☆✮ My Review ✮☆
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“She was the exception to the rule. She was my puppet for revenge.”
I should have guessed by these two key sentences in the book’s synopsis how it was all going to turn out: “Most fairy tales end with a happily ever after. This is not a fairy tale.”
I mean, wow. Just wow.
Author, Jaimie Roberts, definitely flustered me with this one! I just did not know what was up and what was down with Dean!! And then Tyler, man, was I singing this tune for her at the end:
I totally did not expect that from her but was glad she did it. She stood up for herself and broke the cycle!!So, why am I utterly and irrevocably distressed at the same time? :( ;[
And then Tyler's relationship with Jeremy. Awww! I loved him!! I won't mention who he is, or even during the next part of my review, but his relationship with Tyler was so pure and different from her messed up dealings with with Dean/Lotus. I soaked up their time together and even cried for him. His and Tyler's story, along with hers and Dean's, flow really well and intertwined very fluidly. It created more of a sense of dimension, if you will, to the characters and made me think of how fragile and destructive life can truly be.
So, the story:
Tyler and Dean were childhood best friends and one day Dean up and disappeared with a promise to come back for Tyler. Tyler, heartbroken and grief stricken, as Dean had been her first love, waited but nothing, nada, from Dean or explanation to his whereabouts.
Flash forward many years into the future, where our characters all grown up. Dean suddenly reappears but he is not the same boy Tyler once knew. He is bitter, has a hidden agenda, and has secretly been stalking and keeping tabs on Tyler throughout the years to seek his revenge upon her until Tyler is thoroughly ruined for good.
“He was a deviant who snuck into my room, did the most erotic things to me, stalked me, and knew everything there was to know about me. So, why was it that I was the one obsessing over him, left wondering whether he would ever come back? It was almost like I was lost to him now. I was once his obsession. Now it looks as though I was just as sick with it as him.”
Dean thinks Tyler to be his “nemesis” whereas he is her “lotus,” but, what was the REAL REASON for such a pure union to turn into heart wrenching, bitter sorrow?
“The lotus flower was a symbol of cause-and-effect. A live symbol of karma in action. It seemed he lived so much for revenge that not only did he wear its symbol on his shoulder, he also called himself by the flower’s name.”
~Will Dean's plan for retribution go as planned?....
Will he and Tyler ever rise from obscurity, to right all wrongs, and have a second chance at love? Well readers, you'll just have to read to find out!
“Our relationship was based on lies and betrayal. I could never be with him knowing that…”
#A “deviant” tale of what devious lies, secrets, and sex, can do to a person!
Gah, the suspense is killing me for a bk 2!! And yet, I can’t wait for more!!
-Overall : 8
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8
Loving life, writing, and fictional book boyfriends!! ;)
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