on January 12, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Alpha Male
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You may not have heard of me, but no worries. Detroit knows me. IÔÇÖm the old money that new money tries to be. Elite company that you wish you could be in. But if youÔÇÖre ever lucky enough to get to see my life up close, youÔÇÖd find that what I want more than anything is to be like you. No privileges. No status. No trust funds. The life I have, the same you seek, is costing me and I knew of only one way out. My escape was the reason for my downfall.
When IÔÇÖm finally close to it, I meet the man who attempts the impossible.
He tries to convince me to live.
She is a job, the final payment for a debt owed. IÔÇÖm not supposed to want her, but I have to have her. When she offers me money to kill her, I make her a deal instead. Now IÔÇÖve got seven days to change her mind or risk losing her forever.
Convincing Bet to live will be the toughest job IÔÇÖve ever had. The payoff will be worth itÔÇª as long as we both live to see it.
Bet believed in me, saw good in me, she had fucking trusted me. ~ Rio
I was lucky enough to beta read this novel shortly before Christmas. Since IÔÇÖm a huge fan of KS, I was honored, not only because I love her writing, but also because this turned into one of the most enthralling novels I have read in a while that left me in what at first seemed to be a permanent state of a ÔÇÿbook-hangoverÔÇÖ. IÔÇÖm still not over this amazing novel. Even bringing in the big guns; my favorite books I can read over and over again and usually turn too in a situation like this, didnÔÇÖt help me.
He was bringing out in me the very thing I thought IÔÇÖd lost foreverÔÇª
Freedom to be myself. ~ Bet
Even while writing this review, I was struggling to put my emotions for this book into words, which was why it took me this long to write a review. I felt unable to accurately describe the vast array of emotions this book evoked in me. There are no words, I am still speechless, which, let me tell you, IÔÇÖm not very often. However, since I promised, I will give it a try.
Sometimes you get a second chance when you least expect it. When you donÔÇÖt think you deserve it and you damn sure donÔÇÖt think you want it. It was that way for me and itÔÇÖs what youÔÇÖre feeling right now. DonÔÇÖt be scared of it, trust it like I do. I didnÔÇÖt expect you Bet, I doubt I deserve you either but I do know I want you more than IÔÇÖve ever wanted anything. YouÔÇÖre my second chance and IÔÇÖm yours too.ÔÇØ ~ Rio
Bet is a very complex character and with every page I read, I learned new nuances to her personality. In one night, she lost everything she loved and held dear; something that shattered her soul and seemed to be unable to overcome. While on vacation to Mackinac Island, where she was to decide her future, she meets Rio. Even though they both were battling their own demons, they also couldnÔÇÖt help exploring their immense attraction.
Like every night since I lost it all, I prayed I wouldnÔÇÖt wake up. But like all things in life, you seldom get what you want. Life wouldnÔÇÖt release me and I hated that I wasnÔÇÖt strong enough to do it myself. ~ Bet
Since having met Rio in 8 Mile & Rion, I knew he was struggling with his own demons and trying to come to terms with the fact that the woman he thinks heÔÇÖs in love with, is with someone else. We also learned early on in the story that Rio and BetÔÇÖs meeting didnÔÇÖt happen by chance, but was a plan orchestrated by an old enemy of BetÔÇÖs. While on the island, both of them struggled with their growing feelings for one another, among other things. Rio was struggling to save Bet from herself; convince her to live, convince her to take a chance on him, while also struggling with the knowledge that he was keeping a secret, a secret that will most likely shatter the trust Bet has in Rio, while Bet was struggling with her decision to end her own life. However, when it all came crashing down around them, it was beautiful to see how strong Bet has become since meeting Rio and how confident, even while my heart was breaking for the both of them.
Yes, my heart was broken but IÔÇÖd get over it. I always did. I learned another lesson tonight; it was that I was made to be broken. ~ Bet
It has been a long time since I read a novel that evoked this many emotions in me. It made me literally laugh out loud, in public (talk about getting weird looks); it made me cry uncontrollably, I was shocked and saddened by what was continuously happening. This story was amazing, even though it kept gutting me. This was one of the best stories I have read in a long time, and definitely made my Top Reads of this year! I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved this book!
No one else would die because of my bad choices. Especially the man I loved. At that moment the betrayal was forgotten. Saving him was a no brainer, it really was. ~ Bet