Title: Bitter Sweet Love
Author: R.C. Stephens
Release Date: Jan 18, 2015
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After enduring an abusive childhood and having her heart broken by the only boy she trusts, Alexis White vows to never let anyone hurt her again. She's left her troubled past behind and starts a new life at college. For the past seven years, her social calendar has been filled with frat parties, drinking, and meaningless sexual hook-ups. Until one night she unexpectedly gets saved by a tall, dark, and handsome French foreigner, Luc Blanchard. He's charming, sophisticated, and very interested in Lexi, who has presented herself as a challenge when she tells him relationships aren't her thing.
She finds herself sucked in by his own intriguing past. But everything changes when Dylan Priestley, the gorgeous boy who broke her heart and shattered her faith in friendship and love, suddenly shows up in her life again while back home on a visit. Dylan doesn't hide his feelings for Lexi, but she can't forgive or forget being betrayed by the one person she ever truly loved.
Despite the pain Dylan's caused her, Lexi is once again drawn to the blue-eyed-boy-next-door. Will Lexi choose the man who seems perfect but hides a dark side or the boy who smashed her heart into pieces so many years ago?
Warning: this Book Ends in a cliffhanger. This is book one of a trilogy. Release dates will be held close together.
I have to admit, I was very confused about this book. Based on the synopsis, and Alexis's initial description of Dylan, I was expecting a story where he broke her heart. Instead, Alexis makes herself and everyone else, including the reader, think this for half of the book before you see that Dylan actually did not break her heart. He didn't do anything wrong, aside from passing out at a party. Meanwhile, however, Alexis is engaging in misguided, selfish, and downright dumb behaviors - all because someone broke her heart - when they actually didn't break her heart. By the time I realized this, however, I was really tired of Alexis, as a character, so it made it difficult for me to feel bad for her, when she actually did have some really horrible things happen to her growing up.
Alexis's mom was very abusive towards her and her sister during her teen years, once her dad left the picture. The only person that she could count on, aside from her sister, was her best friend, and later boyfriend, Dylan. They have a brief time together in high school before Alexis begins a years long pattern of running away. She happens to find the next unhealthiest female that she can to become best friends with and begins to become the opposite of who she has been for the first 19 years of her life.
Now, however, she has begun seeing someone, against her better judgment and against what everyone in her life tells her, and she seems surprised when things start to head south. She also does something with Dylan that seems so counterintuitive to the type of person that she wants to be. I know I'm making a lot of strong statements against Alexis, but, if she wasn't having great sex with every single man that she comes across, she was changing her mind and being a different character than the other half of the book. It felt like the author maybe didn't have the strongest idea in mind for Alexis, so she kept being a different person. Then, she's all of a sudden in the middle of a very dangerous situation that everyone specifically warned her about and she ignored. It just seems hard to imagine a girl that has spent seven years doing everything that she can to stay out of relationships, deciding over night to be in one, and then ignoring every one in her life telling her that the person is dangerous or seems bad for her.
Overall, Alexis was difficult for me to connect with, and I think that made it difficult for me to really get into the story. It does also end on a cliffhanger, in terms of what situation she finds herself in the middle of by that point.
Have you ever been at such a low point in your life when you saw the light to the other side? I thought it was something that people experienced when they were old and gray and had lived a life full of hopes, dreams, accomplishments, and family. I never thought that the angel would come for me at twenty-five. It’s my birthday.
It’s also the day I die.
She’s here. I can see the light around her and feel the warmth of her presence, amber liquid pouring too quickly over my head. The heat flows between my legs.
What’s happening? So much blood leaves my body. I can’t feel pain. I see only light and crimson. This is my end, but I’m not ready. I have so many things left unfinished, so many mistakes to correct. This is all my fault. The baby will die and I did this.
He will never forgive me. I need to see him one more time. I need to tell him the truth. He needs to understand what happened. I thought life would be different. I thought I had more time. If only I had more time.
My life can’t end like this.
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R.C. Stephens was born in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from York University with a Master’s Degree in Political Science.
Her debut Novel Bitter Sweet Love is book one of the Twisted Trilogy. Followed by Twisted Love and Sweet Love Forever.
R.C. is an avid reader, so when she isn’t cooking for her clan or on her laptop writing, she’s snuggled tight with her Kindle devouring any romance novel she can. Okay, with the exception of Thursday nights. She makes time for Scandal and Vampire Diaries. She’s a fan of drama and suspense but she’s also a sucker for a happy ending.
Her husband was her first teenage love. They live together with their three children in Toronto. Loving Canadian winters she could never think of living anywhere else.