By Lisa Schroeder
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Rae’s always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her…and the less she wants to give.
As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous. He’s not about to let her go. And with danger following her every move, Rae must fight for the life and love she deserves if she’s going to survive.
Okay, you know I did it. I oohed and aahed over that cover and it caught my eye long before the synopsis did. I’m so ashamed (no I’m not). Then I went and sat at the adult table and read the blurb, checked out the author and saw that she wasn’t writing this in her trademark all-verse style and knew I had to read it even if it wasn’t the New Adult book that it looked like (confusing covers). The freaky abusive boyfriend/poor girl storyline is one that can be tricky to do without it turning into something resembling a tabloid movie, but Schroeder pulled off a pretty good, complex story with one heck of a surprise at the end.