Wake Up Call by Victoria Ashley: Review

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Avery Hale had spent her whole childhood abused by her drunken, hopped-up parents.  Broken from a lifetime of hate and pain she grew up realizing that trust and love just didn’t exist.  Not in her world at least.  After turning the age of eighteen, she packed up and moved far away, determined to escape her hurtful past and start a new life.  Once on her own, she comes to the conclusion that the emptiness still exists.  Doing what she had to survive, she found herself mixed up in exotic dancing and meaningless sexual relationships unable to feel anything, for anyone.  She was sure that her life was worthless and there was nothing left for her.  On the other hand, so she thought.  After meeting a beautiful stranger, Jace her life suddenly is turned upside down.  Everything that she truly believed suddenly gets questions and then she is left to figure out if there is really more to her than she could ever have imagined.  Jace, having some secrets of his own puts the pain of his own past behind to do what he can to help Avery.  Can the love of another broken person be enough to help Avery, or is she already too far gone?  Avery’s life is pulled in many directions as she tries to find herself, and not everyone and everything is what they seem to be in this story of love, trust, and opening up. Finding herself and learning to love herself might just be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.

Alexis says…

So…my first thought after putting this book down was, “where can I find myself a Jace?”  I mean, I think every girl out there would want to be rescued the way Jace rescued Avery.
The story is about a young girl named Avery who left home at eighteen years old.  Her childhood was absolutely awful, I can’t even imagine how she actually survived it and came out of it less unscathed then most people would.  When you first meet her, she is working at a strip club and almost evicted from the dump she called an apartment.  That is, until a fate meeting with Jace turns her world upside down.  What starts as an invitation to sleep in his guest bedroom for the night turns into a full-blown friendship/relationship.  Jace’s sole purpose was to show Avery how it feels to be loved as well as show her what her childhood should’ve been like.  He completely made her come out of her shell and become the woman her childhood threatened her not to become.  I did like how Avery showed real growth as a character throughout the book.  I think I connected with Jace the most though…he was just a fantastic hero.  I totally fell for him and spent half the book wanting to neck hug Avery for not letting him in when she clearly should have.
I did enjoy this book, but deep down I’m a smutty girl and so I wish there was some extra steaminess in this book.  I also liked that there was no cliffhanger…yep, you heard that right.  Oh, and the epilogue was pure delish!

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