Sunday, May 1, 2016

Review: The Lost by Cole McCade

The Lost: A Crow City Novel
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Title: The Lost
Author: Cole McCade
Series: Crow City #1
Version Reviewed: Finished, eBook.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

GoodReads Synopsis:
There's something wrong with Leigh.
She's known it her whole life. She knows it every time she spreads her legs. Every time she begs for the pain, the pleasure, the heat of a hard man driving deep inside. She's a slave to her own twisted lusts--and it's eating her alive. She loves it. She craves it. Sex is her drug, and she's always chasing her next fix. But nothing can satisfy her addiction, not even the nameless men she uses and tosses aside. No one's ever given her what she truly needs.
Until Gabriel Hart.
Cold. Controlled. Impenetrable. Ex-Marine Gabriel Hart isn't the kind of man to come running when Leigh crooks her pretty little finger. She loathes him. She hungers for him. He's the only one who understands how broken she is, and just what it takes to satisfy the emptiness inside. But Gabriel won't settle for just one night. He wants to claim her, keep her, make her forever his. Together they are the lost, the ruined, the darkness at the heart of Crow City.
But Leigh has a darkness of her own. A predator stalking through her past--one she'll do anything to escape.
Even if it means running from the one man who could love her...and leaving behind something more precious to her than life itself.
Wow. I'm not even sure where to begin with this review. I guess I'll start from the beginning.

At the moment, I'm not accepting book review requests. I haven't been for quite a while. I have quite a lot of books on my TBR list and I'm trying to pummel through them. I have so many books that I haven't read, yet I continue to buy more. I'm sure every book blogger has this issue. :) Anyways, so I've put a halt on accepting requests, but when I received the email from Cole McCade and read the synopsis for The Lost, I knew that I had to read it.

The Lost is one of the darkest books I've ever read, sexually and emotionally. It takes you on such an emotional rollercoaster that, at times, you're not sure how to feel.  But, damn, it's a good one. Leigh's story is so raw and so broken that you can't turn away. I was sucked in as soon as I began reading and I couldn't stop. Her character is so broken and so insanely real that, even if you haven't experienced the same sorts of things that she has, you can still feel like you relate to her on some level. It's amazing to see her transformation from broken, sexually addicted, promiscuous girl to a woman that is discovering the person she was always supposed to be. The Leigh she should have been before everyone around her turned her into Clarissa an decided to dictate exactly how her life was supposed to go.

Sex for her is like a drug, she's pretty much addicted to it and she definitely enjoys the pain. As a person that likes a bit of pain myself, it was delicious to read her encounters. She likes it a bit more than I do and she liked it, obviously, for different reasons but the sexually explicit scenes were quite nice to read.

I'm not sure if I could read this book again, simply because it is so dark and serious. It draws a lot out of the reader but it's a great read. If you can handle all of the topics that are touched on in a book like this, then I definitely recommend that you pick it up and give it a shot. Leigh has an amazing story to tell.

Rating: 4 Stars.

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