I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.In Control by Crystal Serowka
on December 22nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
I wasn’t a typical teenager.
I’d been through more rough patches than a weed eater.
I didn’t grow up behind a white picket fence.
I didn’t go to Sunday school.
My body was no temple, though it was worshiped by many.
Girls kept their boyfriends away from me for good reason.
I was desired.
While my friends were following the rules, I was breaking them.
I don’t apologize for who I am.
I embrace it.
But all things must come to an end.
He was my new beginning.
*Contains scenes of a graphic nature including abuse and sexual abuse.*
So! This cover and this synopsis just begs for this book to be read! It is part of a series, however, book one is actually about a friend Natalia so it really doesn’t have to be read to get a good feel for this one. Which is great because sadly I have not read book one, but now I want to!
Now honestly, this was a tough read but not because of the writing but because of the scenes of abuse. It’s written in two parts, a then type of part and the now and the then was so horrific that sometimes I just felt like crying! Kingsley goes through a lot of abuse, sexually, mentally, and physically and reading that just brought on so much empathy. But that’s what this story is about, finding out exactly who Kingsley is and if she can get over everything that has happened to her.
And then you have Wren. He’s also been hurt but he’s trying to put his heart on the line and Kingsley keeps stepping on it. The now portions weren’t AS horrific as the THEN portions but man… the hurt that these two go through is nearly devastating…
And I read it all in one night! I actually stayed up way late reading this. I just couldn’t put it down. It’s very alluring and Crystal’s writing is amazing. I could not stop until I got to the end, it was fantastic.
This says New Adult for a reason. Not only are there graphic situations but the sex scenes are hot, hot, hot! I wouldn’t recommend this to a young adult but the older readers out there… enjoy!
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