I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hell Without You by Ranae Rose
Published by Self Published on September 5, 2013
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Time changes everything, except what’s meant to be.
Seven years is a long time – long enough to transform Clementine from a small-town teenager with a broken heart into a woman ready to take on the world, but not long enough to make her forget about the man she was never supposed to see again. A temporary return to tiny Willow Heights thrusts her back into Donovan’s life and home, unearthing heartbreak and obsession that have stood the test of time.
He left seven years ago too, for war and other things Clementine can only imagine. Coming back to the town where he grew up in the shadow of poverty and drug addiction makes no sense, and neither do Clementine’s feelings for him. He could never forgive her for leaving, could he? Even if she had no choice.
Now, she has the freedom to choose … and so does he. Every day in Willow Heights makes it clearer: all he ever really wanted was her, and nothing will change that. Not even a taste of the hell that drove them apart in the first place.
I have so many mixed feelings about this book. The synopsis captured my attention and I couldn’t wait to get started reading it. It wasn’t to far into it that things started to go wrong.
The characters or should I say the hero has issues. A lot of issues. I found Donovan’s actions to be odd at times. In some ways I could see why he acted the way he did at times, but in others I didn’t quite get it. I liked the heroine for the most part. I found her character to be interesting and likable.
I can’t quite articulate what exactly I didn’t like about this story. It’s just one of those stories that just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t connect with the characters and if I can’t connect with one of the main characters then that ruins the story for me. I tried to like him. I really did. But in the end I just couldn’t overcome my feelings for him.
Please note: I did not reach the end of this book. I basically DNF’d it. Even though I did I couldn’t honestly give this story less than three stars. The storyline was good and deserves a three star rating.