*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*
A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.
My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.
No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.
All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.
But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
Wow I really don’t know how to explain my feelings about this book. I really enjoyed this book, but there were some things that I wasn’t comfortable with, which held me back from giving it 5 stars. I can’t explain what I mean because it would ruin the whole book. This is the first book by Rachael Wade that I have read and as I said before I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book was like no other that I have read before. I loved that the storyline was unique. I thought the pace of the story was really good, nothing dragged and nothing was rushed, so you didn’t feel like you missed anything. I thought the writing was flawless. She does an excellent job sucking you into this story right from the start and not letting go until the last page. This story truly had me guessing throughout the whole thing. Some things were predictable, but Rachael was still able to add enough shockers in this story to keep the reader on their toes.
As for the characters in this story….we are introduced to a lot of them…mostly male ;). I will say out of those men I really only liked Jay (the father figure), Ryder, and even Brad was ok. As for Tim, Christian, and Nate….they were all severe douchebags. You’ll understand why pretty much from the start. As for Elise….I don’t know what I really feel about her. On one hand I loved her character but then on the other hand I also didn’t agree with some of her behavior. One thing I loved about her character is she didn’t apologize or hide who or what she was. She knew exactly what she was doing and wasn’t hiding behind a fake persona. But it was also this behavior that had me not liking her much at certain times in the story. She truly was a broken soul, who had such a low self portrait of herself. This is all due to how she was raised by her horrible father. We learn quite a bit about her home life as a child and I can see why she was messed up in the head. That’s why I loved Ryder so much…he was willing to help Elise see what an amazing person she was and that she didn’t deserve the life she was leading. I thought their relationship grew at a great pace.
I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a story about a girl learning how to love herself and working towards redemption and a better self worth but also has a great love story hidden in the mix. Like I said earlier…. This book will definitely keep you thinking and on your toes.