Author: Kasey Millstead
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Being the subject of the hushed whispers from the acid tongues of her peers was something Belle Morgan had become accustomed to. That didn’t mean each barb didn’t scar her deeply. It did.
Xander Duke wasn’t planning on talking to the girl he found sitting by herself in the library that lunchtime. But something about her drew him right in and he couldn’t stop himself from wanting to find out all about her.
As Belle learns to trust Xander, he refrains from exposing a secret that will tear her scarred heart wide open. When the truth comes out, will he be able to piece Belle back together again?
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I struggled with rating and writing the review for this. The subject matter was hard to deal with and it was completely surprising and unexpected. It was beautifully written and made you think and feel. It was uncomfortable to read but it had to be. I came away with a lot from this read and it has stayed with me, popping into my thoughts when least expected.
My heart broke for Belle having to experience hell on earth day after day at school, being bullied by her peers. Nothing is done to stop it by her teachers, who surely must have known it was going on, not by her self-absorbed parents. Her only ally is Xander who she meets in the library where she hides out. Xander, though, is not all he appears to be, even though he is her rock.
Most people will have experienced bullying at one time or another in their lives and any bullying is unacceptable. Having been on the receiving end, it is hard to get through the days, weeks, months and years with who you are still in tact. Belle has enormous strength in just surviving day by day. This is a must read to experience the emotional toil and daily heartbreak it brings.
Kasey Millstead lives a quiet life in country New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and their four young children. She enjoys baking, singing (ridiculously out of tune) & spending time with friends and family. Kasey has always harboured a deep love for reading and writing, and she is now lucky enough to be living her dream of being an Author.