Author: Jessica Lemmon
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb: Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.
It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.
He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.
Review: It was hard not to fall in book love with the anti-hero Tucker in this book. He had suffered unspeakable things in his childhood, where getting sent to Juvi was better than being at home. With great skill, Jessica takes you into his mind and heart and lets you bear witness to his slow growth as a man and as a person as he battles the demons not only in his mind but in the real world.
Morgan’s lived a great life and she can’t believe it when her world comes crashing down the night of her 21st birthday. Her best friend slept with her boyfriend? This really sucks. And top it all off with getting kidnapped by the man who’d been her savior in high school? Let’s just say she’s not feeling the love.
At first, she’s not sure why she’s been kidnapped. Tucker keeps telling her it’s because he needs her dad to defend him. But why? Doesn’t he realize that kidnapping her is going to make her dad hate him? Only when she finds out about the things Tucker had had done to him when he was a child… and what had made his brother Jeremy take his own life. After seeing the cutting scars on his arms that match the ones on her body does she actually realize that they have more in common than she thinks.
Tucker knows that he’s only got one chance with Morgan. If he can be brave and tell her the full story, she’ll believe him and help him persuade her father to take his case. But by doing so, he’ll have to reveal things about himself that he’s afraid will make Morgan never want to be with him again. Can he tell the story so that the full depth of his abuse isn’t revealed?
Unfortunately, she gets to the incriminating tapes before he can and sees more than he’d like. He wants her to love him for himself, not out of pity.
I’m not really big into the NA scene, but this book was a refreshing change. It had pathos and a lot of heart and I really enjoyed getting to know these two characters. I did enjoy the ending–a lot of satisfaction there–but you’ll have to read it to see if you agree. Thanks for a great book, Jessica Lemmon. You rock the NA scene, my friend!