Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: "Wake Up Call" by Victoria Ashley


 
 

Title: Wake Up Call
Author: Victoria Ashley
Publication: August 8, 2013
 
 
Synopsis:
 
My heart stopped and suddenly it was hard to breathe. His voice always had that effect on me. It was like poison slowly running through my veins killing me bit by bit. Like a drug that I couldn't get enough of even though I was almost down to my last breath.

Jace took a step forward and grabbed my hand. He slowly trailed his fingers over my face and backed me into the wall. My heart stopped again if that was even possible. "You can't leave," he whispered. "I need you." His warm breath kissed my lips as he bit his bottom lip and placed both of his hands around my face. They were warm and soft to the touch. Too big for my fragile face, although I wanted to bury myself in them. "Breathe. There is no one here but the two of us. Breathe," he whispered.



Avery Hale had spent her whole childhood abused by her drunken, hopped-up parents. Broken from a lifetime of hate and pain she grew up realizing that trust and love just didn't exist. Not in her world at least. After turning the age of eighteen, she packed up and moved far away determined to escape her hurtful past and start a new life. Once on her own she comes to the conclusion that the emptiness still exist. Doing what she had to to survive she found herself mixed up in exotic dancing and meaningless sexual relationships unable to feel anything, for anyone. She was sure that her life was worthless and there was nothing left for her. On the other hand, so she thought. 

After meeting a beautiful stranger, Jace, her life suddenly is turned upside down. Everything that she truly believed suddenly gets questioned and then she is left to figure out if there is really more to her than she could ever have imagined. Jace, having some secrets of his own puts the pain of his own past behind to do what he can to help Avery.Can the love of another broken person be enough to help Avery, or is she already too far gone? 

Avery's life is pulled in many directions as she tries to find herself, and not everyone and thing is what they seem to be in this story of love, trust and opening up. Finding herself and learning to love herself might just be the hardest thing she's ever had to do.
 
Review:
 
 There are times when people are meant to meet. Something in the stars align and pull two torn people together to make a whole. This is what happens when Jace meets Avery. They both have deep hidden pain that you can't see. The outside shows a beautiful person, when inside lies a broken past.

Avery is living life, just existing to escape the shadows and nightmares of parents who didn't care and abused her. Her job as a stripper affords her a dump of an apartment. Her only companion is Caleb a beautiful stranger that she uses to fend off sexual need and try to make herself feel beautiful with. Caleb wants more, but she reminds him over and over that he knows how things work and he will never get more than she can give.

Jace and Avery first see each other at the strip club while Avery is performing. When a man can take your breath away just by standing there, what else can he do for you? In the case of Jase and Avery...he can do a whole lot more. For instance, rescuing her from harm, offering her a decent job, and renting her a room. He may even give her more, if she'll let him.

This is a beautiful romance about two beautiful people who have been harmed by those who were supposed to love them. They have both seen what abuse is capable of and fight to break the chains memories have given them. The moment Avery saw Jace I was hooked.  From that moment on the story just got better and I knew I couldn't put the book down until it was finished. Avery is so tortured. She hasn't had any life experiences that many of us take for granted. She has been completely sheltered from anything that is good in this world.

This is a 5 STAR Read and then some.
It makes you realize how we take people for granted. I'll be looking for more books from this author as this is the first one I've read by her and to say it was superb doesn't do it justice.
 
Author Bio:
 
Victoria Ashley is an author from Rockford, IL. She wrote her first novel in 2011 after finding an app on her phone that allowed writers to upload their own work. After finding her passion in writing she then moved on to publish her first novel Wake Up Call, which has been viewed over thirteen million times on that website and plans to continue working hard to publish more in the near future. You can find her Facebook Author page here. https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaAnneAshley?ref=stream
 
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Excerpt:
 
"My heart stopped and suddenly it was hard to breathe. His voice always had that effect on me. It was like poison slowly running through my veins killing me bit by bit. Like a drug that I couldn't get enough of even though I was almost down to my last breath.
Jace took a step forward and grabbed my hand. He slowly trailed his fingers over my face and backed me into the wall. My heart stopped again if that was even possible. "You can't leave," he whispered. "I need you." His warm breath kissed my lips as he bit his bottom lip and placed both of his hands around my face. They were warm and soft to the touch. Too big for my fragile face, although I wanted to bury myself in them. "Breathe. There is no one here but the two of us. Breathe," he whispered.

 

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