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ARC Review: AXEL by Bry Ann


He lets the darkness consume him. He is rugged, hot headed and trapped in the ghost of a memory.
She choses to live in the light. A young woman risking it all to move on from her past...

X is a professional fighter running from a dark past. His true identity is a mystery. The only battle he’s ever lost is the one within himself. He uses alcohol, drugs and violence to dull the pain and anger that consume him. His rage keeps everyone at arms length. What happens when he runs into a girl with a past so dark even he can’t turn his head?
Aly is running away from a family whose evil she can’t see until the innocence she has always held onto is ripped from her.

As their worlds collide, Aly finds her life in danger and must rely on X to save her from the ghosts of her past.

Can Aly ever escape her former life? Is she right to trust X, or is she placing herself in even more danger by letting him in?

The heart is a hard thing to heal.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of Axel and Aly was unlike anything else I’ve ever read before. It was a combination of several subgenres and I think that helped it to be not only unique, but refreshing.

Ever since he was a little boy, X had anger issues. After being diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder, he understood why he raged but nothing but fighting helped him to control it. After living through a tragedy, he used alcohol, drugs and sex to get through life. He was so far from familiar to a girl like Aly.

Aly was your typical good girl. Coming from a strict Christian household, she was feeling stifled. Wanting to discover herself away from her home, she ventures to another city. On her travels she meets X, a man that calls to her in every way. What happens when her past comes to haunt her? Will X be able to let go of his own demons long enough to fight hers?

The author really drew me into this story. I felt a lot of compassion for both characters and was eager for some form of justice to those who were against them. The suspense elements were done really well and I was able to get caught in each moment. I was screaming for Aly to get free and for X to save the day. When an author can get me to that point, you know the story’s got guts.

Release Date: November 21, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Heat: 1.5 out of 5
Type: Standalone

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