My heart stopped and suddenly it was hard to breathe. His voice always had that effect on me. It was like poison slowly running through my veins killing me bit by bit. Like a drug that I couldn’t get enough of even though I was almost down to my last breath.
Jace took a step forward and grabbed my hand. He slowly trailed his fingers over my face and backed me into the wall. My heart stopped again if that was even possible. “You can’t leave,” he whispered. “I need you.” His warm breath kissed my lips as he bit his bottom lip and placed both of his hands around my face. They were warm and soft to the touch. Too big for my fragile face, although I wanted to bury myself in them. “Breathe. There is no one here but the two of us. Breathe,” he whispered.
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 exist. Doing what she had to 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 questioned 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 thing 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.
Avery is a beautiful girl that is in such a dark place that she may never be able to find her way out. Life has completely shattered her, so she has turned off all feelings and emotions. She is probably one of the saddest female characters I have come across in a long time. But, I couldn’t help but love her. Despite her tragic past, she is a survivor. She doesn’t have friends and her only relationships are sexual. As she hits her lowest level, she meets a handsome stranger, Jace, who just may hold the key for healing for Avery.
I loved Jace and Avery. At times, I would get sooo frustrated with her as Jace would show her in every way how much he cared for her. I just wanted to shout, “What more proof to do need?” “Can’t you see how much this gorgeous guy loves you?” But, I could understand how she couldn’t let go of the vise she had on her heart. Victoria Ashley really did her research on abuse victims and what it takes for them to recover. Of course, I just adored Jace. He was PERFECT, and did I mention GORGEOUS???? I loved all the other characters as well (except the obvious villains) and how they all are able to help Avery’s heart thaw.
Wake Up Call was so much more than a hot romance. It was a story of healing, redemption, second chances, and love. I wish that others who might be experiencing the same things as Avery will find hope through her story. And, I absolutely loved that there was an epilogue that allowed me to see how things turned out for the characters in the future. I have just added Victoria Ashley as one of my favorite new writers.
She lives for a good romance book with tattooed bad boys that are just highly misunderstood and is not afraid to be caught crying during a good read. When she’s not reading or writing about bad boys, you can find her watching her favorite shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Dexter and True Blood.
She is the author of Wake Up Call and This Regret and is currently working on more works for 2014.