionate. Addicting and a serious heart-stopper. There's absolutely nothing, not a thing pretty about this book. It's not a sweet romance with happy, laughing characters. I've figured that I obviously have a thing for dark romances and can you blame me for always praising those? There's definitely an art in writing something considered taboo but making it look beautiful. A book that's brutal with unlikable characters that we just can't help but fall in love with. Raw is written in a way that readers don't see the dark, fearful side of the characters but instead you end up falling in love with the monsters within them.
It's crazy - I know. If you read Raw, you'll understand what I'm saying. Twitch is not a very likable guy. Not at all. In fact there was a time in the beginning that I really didn't like him much. His actions are scary, his behavior abnormal for romance novel hero's... but eventually I fell in love.
There isn't much else to tell you that you can't pick up from the blurb, but just understand that although shocking, intense and very dark... it's one of the most beautiful love stories I ever, ever read.
It was easy to see why Raw is in the Amazon Top 100 Reads at the moment. It should be higher though... much higher.
Rating: 5 Stars (& 2014 Favorite)