am 29. Mai 2014
I don't even know where to start. This book has kept my thoughts and emotions frazzled even days after finishing it. There were so many feelings floating through me while reading “Overwhelmed By You” and it is hard to put all of it into words.
But I can start by saying that it has been devastatingly amazing. Second in the series “Torn Asunder” by Nashoda Rose, it is a thoughtful, sweet, sexy, shocking, suspenseful, dramatic and somewhat dark story. Though a different dark than “Torn From You”, it was dark enough to take my breath away. What I especially loved, was that although through most of the book the darkness was lurking, it wasn't until the last third of it that it truly emerged and shocked me to the core.
The way the suspense was built, I was nearly obsessed with finding out the secrets that both Kat and Ream were hiding. I couldn't stop reading and did not leave my seat on the sofa until I finished the book – this led to a numb behind, bitten fingernails, torn out hair and after I finished to lost sleep because I couldn't get the characters and their story out of my head. It is a story of courage and forgiveness, a story of loss and betrayal, of love and hate, obsession and pain, desire and fear.
A story of two people that are meant for each other but are being kept apart by the secrets they hide and the fears they have. Those two, Kat and Ream, have shared a friendship and a weekend of wild sex. But things went south, when Ream found out Kat's secret and ran like a bat from hell. As things tend to go, instead of having a grown-up conversation, hurt feelings make them do things that let the situation spiral out of control, where both of them end up hurting each other even more.
Kat, being proud and stubborn as a mule, isn't one to easily forgive and forget. Second chances don't exist in her world, so even when Ream starts trying to make amends, she's not having any of it. Scared of being weak and vulnerable, she doesn't accept help and is fiercely protective of her independence. She has the mouth of a sailor and isn't scared to use it. And she is definitely stronger than she thinks.
The secret she carries often feels like the Sword of Damocles above her head, putting her future in jeopardy. Her fear of weakness doesn't allow her to let anyone in – not even her closest friends.
That is until Ream barges his way into her life and heart, not taking no for an answer.
But once his secrets come to light and his past threatens to destroy everything, will she prevail or will it break her heart irrevocably? Will she see the truth and fight for what she knows is hers, finding the strength within her to face any hardship thrown in her way?
Ream on the other hand is intense, brooding and sometimes a little scary. Having lost the only person he ever loved, he has a hard time allowing himself to love. That is until Kat – the only woman, the only person that manages to keep the demons of his past at bay. Demons that can destroy and break and threaten to only leave an empty shell behind. Demons that he managed to escape, not breaking but becoming stronger. Realizing he can't let go of Kat despite her secret, he becomes hell-bent on winning her back and does so with a hefty dose of cockiness, sexual innuendos and stubbornness, knowing better what Kat needs than she does herself. He can be over-protective and possessive and he doesn't care whether it's too much. He isn't willing to risk losing another person he loves.
As his past threatens to destroy everything he has, he won't stop at sacrificing himself to protect the person he loves.
Not feeling worthy of anyone's love, will he learn that he deserves to be with the woman that completes him? Will he fight not only for her safety, but for his own happiness?
When things come to a showdown, you'll start hyper-ventilating and will be whip-lashed by all the secrets that get revealed. And you'll find out if true love can conquer the past and destroy the demons that haunt the present and threaten the future.
All that coupled with hot, steamy sex, wonderful supporting characters (I adore the hell out of Crisis) and a dose of education and awareness about important issues and you have an absolutely amazing read.
5+ sleep-deprived, grey-haired, but ecstatic stars.