Ethan Daniels lost his brother in a terrible car accident. A part of him died that day and to him happiness is nothing but a dream. However fate has other plans, he meets an eighteen year old, vulnerable stripper/prostitute named Marissa Jackson, who is completely broken yet she covers it with a mask of hostility and rage. Ethan feels pity for the vulnerable girl, and tries to help her even though she has warned him that no one can ever save her. They soon find themselves to be falling in love with each other, but can two damaged souls ever learn to love?And can they really fix each other?
Review: This story had an interesting premise, but the execution made it difficult to enjoy. The pace was lighting fast. The drama was heavy. It came on with no recovery time and it left the characters with very little time to connect and form a believable bond.
Marissa was an eighteen year old, with no support. Forced to make ends meet, she becomes a stripper who does favors on the side in the Champagne room. It’s here she meets, Ethan. The man who stuns her, when he refuses her advances, and pays her anyway. When an argument occurs between them, he storms out of the room, but their path crosses once more when they both end up at the same dinner. From here they make up and she invites him back to her place, only to find she’s been evicted. It’s here their story really begins to become entwined. I wanted to like or, at the very at least, sympathize with Marissa, but I couldn’t. She never felt like a three-dimensional character. With all the things constantly happening to her, and the childish way she lashed out, and baited the one person trying to help her, she felt like an eternal victim. I love strong heroines, so this was especially hard for me to read. Which may have made me bias.
Ethan felt too good to be true, and incredibly roomy. He took her in off the streets with little to no question. Immediately began to invest money, emotions, and time, and didn’t pause. Which was surprising given his bad relationship with his Father and his mistrust for others. The ups and downs he encountered with Marissa weren’t well balanced with emotional, feel good moments. That’s where the story lost me. It was bombshell after bombshell, and moving forward with no reason, because the time frame took place over the course of maybe a month or two.
I really loved Singh’s imagination. I think she has the potential to write a story full of depth, plot twists, and unexpected unveilings. I just wish she had taken more time to really develop the plot, flesh out the characters, and really work on the pace. I encourage her to continue writing and developing her skills. I know she’s going to be a name to watch for.