I read THE DEBT, and I’m gutted. I want MORE!
What an excellent book. I opened it with the intention of just getting started, only to find myself finishing it at 1:30 in the morning. It was THAT good.
Told from a single pov (bold move on the author’s part that truly paid off), THE DEBT is a NA love story between Josh and Hadley. They met as children in foster care, where they tried to protect each other, but were unable to. Each was adopted and raised by caring adults, but the scars they picked up in their childhood carried forward into their adult lives. These scars influence how they interact not just with the world, but with each other. Only by overcoming the past can they have a future together.
Josh was truly damaged by his experience. He lashes out, most often at Hadley. If this book had been from Hadley’s pov, I’m not sure I could’ve finished it, because he treats her horribly at times. But being in Josh’s head helped me understand why he acts this way. Even more, we know he loves her.
I don’t generally enjoy books where the LI has anger management issues, because I feel that behavior like that is ingrained in a person. But, Josh has reasons for his behavior, and while he reacts with anger, we’re with him, so we get it. We understand. And we’re rewarded by being with him as he works through his issues both in counseling and in his interactions with Hadley. By the end, Josh has overcome his past and learned better ways to handle his stress.
Pros: Excellent writing, deep pov (loved this guy and his thought processes), true caring between the characters, steamy sex scenes, HEA, fully-developed secondary characters.
Cons: I can’t think of any at this point.
I’m eager to see what this author writes next.
Thank you, Tyler King, NetGalley, & Forever Yours/Hachette for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Hadley saved my life . . . and I ruined hers
Hadley’s my best friend. We share a house, our friends, a life. She knows all my secrets . . . except one. My desperate need for her is inked on my body, it’s the best I can do. But Hadley needs to hear the words . . .
Growing up as foster kids, Hadley made me feel whole-sane. And what did I do? I destroyed our chance to be together. I ran out on Hadley when I should have stayed, and something broke between us. Now I’ll do anything to fix it.
I’ll never leave her again. I won’t ever let her feel afraid again. But the more I try to protect her from my pain, the more I just make things worse. I’m terrified that if I tell her everything, she’ll never forgive me. I’m even more terrified that it may be too late to make her mine. I have to try to give her what she needs . . . it’s a debt I’m determined to repay.