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When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.
The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.
Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.
Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood.
Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.
As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go.
With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.
One at a time.
Each one more deadly than the last.
Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for ages 18 and over.
Man oh man, this was my first read by Ms. Cole and I have to say she blew me away. It’s been days since I’ve read this book and my mind is still going back to these characters. She made the imagery so real and at times, honestly, it made my stomach turn. There were instances where I had to put this book down and take deep breaths, walk away and come back to it when I was emotionally ready.
“Heathan James, you have eaten my heart and drunk my soul. I am yours. I have been consumed by you…happily.”
This book came out a while ago and I’ve had it on my kindle since late 2014 but I just now was able to get up the courage to read it. The storyline and characters were amazingly well developed and the plot itself was captivating in a way that left you breathless, nauseated, and unsure if you can go on. Not a lot of books can get in me the headspace to where the characters consume me, but Tillie Cole did with Heathan and Ellis. This entire books breaks your heart so completely that you’re left with pieces of it scattered in between every single chapter of this book. When you think this book gets better and you’re able to get through the rough parts, Tillie throws you back in head first. I loved it and I hated it in the best possible way.
I don’t want to give too much away but these characters are broken beyond repair so they do what they can and build themselves back up in a way that leaves them able to face what happened while being able to go on with life. Is it the best way to cope? No, but this book teaches you that people cope in the best way they know how and sometimes people do things that are so inconceivable that you’re only left with pieces of the person you used to be. These characters gutted me and made me love them so hard that my chest hurt.
The plot takes you through their past and the road they chose because of it. It’s bumpy and achingly poetic in a horrific sort of way. There is definitely beauty, along with irony, in their tragedy and you can’t help but want to know what happens next.
Overall, I loved this book. If you can handle this book being one big trigger for a lot of different things then you’ll probably fall in love with this too. Tillie Cole has found a new fan for life!