Tuesday, October 8, 2013

VBT Review: Let It Be Me

Let It Be Me
By: Toni Aleo

Do you see that woman there?
The one with long, wavy blond hair and blue eyes that used to sparkle?
That’s me, Violet Moore.
Do you see those men over there?
One is my husband, Rob.
A man who claimed he loved me, but proved his fist loved me more.
The other is Tucker McCloud, my savior and confidant.
I'm torn between what's right and my own fear.
But not anymore.
I’m taking my life back now.
I will fight back.
I will be happy.

Review Rating: 4.5 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review:  Not every marriage stays as a fairy tale happily ever after. Some turn dark, dangerous, deadly. Menacing.  A living nightmare.  Violet married young.  She's now trapped in an endless battle of dodging the fists, shoving aside the emotional scars. She wants to go, run far far away, yet she's stuck. 

The first part of this book smacked me immediately with an emotional punch. I knew from page one that I would be in for an emotional wallop. I've read many, many stories on this subject.  Let It Be Me takes on a slightly different approach.  This isn't your typical every day story. Violet is a married woman with no place left to go unless she gathers the courage and strength to leave her jerk of a husband Rob.  She holds her ground as long as she can. When he moves her away from the only family she's ever known, Violet takes a stand and gets a job, despite her husband's continuous warnings not to. 

That's where things change even more. She meets Tucker, and what a man. He has no idea just what Violet is going through until their friendship blossoms and he learns all the dark, deadly secrets she's hiding.  The two have feelings for each other that they know are wrong, dangerous, but when real love is found, what can you do?

I think the story written in first person really did this story justice. Sometimes, first person doesn't always work, but I felt like i was in Violet's mind, in her shoes throughout the story which gave me a deep connection with her. There were times my stomach churned and I wanted to be sick at some of the situations. I wanted to cry, I wanted to yell. I wanted to take an image of what I thought Rob looked like, post it on a dart board, and hit the middle EVERY TIME.  That man infuriated me! 

Violet's personal struggle is one that people go through every day. Abuse, whether it's physical or emotional, is a terrible thing to go through. But the author sheds new light as Violet learns what it means to finally break free. She has a long journey to take, but she's finally had enough and eventually she'll take her life back. 

Tucker...what can I say about him?  What a guy to stand beside Violet and support her all the way. It's not easy on him either, when he feels what he does, but knows that unless Violet makes the change, he can't have her. I love that he listens to her, supports her, makes her laugh and wants to make all her dreams come true.

This is the first I've read of Ms. Aleo's work. Reading this story about a touchy subject gave me insight to the author's talent and I'll be looking for more of her books. 

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Author Info  
Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, and Blue Lines. When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel. She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog.
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  1. This does sound like an emotional story. I can see how first person would sit well with this.