REVIEW ~ REDEFINING US by Harloe Rae
In order to truly save him, I need to redefine us. Xander Dixon was my best friend. Loyal and dependable. A brave warrior. A permanent presence in my life until that fateful day he boarded a plane headed overseas. Xander’s unwelcome silence haunted me for three years… Until he suddenly resurfaces. Blinded by misplaced fury. Trapped in a pool of darkness. Unable to escape the perpetual pain. Though it would be easy to walk away, I refuse to give up on him. I want to know his misery and torment, so I can rescue him. Then Xander will finally be mine
Seeing Willow again is like taking a direct hit to my chest. I loved that girl with all I had to give but never did a damn thing about it. She was always so pure and bright. What could she ever see in a loser like me? I wanted to make something of myself so I had more to offer her. I wanted to be a man she would be proud to claim. The fantasy of us getting hitched and having a fleet of children when I was done with my tour had kept me company. I often dreamed of it on those long, lonely nights. Too bad I was always too chicken shit to tell her my feelings and now she will never know. Fuck, I missed her something fierce but I couldn't even talk to her when she showed up at the door. I just pushed her away and hid behind my bullshit armor. My head falls into my hands and then I yank on my hair. What the fuck have I done? The one chance I get to speak to Willow and I act like a demented moron. She sure as hell won't be coming back. I made sure of that, just like with my mother. No point dwelling on it. Not like she would want anything to do with me once she realized what I've become. I’m sure she kicked up rocks with how fast she tore out of here. I slowly stand and stretch before securing all the locks. When I glance out the window, I'm shocked to see a car in my driveway. Why is Willow still here? With a closer look, it seems her tires are spinning in the thick snow that now covers the ground. She keeps trying to move forward, which is only making the ruts she's stuck in worse. Willow is not going anywhere anytime soon if she keeps that up. Whether I like it or not, I’m going to have to go out there to help her. How can I do that without speaking to her?
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review - Naomi / Scandalous Book Blog***
WOW...What a way to kick of your writing career. This story had me completely hooked. Harloe, Take a bow!!!
After reading the synopsis, I jumped at the chance of reading this NEW authors first book. Whilst reading it didnt feel like a first time writer. Emotional and raw I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters.
Willow and Xander's story is one that should be told by them...words simply fail me, they would never do this book justice.
There are so many layers to this book, we have friendship, love, loss, grief and everything in between.
Told in dual POV, we get the FULL story. Feelings and emotions jump off the pages and hit you hard. This book will be one that stays with me. I was a wreck when I finished this book.
Word of warning though...Make sure you have a window of time to read their story as once you have picked it up, you wont be putting it down till the very last page!
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Harloe Rae is a new author and just released her debut romance novel, Redefining Us. The idea for this book has been building in her mind for years and she finally decided to let the story out. Harloe is married to an amazing man and they have an adorable little boy. Family is what makes her life worth living and she cherishes the special moments together. She is also passionate about horses, reading, blogging, and having fun! Interaction is really important to Harloe, so make sure to follow her pages and say hello!