Sunday, August 18, 2019

ARC Review: Unspoken Vow by Eden Finley

Unspoken Vow (Steele Brothers, #2)From the Blurb:
๐™ƒ๐™š’๐™จ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ง๐™ช๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข. 
There’s a long list of things I don’t handle well: 
Change. Relationships. Breakups. 
But there’s one person above everything else I can’t seem to get a handle on. 
๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ. 
In short, he’s perfect. The reality, he scares me. He’s the opposite of what I usually go for. He’s bigger. Intimidating. He reminds me of someone I’d rather forget. 
When I need to find a new place to live, Brody offers me his spare room, but I have no plans on taking him up on the offer. He doesn’t know what happened to me five years ago, and I want to keep it that way. But with limited options, I find myself outside his apartment holding a full moving box and wondering: How can I do this without exposing the darkest part of my past?

Ky's rating:

This is the second book in the series and it's about Law's twin brother, Anders, and a gentle giant who wants to get to know him, Brody.

It's not a dark book but it's not a light one either. It deals with imortant and serious issues, which you already know if you read the first book, but in a way that's not overwhelming.

It gives Anders a voice and follows along in his struggle to overcome his past and have a normal life again, but the vibe is mostly positive about the future instead of murky and pessimistic.

Anders had gone through something that left him with scars, both physical and emotional. His physical ones were easier to hide but they were still a reminder of what had happened. His emotional ones were a lot more difficult to ignore or hide and affected his whole life.

The story takes place a few years after his assault and it's an important time for Anders because, as he keeps struggling every day to do even the simplest things, never knowing what might trigger a panic attack or a flashback, his attacker is about to get out of prison already. That knowledge sets Anders back in any progress he had managed to achieve.

When he's in need for somewhere to stay, Brody offers him his spare bedroom and soon a tentative friendship begins. What makes everything more complicated is that Brody,big and intimidating, is very similar to Anders' attacker, even if only physically because their personalities are like day and night.

One thing that bothered me is that for a big part of the book it seemed like Anders wasn't really interested in Brody in particular, but was interested in someone that made him want to move on from the past and that someone just happened to be Brody. I can't fault him for wanting his life back, but I still wish Anders wanted Brody because he was Brody.

Later in the book, though, the way he was thinking changed and he seemed more interested in Brody in particular.

I liked the feeling of this book and I liked that even though it had a serious tone when needed, it was still positive and enjoyable.

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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