Hell And Back by Natasha Madison
Series: Heaven & Hell #1
Published by Self-published on October 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Meeting him was a fluke. Dating him was a mistake. Watching him become a drug addict put me through hell. Running was my only option.
I'm running from my demons and when I find out she's trying to escape her past, I know what I have to do.
One broken cop. One woman fighting for her life. A fragile love.
Sinister secrets that threaten to tear them apart.
They've been to hell. The hard part will be finding their way back together.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
A story of survival, unconditional love and amazing shopping trips! It’s not often you can throw that in a suspenseful romance, but the retail therapy provided refreshing reprieves. The plot setting vividly brought each scene to life. The story follows a woman who escapes a violent relationship. When she reaches out for help, she discovers an unexpected sanctuary.
The writing and pace the story began with set the story up well. It provided an excellent base for the plot and the perfect opportunity to connect with the main character Bella. She was a single mom to the most adorable daughter, Lilah. Mother and daughter have experienced horrific violence at the hand of Lilah’s father.
When Bella realises their situation has become intolerable, she reaches out to a family member who has been making plans in the hope that her granddaughter would one day reach out to her. It turns a harrowing beginning into a story of hope and healing. The life they walk into is such a contrast to their traumatic past.
Bella and her daughter’s new future includes caring neighbours, who all knew Bella through the many stories her Grandmother has shared about her beloved granddaughter. The surreal love they encountered is dulled by their reluctance to trust. Slowly their confidence is gained through the honest attempts to help them both heal.
Jackson, from the moment he notices Bella, knows she is someone special. Alerted to her need to recover, he ensures his presence is non-threatening, gently making his way into both mother and daughter’s hearts. He comes across as an OTT, alpha protective hero. My first impression was boy, this guy is intense to the extent of being obsessed with Bella.
The good times were sweet and the love cautiously offered. The suspense was present at the beginning then faded as the good times intensified. Jackson is a police officer, which opens up the plot to include his and his partner’s cases. So while the suspense eases up for Bella, it is constant for Jackson, but the details were limited and minimal time allocated within the story, to focus on their investigations.
A twist in the plot turns everyone’s world upside down and once again they are all taken to hell and back. It is here, and through flashbacks, the story becomes harsh and not for the faint of heart. The details were brutally raw and took me to a place In the story I wished I didn’t have to visit. Thankfully, the darkness didn’t last long and the good times outweighed the disturbing aspects of the story.
This story is a standalone, but I’m hopeful to read more of the characters we met in the next book.
What I struggled with:
- The violence
- Jackson’s initial intensity
- Limited information about the investigations
What I loved:
- Jackson’s intuition
- Lilah’s cuteness
3.5 love conquers all Stars
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