Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*
A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.
My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.
No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.
All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.
But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.
Review for The Replacement :
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
Wow I really don’t know how to explain my feelings about this book. I really enjoyed this book, but there were some things that I wasn’t comfortable with, which held me back from giving it 5 stars. I can’t explain what I mean because it would ruin the whole book. This is the first book by Rachael Wade that I have read and as I said before I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book was like no other that I have read before. I loved that the storyline was unique. I thought the pace of the story was really good, nothing dragged and nothing was rushed, so you didn’t feel like you missed anything. I thought the writing was flawless. She does an excellent job sucking you into this story right from the start and not letting go until the last page. This story truly had me guessing throughout the whole thing. Some things were predictable, but Rachael was still able to add enough shockers in this story to keep the reader on their toes.
As for the characters in this story….we are introduced to a lot of them…mostly male ;). I will say out of those men I really only liked Jay (the father figure), Ryder, and even Brad was ok. As for Tim, Christian, and Nate….they were all severe douchebags. You’ll understand why pretty much from the start. As for Elise….I don’t know what I really feel about her. On one hand I loved her character but then on the other hand I also didn’t agree with some of her behavior. One thing I loved about her character is she didn’t apologize or hide who or what she was. She knew exactly what she was doing and wasn’t hiding behind a fake persona. But it was also this behavior that had me not liking her much at certain times in the story. She truly was a broken soul, who had such a low self portrait of herself. This is all due to how she was raised by her horrible father. We learn quite a bit about her home life as a child and I can see why she was messed up in the head. That’s why I loved Ryder so much…he was willing to help Elise see what an amazing person she was and that she didn’t deserve the life she was leading. I thought their relationship grew at a great pace.
I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a story about a girl learning how to love herself and working towards redemption and a better self worth but also has a great love story hidden in the mix. Like I said earlier…. This book will definitely keep you thinking and on your toes.
***THE PRISONER is a novella (approx. 25,000 words) intended to be read AFTER The Replacement. Contains explicit material and language.***
My name is Christian Walker, and Elise Duchamp is my drug of choice.
No matter how hard I try to break the habit, it’s a lost cause. Okay, maybe I haven’t really tried to quit this particular habit. All I can think about is owning her. Making her mine. Can you really blame me? With that sinful body, luscious mouth, and wicked tongue, she’s every man’s dream, and she knows it.
No one is immune to her charm, not even me, a man who has everything—a beautiful wife, an office with a view, and more money than most people can spend in one lifetime. Only I know how to make her toes curl. Only I know her body better than the other men she screws in her free time. None of them can compare to me.
But the joke is on me. I’m the prisoner.
The one who will never compare to him. The one man who makes me see red. His name is stored in her cell phone. It’s the first one she calls out to, the first one she cries for when all hell breaks loose. Ryder Jacobson.
The name makes me cringe.
She loves him, and I love her. In my own way, I always will. But the bad guy doesn’t always belong with the bad girl. Sometimes the bad girl needs a good man to believe in her, to give her that final push toward ultimate transformation. I wish I was that good man. That I could be her happily ever after. I guess that’s the thing about prisoners, though. They’re left alone with their torment, and in the end, they have no one to blame but themselves.
Review for The Prisoner :
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 5 “Christian Walker” Stars ~~
Have you ever read a book and have fallen for a secondary character and wanted to know more about that person?? Well that is what happened to me in The Replacement from Rachael Wade. We meet Christian Walker and I didn’t like his character very much but he intrigued me for some reason. When I saw Rachael was writing a novella from Christian’s POV…I was thrilled, because we were finally going to get into his head and know what he was thinking and feeling.
This novella should be read AFTER you read The Replacement, because there are spoilers to that story in this one, plus I think you need to know Elise and Christia before reading this book. I have to say that this novella was GREAT. I thought it was gritty, raw and stocked with emotions, we didn’t get to see in book 1. This showed so much more of who Christian really was as a person. I will warn you that this novella does have cheating in it, but if you read The Replacement before this one, then you are aware of Christian’s situation before hand so it doesn’t really bother you. I didn’t realize the true level of cheating that Christian did. I was a little shocked by some of the things we learn in this book.
This book is not a retelling of The Replacement in Christian’s POV. What Rachael did was picked out scenes from that book and gave us Christian’s side of the story. Like I said before there is also scenes that are new to the story, that we didn’t see in the original book. I am truly glad that Rachael wrote this book and we got to see the real side of Christian. Even though when I started this book I knew what was going to happen, it was great to see how attached Christian was to Elise, but I have a hard time believing that he will ever be able to love just one woman. This novella doesn’t have a cliffhanger ending, but the way it is ended it really makes me want the author to write a full length book for Christian. I think there is more to his story!!!!
I would definitely recommend this novella to anyone who has read The Replacement….you NEED this side of the story. If you haven’t read The Replacement….what are you waiting for. Read these books NOW!!!!