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"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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Now he's out on parole and he has only one objective. To break her in a way that she broke him. He wants her screams, her tears, and he wants to see her shatter into millions of pieces.
Honestly, this is a difficult book for me to review. A part of me disliked it while another part of me was sucked into everything that was happening. I'm not a stranger to darker reads and I rather enjoy stepping outside of my comfort zone and getting truly engrossed in a good work of fiction.
The emotions that this kind of story tends to draw out of me are usually quite strong. They range from anger, disgust, acceptance, and it really forces me to try and understand just what made a character the way that they are.
Now there is a warning that Torrent features sexual scenes and violence that may offend some. I'm pretty sure we all know to expect something like that from a darker read. However, I know that some people have triggers and I want to let you know that there is rape between step-siblings in this book. If that hits home for you and will trigger a horrific memory, then you may want to pass on this one.
I did find it really hard to feel for Alex. I understand, to an extent, why she did what she did. But honestly, her actions once she was kidnapped baffled me. There wasn't enough of their past in this first book to make me form a connection. To make me understand how she could care for Rafe as he was hurting her. Torturing her. Violating her.
If I really reflect on the situation I can see where Rafe was coming from. He cared for a girl who essentially threw him away and let him rot for eight years. Things happen when you're locked up that change you. He had a lot of time to allow his anger to turn into an inferno like rage that would destroy everything around it, and of course he had his eyes set on one girl in particular.
This was a really quick read for me. There were some areas of the story that I felt like the execution was a little off, but Gemma's writing is captivating enough that I was able to overlook that fact.
I will admit that the ending drove me absolutely CRAZY. Not because it's a cliffhanger. I have no issues with those kinds of endings. However, I found the change of direction in the very last chapter to feel more like a cop-out than anything.
Overall I would have to give Torrent 3 stars. It wasn't what I was expecting, and I do hope to see more character development and more glimpses into their past.
**This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. The fact that it was given to me in no way changes the way that I feel, and this review is based solely on the story itself**
The story as a mean left hook, when you're expecting a right punch ! Rafe is back from the prison and he want revenge on Alex who stole his dignity, and got him thrown in prison for a false rape charge. That broke his life apart.
"you couldn't s3nd an innocent man to prison without expecting some sort of consequences "
He's a felon , blacklisted and condemned for life. And meantime Zach is preying on his stepsister. It's not as if she got away Scot-free. She's raped, beaten, abused by Zach almost daily . She's trapped in the hell from her own silence. Rafe is trapped in prison hell. He's raped there and his fury which roars as a bonfire , in 8 years it simmers down to volcanic lava. He's burning to exact revenge and that's what he takes by kidnapping Alex.
Things were not supposed to be this way
He wasn't supposed to get attached to her
She wasn't supposed to LIKE it !! ...*gasp*
"Nothing mattered so long as she surrendered her soul to my demon and let him devouring her "
They are both messed up people and they become twisted together in rough sex and pain and pleasure.
It was a strong narrative, very hard story. There are definitely triggers for people.
One thing - had I read this book when it was released ,like 3 years ago, I'd have enjoyed it more. I've read my share of some pretty graphic and twisted stuff.....and then some , so it didn't effect me as much , but there's a fair warning. Proceed at your own risk.
Fantastic writing, great story....I need to continue now with Rampant !!
Rafe was angry. We know that but the things he does, you want to hate him but you really can't because his anger is very understandable. Plus I always love an antihero.
Alex, my heart broke for her and all the crap she goes through and I hate that she kind of feel shame for the things that she likes because of the things that have happened to her. But I liked her as a character.
I really Love how creative the author was when writing this book. Well somethings might not be politically correct the author did amazing job at making the story very believable.
The theme of this book is dark, yes there are some hard seems to read. Maybe I'm a little messed up for enjoying this so much but so be it. I really enjoyed the authors writing style and her imagination while writing this book.
I can't wait to find the time to dive into the next book! I can't believe it too me so long to read this twisted book! This book won't be for everyone, but if you like dark (and I mean dark) and have an open mind, try this book! 4 stars #2OCCJD
Rafe gets out of prison and plans his revenge on Alex. Unbeknownst to Rafe, he actually gets Alex out from under Zach, the step brother for a time. Alex feels that she deserves what Rafe does to her, for ruining his life. Needless to say Zach shows up at Rafe's and all hell breaks loose, and leaves one heck of a cliffhanger.
This is only the first part of their journey.
This was written well and I was able to connect to Alex and Rafe.
Take a chance, but if you have triggers regarding abuse and rape, be careful.
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