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Review: The Debt by Tyler King

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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.

My Review

“I cherished the rare moments when Hadley was relaxed, laughing, and more like her old self. I had a debt to Hadley that I’d spend the rest of my life repaying. I owed her my head on a platter. And if ever given the chance, I’d take a bullet for her.”

The Debt follows the story of Hadley and Josh. Hadley and Josh grew up with one another in foster care. Hadley was the only shining moment for Josh. Try as they might to protect one another and keep each other safe, life had other plans. As time goes on, the two of them are adopted by nice families, but the pain and trauma of what Josh went though will stick with him long after. As adults, Hadley and Josh are still “friends” but their lives are very awkward and different. Josh has these love/hate feelings for Hadley. One minute he can’t stand her and then the next, he wants to make her happy. And Josh has so much anger and so much hate in his life. The only way he can ever move on and attempt to make things right with Hadley, is by facing his fears. Overcoming his past….Easier said than done….

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about this book because I don’t want to spoil it, so bear with me. Here’s what I can tell you…. The Debt is a unique and refreshing story. It’s told from one point of view and let me just say, major points for this story being told in the male point of view. I really enjoyed the idea of this story. It was sexy, intriguing, and frustrating. I am a sucker for angry, broken characters; and this story does not disappoint. Josh and Hadley’s story is not an easy one and their story does deal with some intense subject matter. And that’s what makes their journey even better. They have so much to overcome, so much to move past.

Overall, I thought The Debt was an enjoyable read. I found it be well written and captivating. This book was intense, and frustrated me at times. But, I really enjoyed the journey that Josh went on and I appreciated how hard he worked for his HEA. The Debt is the debut novel for author Tyler King and I’m really looking forward to reading more from him in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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