✩Release Day✩ Devil You Know (Butcher Boys #1) by Max Henry
Devil You Know is now available!
B & N: http://tinyurl.com/m9vt9ld
How do you define it? I guess it’s up to the individual. Love can be a sweet gesture of flowers on your anniversary. Love can be a meal waiting at home after a long day at work. Love can be a gentle caress. Or the unspoken words in your lover’s eyes.
Love isn’t a backhand, given because of a warm beer. Love isn’t wearing long-sleeves to hide bruises from the ladies at the supermarket.
I thought I’d never experience love. Such emotion didn’t seem to fit with what I had—who I was.
But he stepped in, and showed me his.
He pulled me from the dark abyss I had lost myself to, and showed me the simple things which could bring such joy. Sun on my face. The smell of fresh coffee. Colours in the autumn leaves. All the little things.
He shows me these things, but he doesn’t share in them. He knows happiness, but he doesn’t feel it. He will give love, but never accept it.
He saved me. Now it’s my turn to return the favour …
::: Dual POV | Abusive husband | Book 1 in a series of standalones :::
“Why did I leave? Why did I trade the monster I know for the animal I don’t?” ~JaneBeing married for several years, Jane is used to the mental and physical abuse from her husband by now. One night when her husband goes after her dog—the only one Jane loves and that loves her back—she takes it as the final straw.
Fortunately, for her and her dog, the neighbor finally chooses to step in. That night is the very night Jane’s life begins to change, for the better.
Fearing the extremes her husband might go to now, Jane turns to Malice for shelter and comfort.
Over time they begin to form a friendship, but Malice keeps secrets he fears will have Jane running from him.
“I worry that if you get too close to me you’ll leave, and never look back. I’m kind of worried about what you’ll say when you get past the top layer—see the real me.”
“You mean so much to me, Jane, that if you left, I fear it’d be the thing that finally ruins me.” ~Malice
“I’ve been asleep for a long time,” she starts. “Mentally, not physically. This past day or so with you—it’s opened my eyes to how much of a coma I let myself slide into. By stepping away from that place, from his influence, it’s like you passed me a torch in a dark tunnel; I can see the way out now, and when I look back I can see how black that place truly was.” ~Jane
Abuse stories are always difficult to read through but it’s a subject I’m familiar with. This story started off really well. Within the first few pages I felt really connected with her. I understood her pain and her dejectedness from the situation she was stuck in.
What I couldn’t connect with however, was the relationship between her and Malice. It started as her being thankful for his help and I was waiting to see their relationship transition into more. I loved his protectiveness towards Jane and dedication to help her find herself again. It seemed as if there were holes in the relationship. That part of the story just didn’t translate well for me.
Towards the end of the story, there were several moments and scenes I felt needed more detail and explanation. Like Malice’s background for instance, which was choppy in description.
Overall, this was a decent read but I just wanted more detailing in certain areas of the story so that it felt more complete.
Originally born and bred in Canterbury, New Zealand, Max now resides with her family in beautiful and sunny Queensland, Australia.
Life with two young children can be hectic at times, and although she may not write as often as she would like, Max wouldn’t change a thing.
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