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Me: My childhood was stolen by a monster. I've forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.
Him: He's possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn't speak. He doesn't smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him, but I'm not. He's the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. Everything....
©2017 Carian Cole (P)2017 Tantor
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By mandymay on 09-15-17

A very dark Cinderella story.

Carian Cole doesn't just tell a story, but rather takes you on a realistically beautiful journey. I own every book available by this author on audible and can't wait for more. This author's way of really humanizing her characters is like nothing I've ever experienced while listening to a book before. Life and the people in it aren't always a pretty fairy tale and she captures that good and evil balance perfectly. I also love that all of Carian's book's include animal rescues. By always weaving this subject matter in the stories she writes brings awareness to the furry friends that so desperately need our help. Carian, is one of the best story tellers of her time. She has a unique way of making you understand her complex characters, describing the scenes without unnecessary information, and wrapping her endings up in a believable way. Everything is balanced so nicely. I hope her writing style never changes.

Now on to the spoiler free review. Tyler is a hermit in the woods. An outcast from society his physical scars make it hard for him to go in public because of the stares and judgement he receives. He's content with his solitary life spending time creating beautiful things and rescuing animals. One day he rescues Holly from a horrific situation. Misunderstandings about that day changes things for both of them. Flash forward year's later.. Holly feels like no one can completely understand her and what she's endured. The one thing she never forgot about that night was the prince who saved her. When the universe puts these soul mates back in each others path's they only find comfort from their abnormal lives when they are spending together. They give one another the courage to heal. She see's the real man behind the scare's and he soothes her PTSD. Love and intimacy blossom very slowly because Tyler is respectful, patient and cautious of her past. The prologue was absolutely wonderful!! It made me want to hear more.

I think Ava and Guy did a great job making this memorably mesmerizing story even better. This book was not only worth the credit, but the wait. It was certainly more than I anticipated and my expectations were high. *Now a little warning* this book does deal with heavy subject matter like alcohol, drugs, death, and child abuse. I hope this doesn't discourage anyone from listening because you will be so absorbed you won't be able to pause it. Even though there are a couple of beautifully written sex scenes between Holly and Tyler the main focus of this book is not the sex. It's about two broken people finding everlasting love.

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By CAROLYN on 09-18-17


This isn't a sweet easy-going listen.. instead the only fairytales are the ones a six year old girl has in her backpack when she's abducted.. ones that become everything to her in the eleven years of her captivity and abuse. She knew only the stories in those well-loved books and when she was able to watch tv alone in the basement if she'd been a good girl.. and then her Prince came and saved her. A damaged scarred blue-eyed Prince who had his own tragedies and demons to fight.. but slowly, over time, these two broken people saw the beauty beneath the scars, healed and helped one another to get their own special fairytale HEA ending.

Worth a credit? Again, Carian Cole pushes the boundaries to give a very different unconventional love story and it was heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measures.. and it's hauntingly tragic as it is hauntingly beautiful. Intense dual POV story, good narration and yes, imo, creditworthy.

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By Patricia on 09-14-17

Love this book

I really enjoyed this book and was sad when it was over. The whole subject is fairly taboo but is very well written and simply brilliant. The narrators are perfect to. I look forward to Carians future books

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By chevy on 12-03-17

A believable fairytale

Not as much lust or as many sex scenes as I would have liked. But still a great book.

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