Bonjour, my name is André Chevalier. It has been my joy and my great honor to help those who have lost their way. Not long after I began my journey, I met two such wounded souls.
Renata Koreman, my little mouse. She came to me as a child—shy, mute, injured… broken. It took oh-so many years to start to bring her back to herself! Yet, I could not fully heal her.
Years later, Grant Wilkinson, he too fell into my hands. The ex-Army Ranger was badly disfigured and saw himself as a monster. Isolated by secrets, solitary and self-contained, his colleagues affectionately named him ‘Frosty.’ Yet, how should one behave when besieged by a lifetime of confusion and guilt?
The moment I saw him, I thought of her and I wondered. The eyes, they cannot always see clearly. And the heart? Ah, the heart can only guess at the truth. So it was that I remained uncertain.
Could the mouse and the monster heal each other?
I won this along with a couple of Nikki’s other titles earlier in the year and finally had some time to sit down and read it. Grant Wilkinson is badly disfigured, although we aren’t going to learn why, at least in this novel, we know it wasn’t because of his time in the army, which I think is a nice twist alluding to something more sinister. He keeps to himself not really engaging in life. Since his father’s death he is now the head of the family business, has a nagging mother who wants him married yesterday, and is part of a family of alcoholics, although he is finally in recovery on that front thanks to Andre who refused to see him unless he sobered up.
Renata had a neglected childhood, shipped around abusive foster homes until she ended up on the streets. Eventually she ended up with Andre, a psychologist who looked after her and nurtured her to be the woman she wanted to be.
Despite this book being about Grant and Renata, Andre was very much the star of the show for me. I loved it when he was on the page and I couldn’t wait to read more about him. His dominant personality very much appealed to me and I loved that he had a very non-conformist way of treating his patients, even to the point of almost becoming friends with Grant, and practically adopting Renata.
The majority of this book, is back story, telling how both Grant and Renata have been abused, why they need Andre’s help and painting the picture of why Andre is putting the two characters in each others path’s. There is very little word count dedicated to the two characters together, what time is spent with them together is short and quick setting up for book two in the series.
I was a little disappointed on that front, feeling like just as the juicy stuff got started the book ended but I can also understand why it was written that way and the back story was really important. There is a sinister undertone and it’s clear that the second book is going to have a nasty undertone as that story line really kicks off.
I’m hoping for much more Andre in the second book, and I’m aware there is another series featuring Andre which I’ll definitely be reading…yes I may be crushing on Andre just a bit!
A huge thanks to Nikki Sex for the eBook which I won in a giveaway!
Book & Buy Links
Series: Abuse #1
Author: Nikki Sex
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Erotica
Publisher: Ashton Publishing Group
Publication Date: 13 January 2015
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US