Title: Drowning (Tears of Sin #1)
Author: Rachel Firasek
Source: Received through book club in exchange for an honest review
"I dare you."
Those words would change adrenaline junkie, Alice Harrison's life forever. She's a party girl that doesn't believe in love until she meets a man that only writes about it.
Seth James escaped his overbearing father and moved into one of the James family's vacant condos, hoping to create the music he loves in peace. But the fragile calm he's envisioned shatters when a tiny woman with a world full of energy bounces out of the elevator and nearly takes him out.
With the patience of a saint, Seth seeks the dark that keeps Alice from enjoying life. He challenges her to exorcise the demons in her past in order to discover the true meaning of love. But when the walls fall down, the hidden deceptions will bare the ugly truth about a woman drowning in sorrow and a man who may not know how to be her hero.
Drowning is the first book in the Tears of Sin series by Rachel Firasek. The main character is Alice, a young woman tormented by guilt and bad memories of a painful past. Alice is the type of character that comes with a lot of twisted, emotional baggage. She literally runs into a hot musician named Seth. Despite not wanting a romantic relationship, she can't get Seth out of her mind. It doesn't help that he is her new neighbor.
Seth is a great guy. All he wants is to concentrate on his band – with no distractions. All the band members are great characters. I could see each of them having their own book. Seth is sort of played up to be a “tortured soul”, but his past doesn't really seem that bad. Now Alice – she had the family from hell. She endured years of horrible abuse. It's really dark and twisted.
The book has alternating points of view, which I like. Alice seems a little on the crazy side, so it's nice to read some chapters from the outside looking in. I feel like the book wrapped up too quickly, with the exception of Alice's sister. That particular event in the story was unexpected and just felt weird to me. I really don't know whether to think of her as a good or bad character. Maybe her relationship with Seth's brother was left open-ended for a reason? Anyway, all-in-all the book was an interesting read with a good plot and likable characters. I recommend it to those who like the New Adult genre.
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