Top positive review
Interesting story with potential
November 30, 2015
Emily Sheppard is one of those girls who doesn't have many friends or close family members. The last person she was closest to was her brother Bill, who is deceased. Although Emily doesn't want to subscribe to her family's expectations, she is very routine about her life because she makes up her own rules. Jogging by her brother's grave everyday, she witnesses a murder one night and after that, is taken into custody by Cameron Hillard.
The book is in Emily's POV and she's rather naive. At first, I found it to be endearing and entertaining because her thought patterns can be rather funny and amusing. Other times, she's really immature and there was so much internal monologue, that I wanted more dialogue to learn more about the other people. Seeing things from her perspective keeps the reader in the dark because Emily is trying to piece together why she's being held captive by Cameron along with discovering pieces of the puzzle revolving her brother's death. There's a lot going on around her that people aren't sharing the details about with her.
I loved Cameron, but some of his conversations with Emily felt like 2 high schoolers talking (she's 19, he's 26). He would explain things to her in plain terms, but again, I wished they talked even more and dug deeper. Otherwise, Cameron is very likable - he's protective, authoritative and he's got an awesome dog named Meatball. The focus of the story really isn't only the romance, because that felt a little underdeveloped at times, but rather what's going on behind the scenes and the purpose for Emily being where she is and what her role is. Cameron and his gang are involved in illegal types of activities that they are bound to and have no control over, but Emily isn't cut out for this life no matter how badly she wants to be with Cameron. The secondary characters are an interesting mix and other than Rocco, I can't really say that I liked them, because they are all withholding answers.
There's still a lot of questions lingering by the end of the book, and with the events that took place, the story is far from finished. I like the plot overall and am interested to see where it goes next, but hope that there is more than Emily's POV because I thought this would be at least NA, but reads very much like YA.