The Prologue (The Things We Can’t Change #1) by Kassandra Kush 



Ezekiel Quain has learned over the years that love and family are nothing to be depended on. After standing strong next to his mom through her cancer, she ran off, leaving Zeke, his dad and little sister to struggle with the leftover medical bills, and a bad taste in Zeke’s mouth about counting on anybody. His relationship with his father is strained, and the only person he cares for is his little sister, Cindy. With looks, attitude, and words, Zeke keeps everyone at arm’s length.

Evangeline Parker has it all: money, beauty, brains, and the perfect boyfriend, Tony. What everyone doesn’t see is that she’s trapped, and has been for two years. She lives every day in fear, hiding the fact that Tony isn’t the perfect man everyone thinks that he is. She walks a tightrope, trying to reconcile the Tony of the past with the Tony of the present, and to never, ever upset him. Terrified of anyone finding out the truth, she doesn’t get too close to anyone and has been struggling through the past two years alone.

When Zeke stumbles upon Tony and Evie one night and learns of her secret, their worlds begin to collide in a way neither of them expected. Before he can stop himself, Zeke finds himself stepping uninvited into Evie’s life, and urges her to tell someone. Evie refuses, terrified of the repercussions from Tony. Not even sure why he cares, Zeke can only watch from a distance, until disaster strikes and Evie’s secret comes to light, and they are both forced to take action.(less)


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Nancy's Review



This is me after finishing this first part of the series ..


I want to specify that when I say disturbing and shocking, I mean it in a non-graphic violent way, but more on the event happening in general.

This definitely left a bitter taste in my mouth…. like, I can’t believe just how stupid…. ugh!!! I am shock… devastated.


But this could really happen, so we’re talking a close to reality story…. the abuse, the consequences, those elite snobs that thinks they are way better than everyone else and they can’t do anything wrong, ugh….

I just really could not understand the why’s… I wished Evie, the lead female character, listened to Zeke, the lead male character. I am so confused and frustrated right now.


My heart breaks for Zeke, look what doing the right thing would get you! Not the right kind of message we want to put out, but it is happening….sigh…

This is one of those that I can’t say anything about the plot cause then it might just lead to a complete spoiler.

I hesitate to read what happens next, not because I find the story bad,……on the contrary, it is most brilliantly written and a quite stirring storyline… but because it kinda scares me to know so what’s next? I really don’t want to hate Evie… and I am feeling so bad for Zeke. While, at the same time, I badly wanna know what’s next for Evie and Zeke.

And may I just add, what a most apt title…. “the things we can’t change”… true enough..

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