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After reading the Never series I professed my undying love to you *ugly sob escapes my throat* I proposed marriage to you!
What in the....*shrieking voice* WHAT IN THE FREAKING HECK WAS THAT?!?!?!?!?!
Sheesus Kimmi! Get your crap together! *slaps left then right side of my face*
Naomi is about as broken and messed up as a character can get, she has hit rock bottom and it all started 6 years ago, and because of him....... She hasn't been whole emotionally or mentally since then to be truly honest, but why be honest, when all that does is hurt even more. Right now the only thing she has that gives her solace is her Wolfgang guitar, when she gets on stage she may force herself hold back where her voice is concerned, not wanting to out sing or out shine the lead vocalist Hayden, in her band but when the time comes for her riff, she freaking shreds it, playin and picking the strings as fast the adrenaline that rushes through her, and when her inner Rock God emerges she finally gets the high that she craves, the high that's so dang good, all the coke, weed, and pills in the world can't make her feel the way she does, doing what she was made to do.
Naomi is a bada$$ chick, she's a loner too. Having loved only 3 things her entire life, and all three left her broken and shattered, she knows she'll never love again, hell she refuses to. Her shoulders are stacked with regrets, with secrets. Secrets so big they could tear her already fragile world apart with just a puff, or an exhale of breath.
She is still trying to figure out why the fates, or whoever, decided to put Turner back in her life, however as far as she can tell the jerk doesn't remember her from Adam, so as long as she stays out of his way, even though he is the lead singer of the band that is heading up this tour, she'll be just fine. As long as he stays ignorant to who she is, there is no way she'll fall in love with him again, no reason he needs to know that when he left her, he left her in a hell that she still feels the heat from, the ache that remains in her heart isn't there, and if it is, she can and will keep it locked down and in its place. Life sucks, and her's is a train wreck with carnage all around, so what? That sure as heck isn't new. Turner can't stop himself, this dang little guitar player for one of the bands that are touring under his keeps niggling her way into his thoughts, under his skin. And she is such a mean b!+h that he doesn't know if he wants to pop her across the mouth, or throw her against the wall and kiss her breathless. He stays stoned 90% of the time, but he soon realizes the weirdest thing..... in his very seldom sober moments he keeps getting snippets of a memory, buried from along time ago, of a girl who's face is the only one he remembers, out of hundreds, heck, even the girl that was in his bed last night he couldn't pull up her face if his life depended on it, however the more time he spends not smokin a joint, snortin' a line or chuggin' from the bottle of whiskey, the more clear his memory becomes, and with that the clearer Naomi's face becomes in these snippets....... He knows she is hiding something, shoot he smelled secrets on her since she first caught his eye, and yes she keeps being a wench, and she continues to push him away, always talking trash, trying to cut him down to size. Let her, he really doesn't give a crap, if she only knew that he'd honed in on her along time ago, and once Turner Campbell, Rocking Roll God, fixes his sights on what he wants, oooh, he's gonna get her, it's only a matter of time.
When Naomi's secrets are revealed one by one, her world gets tilted and then spirals out of control, she can't stop who or what is coming, all she can do is warn those around her, and wait........
And in the eye of the storm, will it be Turner she grabs onto like a life raft for comfort to ease the upcoming pain? Ummm no, she doesn't need anybody, never has (besides that one time, and that didn't work out) and she never will need anybody. Just like she's always done, she can take care of herself...........
CM Stunich rocks yet another awesome story out, with every gritty, raw, angsty, ugly detail on full disclosure, every bloody wound is left gaping open for you to walk by and see, gawk at, every shredded heart, and split apart soul CM leaves on display, leaves them all out in their bloody hot mess for the reader to grasp the entirety of just how Real Ugly this story was written to be......
I never really grew to like either character despite knowing they both came from backgrounds that were less than favorable. And in order for a book to have a full emotional impact, you have to feel *something* for the characters. All I felt was apathy when I thought I *should* be feeling empathy or sympathy but I can't really conjure up either emotion for two individuals who want to wallow in their own misery and not help themselves. Saying you want to change and actually taking the actions to change are very different. There was a lot of telling but their actions were opposite of what they were claiming they wanted to do. They are both so screwed, I don't think it is possible for them to love anyone because they obvious loathe themselves.
Turner is an arrogant douche bag who does drugs like they are going out of style. Naomi seems to hurt herself every chance she gets, from cutting herself and using drugs to smoking like a chimney. I have no problem with smoking in novels but this went way over the top. At the rate they are both destroying their bodies, neither will live to see thirty.
The mystery slowly unraveled and though it was somewhat interesting, there were times I had to put this book down and read something else because it just left me depressed. I read to escape reality and yes, I read the blurb but there is no light in all this darkness, not even the declaration Turner makes to Naomi at the end of the book.
Their first time together is disgusting. The environment...it's just nasty and it could have been cut as far as I was concerned. It wasn't sexy unless you get off on two people having sex in an unsanitary public restroom (yeah, that's where they consummate their love/hate whatever they have together).
Naomi is just such an angry person and Turner never redeemed himself. I don't think it is possible for this trilogy to have a happy ending or at least not a conventional one and I wouldn't really consider this a romance when the two MCs love/hate each other so much, they hurt themselves to compensate when they can't hurt one another.
And the cliffhanger wasn't just messed up, it was awful! It's like the book just stopped and then we are given an excerpt from another book. Not cool at all and this is more novella length than a full novel. Like many readers, I am getting really tired of the series and trilogies unless it's necessary. My beef is it didn't end at a natural point in the book. It's like the writer thought, "I'll stop here and hit publish."
Overall, I am still torn whether I want to continue this series. If it is going to be more of the same then I might just leave it here. I deal with enough angst and drama in real life. I don't need it in my reading material.
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