I am not sure I would categorize this book as a romance. Yes, it does have the requisite HEA (Happy Ever After) but it does have a very dark and disturbed heroine, and reaching that HEA is a very painful trip with one unusual, haunting woman. This story is told in first person by Elle, so we only see her perspective of things. I don't mind the first person narrative, but I know that a lot of people do. This book focuses more about Elle and her internal struggle to forgive herself, for something that has happened in her past. Not the story of her falling in love with Dan, although Dan is the catalyst that pushes Elle to look deep inside herself, and confront her demons.
The one drawback to this book is that we don't learn a lot about Dan. Actually, we receive very little back story on him. I would have liked to know more about Dan and that would have made the story better for me. But what I did know about Dan is that he is a wonderful man and really great for poor, messed-up Elle. Dan was patient with Elle, and really paid attention to all her little quirks. He was quite the hero and very likable. I would have liked to read a more in depth ending between Elle and Dan, but all in all, it was a really beautiful story.
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I bought this book expecting a sexy escape. I got so much more! The sex scenes were very erotic, especially the threesome. The main character is so real and sympathetic. I was very much in her corner and rooting for her to do the emotional work she needed to do to have a "normal" life. Having experienced a similar childhood and a similar loss, I could relate to her in a way I was surprised by. I very rarely cry while reading, but when Elle was telling Dan her story, I cried for her. Even the neighbor was emotionally involving! I literallty could not put this book down. I read it in one afternoon/evening. I felt so attached that I have to wait before starting another book because I keep thinking about the characters and what they went through. I will read anything Megan Hart writes!!
This book is HOT! It actually has a storyline too, which I find rare for erotica!
The characters in this book are very realistic. This book did have some very hot and explicit sex scenes, but really for the most part this story focused on how the main character dealt with issues from her past. The subject matter was very serious, and on the depressing side. I enjoyed the book but expected a more light hearted story line.
This is a great book. I read it with my husband, lets just say it was insprational.