*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
This book was full of sadness and pain. Our two main characters share a past too disgusting and heartbreaking to even put into words.
Our heroine, Charlie, lives with the constant reminder of the past she escaped. Years later, she is still hunted by the abuse she suffered at the hands of someone who was supposed to protect her in the form of her now boyfriend. She carries this all-consuming guilt inside of her. She blames herself for what happened to Nate, her childhood friend and love. In her mind, everything she is enduring now she deserves it and death will be too easy for her.
All Nate wants to do is get the old Charlie back; the Charlie he fell in love with, the one he still loves. He has left her alone for years thinking that she was happy and free. Now that he knows the truth, he wants nothing more than to fix her and protect her.
I really loved this characters. They went through hell and back and as adults, they live with a constant guilt. Many scenes in this book, although not graphic, made me cringe and want to take a step away before continuing reading. At times, I even questioned if these two characters who were so full of love for one another were going to be able to heal and have their well-deserved happy ending.
The secondary characters were also likeable. I fell completely in love with Nate's brother Davey and Nona.
Overall, I enjoyed Roar. It was one of the saddest and depressing books I have ever read. I did get bored at times and skimmed some parts which is why I gave it the rating I did. The author did a great job with the story overall and in characters' development. I encourage you to read Roar.
*I received a copy of Roar in exchange for an honest review.*
"Love is the desire for the sole. Lust is the desire for their body. When both collide, it gives the other the power to destroy you."
Roar by Aria Cage is Charlie and Nate’s story, which deals with a heavy and sensitive subject matter, and so it wasn’t an easy read at times. Charlie and Nate’s are two broken and damages characters and when you know why it’s complete understandable.
“So this is my nightmare – not what we do, but that we have no way out”
Charlie and Nate first meet as children, they were best friends, loved each other, always together, but their childhood is a nightmare, they shared a sad and horrific secret one that comes to ahead in their teenager years and sadly tragic events see them being torn apart. Years later when they meet again they realize they have to face their demons if they want to be set free from their past.
“What I want you to see is that there is room to heal, to soar, and live your life beyond the wounds you carry around inside you. I want you to recover and be strong, I want you to be the ruler of the kingdom that is your life and roar like a tiger I know is in you”.
The story is told from Charlie and Nate’s POV and that gives you an insight into their feelings, their horror and heartache. Told in the present and you get to see how, their secrets, their horrors are still affecting the way were now living their lives. Flashbacks to the past means you slowly start to see exactly how their nightmare began, what happened to them, how they were torn apart from each other
“Nate stayed with me through thick and thin, hell and worse, until we were forced apart, and taught what we shared was wrong”.
I did feel sorry for Charlie as it seen that as one nightmare ended for her another one begin, Nate was slightly fairing better, but the guilt, his protectiveness feelings that he has for Charlie never went away. As did the love they had for each other. They have been scarred, and have so much guilt for what happened to them in their past. My heart went out to Nate and Charlie as their story unfolded their scars were deep, and you hope that they are strong enough make it, and get the happy ending that they rightly deserved.
"Love is never The End; it’s the complete opposite"
Overall I enjoy Roar it was an emotional well-written read about second chances, hope, strength, and surviving. It was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. There were characters that I want to hug as they have been through so much, but some that I wanted to do physical harm to.
If you like your emotional angst filled book, with flawed characters then I recommend you read this one, and remember to have tissues close by.
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