Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.
Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.
Nothing will get in her way.
Nothing except Carter.
Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn't approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan's disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.
Nothing will get in his way.
Nothing except Carter.
I am a massive fan of Colleen Hoover, I have read almost all of her books and I failed to realise she had been writing and releasing a new book via Wattpadd! Bookholic fangirl fail! So, when the news broke that the book was being published on Amazon, I just had to get a copy. I bought it last weekend and delved straight into it! Colleen warned us that this book would be much darker than anything else she has written and she wasn't lying...
The story centres around Sloan, a young college student trying to give her brother the best life she can which has meant staying with her arse of a boyfriend, Asa (more on him and my hatred for him later...). Whilst she's at college she meets a guy in her Spanish class, Carter and is instantly attracted to him. From the moment you read their interaction you can just tell how he is the complete opposite to Asa. Of course, Carter has a secret which, considering what we know about Asa at the point we meet Carter, isn't all that difficult to figure out but this didn't detract from the story.
I absolutely loved Carter! He was just what Sloan needed and he has made it onto the list of book boyfriends I need in my life. I mean, Colleen is the creator of most of the book boyfriends on my list, so it was inevitable she would add another. Carter just knows all the right things to say and do for Sloan and I loved their silly messages to one another in the house that would make utterly no sense to anyone but them.
Right, after all the gushing over Carter, it's time to deal with my hatred for Asa... Now, you know when you're reading a book and you instantly despise a character with your whole heart? Utterly hate them and can see no way of redemption for them? That. Is Asa. From the first page, I despised him and nothing could redeem him for me. Even when I knew his back story I couldn't feel an ounce of sympathy for the man. He is just such an idiot (and that is putting things lightly). He traps Sloan in a relationship she despises through deception and emotionally and sexually abuses her without even realising he's doing it. He is completely and utterly delusional. Reading his chapters just made me ragey and I couldn't see any way for him to be redeemed and in my eyes he never was and he got the ending he rightly deserved.
For the most part, I loved the book but there is just one issue I had with it: the ending. Not with how the book ended but with something that happened during the ending. Now, at one point Carter and Sloan are talking about vengeance and Sloan admits what her ultimate vengeance against Asa would be. Now, I was fine with them talking about it and never really thought they would do it but then when the book hit the climax they actually did carry out what they were talking about. That just didn't sit right with me. I'm not sure why because I hate Asa so much but I just didn't think it was necessary for them to do that and that it didn't really add anything to the story for me. I guess that is what is stopping me giving this book five stars. That and the fact that there were all these little additional chapters at the end that didn't really add anything to the story for me, while aside from getting to gush over Carter and how amazing he is...