RECOVERED by L.J. Shen
Published; March 24th 2018, Indie Published
It was hate at first sight…
I hated Cable James McCaffrey.
He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.
He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.
He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.
Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.
I was obsessed with Affton Reed.
She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.
She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.
I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.
In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.
The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.
I went into RECOVERED pretty much straight after finishing MIDNIGHT BLUE and I was surprised that the plots are very similar. Both feature guys who have been pulled into a world of addiction, with people around them resorting to using a sobriety companion to help keep them from relapsing. But I have to say that despite this, I really enjoyed RECOVERED!
Surprisingly, I was drawn to Affton’s character from the first chapters. She is a young woman who, although having suffered herself in the past – is strong and independent. She doesn’t just flutter her eyelashes and is whisked off her feet by James. She is able to stand up for herself, take no shit and give it back when needed.
James….my word. For such a young man, he has been through some of the worst, for reasons which we learn about throughout the book. When we meet him at the beginning of the book, he really is at rock bottom and we follow his journey as he reluctantly starts to rebuild his life. I’ve never wanted to hug a character more!
RECOVERED is an intense, character driven story about two young people who are looking for redemption and along the way find each other. For me, this book had a slower pace, which to me is exactly what this book needed. A solid read that you can really sink your teeth into!
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