Book: Beneath the Burn
Author: Pam Godwin
They meet by chance. The timing is wrong.
Three years later, she finds him again, but their separation was poisoned with narcotics and bloodied by enslavement.
Her freedom gambled away, Charlee Grosky escapes the international businessman who held her captive. But his power reaches beyond her protective barriers and threatens everyone she has come to love.
Jay Mayard wears his tortured secrets under his rock god facade. Drugs are his release, even as he seeks to be the man forged of the steel only she can see.
In a celebrity world filled with paparazzi, groupies, and drugs, Jay and Charlee must face their worst fears. When the battle is over, what will be left...Beneath The Burn.-Goodreads
Review: Ok-there is as lot going on in this book. A lot. Our heroine, who I enjoyed throughout the book, was a sex slave from age 16 to 18 (gambled away by her own father), escapes for a few years and becomes a tattoo artist. She meets a musician, Jay (more on him later), her then boyfriend (not Jay) is murdered in front of her and she is re-captured by the sadist bastard who held her captive before. Her dead boyfriend's brother helps her escape and then a few years later she meets up with Jay again. By this point Jay's band is famous. Of course, he has his own issues and her psychotic ex-capture is still trying to track her down. Get all that? Phew, it was a lot. Needless to say, this book is over the top and you need to suspect disbelief quite often.
Overall, the quality of writing was much better than a lot of self-published romance novels. There were points in the book where I wanted to stop reading, would skim and other times where I couldn't put the book down. I really enjoyed Charlee (even though she seemed almost too well adjusted for someone who had been kidnapped, beaten and raped from a young age). I found it bizarre that for such a long book (over 500 pages) there was no relationship development. The main characters meet for an hour, barely speak and we are somehow supposed to believe their meeting was so profound that she held onto his memory to get her through captivity (instead of say...her year-long boyfriend who helped her heal). This book is instant love at its finest. Jay was also not my favorite. I prefer alpha male characters more along the lines of Jericho Barrons. So a drug addict/rock star who always wears leather pants (really? does anyone find this attractive) was not my cup of tea. I did like that this was dark and twisted and Roy was an evil character that was fun to hate (I feel weird even typing that, he was pretty horrible on all fronts).
Overall-an "insta-love" story with dark twists and turns. It wasn't perfect but it was overall fun.