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.
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.
When reading the synopsis you know your going to get a twisted story. But it is nothing compared to actually reading this book in its entirety. WOW and WOW!! This book took me on a journey.
I could NOT but it down for one minute. I read sitting, standing, walking, eating. Yeah it was that good.
Victoria Ashley has a way with words. And it’s written beautifully. As beautiful as you can write such a horrible story, she draws you in from the first damn page; captured my attention from the beginning. At times at the end of a chapter I would say to myself, “damn, that was freakin’ intense”. Yes, I have conversations with myself!
Wake Up Call is told from Avery’s POV. She has a sad story. Abused by her parents her whole life, Avery has nobody. With no other family or friends to turn to, she leaves home to live on her own at the age of 18 and never looks back. Bold move. But she makes due; gets an apartment, a job (as a stripper which she hates) and pays her own way. Never ever wanting to let anybody near her heart. Why would she, when everybody hurts her.
“I mean, I guess that I just learned long ago that people will always hurt you even when they love you. Therefore, I decided that if I don’t let myself love anyone then they can never hurt me. No one has made me change my mind…yet.”
Then we have Jace. AAAAHHHH I LOVE Jace! He’s independent, smoking HOT, kind, caring. He has the biggest heart; every thing you would want in a man. One word for Jace comes to mind: caregiver.
“You’re not fine,” he cut in. “And I can’t promise you that everything will work out for you, but I can promise you that I will be there to pick up the pieces if they don’t. I keep my promises.”`
But of course Avery always has those walls up. Jace tries to knock them down, but she’s tough as nails.
I tell ya, reading this book, it crushed me. My chest felt tight at times and you get that lump in your throat. I LOVE when I can “feel” what a character is feeling. You really do see the connection Avery and Jace have early on because her writing is that good.
“My heart aches for you every day, but that won’t keep me away. I wouldn’t stop the suffering because I welcome the pain.”
This story has so many twists and turns, and feelings of love and hurt. Not one thing is missing from this book, “Angst”, its full of it; intensity, suspense. I swear I was on the edge of my seat reading certain scenes. Just 5 stars without a doubt.
I think that everybody should read this book. Click and buy and I promise you will not regret. Look forward to reading more of Victoria Ashley’s stories.
About the Author
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. She enjoys reading and writing books about sexy bad boys that are highly misunderstood and in her spare time you can find her watching True Blood and Dexter.