To the moon and back…
From the stars to the ocean…
That was Marley and Cameron Bowen’s secret code.
Twins born just five minutes apart, they have the perfect life… Until tragedy strikes just weeks after their eighth birthday and their father is killed by a drunk driver. Having trouble coping with the loss of her soul mate, their mother tries to find comfort in drugs and alcohol… And an abusive man with a penchant for underage girls.
No longer able to stand listening to his sister’s screams and cries every night for nearly three years, Cam takes matters into his own hands and they’re finally able to escape the nightmare.
They’re finally able to start over…
But the nightmare still haunts Marley. The years go on and she is forced to put on a smile, making everyone think that she is the perfect, well-adjusted teenager that she is supposed to be… Until she is faced with a painful reminder of her past during her senior year of high school and she’s no longer able to keep on the mask that she has been compelled to wear.
Recommended for ages eighteen and over due to strong language, sexual situations, and graphic violence.
As I sit here and think about this book I'm a bit conflicted. I want to rate it higher, I do. I ended up loving this book. But, it took me a while to get to that point. It was slow going at first. So slow, for me, that I wondered to myself what is the point of this story? When is SOMETHING going to happen? It seemed like more of the same for a while, and then it picked up. This story is a love story. It is a romance, but the heart of this story is the love between siblings, Cam and Marley. Twins to be exact.
When they were children, Marley was abused and molested by their mother's boyfriend. This went on for three years until Cam put a stop to it and the two were taken in by their aunt and uncle. Years later, Marley is still dealing with the effects. Well, they both are, but Marley, understandably, is having a really hard time moving forward. She has her highs and lows and Cam is always there. He is her rock. They are best friends; the other half of the other.
Things start to look up for Marley. You gradually see her change and grow. I rejoiced and cheered Marley on. I felt hope for her and Cam; that they would finally move on. Cam's sole focus was on Marley for so long. It was time that he started living for himself. And Marley... She just needed to start actually living.
The siblings do have love interests. They each have someone they are dating, but it is always each other that they lean on. I felt the love and devotion to each other. I found this book refreshing. I DO love my romance stories. Honestly, all the books I read have to have some element of romance. But I really enjoyed that the focus of this series is on the love of siblings.
This book is just special. It touched me one so many different levels. I laughed; I cried. I felt intense hatred, and then, forgiveness. I felt all the different emotions that the author injected into this story and loved every second of them. Heart of Marley is definitely a MUST read!
T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.
When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
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