June 11, 2014

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To Have and To Harm

Debra Doxer


Title: To Have and To Harm
Author: Debra Doxer
The Remedy
Publisher: self-published
June 10, 2014
New Adult Paranormal

Synopsis: She kept everyone from harm, except herself…

Raielle’s life was shrouded in secrets. Her power was a secret and so was her past. When she came to Fort Upton, everything changed. She discovered her family, and she found the boy who would own her heart forever. But it couldn’t last. Knowing so little about her power nearly destroyed her. She had to leave and break both their hearts.

Now she’s back in California, and she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore. But there is no relief in that because she’s drowning in regret. She knew it would take a miracle or a sin to save her, and there was no miracle. Her survival came at too high a price. She found her father, but she can’t go back to Lucas until she finds redemption.

She saved him. Then she left him…

She came out of nowhere and changed him forever, then she disappeared and left him reeling. Her whole life, she never had anyone who really loved her. Until him. Did she think he wouldn’t come for her? Did she believe she wasn’t worth it?

Lucas leaves everything behind to follow Raielle. When he finds her, she’s a pale shadow of the girl he remembers. Her power is betraying her and so are the people around her, but one thing hasn’t changed. She selflessly wants to save the world, and he just wants to save her.

With more secrets to uncover and dark truths to face, Raielle and Lucas must make sacrifices to be together again. But in the end, will those sacrifices bring them closer together or tear them apart? When he’s forced to make the ultimate sacrifice, will she turn her back on everything she believes in to save him again?

~ This book is intended for mature readers due to sexual situations and strong language. ~

**I received a copy of this book,
but that did not influence the review**

I LOVED book 1, Keep You From Harm (Remedy Series 1)
you can check out my review HERE

3.5 stars I love paranormal stories and the concept behind this series is very cool. I loved the first installment and couldn’t wait to get started on book 2.

However, it had been some time since I’d read book 1 and it was a little tough in the beginning since I had no idea what was going on for a while. Like the first 30%. I wish there had been some back story filling in the gaps because I just couldn’t remember. I’m a lazy reader and read so many books, so it’s nice when there are refreshers for me. I still had no idea who Alec was by the end and by the end I finally remembered where Apollo had come from. Just a few sentences here and there would have made a world of difference for me.

Both Raielle and Lucas are pretty selfless, almost to a point where it causes problems. They are truly good through and through and always put everyone but themselves first. Even when Lucas thought he was being selfish it turned out he was still putting Raielle’s needs above his own. Which brings me to the beginning when Raielle left Lucas because “it was in his best interest”.  I wish she had just picked up the phone and called him.

The romance wasn’t quite as tingly for me this time. I accepted that Raielle and Lucas loved each other, but never got that giddy feeling like I did last time. Somehow it got lost between the installments. However, it was totally there for me in book 1, so if you can read these back to back I have a feeling that it would work much better for you.

The ending wrapped up nicely. While it could have could have even ended sooner the generous Ms. Doxer gave us a great followup where I felt like I saw how Raielle and Lucas’s lives really worked out for them, where they both found their happy place. I still would love to know what happened to Shane and Grant. I wonder if Raielle gave up contact with them completely? But it truly was a great way to end the story.

Would I rec this? Yes! However I learned it would be much better to read these books back to back to really enjoy the full experience of this world. Happy reading!

About the Author: Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

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