I never used to reread books. Never. I always wanted something new – new to me. I’ve never cared how old or new a book is or if it’s high on top lists or raved about on Goodreads – though that is a good way to spot books in the first place.
But then something happened. I think I ruined my brain with too much stress, and now it sometimes feels too daunting to take on a new book while I can find great relaxation in rereading an old one. I vaguely remember the plot, I know I’m gonna like it instead of investing time and energy in a book I can’t connect with.
And now I’m finding myself rereading a good portion of my library. So, I thought, why not have a ReRead Friday theme this year? One post a month is twelve books to reread in a year, and I think I reread twelve or more over Christmas – though I’m not gonna count them LOL
So the first book I reread this year was Out of the Blackness by Carter Quinn.
This is pure guilty pleasure on my part. I think I’ve read this book three times, maybe, and part of me loves it while a part of me is cringing. It’s waayyy sweeter than what I generally prefer. The writing is so and so. Had I had been surrounded by the people in Avery’s life, I’d have gutted each and every one of them with a dull, rusty knife and buried them in my garden because damn they’re annoying and way too perfect to be real people. And for the love of everything that’s holy, leave Christina Aguilera out of it.
And now you’re wondering why the hell I’ve read it three times if I dislike it that much, and when did I turn into a raging bitch?
The bitch is always there, sorry, and because part of me really loves this story.
I love Noah in the alley. I wish there were more stories with Noah in the alley. I love the slow building of trust, and how not every problem disappears just because you meet someone. There is no magic sperm washing away the scars of past abuse. Healing takes time, and there are ups and downs.
I’m a sucker for hurt-comfort, past abuse stories, and if you are too and haven’t read this. Give it a try – just close your eyes when you reach the Christina Aguilera part and pretend it isn’t there 😘
A childhood of abuse has left Avery so physically and emotionally scarred he believes he shouldn’t be alive. His only sanctuary has been his relationship with his older foster brother Sam. Avery finally lets Sam convince him to start therapy to help overcome his crippling anxiety, but even that can’t prepare him for the upheaval caused by meeting Noah Yates.
Noah is everything Avery fears. He’s large and physically powerful—and undeniably capable of destroying Avery’s hard-earned progress. Although Noah seems to have a tender streak when it comes to him, Avery is terrified of being victimized again. But no matter how many times he tries to push him away, Noah never goes far.
Noah wants to save Avery, but can he be the catalyst Avery needs to begin the journey out of the blackness?
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