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For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library. During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing-and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.
Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six year- old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.
“I know you don’t believe anything I say, so there’s no point in me trying to defend myself to you anymore, even if it kills me to see you so disgusted with me. But there’s one thing I do need you to know: I love you Emmy. I’ve loved you for a very long time.” He turned his eyes to me for the briefest of moments, and I felt a crack in my newly erected armour. “To have you here with me …guess in some sick way, for a while, I thought that this could work. Hurting you was the last thing I wanted to do, but it looks like I managed to do that anyway.” He took another breath. “This place is where I have to be, but it’s not a place where you can or should be. There’s nothing that I can do to change that. I won’t force this life on you.”
A former germaphobe and clean-freak turned mother of two, Julie collects enough tears and snot in a month to recreate Slimer Monster from Ghostbusters. Other than playing devoted wife and mama, Julie is the funniest person in the room (according to the 3 year-old and 2 year-old in said room) and can build the most awesome Lego rocket ship you’ve ever set your eyes on (according to her). Oh, and she has a full time career and has also written a bestselling novel. Superhero, or just downright insane?
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I have never EVER had a book effect me the way Crow’s does!!! I wish to GOD Cameron was REAL… REAL REAL REAL!!!Spoilers! So if you didn’t read the book, Beware!Cameron is an enigma! Bad boy day and night but wants and needs to feel loved. You can feel this coming OFF the pages as you read. I love how he kept Billy “clean”, I love how he looked out for Emmy from afar for soo soo long! I love that he watched her run EVERYDAY!“… I only had one thing on my mind. Colors. Would it be green or blue today? Maybe white-my favourite. A dark voice in the back of my mind offered no color at all as an alternative. I smothered that voice. The days of no color were simply to hard to bear. I needed color today. “…“We found a vacated picnic table and hid in the crowd, waiting…”“After a few minutes, Meatball’s head shout up, and his ears went flat to his skull. My breath quickened, the fist inside me loosened a quarter of an inch, and the dark voice inside my head was made null and void, finally.”
Their first initial meet is nothing extraordinary, Boy meets girl, girl meets boy. Boy warns girl. Boy kidnaps girl… ok maybe it is extraordinary 😉And then insert Stockholme Syndrome…. but not really! Cause seriously who wouldn’t fall in love with Cameron?!?!?!?And Meatball?!?!?EmmyEmmy is not your typical college student. She’s a trust fund baby that doesn’t want to do a thing with her money. She lives by the cemetery so she can be close to her brother who she misses and loves like crazy.Her chance meeting with Cameron surely changed her life.She fell in love…HARD“You’ll probably die if you stay with me,’ he told me.
‘Then I’m dead either way, because I won’t survive without you.”And had her heart shattered“Whoever said that love hurts was wrong. Love is excruciating, especially when you can feel it slipping through your fingers and there is nothing you can do about it. Like someone was playing tug-of-war with my limbs, ripping to shreds whatever was left behind. What it would feel like when love was lost…I wouldn’t survive that”
“How do you know when you’re There, I had once wondered. Maybe you’re lucky enough to notice the moment it’s happening to you. Maybe you’re able to block out all the other stuff that is, in the end, just background noise. But, most often, you don’t know that you were There until you lose it, or until it gets taken away from you. When you look back, you clearly see that time, that place, when all the pieces of you had finally fit together to make you blissfully happy, make you your whole self. Like one of those jumbo puzzles that take up your entire kitchen table for weeks, the tiny pieces are just cardboard shapes with colors splashed on them, and they don’t make any sense until you find their rightful place among the other pieces. When you put the last piece into place and the pieces now form a complete picture, that’s when you’re There. But while you were busy thinking about gluing the puzzle together, so that the pieces would never be apart again, someone comes from behind you, destroys the last piece and throws the rest of the pieces away. Even if you could muster up enough courage to put the pieces back together, the picture would never be complete again, because of the last missing piece…which, as it turned out, was smack in the middle, or in the heart, of the picture.”Love can make us do some absurd things surely, Cameron is a point in fact.“She’s better equipped to deal with this than me, I told myself over and over again. She’ll forget about me, move on, get married, have a couple of kids, and live till she’s a hundred years old. No bullets will ever touch her skin. Emmy will survive me. The fact that I wouldn’t survive her didn’t matter. I already lost my kid brother. I wasn’t about to loser her too.”I STILL CAN’T TALK ABOUT ROCCO WITHOUT SHEDDING TEARS… MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFETIMEREAD THIS BOOK, IT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT YOU I PROMISE JULIE PLEASE PLEASE GIVE ME BOOK 2 SOON, I MAY PERISH, WITHER AWAY TO NOTHING WITHOUT ITMare~Slitsread**************************************************************************