Rhys Rivera has been through a lot. His father was killed. His sister was attacked. Oh, and his “uncle” wants to kill him. Just another day in the life of the son of a crime boss. Rhys gets tired of it and runs away. By the time his “uncle” finds him, Rhys is a sought after baseball star. There’s no way his “uncle” will continue to attempt to kill him.
Before Rhys knows it, eight years have past. He is the star short stop for the Longview Lumberjacks, one of the highest paid players on the team. He doesn’t live in an elaborate or elite part of town. Instead, he donates large portions –all but a few million dollars of his salary to charities. He lives in a middle class neighborhood in a duplex. Everything appears to be fine until his gets into a motorcycle accident that lands him in ICU for months–four months to be exact. Each day during those four months, his neighbor sat and spoke to him while he was in a medically induced coma.
Chaz Jones has not had an easy life. His stepfather abused him in a multitude of ways that has left permanent scars on him both physically and emotionally. He keeps everyone at arms length including his new band mates. Chaz was just hired by Meltdown to be their new drummer after their previous drummer was fired for his drug addiction. Chaz feels like the outsider of the group–which in a way he is. Meltdown has been together for years. Grant and Nash started the band with Luke and Dave coming shortly thereafter. But the band has been in turmoil. It seems that after Grant fixed the record label issue by all of them buying out part of the label, Nash being kidnapped, Luke’s death, and Grant’s stalker behind bars–the band is starting to come together with the addition of Evan, the new keyboardist. Chaz’s role in Grant’s stalker has left him without–he can no longer write or down himself in music. His escape.
I cried, laughed, was angered, and disgusted–disgusted by the actions of the characters. Ok, two characters in particular. I do think that I would have had a better understanding of the characters had I read the previous four books–which are now in my Amazon list.
Some of the content was a bit difficult to read–the details from Clara’s abusive marriage and the things her husband did to her. But these horrific events shaped Clara into the strong and independent woman that she is. I did have to walk away from the book a few times when some of those scenes were particularly graphic or when children are involved. It was gratifying to see how much Clara changed and became a stronger woman. In the end, she stood up for herself and the children. Something that not every abuse victim is able to do.
Clara is a woman trapped. For years she was trapped in an abusive marriage to Colin with her two little boys. She did everything to protect her angelic boys from their father. She made sure that she took all of Colin’s anger. Finally, she was able to leave and live into a battered women’s shelter. The shelter saved her life. Saved her boys.