Friday, February 21, 2014

ARC REVIEW ~Rescued by Priscilla West~

Title: Rescued
Author: Priscilla West
Series: Arrowhart College #2
Release Date: February 24, 2014

My Rating: 3 Stars
"There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”

The conclusion to USA Today bestselling author Priscilla West’s New Adult Novel Wrecked.

Wrecked should be read before this book.

Lorrie’s semester started off hopeful but ended in disaster. Now, she’s even more lost and confused than she was at the beginning of the year. As Lorrie flees to the only family she has left, she has to come to terms with how things ended with Hunter.

Hunter has fought for so long to keep the truth from Lorrie in an effort to protect her, but that has only caused more heartache and pain.

Realizing his mistake, Hunter has made a vow to get Lorrie back, but is it too late?

Will Hunter be able to overcome his own demons and help Lorrie through her pain, or are they destined to keep hurting each other?
Rescued is a book that warrants my special "Likes, Dislikes, and Overall" format. So here we go.

This book flowed much better for me than the first. It picks up with Lorrie back at her aunt and uncle's house and not too long after Hunter is at her doorstep and they are dealing with the misunderstandings that left me brokenhearted in Wrecked. I think, after the first book they both needed time to heal and grow up a little. The very terrifying reality they are now facing helped with that. I saw so much growth in them. Yet, there was still the all consuming lust and love they have for one another as well. They both try to be so self-sacrificing until they realize that compromise is the best option. I won't spoil it if you haven't read the first book, but what Hunter and Lorrie continue to deal with Rescued is just as heartbreaking. But the author handles it in a very real yet, tasteful way. I also loved that Lorrie and Hunter were pulled out of their original element. I think being in the supportive home of her family helped settle them as well. Rescued is one of those books that gives hope for happy endings in the real world. Hunter and Lorrie haven't had the easiest lives, yet they learned to mend and move on together. 

There are only a few of these but, one of them is kind of a biggie. That being, the dialogue. there was a good chunk of the time that the dialogue from all of the characters was very stilted, and awkward. The narrative aspects were great. I could see the scenes unfolding in my mind but, when anyone opened their mouth I cringed because it's not how we actually talk. the easiest way to explain it is that it had a bit of a cheesiness to it. Granted, it wasn't an all the time problem but, it was very apparent, to me at least. My other issues with this book are minor in the grand scheme of things. One being, the whole ordeal with Lorrie's stepfather was handles rather abruptly. While it was a shock factor, I also felt like the characters would have had more closure and developed more if it had been handled differently. However, at the other end of the scope, it played into the not everything being wrapped up in a shiny bow aspect. So, it's more a personal preference than an actual mark against the book. And lastly, the kittens. I love those little guys and for the middle part of the book the just vanished! Like I said, not an actual mark against the book. But they add pizzazz to the scenes and I missed them! :)

In the end, I still enjoyed this book. The heart of the story is not one that I have ever read before so it was definitely a new experience. Given the circumstances, I was extremely content with the ending. Lorrie and Hunter prove their worth not only to themselves, but to each other as well. Ms. West has a very strong knack for creating captivating stories. Lorrie and Hunter's story was a refreshing, and creative. And most important of all, I got that "heart melt-y" sensation. I was invested in these characters and their story and that is proof positive to be that this was a good story!

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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