If I Want You Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : November 8, 2017
- File Size : 2024 KB
- Print Length : 350 pages
- Publisher : The Wild Rose Press, Inc (November 8, 2017)
- ASIN : B0767JBH4R
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1509218041
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,293,200 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Because of what Tori discovers she gets the feeling the abduction wasn't random. There are similarities with the situation she was in many years ago. Memories of the past come to the surface and Tori has to deal with the horrible captor who took away her childhood all over again. Will she be strong enough to deal with the kidnapper and will the missing girl be found? While Tori is looking for clues together with Mark they become closer, but it isn't the right time for love, or is it?
If I Want You is a gripping romantic story. Tori doesn't trust easily. The memories of the past are still making life difficult for her and she thinks she'll never experience the happiness a lot of other people seem to find so easily. My heart ached for Tori and everything she had to go through and I kept hoping better days would come for her. First she has a case to solve though and the search for the missing girl kept me on the edge of my seat. Rachel Brimble combines mystery with romance in a great way and I flew through the pages of her story.
Rachel Brimble has a fabulous compelling writing style. She describes what her main characters are going through in a vivid and sympathetic way. I could easily understand everything Mark and Tori were feeling. They are on a mission and are trying to dig up as much information as they can, but they are also allowing themselves to go through the many different emotions involved in such a hard situation. I was curious to find out more about the case, but also about their relationship. There are clues, combined with sparks and deep moving scenes. If I Want You is a versatile story and I absolutely loved this captivating book.
Being an adult who survived being kidnapped as a child… and knowing firsthand the psychological and emotional anguish the child will go through.
So sets the stage for If I Want You, with one compelling twist—journalist Tori Peterson is convinced the abduction of Abby Brady from Barlington Primary is related to her own abduction sixteen years earlier.
The journey to bring Abby home is tumultuous filled shady characters, deception and betrayal. Romance is added to the mix when a spark between closed-off Tori and widowed, single-dad Mark Bolton roars to life.
Well-written and nicely paced, If I Want You is an enjoyable, thought-provoking read.
With that being said, my issues lie with the protagonist… Tori Peterson.
I felt sympathy for her.
To find out after-the-fact she wasn’t a chance abduction but targeted and stalked before she was taken makes the blood run cold. Add to that her time with kidnapper Brian Appleton and what she went through and it’s more than a little unsettling.
I empathized with her.
From the moment Abby is taken, Tori is propelled back into her own kidnapping and she’s determined to save Abby from the same fate. She feels her own traumatic experience gives her insight law enforcement overlooks and doesn’t consider. And I happen to agree with her.
I just didn’t care for her over-the-top I-don’t-need-anyone attitude.
Even in fiction, I won’t pretend to understand a character’s motivations… and Tori’s were all over the place.
She feels unworthy, damaged beyond repair and isolated.
I get that.
But it does not give her license to be rude, offensive, condescending, and insulting.
At first, I thought these were defense mechanisms. But when Mark calls Tori’s sister, Melissa, she co-signs the bad behavior, telling him, “Tori’s not the type of woman you want to hassle” and “You’ll come off a darn sight worse than she will if you annoy her enough, believe me.”
What? Yeah, I was ready for a Kindle-flinging moment.
However, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Both her parents felt guilt over her abduction and her sister felt like a failed protector.
When Tori was returned home, her family moved, and once she hit adulthood, she moved out on her own. No doubt to escape the guilty looks and overprotective lifestyle.
There is no mention of Tori receiving counseling or joining a support group. So she’s had sixteen years to internalize her trauma, and it’s not a good look.
However, if you’ve read any of my past reviews, you know not liking the star of the show has never stopped me from loving the story.
Although I figured out early who was at the center of the madness, the story played out nicely. And little Olivia Bolton? What a kid! Children can sometimes come off as precocious and obnoxious, but Olivia is smart and wise beyond her years. Even in her misstep, she digs deep and finds the answers no one else can. Kudos to Mark for being a dad who listens.
Readers who fancy mystery, romantic suspense, and psychological thrillers will revel in If I Want You.
(I volunteered to read If I Want You as part of a promotional blog tour.)