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Betrayed Paperback – September 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Don't get me wrong - I liked the book. Do be forewarned that there are very graphic rape/violence scenes in the first part of the book - a bit more than is warranted, I believe. But there are also tender scenes later in the story - quite a dichotomy.
There was quite a dichotomy on main protagonists, too. First there is Brooklyn, sheltered socialite, a little too naive (I definitely pictured her as a blond - I can't remember if her hair color was mentioned).
Then there is Lance, loner by choice, mountain man. I especially enjoyed reading Lance's story and backstory and the descriptions of his living conditions and lifestyle.
And the authors make the story work, even with the savage, bumbling caricatured lowlifes that kidnap Brook. All the characters are well-drawn, sometimes too much so.
The story between Brook and Lance was very well done, a quirky romance growing from violence and pure chance.
I won't go into details on either ending but the author(s) wrote an alternate ending to the book Betrayed - Alternate Ending that I thought fit the rest of the story better. At least the alternate ending gave me a more satisfied feeling when I finished it. The first ending felt rather rushed and tacked on.
While I found both sections of the book fascinating reading I tend to think the majority of readers probably would prefer one or the other and would not care to read this type of combination; although I could be wrong on that.
I think I would have preferred the story's focus to remain on Brook as the central character and have Lance introduced when she meets him, rather than the back'n'forth method with the chapters.
However, I found the book satisfying enough to give it 5 stars. It was definitely a page turner and kept me riveted throughout.
I think this would be an enjoyable read for someone who likes a LOT darker storyline.
Anyways, Brook is filthy rich (supposedly) and while driving her Ferrari she is kidnapped. Her abductors rape her from all angles and inside out. Gross.
The part of Brook captivity is really gross, disgusting, and, I found it to be very real. I mean, Hawkinson didn't hold back in the description and the language. If you have issues with women being raped don't read this book.
I found the beginning of the book (yeah, the captivity part) to be very good. I know, I already admitted I am a weird psycho so...
The problem with the story started when Brook escaped and is rescued by Lance. After TWO months of living with Lance she wants him. On page 228 she tells Lance "I want you. I want you so badly."
Let me stop right here. Don't rape victims need counseling, therapy, treatment or something before they are able to "love" again? And only two months and you already want to have sex? After your anus was broken and...?
On top of that, they go for it but Brook stops because (thank god) she is concerned about having some STD and passing it to Lance. And Lance? "I'll take my chances" he said. Seriously, the woman was repeatedly raped by three unknown low life deviants and you don't care that she might have gotten some STD or HIV? Way to go Hawkinson.
I am not saying that rape victims shouldn't get their lives back, but a little reality here would've made this a good book. Hawkinson went from hardcore pornography straight to romance. Sorry, I needed something in between.
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Started out interesting but about 40% through it was dragging too much.