Tuesday, December 17, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: At all Cost by Katerina Winters

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At All Cost by Katerina Winters
Release Date: December 21st, 2019
Format: kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon 

The remote woods of Oregon.
A desperate young woman.
And a mean-tempered recluse.

Standing alone in the middle of the Oregon woods, Alessia Conners was officially out of options.

With no money, no family, and no friends to turn to Alessia has little hope of escaping the predator in her home without doing something--drastic. All she wanted was a safe place to call home. With a tent and some camping gear, she is determined to find refuge and a new start to life in the peaceful woods of Oregon.

There was something in his woods, something that didn't belong.

Jax Beranek is a rugged, mean recluse whose powerful presence and sharp tongue hide a damaged man who has given up on the world. He is a man that doesn't need or want anyone. He has his cabin, his peace and quiet, and above all else is solitude. So when he happens to find some young woman sorely unprepared and close to getting herself killed in his woods he gives her a hard but fair choice: leave with his aid or leave tied and gagged over his shoulder, but either way she was leaving his damn forest.

It was the pain though, that familiar soul-wrenching pain he recognized all too well inside the lonely, sad-eyed woman that struck at a cord of compassion he didn't know he possessed.

But his help wouldn't be free--he was going to put the little vagabond to work.

With her days filled with hard work, back and forth bickering and her nights filled with exhausted sleep in Jax's safe, cozy cabin, Alessia could finally for the first time in months breathe easy and forget about the monster in her past.

If only the monster would forget about her.

So this book...man I don't know where to start, there is a lot to unpack here. First of all, I wasn't one hundred percent clear on the ages between the characters until much later in the book. I DO NOT want to read adult romances where one of the characters in underage, but it was not clear in this book at all since the heroine had runaway from home. Much later in the book, it mentions she had "morning classes" so I thought, "Okay, she must be college-aged then." This is probably not a dealbreaker for some, but I would have liked more definitions.

So, I liked this book, but I do think there was some problematic content in and i want to point that out despite liking the book. Minor spoiler here, but when Jax first takes Alessia to his cabin, which she fights him on, he ties her wrists together and then he gives her tea laced with some sort of pill. He mentions that it was given to him by his therapist, he's a veteran, but we don't know what it is. Clearly it's something to help her sleep, but that REALLY DID NOT sit well with me at all. He does it again much later in the book, which ties in with the extremely bizarre twist ending that happens. Don't worry, this is a romance and they do get their HEA.

This book is a super slow burn, which I really liked. They have a hard time getting along, but slowly realize they like being in each other's company. I liked that Jax put things into her court and made her make the decision on their intimate relationship. It was nice that he was considerate because of what happened to her. 

I did really enjoy their relationship and was happy that they have their happy ever after, but man did this book shock me with the ending! I'm not telling you because of spoilers, but man it was a weird turn for this book!

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