My rating: ❤❤❤❤ of 5!
It’s been five years since Rae ran out of Professor Conn’s office. Five years since he spanked her.
I’ll be the first to admit, that I’m having difficulties actually writing why I liked this book. It doesn’t really have the thickest plot foundation, and it does lack some sense in the personality department. On top of that, there’s ghosts that may or may not be real. So, it is a bit mind puzzling why I like it. I guess mostly I liked the way I felt while I read the book. Joely is amazing at really taking the reader along for the ride and, feel the characters emotions through her chosen words. That in itself makes it an amazing experience to read her books.
In this second instalment of the series we learn what Rae have been up to, since she ran away from Conn. When her dad had a serious work injury she once and for all decided, that she wasn’t going to return to school. Instead she became part of the family business and, married her fathers partner, Richard.
The irony of irony is that Rae ran away from Conn because she was scared. Scared of what he would do to her, but more importantly, what she would allow him to do to her. But Richard is no boy scout, in fact her abuses her, rape her and controls her. Somehow she does put up with that for three years, before she’s finally had it. Throughout the five years away from Conn, Rae keeps writing him letters. She doesn’t send them, it’s almost like a mixture of a diary and a get away from her sh*t life.
Even though, Conn didn’t get married or entered into an abusive relationship, things hasn’t been peachy for him. When his pining for Rae gets too much, his ahmazing grandma takes things into her own hands, and tricks Rae into working for her. Only when the contract is signed, does Rae become aware of the trickery.
Conn spends the majority of the book trying re-gain Rae’s trust. Rae spends the majority of the book being timid and in denial.
At times I did have issues with Rae! She’s so broken from her marriage that she can’t tell what’s up and what’s down. It almost seemed like she wasn’t just waiting for Conn to fail, but almost like she wanted it. It’s obvious that she still loves him, but she projects her fear of herself onto almost everything he does and say, making him the bad guy.
Despite Rae’s self destructive cycles I really did enjoy this book! I know there’s more books in the series, but from my understanding this is the ending to Rae & Conn’s story – so I don’t know if I’ll pick up the others at some point.
Have you read the books? What’s your thoughts on this series? Comment and let me know.