In an instant, my world turned upside down
Because of one incident, my life will never be the same
Every day I struggled to breathe
Every day I went through the motions
I felt too much
I was numb
I was drowning
I was lost inside the black
So they made me go there
I was already there, watching from the dark
And then I met him
And then I saw her
He scared me to death
She took my breath away
He was darkness
She was my light
They whispered he can’t be touched
She was the only one I could touch
I couldn’t be with him, they needed me
I fucking needed her
So I told him I would be his friend
I told her I would be her friend. For now.
But I couldn’t resist him for long
She finally realized that she’ll always be mine
We were a hot mess
We were the perfect kind of mess
Then reality dawned on me
Then my demons broke loose
I was underwater, trying to break through to the surface
I reached out my hand, trying to pull her to shore
Could he really help me?
Would she accept me, scars and all?
This was us
This was our story
“This book is based on true events and contains sensitive subjects that may be a trigger to some readers, such as violence, abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. It also contains a parent with cancer. It is recommended for ages 18 and up.” Safe. No cheating/OW.
ARC received via author in exchange for an honest review.
Wow!!! I think I need a minute or two to sort out my feelings about what I’ve just read! This story is trully so emotional. It’s so beautiful but at the same time also so sad. You simply can’t help but feel for the characters and what they are going through. Above all, there is so much love and that touched me deeply. I usually don’t get so emotionally attached to characters but this time Maayan really did a number on me. And that is what makes not a good but a great storyteller!!! Bravo!!!
The fact that the story is based on true events is even more mind blowing! You have these two people who met under the most unbelievable circumstances that set, at least what I’d like to think, their future into stone. Had their first meeting turned out any differently, they both wouldn’t find their better half a few years later. Of course, durring those years they both their lives and both found out that life can be full of pain and tragedy.
I was fighting a raging war within. A war where the enemy lived inside me…
Dorian, a 25 year old soldier, was such a wonderful character. So beautifully broken and after all that he went through in war, it was a miracle he was still sane. Yes, he has PTSD and sometimes that gets the better of him but he tries so hard to find some peace and to heal. His journey is hard and long but he’s not alone. After finding Aria, his world it’s not so dark anymore and that gives him the strenght to become a better man.
“Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty.” — Rumi
Aria, a nineteen year old teenager, is going through some tough times herself and with her family’s help she decides to go to a support meeting. And what would you know, there is also Dorian! Neither of them remembers their first encounter when they were young but both know there is something worth exploring between them. And so their beautiful friendship begins.
I’m not giving away any more details but all I can say is that Maayan created a wonderful story for her debut novel and it would really be a shame to not give it a chance and read it!.