Wake Up Call
~ Synopsis ~
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. Or, 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.
~ 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.
~ Review ~
This was a quick and engaging read. This wasn't an all hearts and flowers story. This was a story about survival, learning to love and trust yourself enough to love another.
Avery has overcome more than anyone should have to by the age of 18. Running from her abusive and neglected past she is trying to start a life for herself. But life alone, with little money to survive will make you do things you never thought you would.
I felt for Avery, no one should be abused either mentally of physically. The emotional scars she carries are deep and her reluctance to put her faith in another person understandable. But when the person who reaches out to help has had his own battle with abuse there might be a chance.
Jace saves Avery from an encounter on the street , but he saves her in more ways than one. Jace appears to be a loner, super hot and hot tempered. But Avery brings him a sense of calm. There is an connection almost instanteously and it brings them both a sense of belonging.
Jace was the ideal. Super hot, protective and adoring. He was careful not to push but wanted Avery to know that he was there for her if she would have him.
There were a few twists and turns in the story to give it just enough tension. Avery discovers that she's a better judge of character than she gives herself credit for.
I was happy to see that through it all Avery and Jace were able to overcome their obstacles and find love and happiness with each other.
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~ About the Author ~
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 and plans to continue working hard to publish more in the near future. She’s a sucker for tattooed bad boys that are just understood and would spend all day reading books about them if she had the chance. She also enjoys watching her favorite shows The Vampire Diaries, Dexter and True Blood. A Chicken and Ranch addict.