Such an emotional roller coaster!
(This review covers up to twenty-three chapters)
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It’s obvious that the author has given enough efforts to bring this book into existence. Writing the same scenes with two different perspectives must have been a tough challenge for the author since she had to maintain a steady narrative, or the reader will just keep getting lost. But the execution was perfect—so perfect that after a couple of chapters from Stoic’s POV, readers could easily recognise the difference between Emmerson and Stoic’s tone. Hats off to you for that!
The storyline was quite a sensitive one, not for the faint of heart. And I can see how some of your readers dropped this book because the relationship between Stoic and Emmy is toxic. Well, having a teen boy tongue kissing an eight-year-old is honestly, you know, quite distressing. But after reading the same scene from Stoic’s POV, it is clear that he tried his best to fight his desires. Still, it’s wrong. Honestly, I found Stoic to be a very complicated character—he loved Emmerson with every ounce of his soul—And because of this, he always kept his sexual desires caged within him as he feared hurting her. So, the aftermath of the rape scene was heart-wrenching for us to read. Stoic was being devoured by guilt, whereas shame was eating at Emmy. It was painful to read.
Emma well represented the name given to her—brave. She and I had a lot of similarities, and that is one reason I could connect with her on a much deeper level. She had strong feelings towards Stoic, but she kept on denying it since he was like a brother to him. But that one sexual interaction with Stoic changed everything. She was still oblivious to the promise Stoic has given to her father. She didn’t yet know Stoic was her future husband, and hence why she was hesitant to lose her virginity to him. Even though she had fantasised him doing his way to her, but wasn’t quite ready for something like that to happen in reality. She wasn’t ready enough for the pain she was about to receive. Things happened too fast—before she could even get her head around it. Too much to process. She wanted to stop it, but her body had a mind of its own. And it is real! Trust me, I’ve gone through such situations and my reactions were similar to hers.
I also loved the bonding between Stoic and Kenzo. He stood up for Stoic when everyone else was against him—such a genuine friend/brother. It was so heartwarming and sweet! I love Kenzo!
The author really took the time to flesh out her characters. It’s amazing to read such a well-flourished book after such a long time. Grammatically, the mistakes were too minor to take away a star from this book. Having this much accuracy in a second language is commendable! So for that kudos to you!
Your writing style is impeccable and highly engaging. Structuring the book at first from Emmerson’s perspective, then switching to Stoic’s complimented the story so well. All in all, awesome work! It is such an amazing book, and I can not wait to read the rest of it—it’s absolutely phenomenal!