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- Publication Date: July 30, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07258JXY4
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The Lost Sister (Sister Series, #8) Kindle Edition
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Many wouldnt understand what a young girl who was financially set would just up and leave and end up living on the streets begging for food, taking drugs to dull the pain and even going so far as solicitation to get money to survive. But Tara knew if she would have stayed she would have died anyway. Now if she was going to die it was going to be on her terms. After years of this and being abused both physically and sexually she wakes up in alley one day and says enough is enough and sets out to better her life. After a couple of years she ends up in a small secluded town between Oregon and Washington. She gets a job in a cafe and rents a small basement apartment.
Ryder Kincaid is a Fish and Wildlife Officer. He is currently a single father as his wife just up and walked away years ago. Her twin sister runs the local cafe and helps him with his young son. He has never gotten over how a woman could just walk away from her family especially her son. Since she left he hasnt had the time or desire to even think about other women. That is until the very skittish young Tara starts working in the cafe he part owns with his sister in law Chloe.
Tara was such a fragile insecure person. I suppose getting involved with Ryder and friending Chloe who were very raw still from Ebony's abandonment was bound to blow up emotionally in her face and when the truth comes out about what really happened to Ebony and then the truth about her when Tristan comes to town boy its epic. I felt so bad for how she was treated and in no way deserved. Hurting or not Chloe turned into an out right bitch.. As her story is next I hope some groveling is done. Wasnt to fond out how Ryder handled things either – grief stricken or not he messed up.
I was happy that Tara and Tristan finally reunited and firmly put the past behind them. They needed each other as the rest of their family was crazy. I hope to see more of Tara and Ryder in the Chloe's book and my biggest hope is at the end of that books EVERYONE has healed and no more hurting others because they are hurting.
I would like to give this story a higher rating but there is no much that I liked about it other than the hero and heroine were faithful to each other. Neither had smex with OP after meeting. Ryder had been celibate since his ex-wife and Tara never had a pleasurable sexual relationship until Ryder.
I didn't like Ryder and Chloe, his former sister in law and had mixed feelings about Tara who I feel made bad choices. Lets start with her. Tara's parent's neglect her and her siblings but did not physically abuse them. Her parents were wealthy and her and her siblings had a roof over their heads and had all of their physical needs met including paying for their education. Instead of sticking Tara decides to run away when she is 17 years old before finishing high school. She does not try to get help before doing this. She then lives on the street for years. During that time she does a lot of drugs and becomes an occasional prostitute. She steals things including from other people who are homeless. We know this because she was robbed when she was extremely high by some homeless teenagers and said that it was nothing that she had not done herself. She made one bad decision after another and all of these things were her choices.
This is a slow burn novel. Her and Ryder begin a friendship and a lot of time passes before they become more. I did not feel any chemistry between Tara and Ryder and the smex scenes were mediocre.
Tara never tells him the fact that she was homeless and what she did during that time though she has ample opportunity. Her behavior in the past and present show that she is a pushover and that behavior along with her poor choices irritated me.
When something bad happens Ryder acts like a jerk towards Tara and being the doormat that she is, she puts up with it. He uses her for smex to cope but then turns around and ignores her when he is not using her. When he is talking to her he takes verbal shots at her and her response to being treated like dirt is to tell him that she loves him and that he can use her. Seriously what woman who has an ounce of self respect does that? When Tara told him that she loved him he not respond in kind. By the time Ryder says the words it is just telling and no showing because I never felt his so called love.
He is also a hypocrite getting upset that she was hiding things from him while he was doing the same things although admittedly the things he failed to disclose are minor in comparison to her lying about her background. With that said he had unprotected smex with her not knowing that she had been a prostitute. That would upset me greatly as well especially considering she also did drugs and probably shared needles given that she was homeless. That is another thing that bothered me about the story. The last two books that I have read by this author the heroines did an excessive amount of drugs to the point that blackouts were no uncommon. However when they stop there is no mention about them being addicted or having withdrawal symptoms or anything like that. It is like drugs are a non-issue. To most people that is not realistic.
I did not like Chloe either, the ex-sister in law who was a twin of his ex-wife. She hired Tara and was happy with her until the event happened. After that she became a raving witch and kept was verbally abusive towards the doormat. Being the doormat she is Tara never demanded an apology nor ever really got one from Ryder nor Chloe.
Despite a lot of Jerry Springer moments happening the story dragged. I became bored during the first part of the book there are pages and pages of internal thoughts and information dumping. It was a lot of telling as opposed to showing.