Monday 16 May 2016

Blog Tour & Review ~ The Debt by Tyler King

The Debt by Tyler King
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:

Hadley saved my life . . . and I ruined hers

Hadley's my best friend. We share a house, our friends, a life. She knows all my secrets . . . except one. My desperate need for her is inked on my body, it's the best I can do. But Hadley needs to hear the words . . . 

Growing up as foster kids, Hadley made me feel whole-sane. And what did I do? I destroyed our chance to be together. I ran out on Hadley when I should have stayed, and something broke between us. Now I'll do anything to fix it. 

I'll never leave her again. I won't ever let her feel afraid again. But the more I try to protect her from my pain, the more I just make things worse. I'm terrified that if I tell her everything, she'll never forgive me. I'm even more terrified that it may be too late to make her mine. I have to try to give her what she needs . . . it's a debt I'm determined to repay. 

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 3 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Take the first step. That’s the hardest part.”

The Debt is the debut novel of Tyler King and she definitely has a talent for penning a hard hitting, emotional read. This was one of those reads where you truly feel for the characters, you can’t help it and as more and more of their story is revealed your heart breaks that little bit more.

The Debt is a friends to lover’s story, one of my favourite plot devices and one that I can never read enough of. These two became friends in the direst of circumstances, yet it was a friendship borne from fear that would forever change the both of them. We have two broken characters, each with their own issues but who are united in being the rock for the other, the only one the other trusts, the only one the other let’s see at their weakest. The trouble for these two though is that they can’t see the wood for the trees. They love each other, but their issues and insecurities are like a fire blanket, forever dousing the flames…if only they could work through them and see what it so obvious to everyone else.

“Making love to you is the happiest memory I can’t stand to think about. Nothing has ever felt so perfect. I was right there, Hadley. I was with you completely. And then I wasn’t.”

I loved Josh, even though he was an arse at times. He was one of those characters where you excused his arseholeness because you knew it must have been borne from something big. You knew deep down that something had happened to make him that way and as more and more of his story is shared you finally understand the man behind the fa├žade. Josh was a man who desperately wanted to love and be loved, but his fears and terrors plagued him so violently he couldn’t have that relationship he desperately craved or the person he desperately craved it with. My heart broke for him and Tyler King really hammered home how incidents that happened in childhood can affect the person throughout their lives. How it truly affects someone and becomes something they feel they have to live with, too proud to seek help and open up to anyone that could help. It was sincerely heart breaking.

“Death was easy. Living, that was the challenge.”

Hadley was the most patient woman I have read about. Her love and loyalty to Josh held no bounds, where most would have given up she persevered. She was in it for the long haul but even she was beginning to question how long is too long? Hadley had her own issues, once again borne from childhood, her OCD tendencies were endearing though and as she battles to fight her own demons she remains the constant in Josh’s life.

“My life didn’t begin until I met you. I’ve loved you every day that matters. I’m so fucking in love with you and you scare the shit out of me.”

These two, for all their issues, together were formidable. They fed off one another, even when not talking and fighting, they were always there. No matter how annoyed I got with them at times, I felt for them and was willing them to finally wake up and smell the coffee. Their friendship was one we all want, but if that is what they had when their issues were fighting against them, imagine how good they could be when they sorted themselves out.

“You were the only person I could talk to and the last person I wanted to tell.”

For me personally, this book dragged in a lot of places, yet I was so invested in their story I still wanted to read to the end. I wanted these two to find the happiness that they desperately deserved and wanted. With some great side characters and dialogue that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next, Tyler King really runs your emotions through the mill. From sympathy, to love, to swooning like a loon, tears of laughter and sadness, these characters will tug at your heart strings. Two children that had been through so much, so young and yet still came out the other side. They were survivors even if they were not totally unscathed. Yes, they had their issues, but they were nothing without the other. Their love for the other was grown from the strongest of friendships, they had an excellent foundation, for them the true test was building the rest. I liked this story, I desperately wanted to love it, for me it just needed to be edited down a bit.

“You taught me how to survive…You saved my life, and I’ve been trying to make up for it ever since.”

About the Author: 

Tyler King was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Creative Writing. As a journalist, her work has appeared in Orlando magazine and Orlando Business Journal, among other publications. She is a proud army spouse currently living in Virginia with her husband. 

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