There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)
Jenna Lord's first 16 years were not exactly a fairy tale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother - until he shipped off to Iraq. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire. There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and everyone cries for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.)
Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain... magnetism. And there are stories where it's hard to be sure who's a prince and who's a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.)
Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds - and the rules.
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Disturbing, beautiful, awfully komplex and...
So, this is actually the first time I'm writing a review - even though I'm addicted to all kind of audio books (in particular YA paranormal romance, just keeping it light and delighting), so I was a little bit sceptic about purchasing this book (whithout a credit, I might mention) - but it was a good investment:
First of all: If you're looking for a nice teen love-story, that's not your audiobook.
The sotry is disturbing - but beautifully so. It's about love, taboos, desires - very basic desires indeed - like being loved and accepted just the way you are, however screwed up that might be - but what the author does, is to light up the shadows, not taking the simple road of black and white, but looking at those aspects of live, which can't be categorized into simple drawers, adding layers to it and telling the only version of truth there is - from a very personal view, the view of one person - Jenna (no idea how to write her name) - she's a