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- Print Length: 317 pages
- Publisher: Rusty Halo Books; 1 edition (March 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AR6YDQS
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by Verlene Landon (Goodreads Author)
Brand Me is the second novel in the Imagine Ink series by Verlene Landon. This is my first novel by this author.
Brand Me continues where Indelible You left off. Tori is still dating a married man by the name of Richard. He says that he will leave his wife for her but has yet to do it. Richard invites her on a three-month vacation she accepts thinking he will finally pop the question. When she arrives to catch the jet, she meets John the pilot and Michael the copilot, she feels an instant attraction to both but mainly Michael. She realizes she hasn’t felt that way towards another guy in a while and comes to realizes how horrible Richard has been to her.
Richard doesn’t seem to care to much about Tori and constantly abuses her mentally. She starts to understand that her friends were right and that Richard wasn’t good enough for her. Richard was just using her. She plans on ending the relationship once the vacation is over.
A week at the cabin, Tori sees Michael again, and for reasons she helps him back to his cabin to attend to his injured hand.
Michael has been going through somethings after his ex-fiancé, Tonya, cheated on him with a bandmate and after the bandmate dumps her she moves back into the house they use to share. He has tried to tell her that he is done with the relationship but she feels that he is just confused.
When Michael meets Tori he not only feels an attraction but a certain appendage that wouldn’t work comes alive again so he goes a local restaurant to have a one night stand but all he can think about is Tori. His body is into the experience but his mind is not so he tries to end it, but the girl keeps trying, which leads to a forced orgasm for him. This experience leaves him to blame Tori and not sure how he feels or if anyone will take it seriously.
This was an emotional book. For Tori, it’s moving forward after dumping her no good boyfriend and trying to build up her self-esteem. For Michael, it’s dealing with his rape and the steps to take after. He doesn’t’ feel he did much to make the girl stop, let alone seeing her again and realizing that she may be pregnant. He wants to start a relationship with Tori and while for a time he does, there are things that he is going through that he is holding him back. He knows he isn’t ready for a relationship until he gets his mental health in order. And while Tori does love him, she doesn’t want to jump into anything knowing he is going through an emotional time.
I really enjoyed this book, not only for the content but for the way it was portrayed. Rape for males isn’t seen the same and society will keep it as a double standard. Brand Me puts the actions and the consequences in your face from a different perspective. It does happen to males and they deserve the same justice.
I did not read the first book, but it didn’t take me long to know who the characters were and to get engrossed in the story.
If rape and abuse is a trigger, I would not suggest this book. But for someone who is okay with the subject matter, I would definitely recommend it.
Tori Reid thinks she's in love, even though her friends call him a dick all the time, she thinks he's the one. So when Richard tells her he wants to take her on a three month vacation, she thinks he's going to pop the question. But what happens when she gets there and nothing is as it seems? Does Tori really know what she wants in life and what's going to happen in the future?
Michael Brande is a playboy, he works three jobs, a musician, a writer and physical trainer. He's drop dead sexy and he loves the ladies. Getting away from his cheating ex-finance and the gym bunnies that are always chasing him sounds amazing. Michael is ready to get away from all the drama at home, and then he meets Tori and he's immediately drawn to her.
This book goes from sweet and airy to heavy as anything. I laughed and cried with the characters, and found myself feeling everything that they felt. This book left me with such a book hangover but that doesn't even matter because I'm ready to read the next installment.
***Trigger Warner*** Rape & Mental Abuse
This is the 2 volume in the Imagine Ink series by Verlene Landon. I read volume 3 before volume 2 and will now move onto volume 1 (because might as well read the whole series backwards).
Tori Reid thinks suspects her relationship may not be exactly what she thinks it is. Her friends call him “The Dick” leaving out “the” when they talk to her. She has many many layers that Dick doesn’t appear to know/or care about. Michael Brande also has layers. He works 3 very sexy jobs (musician, personal trainer and writer) and works very hard at all that he does.
Tori and Michael meet under less than ideal circumstances in Tennessee, far away from their homes. They are both immediately drawn to each other’s physical appearance and as they get to know each other, they are equally drawn to each other’s souls.
This book goes from light to heavy and back to light again. It has a well-balanced thread throughout and never made me feel that soul crushing, pit of doom, feeling that some books can. I do not typically read physical abuse/rape novels, but because I read volume 3 before volume 2 I had an idea of Ms. Landon’s writing style and wasn’t afraid to dig my heels in and read. I appreciate the fact that Ms. Landon offers help to the reader who may be in a similar situation and writing a “glossed over” topic with such care and gentleness. I would like to tell you, reader of my review, to not be scared and go ahead – open up the book.
Now, I look forward to reading Volume 1 and getting to know “everyone” from the very beginning.