{top shelf review} Where I End by Michelle Dare

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
{top shelf review} Where I End by Michelle DareWhere I End by Michelle Dare
Publisher: self-published
Publication Date: June 9, 2017
Genres: Abusive past, Contemporary, Emotional, Mental Health, New Adult, Romance
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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Purchase/Pre-order: Amazon

Where I End is a standalone new adult romance.

Eve Pretentious. Arrogant. Condescending. Cruel. All words I'd used to label him. Exactly what I’d always believed he was. All that changed one spring morning when I realized I didn't know the man behind the facade at all.

Angry. Desperate. Broken. Mine. All words I'd use to define him after I interfered. Once our eyes locked, I was all in. There was no turning back. He tried to push me away, but I refused to let him go. I was determined to save him. What I didn't expect was that he would save me, too.

Cy I was so close to ending my misery. Mere seconds away. Then she stumbled upon our argument, and I changed my plans. She wasn't supposed to be there. She knew too much. Even with my entire world burning down around me, she wouldn't walk away.

I’ve always been on my own. No one had ever fought for me before. Why should anyone start now? But she did, no matter how much I tried to stop her. I knew I was nothing, unworthy of her, but she was persistent. Once she got under my skin, I couldn't let her go, because where I end, she begins.

Gripping. I absolutely LOVED Cy and Evie’s story. It caught me from the first page and I couldn’t put it down until I read the very last page. Ms. Dare’s words drew me in as they beautifully wove such a deep story. It was a story that broke my heart, but it also healed my heart, however, not perfectly. I think that’s what I loved about it. This story was real – just because Cy and Evie found romance, it didn’t solve anything, but it made life bearable and finally, finally some brightness and goodness could finally be felt.

The small town world that was created was so vivid to me. From the house Cy lived in, to Parker’s cabin. I envisioned all of it. To the coffee shops, to Cy’s truck. The way it was written made all of it come alive for me. Have I mentioned yet how talented the author is?

Cy was a jerk when we first met him in the prologue. I have to say, I don’t totally buy how awful it was, but after reading the story, maybe he really did do all that. He was a complicated, broken, yet really strong man, with a heart that was so big it made mine squeeze.

Evie was actually really strong, and even when she was scared her heart did the right thing. I loved, loved, loved her.

I have to, and I mean HAVE TO talk about Parker. Talk about secondary characters done right. Please, please, please Ms. Dare, please write his book. PLEASE!!

The romance and sexy times were perfect! The chemistry worked. It was palpable. But, here’s me the greedy reader…I actually needed more detail. (No, not just the naughty stuff!). I wanted to know more about the kisses, more about the gentle touches.

Interestingly enough there were definitely mommy issues, and once again the way this was handled felt real. So often a story solves everything with a finger snap to make everything hunky dorey. Not here. This was gritty, this was hard. It wasn’t fixed. I loved it.

The ending was intense. I did expect the other shoe to drop….and it certainly did. Even though I knew it was coming it still shocked me, and I don’t know why. I was cringing and biting my nails and so stressed out. It had to happen though. Had to. I felt so much relief. But my reader friends, please don’t worry, we got our HEA! It was all worth it.

Rec it? YES. If you love emotional stories, ones that break your heart but then heal it, ones with brooding heroes full of baggage, it’s a must for you.

Note: this book deals with very sensitive material and if you have an abuse trigger, this is not for you. It was hard to read, but I do think the author handled it in a way that never minimized anything.

Happy reading!

Book Rating Breakdown
Cover
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Writing
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Characters
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Plot
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Pacing
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Brooding level of the hero
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Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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From the South Shore of Massachusetts... I'm a mom, wife, dog lover and book blogger to name a few. Right now I'm loving New Adult Contemporaries - emotional ones, gritty ones, suspenseful ones, but always romantic ones, nothing light and fluffy. Let's talk swoony books!
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Posted July 31, 2017 by celeste in ARC, Brooding bad boy, Contemporary, Dark and Gritty, Deals with Depression, Indie, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, Swoonworthy Book Boyfriends / 1 Comment

One response to “{top shelf review} Where I End by Michelle Dare

  1. Thank you so much for your amazing review! I’m going to share this on my page. I absolutely love it! And yes, Parker is definitely getting his own book. I have the cover image selected and will start writing it this month. 🙂

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