Saturday, August 31, 2013

Review: Derek by Dawn Martens

Rylie Sullivan hasn’t had an easy life. She is broken, so broken she doesn’t think she will ever be fixed. When she meets Derek, he barges into her life and tries to break down the walls she has so carefully construed to keep what’s left of her safe. When Rylie’s past mixes with her present, will Derek stand by her and help her survive? Or will he bail for the next pretty thing?

Derek Tremaine has had it easy. Coming from a wealthy family and blessed with good looks, Derek has breezed through life. After years of one night stands, and a few half ass attempts at relationships, Derek has almost given up on ever finding the woman for him. When he sees Rylie however, he can’t help but be drawn to her. Rylie is different, more so than any other person Derek has met. Rylie’s beauty- her tattoos, piercings and beautiful blonde dreads drew him in, but it’s her sweet, kind nature that makes him want to stay around and protect her. Winning Rylie’s heart will be his greatest challenge yet, but Derek knows the reward will be more than worth it. 
Which is why Derek has no intentions of letting her go.
This book is, by far, my favorite out of the series. 

Kade is still a close second, but Rylie and Derek’s story just ripped me up on the inside.

Our Heroine, Rylie Sullivan, grew up in a home without love, and lived in a nightmare scenario until the age of 18, when she finally made her escape. 

The book starts out with our girl Ry, celebrating a new promotion and finally feeling like her life is actually going somewhere. 
She’s fun, carefree, and high on life when a mysterious man named Caleb comes into her world. After spending a night dancing in his arms, Rylie decides to take things a step further, but is surprised when Caleb insists on getting to know her first. By the end of their first night together, Rylie is naturally starting to feel the buddings of an unexpected romance and we leave the prolog with high hopes that our girl’s streak of luck will continue on in to her new relationship status.

But then we wouldn’t have Derek now would we?

Derek comes into Rylie’s life when she’s only a figment of her old self. Some bad shit…and I mean really bad shit…goes down between Ry and Caleb, and our girl is nowhere near the end of the healing process and flat out refuses to consider any type of relationship with another man UNTIL she can gather up the remnants of her old self, and begin to re-build her life from the fragile,broken pieces that are left of it.
And this Ladies and Gentle-ladies is where I feel that this book stands apart from the rest.

Rylie’s struggles to rebuild herself…doesn't happen instantly! 
Ohmergerd! A heroine that doesn't fall from one relationship into another…could it be true?!
Yes it mother fucking is and it’s a fucking relief given the seriousness of the situation that Rylie had gone through.

Derek has to WORK to get Rylie to be responsive to him and LET HIM IN.
It doesn't happen instantly and OF COURSE there are few hiccups along the way, but this book comes full fucking circle in the end, and IMO doesn't leave you feeling cheated

It truly is a great fucking story of overcoming a terrible fucking situation and putting all of the pieces back together to make an even better life for oneself.

Rylie is a fucking boss.
Derek is a fucking Alpha male THAT GETS IT.
And Dawn did a really great fucking job with ending this series on its highest note.

Congratulations Dawn on another successful book, and while I’m sad to tell this series farewell, I’m stoked to see what you have planned for us in the future.


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