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HEARTACHES BY H.M IRWING
REVIEW BY ANTONY
This book is an awesome and thrilling tale about two souls that are bound together in a passionate relationship that really gets you going. I have never been a really a big fan of romance novels but I have to admit that this book was really good. I never quite realized how interesting and entertaining a romance novel could be and even though I thought a book like this could not be exciting to read it really made a believer out of me. Although this book is classified as a romance genre I would not recommend it for children or young adults. The reason for this is that the book contains stories of sexual exploitation and abuse which might corrupt the mind of young children.
The story is about Anna Walters Simmons and Rafael Luis Brown who suffer a lot of misfortune and misery in their lives but who manage to find solace and comfort with each other. Anna, a young beautiful woman, losses her step father but is somehow not affected by the loss. This is mostly because of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather. If that wasn’t enough she ends up on in a worse situation than she was in. She goes on to live with her boyfriend, Matt which to her was a dream come true but ended up being a nightmare. Her boyfriend’s brother, Jason, drugged and sold Anna to pay off Matt’s family debt. This debt was to her stepbrother, Brian who also abused her along with her stepfather. This would be the beginning of a life of misery and suffering.
Rafael Luis Brown, on the other hand, was an Australian soldier who had been serving in the army for thirteen years. After getting discharged from the army Rafael came home a shattered man, haunted by nightmares of his time in the army. He was a man who was completely broken and wanted to put all the sad and horrible things he experienced behind him. This pain and suffering are what drew Rafael and Anna together when they first met. Their journey to find justice and would unveil the truth about the military and the justice system and also would revile the sad extent of their pain and suffering.
This book was really mind-blowing and almost brought me to tears. The characters in the story and the plot of the story itself were really captivating and they kept the audience really interested in the story. The author of the book writes a lot about rape and sexual abuse where she tries to explain the points of view of the offender and the offended. This gives the reader a deep understanding of the feelings of both parties and also a deeper understanding of sexual relations and desires of different people. I have to say for a romance novel this book was really intense and this kept things interesting.
Although the plot of the story was really good I didn’t like how the author kept making the main characters jump through one obstacle after another. I thought that it wasn’t fair to the characters and to the readers to make them go through all that pain and misery. However, this is more of a personal suggestion and should not influence anybody’s preference.
I would like to rate this book 3 out of 4 stars because of its very interesting and exciting plot. Although the erotic scenes may not sit well with some readers it is a very interesting book and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I recommend this book to only people who think they can stomach all the erotic scenes in the book.
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