Book Title: Raw
Author: Belle Aurora
Genre: New Adult Dark Romance
Release Date: January 3, 2014
*Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.*
Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am.
Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street.
Best decision I ever made.
Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job.
My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved.
But the saying is true.
The world makes way for those who know where they are going.
I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace.
But then there’s him.
I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me.
He makes me feel.
But it’s real.
I’m sure you’re wondering how a person falls in love with their stalker.
So am I.
This isn’t a story.
This is my life.
5 “I’M NOT SURE I’LL RECOVER” Stars
“Raw and gritty, and dirty as hell.”
I want to start by emphasizing that I almost never read books that are about a tragic love gone wrong. Nope. I am a wuss and my fragile heart simply can’t handle stories where it does not end in sunshine and butterflies. Therefore, when I discovered that Belle Aurora was writing another book I was beyond blissful.
I find out that this book is NOT a love story. It’s about love gone terribly wrong. I quote – “Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.”
I mean. What the fuck????
At first I did not believe it. Not my sweet Belle Aurora who writes books that make me smile, swoon and leave me all heart-fluttery. No. She would not do it.
Yes. BELIEVE IT! She did it!
Belle, after reading this book…..
I am shattered.
I am hurt.
I want to curl up in a little ball and die.
Yes, I do admit that it is a bit over the top and melodramatic. Oh well. You read the book and see how well you handle it.
“Monsters don’t always lurk in the shadows.”
“We’re all addicted to something that takes away the pain.” There’s so much truth in that phase.
“Not everyone can be a fairy-tale hero.” He pauses a moment, then adds, “The world needs villains too.”
You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves you.
Raw by Belle Aurora is a book I want other readers to simply experience without any preconceived notions. Giving anything away would simply be a tragedy. Therefore, coming up with something for a review has been difficult. I will simply say this. This book is gritty. It is dark and twisted. And, my friends, this book is dirty.
Alexa Ballentine is a sweet young woman who has overcome a pretty shitty upbringing. She has a great job, some amazing friends and stability. Twitch, on the other hand, is definitely not a white knight prancing around on a huge horse looking for a fair maiden to save. He is simply not a good man. Yet, the more you get to know and understand him, the more you want to believe that his hardened shell can be cracked. That there has to be some good in such a hard and warped man.
“Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.”
This is a book about how circumstances in our lives mold us and make us who we are. This is a book about how we tend to label individuals based on what we see. This is also a book about how certain people can bring out our dark side.
Raw by Belle Aurora will challenge you. It will make you uncomfortable. But, most of all, it will make you feel. My gosh, did this book play with me. And, if I am to be completely honest, I liked it. A lot.
Now, I will go back to my quiet corner and continue to sob until my broken heart recovers. Who am I kidding? I am damaged for life!
Staring down at my chest, she takes a step closer to me and whispers miserably, “I’m here to let Brad fuck me.” My cheek ticks and head implodes. She steps closer to me to add, “He’s going to fuck me. Fuck me til I forget you. Til I forget I ever met you. He’s helping me drown you out and I like when I’m not thinkin’ about you.”
She looks into my eyes and repeats on a whisper, “You’re poison.”
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About the Author
Belle Aurora is twenty six years old and was born in the land down under. At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance. Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love. Humorous romance novels. Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles. Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February this year Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love. With words. With writing. With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.
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