As far as the POV changes go, I didn t need to hear from either of Zach s parents, David s mother or the reporter IMO, none of this added to the story All the characters were dealing with the same emotions and issues and there was nothing new or different between them The perfect parents and friends made the entire atmosphere seem fake Everyone was so supportive and accepting, which again made me feel like the author was pushing the everyone needs to be happy button Also, why was every therapy session with Zach s parents Obviously group therapy is needed but was it necessary for the story It would have been much believable if we saw Zach s solo therapy sessions Zach was holding back so many times because he didn t want to discuss things in front of his parents It doesn t make sense I also went back and forth with David too I loved how David didn t coddle Zach or push him but at times he did some pretty bonehead things that were completely insensitive. Between the predictable drama and the head hopping, I didn t know where to turn To me, this was superficial with very little depth It s difficult for me to brush these issues under the rug, especially when a book deals with such a serious subject matter In the beginning, I really got pulled into Zach s story but ultimately I was disappointed. This is not an easy read emotionally There is a lot of physical and sexual abuse in the MC s background I don t mind reading about these things, but they don t make for a breezy, fun read, obviously I was quite fond of the MC, Zach, and his love interest, David Their relationship felt real and I enjoyed watching them evolve. My only beef with this book, and what tempted me to give it three stars instead of four, was in David s treatment of Zach Zach, who is suffering from PTSD, should be handled with kid gloves David calls him names and is physically rough with him These scenes are written so that the reader understands David is just messing around, but I think anyone with common sense would know better than to tackle a rape victim and throw him to the ground Zach s reactions to this treatment were never believable to me. I am going to read this again in english in a few months and my rating may go up.
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Shelves: m-m-romance , captive , abuse 2. Notably, pointless POV changes, frequent angsty misunderstandings, and head-hopping. This story had so much potential. I was happy the 2. I just wished we saw more of Zach dealing with his problems on his own rather than how it pertained to David and their relationship.
Two years are skipped between the time Zach was rescued and when he meets up with David again. We see Zach continuing to deal with his trauma but we did not see the process that led to the point where Zach could begin to let David into his life. Personally I needed more and this is where I lost the connection to Zach. I hate to say this but it felt like the author was throwing all this in just to give it a "love can get you through anything" feel.
Zach was tortured both physically and mentally, he was humiliated and is still suffering but many times this is lost and felt secondary to the repetitive and predictable melodrama. I ended up get extremely frustrated because in my eyes it trivialized what Zach was going through.
It is a disservice to the book. I understand that this is a romance but did the romance have to only consist of: argument, world is ending, make-up, then wash, rinse, repeat? This is what ruined the book for me. IMO, none of this added to the story. All the characters were dealing with the same emotions and issues and there was nothing new or different between them.
The perfect parents and friends made the entire atmosphere seem fake. Everyone was so supportive and accepting, which again made me feel like the author was pushing the "everyone needs to be happy" button.
Obviously group therapy is needed but was it necessary for the story? I also went back and forth with David too. To me, this was superficial with very little depth.
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