Three. This is my number. The sum of reasons why I continue to go on.
One: She needs me.
Two: I have to protect her.
And three: With her, I feel human.
But the weight of a man’s secrets is a thousand pounds on his shoulders. Two thousand more on his chest. Trapping him.
My secrets are slaughtering me.
Fear and regret—of what I’ve done, of whom I’ve become, and of what I’ve let go—are dragging me into a hole, and I can’t claw my way out.
The deeper I sink, the farther I push her away.
The farther she goes, the more my mind spirals. Down into a black abyss. It’s dark here. So damn dark.
She needs to know what I’ve done. I have to tell her. But how can I battle the darkness if I lose my light?
This is what my life is now. I’m a shadow of a man in a scarred body, longing to live again.
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There are a million questions you could ask me that I would have a hard time narrowing down to a single answer like who my favorite band is or what my favorite song is, my favorite movie or the best book I’ve ever read, or which of my kids is my favorite. Picking one would be impossible. But I have one favorite author and the answer has been the same for the last several years….Cheryl McIntyre. She’s my answer, my only answer ever single time….and books like this are the reason. She just always gets it right and Grit is no exception.
Dirty, the first book in this series and an absolute must read BEFORE Grit, was a hard read, amazing and emotional, but hard. It was gut-wrenching and stomach twisting and painful but still very much a love story about surviving and finding what you need when you least expect it and you don’t even know what it is. And Grit picks up right where Dirty leaves off, with Link and Rocky still surviving, still dealing but also trying to heal and trying to do that together.
I love these characters, they are so flawed and so scarred and completely struggling to move forward, but they are also survivors and inherently good people who have seen the very worst the world can dish out. Neither one of them ever expected to be in a relationship and witnessing them stumble their way through it is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
One of the things that sets a Cheryl McIntyre book apart is that ever single thing that happens, ever action and reaction, every event, every thought or feeling a character has makes sense, it’s believable within the context of the story, it`s planned and thought out and done right. It’s just all done right. Her characters stay true to character, there’s growth and change, they adapt and sometimes even surprise you, but at their core they remain the people you fell in love with. Link and Rocky are no exception.
The other thing that sets her books apart is her ability to put you in her characters’ heads, to make you feel what they feel. It’s remarkable really. When Rocky panicked, I panicked, my heart raced and my breathing picked up. When Link got angry, I felt angry, when Rocky cried, I cried. With ever decision they made I was right there with them. I might not have agreed with them, hell I might even have been screaming NO NO NO at my kindle, but I was with them, feeling it, experiencing it. That…that right there is the reason I read books and Cheryl never lets me down.
I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down. And the absolute best part….being there when Link and Rocky get it right, when they finally start to catch a break and when they finally start to heal, it made every painful step worth it. It was the perfect ending to a perfectly f*@ked up love story.
About The Author:
Cheryl McIntyre is the author of the bestselling Sometimes Never series, as well as the Dirty series, Infinitely, Dark Calling, and HARD. She resides in Ohio with her high school sweetheart, their two sons, one daughter, one fur son, and a hamster.
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