*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
“Theirs was a love beyond words, beyond reason, beyond even the two of them. It was indescribable, inexplicable, but unbreakable and unyielding.”
When I discovered A Pound of Flesh was a romance between an inmate and a prison tutor I was all in! I loved the forbidden romance element and I got more than I bargained for with beautiful characters and great writing.
As I was reading APOF, it felt fresh and exciting. I hadn’t read a book with this set of circumstances before and my intrigue wouldn’t allow me to set this book down. I needed to know what was going to happen to Carter and Kat!
Kat feels she owes a debt to society after her father’s death. She wants to give back to the world and in order to do that she becomes a tutor in Arthur Kill prison. When Kat meets Wes Carter, their attraction is instant, and it’s not before long, Kat discovers they are linked beyond the walls that enclose them.
I liked Kat’s character; she was headstrong and determined to do her father’s legacy proud. Kat had the ability to see beyond a person’s labels and I liked that about her. I could empathise with Kat and really wanted her to find the happiness she deserved.
Wes Carter is no stranger to Arthur Kill; he’s been in and out of the place so many times he has come to accept it as a way of life. That is until he meets Kat, his Peaches, and maybe, just maybe, Kat can help him find the strength to leave his life of Arthur Kill behind.
At the beginning of the book, Carter started out as a real bad boy and I can’t lie, this appealed to me. He had served so much time inside, I did wonder how the author was going to redeem him, what qualities would he posses that allowed me as the reader to justify my falling for him. I soon learned Carter’s back-story and although he wasn’t as bad as he was first made out, I was already hooked and loved him regardless. The hotel scene near the end was Carter laid bare and it was my favourite of the whole story. He was vulnerable and honest and I loved it!
The story built great momentum throughout, I was rooting for Kat and Carter to be together all the while, my stomach was churning as the vultures began to close in. So it was a little unexpected that a certain thread of the storyline didn’t come to fruition. I thought that would be the main cause of angst towards the end. Don’t get me wrong, the anxious reader that I am appreciated the smoother road, I just felt the book was geared in one direction only to swiftly take another.
Overall, I really enjoyed A Pound of Flesh. I loved the way in which Sophie incorporated literature and poetry into the story as well as her smooth storytelling and interesting characters. There was definitely more to Kat and Carter than met the eye.
This is a story not to be missed.
Sophie is an English teacher from Chorley in North West England. As a child she read and wrote furiously, and continued to scratch that creative itch as an adult when, in 2008, she began contributing to the web’s leading fan fiction site after reading the Twilight series. Sophie wrote and posted a number of stories, chapter by chapter, and built up an impressive following. Now, after 4.5 million reads online, A Pound of Flesh is available in print for the first time.
For more information, visit Sophie's website: www.sophiejacksonauthor.com, and find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/SophieJacksonRomance and on Twitter @sophiejax.