Author ML Nystrom
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
In this novel, ML Nystrom created so much more than a romance novel.
There are many dynamics to this story. It will make you laugh, angry, feel desolate, and embarrassed. It tugs at the emotions and keeps you coming back for more.
To the outside world, Melanie Miser is a strong, confident party girl who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She has the cash, her own home, and is a free agent. She works because she wants to not because she needs to.
Miranda knows the truth, however. She carries many psychological scars from the traumas of her childhood as well as the family that never cared about her.
To her family, Miranda does nothing right. They keep her around for the sake of public opinion and nothing more.
Just when you think you have a handle on this story another dynamic is added.
This story caught my attention from the first chapter and held it as only the best stories can. It evokes thoughts of the many recent instances of adults coming forward to tell the stories of their childhood traumas. A revelation of the many secrets women all over live with and can relate to.
This book contains sexual violence and adult language.
Owen is strong, bulky, and silent. A speech impediment has always caused him to keep his ideas to himself. Only those who are close enough under the treasure that lies beneath.
Miranda is the classic independent woman. She presents a strong outer layer for the world. Her composure only cracks when she is forced to confront the demons from her past.
Beverly McAteer is Melanie’s best friend and Owen’s sister-in-law. She, her husband, and children are the only true family Miranda has ever know. They are a source of strength and comfort when she needs it. However, not even Beverly truly knows Miranda.
What I Liked
This story caught my attention from the first line. I loved the fact that there was more to both of the main characters than meets the eye. I loved the fact that Miranda is shown as a strong resourceful woman one minute only to become a broken child in the next, fighting off the nightmares of her past that she never told anyone about.
I loved the character, Owen. This man that has been so often overlooked has a big heart, strength, and a great deal of compassion. He is brilliant too.
The debt of this story, the constant twists, and turns that add more layers to the characters while showing us what made them who they are shows the author’s grasp on the human character.
What I Didn’t Like
I loved every line.
Stamp of Approval
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*
I would love to own this book and strongly recommend it as a must-read for those who love a romance novel with added dynamics of characters with some disturbing human traits.
By Adena Benn