Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Salvage (Salvage Duet, Book One) by Tiffany Aleman
Stereotypical trailer trash. That’s how people saw me. I’m Karmen Butler, the girl everyone teased, tortured, pranked—bullied.
After graduating high school, I left my shithole of a town behind with no intentions of ever returning. My dreams were within my grasp. Or so I thought…
Luck. That’s what was on his side. Brayden Stephens was on top of the world and the biggest prick of all. At least that’s how I remember him. Then he lost it all. His vices took over and now he’s a washed-up has-been with a cocky smirk and arrogant attitude.
Valued. That was how he made me feel. One night changed everything for us. In an instant I was lost to his touch, his voice. Everything about him captivated me.
Against my better judgment, I let him in. I let him see the real me. Since he’d walked into my office, he’d been trying to redeem himself of his past mistakes.
Glimpses of a love and life I’d never known before were all he had given me. Now he’s done it, the one thing he said he wouldn’t. He’s broken me. AGAIN.
Excuses are what I was fed. The truth restrained him, bound him to his past, and now, I’m left to deal with the aftermath.
Is there anything left to SALVAGE?
I don’t know…
You tell me.
I absolutely LOVED this book. Words cannot express how much I loved this book. When I read this book, I didn't want it to end. I fell hard for these characters.
This book follows the relationship of Karmen and Brayden. Brayden tormented and tortured Karmen in high school. He made her life a living hell. The best thing that happened for Karmen was that they went to different colleges, never having to see each other again. That all changed when Brayden was no longer the famous football star he once was and walked into Karmen's office looking for a job at the radio station that she managed. Can people change? Years have passed, but is Brayden still the same cocky prick he once was?
I wanted to hate Brayden, I really did. But knowing that people make mistakes and everyone should be given a chance to redeem themselves, I was routing for Brayden. When Karmen begins to realize that Brayden may not be the same guy he was in high school, she begins to let her guard down. Somewhere along the way, Brayden begins to knock down the walls that Karmen has built.
Things my not always appear how they seem. Karmen has judged Brayden, but Brayden has a past as well, just like Karmen does. This is a true story of don't judge a book by its cover. As the book progressed, I realized that sometimes love isn't enough to salvage a relationship. Sometimes those we love have the power to hurt us the most. If Karmen allows Brayden in, will be hurt her again? Can her heart handle being shattered like it was so many years ago? Decisions need to me made when Karmen sees that Brayden has a problem. Karmen can't make him change. He has to want to do it for himself. My heart broke when Karmen chose to love herself more than she loved Brayden. I understood why she did what she did. I agree with her, Brayden gave her no choice. BUT, I can only pray that Brayden loves Karmen enough to fix it. To fix himself. I guess I will just have to wait and see in the next book.
This review was prepared by Heather. An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.