by B.B. Reid
Published by B.B. Reid Pages: 332
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I don't believe in fairy tales and Prince Charming.
I believe in fear.
He taught me how to be afraid.
We first met on a playground on a wonderful summer day. It was the first time he hurt me and it wouldn’t be the last. For ten years, he's been my tormentor and I've been his forbidden. But then he went away, and yet I was still afraid.
Now he's back and wants more than just my tears. You see...he thinks I sent him away so now he wants revenge...and he knows just how to get it.
Warning: Fear Me contains sensitive themes.
Summary / Review
Fear Me is the first novel in the Broken Love series by author B. B. Reid.
The story follows Lake, a high school student who has been living with her aunt since her parents disappeared when she was a young child. When Lake was in elementary school, she had an unfortunate experience with another student named Keiran- an interaction that led to a long, and tortuous “relationship” between the two characters. Keiran, considered Lake’s tormentor, had a dark and twisted childhood until he was left to be raised by his distant uncle and cousin. With a foundation of experiences built upon death, abuse, endless despair, and haunted memories, it is not surprising that Keiran’s first response to meeting someone like Lake is a negative one.
What follows is a dark tale of obsession, guilt, passion, and redemption.
As Keiran and Lake struggle with the demons of their past while contending with their unusual feelings for one another, forces that pose a danger of their own threaten to destroy them. Lake is strong with her sense of loyalty to her aunt and best friend- a loyalty that often forces her into situations that, at times, made me cringe. The emotional trauma Lake endures as a result of her love for those she cares about was admirable- though I did wish she would have had a little more strength in character to fight back against some of the situations she was forced into. Keiran was a complex character- he is definitely one I struggled to accept for a good portion of the book. I had to constantly remind myself through some scenes that the first portion of his life was incredibly traumatic- not entirely an excuse for some of his actions, however, I understood them to some extent.
I just couldn’t stop reading Fear Me
While a lot of the darker scenes in the story may cause some controversy, I would admit to not being able to put the book down. The characters were deep, complex, fascinating, and grew nicely as the story proceeded. Lake brought a glimmer of light to someone as dark and tortured as Keiran- and Keiran brought a great deal of strength to Lake’s character. The plot was riddled with sizzling experiences, tension, passion, and danger- a heady combination. The writing was so well done that I was able to feel a whole slew of emotions as I burned through the chapters…
Four stars for Fear Me!
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