Author: A.E. Woodward
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2015
My drug of choice was heroin.
Until they put me here against my will.
At the time it was my only viable choice.
I preferred stumbling through life numb to it all.
But now I’m here, and every sound and every emotion is heightened to a level I never knew existed.
Then somehow, in a moment of weakness it became all about him.
He makes me feel things I never thought possible.
I thought he was my antidote, but it turns out that he’s just my new drug of choice.
Where do I begin. Reprieve shows us what addiction is from the person's POV. How it controls their life, how every breathe they take, revolves around their next fix. This book will move you. It may even open your eyes a little to see the other side of it. It's not always black and white.
When I first started this book, I was a little hesitant. I didn't connect with the characters at first BUT as the story progressed, I felt what both, Tegan and Asher were struggling with. The story is VERY detailed and you feel like you are there in the story.
REPRIEVE is a story of how Tegan struggles as her world around her begins to crumble. Everything has a ripple effect. We learn what was the key situation to caused her to fall into a downward spiral. We get Tegan's back story which made my heart brake.
With the efforts of Tegan's family, she is forced to check into rehab. Once checked in, she is forced to face the demons of her past. Her counselor, Asher helps her battle her demons and holds her hand along the way. No matter how hard she pushed, Asher pushed back. No matter how mean or nasty Tegan could get, Asher was there for her. Throughout their sessions, somehow a bond formed. It was more than patient - counselor relationship. They both viewed each other as friends. But what happens when you begin to battle one addiction, and you develop a new one. Your new addiction becomes someone, not something.
Tegan needed to learn how to trust people again, she needed to learn how to love herself again. Tegan needed to face her past. She was stronger than she thought she was.
Reprieve was told in Tegan's POV, so you get the good, the bad and the ugly. You will cringe when you read some parts when you see how bad things got for Tegan. I think this book enlightened me on how people struggle with addiction. You can't just write the person off. There may be a reason why they turn to drugs. It may be a reason that no one knows. But I believe that everyone deserves a second chance at life. Tegan definitely deserved one.
I would give Reprieve a 4 star rating. This review was prepared by Heather and an ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
A.E. lives in Vacationland with her husband and two children. Between her real job and writing she finds little time to enjoy life's finer things. However in the free time she does manage to steal, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and reading. A.E. is the co-author of CAUGHT and the author of Kismet, Working Girl and A Series of Imperfections: Imperfectly Perfect, Imperfectly Real, and Imperfectly Bad. Reprieve is her latest release.