Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review of Craving Absolution by Nicole Jacquelyn

Synopsis: Farrah Miller and Cody “Casper” Butler have a longstanding relationship that both refuse to discuss.

It isn’t romantic.

It may not even be classified as a friendship.

Casper’s been saving Farrah from herself for longer than he’d care to admit, watching silently as she drowned herself in alcohol. Then, when she finally got her act together, he left. He told himself he was giving her time to sort herself out. He tried to give her space.

But getting shot in the chest can change a man’s perspective, and Casper’s done waiting.

When he shows up on her doorstep one night, everything changes.

He’s the man who’s seen her at her very worst.

She’s his weakness.

He runs when things get hard.

She never lets anyone see below the surface and is terrified of being abandoned.

He knows it’s a long shot, that there’s a good chance she’ll never drop her guard for him—but he has to try. Because a life with Farrah is exactly what he wants—even if he has to fight her for it.

4.5 Stars!

Review: Casper and Farrah. Man, I was really looking forward to their story, and it did not disappoint. Casper is Callie's brother, Cody, and he has been watching out for Farrah for years - or, as well as he could from across the country while he was in college. His sister experiences one too many dangerous situations, however, which causes Casper to leave school and decide to join up with The Aces, as his brother in law, Grease, is a part of them, and he wants to help get back at the people that have been hurting Callie for years. He now also wants to protect Farrah - from the world and from herself. 

Farrah has had a really difficult life. She lived with an abusive mother, who also watched while she was abused by her mother's boyfriend, until other people because aware of it and finally started to protect her - other people being her father. Their story was one of the hardest I have read recently, as Farrah only knows that her father did not seem to want her, and he did nothing for all of the years that she was abused and hurting. In fact, the only family Farrah claims is Callie, her and Grease's son, and Gram. She also claims Cody, but only from a distance. 

Farrah was such an amazing character. Whenever you have someone who dresses according to her mood and whatever decade she feels like representing that day - you know that she is hiding a lot. She always has to be dressed up, with full make up on, to feel like she is wearing her armor, and the first few times this armor drops or is attacked are truly heartbreaking to watch for her. After being shot, Cody comes for her, as he is tired of waiting for her. He begins to fight her for herself, and slowly, her walls begin to come down. Cody has seen all of her recent past, however, so he messes up a few times and also hurts Farrah. Gram and her sister, Lily, are such great characters, however, as they are supportive of all these girls, yet they also push them to realize their inner strength. I can't wait to see what happens next, after the way that this book ended. 


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