Free Me by Jane Lark
Publication date: September 29th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Thriller
Lies, secrets and truth untold. How can the future be different?
When Amy escaped the prison cell she’d been trapped in for years she had no idea how hard it would be to live again. Six months after the guy who kept her hostage died she is still looking for a way to break free from the shadow of fear that keeps haunting her.
Guilt hurts, and it’s left Rich lost. He is drinking in a bar with his friends when he sees a girl who prods him out of the listlessness he’s been trapped by since he turned himself around from a bad guy to good man. She’s beautiful, but she’s hesitant and nervous. It’s attractive, though. She’s sweet. But he doesn’t know what her awkwardness and her fleeting smiles hide, and when she asks if he’s a good guy, he isn’t sure what to say. He didn’t used to be.
Fate plays some cruel games…
Apparently, there are other books in this series, which I haven’t read. As you may have inferred from the manner in which I started this paragraph, I wasn’t aware of that, and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story.
Told from both Rich and Amy’s points of view, this is a story of resilience, growth and healing, and tackles some pretty difficult topics. And, although there were a couple of points where the actions of the characters were a little frustrating or perhaps a little difficult to understand, overall, this was an engaging, well written read.
The author has created characters who were well developed, and provided the appropriate amount of sizzle and relationship drama. Given the issues dealt with, the narrative could have so easily resorted to cliches. It didn’t and the story is strong as a result.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romance and author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Novel,’The Illicit Love of a Courtesan, as well as a Kindle overall Top 25, bestselling author. She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis. When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.
You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality. Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots. ‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’ Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.