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- Print Length: 242 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UZ5UZJQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From Within is a tale of love, friendship, addiction, hopelessness, hiding from the truth, learning to face your fears, forgiveness and codependency.
Sound like a whole lot of s*$t going on for three people?
It's a drama filled ride through the darkest of times for three friends who deal with their demons in different ways.
Xander and Hope were first loves, she broke up with him and left with minimal explanation ten years ago and he has been struggling ever since.
Xander's way of dealing is to stay high.
Hope had her own secrets, her outlet was alcohol.
Caiden has a few secrets of his own and he deals by controlling everything he can.
Caiden is the strongest of the three, though he is just as dependant on Xander as Xander is of him. It's a dangerous situation being dependent upon people who can't stand on their own two feet and carry their weight as well as yours.
There's so much I could say but I don't want to give anything away. These characters managed to both make me wish for a HEA and at times slap the ever loving hell out of them. Xander the most. I am still a bit twisted on how I feel about him. I wanted to love him, to give him the benefit of the doubt but I feel like I did that so many times throughout the book that I just had to wash my hands of him and focus on Caiden, Hope and Bee. Xander took a backseat because he spent so much time not wanting to better himself. His pity for himself made me want to strangle him and tell him to grow the hell up.
So by the end while I was happy for some of characters having put on their s**t kicker boots, manning up and making their lives better, I still mourn for the one lost.
Caiden was my favorite character, I felt he had the most level head on his shoulders despite his own flaws. He was the most selfless, giving and consistent character who truly held the three together.
This is not your average love story. It's a beautifully told story of friendship, love, and addiction.
Xander is a man that has many demons, Hope is a woman struggling with her love for Xander and her sobriety, and Caiden a man in love with his best friend and who is keeping secrets.
First of all let me say both men are hot as is the sex!! Second, who cares!! Walker writes such a beautiful story between these friends that those scenes are just a bonus.
This is a dark story, but Walker writes in such a way it's done beautifully. Walker know how to write about broken people, how they have to be strong enough to fix themselves before they can help other. You will need hankies for this one because you will cry through the whole thing, but it's worth it!!
Hope you enjoy reading books done in first person POV because there are three of them - Hope's, Xander's and Caiden's. Multiple POV's sometimes can be confusing and I did find the beginning of the book somewhat discombobulated. However, as I progressed further into their stories I found it isn't the writing and more of each character's thought process as they struggled through all that life was throwing at them. Each one of them was a hot mess (Some more than others!) and each was hiding dark secrets inside of them. Dark secrets of their pain and, for the most part, self-inflicted. The one thing they all had in common was their toxic love for one another. Be prepared for things to get raw and gritty.
Xander, oh man did I want to shake him. Hope, too, but Xander first. He has been in love with Hope for years and just could not get over her. So of course he does anything and everything to numb the pain. Hope is no better than he is as she also sets of on a course of self-destruction. Thankfully, they both have Caiden to basically smack them upside the head so they get their acts together. Although Caiden sometimes is no better than they are. At times, I felt all the lies and the secrets they all carried should have destroyed them. But as the truth was revealed, and they dealt with the pain of it all you can see they had a bond that despite everything was unbreakable.
A word about Caiden. He, IMPO, is what holds this story together. He brings in this sexy BDSM element that was pretty hot. He also has a man-crush on his bestie, Xander, and at one point acts on it (YEAH BABY!!!). But it's when his true secret is revealed I was crushed! You'll be crushed too so make sure to have tissues on hand.
Over-all I found From Within a very interesting and emotional read. Ms. Walker certainly has quite a hit on her hands here and very much with the read. Even though I have been friends with the author for quite some time, this was actually my first book I read of hers and I highly doubt it will be the last. Great job JiM!!!
I received this book from the author for the purpose of my honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.
Starsâ€“ 4, Flames: 3.5
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