Publication: April 22, 2020
Page Count: 180
Goodreads Synopsis: Marc
The state took me away from my mother when was I twelve and sent me to live with an uncle, who worked on some fancy estate.
That’s when I met Ash, she was ten and the daughter of the man who owned the estate. She thought I would be her new best friend but I only wanted to be left alone.
For years she was always there, always annoying me, always wanting more from me. But our roles were clear. She was the princess and I was the chauffeur’s charity case.
I told her not to fall in love with me…she didn’t listen.
My Thoughts: Once again, I judged the book by its cover. The color scheme and font combinations drew me in, and I honestly don’t know what to think. I want to hate it, but I just can’t.
The characters are a bit of a mess in my opinion. Marc is your typical bad buy with hidden feelings; Ashleigh is the typical innocent girl with a hidden dark side. I usually love this trope, but it felt a bit weird with this book. The contrast between the two was a bit overwhelming.
Some of the dialogue and actions were unrealistic and made me partially uncomfortable at times. Ashleigh’s persistence was also a little weird, and there were several times when it kind of annoyed me. Likewise, some of the things Marc says, thought, or did were very odd to me.
I believe that Arthur, Ashleigh’s father, was written amazingly, though. The way S. Doyle wrote him made me absolutely despise him. Whereas I typically sympathize with characters if they realize they did something wrong, I still hated Arthur even as he cried for forgiveness.
I did like that she included both Ashleigh and Marc’s perspectives of specific events. It was nice to be able to know what exactly they both thought of each other at any given moment. The alternating perspective’s was easy to understand and was done exceptionally well.
Even with the small issues I had, I still couldn’t put the book down. It held my attention fully from page one, and I still find myself wanting more after it ended. I do think S. Doyle is a fantastic author, and I’ll definitely check more of her books out soon. Perhaps I just picked the wrong book to start with, or maybe I was just in the wrong mindset going into this book. Either way, I did love her writing style, and I’ll probably still read the rest of the series.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger Warnings: This book includes abuse, drug use, alcohol, a near-death experience, and sexual scenes.
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