Friday, November 29, 2013

Review of Wake Up Call by Victoria Ashley!!!

Avery Hale had spent her whole childhood abused by her drunken, hopped-up parents. Broken from a lifetime of hate and pain she grew up realizing that trust and love just didn't exist. Not in her world at least. After turning the age of eighteen, she packed up and moved far away determined to escape her hurtful past and start a new life. Once on her own she comes to the conclusion that the emptiness still exist. Doing what she had to to survive she found herself mixed up in exotic dancing and meaningless sexual relationships unable to feel anything, for anyone. She was sure that her life was worthless and there was nothing left for her. On the other hand, so she thought. 

After meeting a beautiful stranger, Jace, her life suddenly is turned upside down. Everything that she truly believed suddenly gets questioned and then she is left to figure out if there is really more to her than she could ever have imagined. Jace, having some secrets of his own puts the pain of his own past behind to do what he can to help Avery.Can the love of another broken person be enough to help Avery, or is she already too far gone? 

Avery's life is pulled in many directions as she tries to find herself, and not everyone and thing is what they seem to be in this story of love, trust and opening up. Finding herself and learning to love herself might just be the hardest thing she's ever had to do.


I loved this book!  I felt horrible for Avery, and was happy that she found someone to love her.

Avery Hale is really down on her luck.  After escaping from a life of abuse at the hands of her father, she's forced to turn to stripping to make money.  When she's kicked out of her apartment, she's feeling her lowest.  

Her world changes when she meets Jace Montgomery in his diner.  She saw him the night before at the club, and is amazed he's more goodlooking up close.  When he saves her outside of the strip club from being assaulted, her world changes.  He takes her home, gives her a place to stay and a job at his diner. She's thankful, but leary of his intentions at first.  

When the attraction starts between the two, they both fight it.  Also, Avery doesn't do relationships. After seeing her mother get beaten from the hands of her father, she doesn't want anything to do with relationships.  Soon though, Jace proves to her that he's there for her and wants to take care of her.

At times, Avery was her own worst enemy.  Her fears about her parents finding her, cause her to make some heisty decisions.  Decisions that put her in danger, and almost cause her her life.  When she really needs him, Jace is there to help her out again, once again saving her.

It takes some time for Avery to realize her feelings for Jace are for real.  That they aren't something to fear.  Because of her past, she has a hard time dealing with the fact that she's loveable, and that she's capable of loving someone without getting punished.

I felt horrible for Avery, and was happy to see her grow and mature.  It took her a little bit to get used to relying on people, and knowing she could trust people with her feelings.  Jace was her rock when she desperately needed one, and wouldn't allow her to push him away when she got too close to him.

I loved Jace.  The only thing I would have liked would have been more love scenes between him and Avery together.  He was used to taking care of people he cared about, and Avery was no exception.  He loved her completely, and struggled to make her understand he was not going anywhere.


Victoria Ashley is an author from Rockford, IL. She wrote her first novel in 2011 after finding an app on her phone that allowed writers to upload their own work. After finding her passion in writing she then moved on to publish her first novel Wake Up Call, which has been viewed over thirteen million times on that website and plans to continue working hard to publish more in the near future. You can find her Facebook Author page here.

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My heart stopped and suddenly it was hard to breathe. His voice always had that effect on me. It was like poison slowly running through my veins killing me bit by bit. Like a drug that I couldn't get enough of even though I was almost down to my last breath.

Jace took a step forward and grabbed my hand. He slowly trailed his fingers over my face and backed me into the wall. My heart stopped again if that was even possible. "You can't leave," he whispered. "I need you." His warm breath kissed my lips as he bit his bottom lip and placed both of his hands around my face. They were warm and soft to the touch. Too big for my fragile face, although I wanted to bury myself in them. "Breathe. There is no one here but the two of us. Breathe," he whispered.


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