As of Right Now, I Enjoy
Okay, I'm writing this review as of chapter 6. I wasn't sure what to rate this story because technically speaking the writing is great. You're talented, and the plot is enthralling I just... Am having a bit of an issue.
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I think someone already bought up in the comments that there seems to be a predatory/stomach-sickening relationship between the characters when he is making out with her as a teen while she is a child. Also, he raped her. He literally raped her. I've been raped and I know what it feels like to be around your abuser because I had to have classes with mine for the four years we were in high school together. I sat one seat away from him in chemistry class a little less than a year after it happened; it's traumatizing and it took me till even now to recover (albeit, the process is going to last me a lifetime - rape isn't something a person ever forgets). Hence why this plot and the way it can go worries me. I hate books that depict a woman falling in love with a man who rapes her. That's abuse not love, and I surely hope that's not where this is heading, because that's just a bad message to send to young victims and to young men. Romanticizing rape and abuse is never okay, and so I hope that's not where the story is headed, but since it's only six chapters in I can't exactly tell. If that is where you're planning on taking the story, I'd maybe reconsider - as writers we are accountable for the messages we send in our story, and sexualizing rapists/abusers isn't a good message to send; and that's coming from a victim. It hurts to see that kind of stuff out there because my experience was harrowing, not sexy, and women should be empowered to leave their abusers rather than think they should fall in love with them because they can "change them". I'm on a soap box right now, so I'll get off because I think you understand my point.
So, hopefully, a different love interest comes into play for Emmerson (although, falling in love with another man won't solve her problems; at the end of the day she needs to rescue herself, not a man rescuing her; which is another trope in books involving rape that makes my stomach twinge a little since I thought all my problems would be solved if I could just get a man to love me... Guess how that worked out? lol) Anyways, just keep that in mind. Survivors are important to keep in mind when writing about these things, so just be cognizant of the message you're sending and hopefully, that's the way this story is heading! As a survivor, I love seeing stories that have some representation of my story in them - But when it's told in the way it actually happens and gives a healthy depiction of recovery (and since realistically a lot of people do unhealthy things to solve their problems (like me when I initially tried to fix my abuser + stayed with him for months), then have those unhealthy things have the negative consequences (like me when he never changed and the abuse escalated) they have in real life; if that makes sense?) I'll stop now, so if you have any questions feel free to ask!