A story forged in the fire of misunderstanding, mistrust, confusion, lies, deceit, love and lust that will create a pandemonium of emotions inside your heart.
I was an emotional wreck after reading this one.
Izzy was the kind of heroine, who felt like a helpless bird caged by ridiculous rules but will later turn into a strong willed, independent and determined woman. No job, planning dinner menus, always keeping up with the appearances, what to wear and what not to wear, she lived her life under the thumbs of the Tennysons. Her life revolved around Julian. He slowly and gradually snatched her life, engulfing every part of her life. Now, I am not the one to like meek heroines with no backbone. Izzy, however, made me feel every emotion and root for her in all those situations. Her feelings simply pierced my heart.
Julian was an asshole of one of a kind variety. He was careless with Izzy. He cheated, manipulated and lied to her at every other turn. She was just an inconvenience to him. Twin to Bridge, but vastly different from him in more ways than I can count.
And then happened the accident that turned all their lives upside down.
Here’s when Bridge had to step in the shoes of his twin. He kept Julian’s life alive for him, treasuring his fiancé, saving his business and position in the company and dealing with his father, and in turn he sold his soul to bear the burden of his lies and manipulations. Even though his reasons were honorable, he still felt like an impostor who stole his brother’s life. Bridge had always had always had the hard side of the life. He worked tooth and nail to bear the medical bills of his sick mother. Exacerbated by his father’s biased feelings, burdened by his mother’s sickness and their tough circumstances, he was a different man entirely than his entitled twin.
The chemistry between Bridge and Izzy was intense. I was afraid the slow burn was ready to set the book on fire. Their dynamic connection had a buzzing electrifying current running underneath it. It was raw with desire, passion, love and plain and simple lust. Theirs was a relationship so beautiful that was about to burst with the tender care, compassion, warmth and an all-consuming love.
Why are you marrying me?
He tilted my chin up with his forefinger and whispered, “Because I want to spend the rest of my life trying to figure out how to not just make you happy but set you free.”
This book was addicting, gritty and fast-paced. It kept me on my toes the entire time and I devoured it in a single sitting. It had everything that makes a complete book strong plot, likable characters, story development, gut wrenching emotions and a beautiful ending. This story struck all chords of my heart in the right place. It devastated and then mended me whole. I was unable to stop reading all the while cursing like a sailor at all the injustices done to her.
Rachel Van Dyken is a fabulous author. This story had so many facets and she carefully peeled layer after layer of this intricate web and slowly unwrapped the story behind every action. She made me so conflicted about how I felt about the characters. The beauty of her writing took me from despising a character to being confused to feeling empathetic in the end. It was a whirlwind of emotions and I wanted to stay stuck in this tumultuous storm.