Pretty and Reckless
By : Charity Ferrell
Released : March 9th, 2015
He was forbidden and forbidden was my favorite meal.
I was seventeen the first time we met.
We were in two different worlds. He was building direction in his life. I was spitting fireballs down my path. He was the good guy who helped other people. I was the tainted slut who destroyed them. He was harmony on a warm beach day. I was the hurricane that erupted through.
But he gets me.
The only problem: he’s off limits.
I’m Elise, and this is my story.
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~ 5 Healing Stars ~
I have to say this book was a hard book to read in spots, not because it is a bad book, but because this story covered some really serious subjects that are hard to read about. This book broke my heart so many times, I honestly didn’t see a HEA coming for Elise, but goodness knows I prayed for one for her. (Don’t worry she gets one ;))
WARNING: I do want to give everyone out a small warning about the content of this book. If you are sensitive to child abuse/molestation and forced sexual encounters, then this might NOT be the book for you.
I did think that the author handled both of theses subjects very well. She didn’t make these scenes very graphic, which I appreciated, but there was still enough information and detail given that I had a hard time reading through some of them (particularly around 47% in the book) As a reader I would’ve liked to been given a small heads up about the subject content….I still would’ve read the book but would’ve been a little more prepared, because these two subjects are ones I am not overly comfortable reading about.
Now with all that said, I truly LOVED this book. I thought the storyline was fantastic and unique. I can’t recall reading a book like this before. This story is actually one that is kind of taboo…we have two people who shouldn’t be together or attracted to each other for a specific reason, but can’t help themselves. I have to say Charity Ferrell is becoming an auto read for me. I know when I pick up her books that I am going to really enjoy the story and world she takes me into. I will say that this book was different from her other books, in that it is on the slightly darker side, due to subject matter. It is nice to see when an author can create a book different from their current books, because it shows their scope of writing skills. Charity’s writing style is great, she sucks you in and holds onto you until the end. I had a very hard time putting this down. Her stories are detailed but not overloaded with too much information, I never feel like her books drag or move at a slow pace.
I’m not going to give much away about the plot of this story, because I think everyone needs to experience the feelings from this story by themselves. In this book we meet Elise and Weston. Elise is a 20 year old girl, who is so broken (with good reason) that I honestly didn’t see how she could be as strong as she was. At the age of 13 some really bad things start happening to her. (Brought on by her father) that continued for 4 years until she was 17. At 17 she finally decided to help herself and tell some one what was happening to her. Well let’s just say that didn’t turn out too well. At 17 she also met Weston for the first time. He was a 25 year old college graduate, taking on his first job as a psychiatrist. He only met with Elise on that first day of his new job, but she left a lasting impression on him. 3 years later they are reunited in a coffee shop. What happens after that is a story of healing, and love. Don’t get me wrong…..the road to healing and love is a rough one for Elise, she has some serious obstacles to get around, but with Wetson’s help she is able to do it.
This story is told in primarily Elise’s POV, but we do get some of Weston’s POV. I thought it was perfect getting some of his thoughts and feelings. She added Weston’s POV at the right spots, to help us connect with his side of the story. She was also able to add some shockers along the way 😉
I would recommend this book to everyone because I thought this was a great book, with wonderful characters, but please take heed of the warning above, that if you are sensitive to certain subjects this might not be the one for you. I look forward to what Charity has coming out next 😀
Charity Ferrell resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She grew up riding her bicycle to her small town’s public library, and reading anything she could get her hands on. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or caving into her online shopping addiction (mainly shoes and handbags).