Title – Raw
Author – Belle Aurora
Publication Date – January 13, 2014
Series – Raw Family, #1
***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 had seen numerous positive, raving reviews about this book so I knew that I had to see what all the fuss was about. While reading the synopsis, I quickly realized that it would be a little darker than what I was used to. However, I wanted to give the book a chance and I am so glad that I did.
“Pausing a moment and keeping his back to me, he says lividly, ‘Do not fucking label me.’ His fists ball by his sides as he extends his parting words. ‘Think on this, girl.’ Spinning around, his eyes — full of fury — meet mine. ‘Who were you before people started telling you who you should be?'”
First off, the book is written in dual viewpoints of both the main characters. Although there are headings with who is speaking, Aurora writes in such a way that you can really tell who it is purely by the language and structure. It really helped further the story by being in both characters’ heads. I loved knowing the motives and inner thoughts of both Lexi and Twitch. Furthermore, every once in a while, the author would mention a song to which I’d then have to run to YouTube and listen to it. It may have caused me a moment to pause and soak it in, but it really helped me understand the tone and emotions of the characters. I don’t normally do this, but it really enhanced this particular reading experience for me. Something about this story just captivated me from the very beginning.
“I don’t like labels. I won’t be defined by words like normal, unbalanced, or damaged. There’s so much more to me than words. I have layers, just like the next person, and if you picked me apart layer-by-layer, you’d find a blackened crust where my heart should be.”
It was a gritty, raw experience. It was out of my comfort zone and caused me to flinch on more than one occasion (Disclaimer: the sex scenes are not your “normal” ongoings – I’ll put it that way). However, it also made me think about things, and that’s what I love for a book to do. Twitch has a serious issue with labels, and let me tell you, on more than one occasion – I literally stopped reading just to sit and ponder his words. Kudos to the author for writing the ending the way she did. I also appreciated that she took a chance and wrote something different. It wasn’t a cookie-cutter, fairy tale love story. It was exactly what she said – a love story gone wrong. I can honestly say that it was a rollercoaster ride that takes you through some serious ups and downs, screaming the whole way. At the end of the ride though, you’re breathless.
“I don’t want a knight in shining armor. I want a knight in scuffed armor. I want his helmet to have dents. I want my knight to be real, and dark, and savage. I want my knight to be a survivor. Someone who’s been tested and got through his trials. Not some pussy in gleaming metal. I don’t want gleaming metal. I don’t need a fucking knight. I need a fearless warrior. I need Twitch.”
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Dirty (Raw Family, #2)
Raw: Rebirth (Raw Family #3) – Unknown Release Date
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