Publication Date: January 2nd, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
***Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.***
Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am.
Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street.
Best decision I ever made.
Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job.
My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved.
But the saying is true.
The world makes way for those who know where they are going.
I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace.
But then there’s him.
I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me.
He makes me feel.
But it’s real.
I’m sure you’re wondering how a person falls in love with their stalker.
So am I.
This isn’t a story.
This is my life.
I finished this book on Friday night and yet I am STILL trying to come to terms with it.
“Monsters don’t always lurk in the shadows. Sometimes they hide in plain sight.”
The story centers around Alexa/Lexi Ballentine, an American woman living in Australia. Lexi is a social worker with a heart of gold. She is fiercely protective of the kids she interacts with, and extremely responsible when it comes to her job. She also has two best friends that love and adore her. Life is pretty good for Lexi, except she has a stalker.
Twitch has been following Lexi for awhile. He is always off in the distance. Watching. Waiting. Their paths finally cross when Twitch saves Lexi from an assault. Finally the man that has clearly been hunting Lexi introduces himself to her world, and she is instantly captivated with him.
There’s something animalistic about this man. Something I want to be a part of. Something I want to be included in. He’s a force of nature.
But Twitch is a far cry from a knight in shining armour. He is dark. Dangerous. Dirty.
You feeling uncomfortable?” I immediately nod. Squeezing my ass once more, he places his lips at the shell of my ear.
“Good. Get used to it. Because I’m going to do bad things to you.”
But Twitch has he reasons for inserting himself in Lexi’s life. And the power that he wields over her mind, body, and heart threaten to shatter the life that Lexi has made for herself….
I really enjoyed this book. Twitch was a total enigma and I was instantly captivated by him. I also really loved Lexi. She has a good heart and head on her shoulders. Unfortunately some events and out-of-character moments held me back from a full 5 stars.
My main issues were things that Lexi chose to ignore/not act on when she discovered a BIG revelation about Twitch and his profession. I assumed that being as responsible as she was that this would have caused more of an issue but it was kind of just slid under the rug. I was also a little disappointed by the pacing of their relationship. I would have liked to see a little more build up. It felt like the moment the two of them come together happened REALLY fast, and that again seemed out of character for Lexi. Also as much as I REALLY enjoyed Twitch his reasoning was confusing and vague and it wasn’t until the very end that I felt that I understood him a little more. Some more of his POV and back story would have been awesome and helpful.
Also, that ending. Holy cow. It was resolved but I was far from satisfied. Raw is a book that I think is worthy of a sequel. There were too many things (for me) that I feel needed to be looked into further.
Overall I was really pleased with Raw and cannot wait to read more from this author.