Beneath the Burn
Angela: What makes a good book? Every person has their own definition. But if someone sends me a book and says “read this now, I need someone to talk about it with”. I’m pretty much going to say it is probably good. Alexis gifted me the book, after she asked me how I felt about darker books with some drug use and slavery and sexual abuse issues. That isn’t my usual genre, but I’m ok with it every now and then. I didn’t even read the synopsis of the book, I just started reading. Wow, what a roller coaster this book was.
Alexis: I am obsessed with darker, grittier reads so this was right up my alley. After seeing the reviews on Goodreads and having a good friend and fellow dark book reader suggest it to me, I just knew that I needed to read this book like yesterday. Within the first few chapters, I realized that this was going to be one hell of a ride. I then thought, this would probably be better as a buddy read so that I could freak out with a friend instead of by myself. That is where Angela came into play!
Angela: I am glad I had a “book buddy” to read with, because I can’t count the number of times I messaged Alexis saying “30% in, I’m dying”, “35% did that just happen?”
Alexis: I know, right?! This book was so addicting, I actually had to sneak read when I had the opportunity (gas station, grocery store, lunch-I think you get the picture). It is official, I have a new author crush and her name is Pam Godwin. I mean, she had me right from the get-go. Not many authors can do that for me. I mean, I laughed, I cried, I had chest pains…yeah my emotions ran the full gambit. I also have to say I love the words she came up with. I won’t share Angela’s favorite, but my two favorites that come to mind are “rockognition” and “prickadonna”. I mean, they’re hysterical, right?!
Angela: This book had me running the full spectrum of emotions. I laughed, teared up (sorry, I rarely cry over a book), got angry, a little depressed, kind of wanted to punch Pam Goodwin, but the entire time I was thinking “I cannot believe how awesome this book is!”
Thank you Alexis, for saving the BEST made up book word ever for my part of the review: “cockblockalypse”. The quote was shared on my Facebook wall, with Alexis, discussed in depth with my husband, and I tried to find a way to bring it up in conversation, but I just couldn’t find a way to make it work.
I want to talk about the actual book, and content, but I don’t want to give away the story. I will say this, it is dark, but ultimately, it is a story of survival. These are two people who have been through unimaginable horror, but they fight. They see in each other, and themselves the strength to keep going and fighting. The supporting characters were great, I can imagine a spinoff novel if the author wanted to take it that far. I give it five stars, because days later, I’m still thinking about the book and characters. That is one of the first indicators of a good book to me!
Alexis: Angela, can I please be there when you somehow slip “cockblockalypse” into a conversation? Pretty please?
I do not want to give any part of the story away because it is too special. Anyways, yes, this story is about to people who suffered from the hands of awful monsters. I can’t even begin to talk about the strength that both Jay and Charlee had to overcome both their situations. The way the two of them helped each other overcome what they went through was just heartbreaking. Ahh…just thinking about it makes me want to cry and scream. But that ending…WOW! First That happened, and then a second later THAT happened and then that happened. What a fucking (yes, it is warranted) amazeballs journey. I was on pins and needles for the last 10% of the book. Forget about cooking dinner, all I could think about was finishing it and then quickly messaging Angela so we could talk in-depth.
I also want to thank the author for shedding some positive light into the BDSM world. I think some people have negative views on this lifestyle but after reading this book it may help some understand better.
To sum up my rambling, this book was a 6-star book for me and one of my all-time favorites.
Pam Godwin lives in Missouri with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band. Now, she resides in her hometown, earning her living as a portfolio research analyst, and living her yearning as a writer.
Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.
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