BECCA TRENT LIVED HER CHILDHOOD NEXT TO A CRUEL WOMAN—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom’s role—making Becca’s life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca’s best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple years later, thing ended up in tragedy.
Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, caught between sanity and nightmares. Between therapy, work and her constantly looming past she can’t seem to find room to breathe. The memories of her late step-sister, Lisa, are her closest company.
Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now she’s trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.
Note: This is the first part of a two book novel
This book was amazing! After I read the synopsis, I said wow this book looks like it’s going to be an emotional and angst packed read. The author delivered just that and I was captivated from the first page. I will warn you that you will cry, scream and feel all the injustice that Rebecca went through from the people who were supposed to love her (get some Kleenex).
This review is hard to write because it has very intense subject matters and I really do not want to spoil it for people who have not read it.
When Becca was young her mother remarried and Becca instantly had a stepfather and a sister. The problem was her mother turned away from Becca and her stepsister Lisa was an evil bi*tch. Becca was blamed for an event that happened as a teenager and everyone turned their back on her. This book goes from the present in the past, so as a reader we get to see what happened those fateful days and it is heart wrenching. This read takes place years later and the only person there for her unconditionally is Dan.
Becca’s mother is sick and because Becca is the most selfless person, instead of holding a grudge she decides to be there for her mother. Although it’s not really for her mother but for herself. The welcome she gets in awful. Even while dying this woman did not show her child any love. Donna’s husband, Greg, is just as cruel as her mother is to her (SLAP A B**TCH)
“This is how the story went, Rebecca. You were jealous of my daughter. She was beautiful. You envied her. Let me tell you one thing, you whore. I’ll make you apologize to her and to me.”
“What truth? That she was an unfit mother? That she abandoned me from day one, and never gave me a second glance? Your theory is wrong. All wrong.”
“Here is the truth, mom. I never did anything wrong for you to hate me. Lisa wasn’t your daughter. You we’re supposed to protect me, not her. And after all that, I still love you.”
Dan is supportive, patient, caring and truly the epitome for loyal. All this for a young woman who having that kind of loyalty is something she never had. He is total alpha male when it comes to Rebecca. Anyone messing with her will deal with him and him alone, including Greg, Donna and anyone who hurts her again. You are going swoon for this man (I SWER TO GOD I NEED A DAN). Dan will leave anything he doing to be there for Rebecca, including another country or in the middle of meeting.
“I’m home, baby. You’re not alone. Go to sleep and rest, crazy persistent little thing.”
“My princess, I’m sorry for leaving you. I missed you more than you can imagine. I’m going to outside with our friends for a while, but I’ll come back to you soon.”
“You touch one hair, or any other part of her body, and one will know where in the universe I buried you. Got it?”
No one believed Rebecca about what happened all those years ago, except for Dan. Slowly as the story develops, the ugly truth comes out and the people that turned their back on Rebecca start to see they made a huge mistake (I mean Tyler, stepbrother).
“I’m sorry. You called after the first time Lisa threatened you. I failed you both. Lisa needed an adult to put her in rehab. She was so young, and I didn’t do anything to help when I was old enough to take charge. Then there’s you bravely asking for help, and in exchange you received nothing.”
“I don’t see the point of revisiting the past.”
Let me in, Becca. Right or wrong, years ago we became family. I should’ve have been trying since then, but getting close to you meant dealing with our parents and my sister. Back then I didn’t see the point or care for family.”
During this time, some things are happening to Becca, as she is trying to let go of the past. Dan confesses his love to Becca and she has a hard time understanding how he could love someone as damaged as she is. As I mentioned before, Dan is total alpha male and dominates their relationship. He knows Becca loves him too, so he does what he has always done, takes control.
“No I’m lying, baby. It has everything to so with the way I feel about you. I love you, Becca. And I don’t mean the brotherly love you swear I have you. No, I have romantic feelings for you. There’s only one thing I’ve ever been a hundred percent sure about Becca. I’m in love with you.”
“Why? You can have anyone, beautiful women with.”
“I love who and what you are.”
“I love you Danny.”
So this is where I get to the end of my review. During the entire book we see Becca become stronger as she learns to deal with her past. The issue is she has always had Dan around and Dan has always been around. And Becca needs to make sure that they are together for the right reasons and not the need they both have. So guess what? It ends with a hell of an ending. Do not worry I saw that book 2, Next to You is in the works, put that baby on your TBR list, because I sure as heck did.
I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story. To find more about Claudia follow her