Friday, August 2, 2013
Darkness Deserved by Jessica Spoon-Review
Harper Reagan has been through everything a woman could possibly go through. Losing her parents and entering foster care, only to be abused by her foster father. Running away at fifteen, she enters the world’s oldest profession to survive. And survive she did. Barely... If you call abuse, counted as property and tortured to no end surviving, then that was what she did…survived. Her life was spared, but at what cost? Long ago Harper had died. Today, due to those decisions she made, she is left existing with no choice to do anything else. Staring the devil in the face daily for as long as she did, left its mark and pain behind for her to live with forever. The pain of that survival scars her deeper than any physical wound she's ever received. Harper is finally living a better life and has a great business, friends, and a home finally her own. She will do anything to keep her past hidden, including jeopardizing her only chance at love and a truly good man. Breccan Caldwell is everything Harper doesn't deserve. He's gorgeous, successful, caring and a true gentleman. Can Breccan show Harper who she truly is? Or will he be pushed out by the darkness she allows herself to be consumed with?
I was sent Darkness Deserved as an ARC to review as part of the launch. This is Jessica Spoon's debut novel. It is the story of Harper, a former prostitute who has been rescued from the life and turned herself into a successful business owner. She meets Breccan, a very successful and rich man who sweeps her off her feet. Harper continues to be haunted by her past, through nightmares and the fear of being found so she is hesitant to pursue a relationship with someone so famous. Breccan wins her over but she continues to closely guard her past from him, believing that she is protecting him from those who may want to harm her.
The book explores this relationship, as well as Harper's ways of dealing with her past. I found this story engaging and I was drawn to Harper. I was cheering for her to allow herself to trust others in a way she never had before. There were a few times I was crying with her. There were other times when I was annoyed with her, especially with her preoccupation with material things, especially shoes and clothes. I was annoyed by her constant evaluation of other's attire. But, I can also understand how her past influences this.
This book ends in somewhat of a cliffhanger. I sincerely hope that the author has another book planned and that it will come out soon. I recommend that you check this book out for the hot sex and the great story line within it. 4 out of 5!