Joy Mathers has spent the last three years numb. From her past, her present, and her inevitable future. She was supposed to escape the deadbeat town of Chancing, but now it’s her prison, and she couldn’t leave…even if she wanted to.For the last two years, Dawson Spencer has been holed up in some of the worst corners of the world. He’s seen things no man should ever see, and thought nothing could ever shock him. Until he returns to Chancing and discovers everything has changed in the town he once called home.
He thought Joy was away pursuing her dreams. She thought Dawson was never coming back. And while their connection might still be there, Joy isn’t Dawson’s anymore, and it would be better—safer—for everyone if he walked away. But walking away isn’t an option for Dawson, not this time.
He gave up everything to protect her once … and he’ll do it again
I was intrigued by the synopsis of Deliverance, and I am a HUGE fan of L A Cotton, so I was excited to get my hands on this one. As usual, Cotton never lets me down. Her books are full of emotion, twists, turns, mystery, and sometimes, they involve some darkness and villains, which always keeps me riveted until the last page is finished.
Joy and Dawson were in love with each other from the time they were teenagers. You wouldn’t think anything could tear them apart, but it did. Dawson was forced to leave Joy, but he never forgot her. She never forgot him, and now he’s come home. But, everything in the town has changed, but Joy has changed the most. She’s a shell of the girl she once was. She used to be happy and carefree, now she’s numb and caught up in a VERY bad situation. Dawson has sworn he won’t leave her again, but can she leave? As you can probably guess their HEA will be a long, arduous battle, but it’s so worth it!!!!
I have read everything by Cotton, and I will say this one is different for her, but I LOVED it! It’s dark, and at times, it was hard for me to read. I hurt so badly for Joy. Some readers may not like her, and they may think she had excuses for her behavior and the choices she made. I disagree….she was devastated when Dawson left, and she was preyed upon by someone who had very selfish and dark motives. It’s a very realistic look at addiction and the guilt of being an addict. Not only is addiction a component of the book but so is domestic violence. Again, it’s a very realistic about the abuser. They are crafty and use insecurities to lure their victims, and it’s a long, hard battle for some women to escape. I loved Dawson…he was a constant support to Joy, but he kept her accountable. I loved seeing Joy becoming stronger every day. And, the both writers have created a villain who has to be one of the most evil and darkest characters EVER! I felt no sympathy for him AT ALL!!! Readers will quickly know who that is when they read this book!
Great book!!! Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop…even during the hard parts. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. It ended with some questions, but not your traditional cliffhanger in which you want to hurl your Kindle against the wall. Cotton and Siegel make a great team, and I can’t wait for Lex’s story!
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