Review: Convict by Hayley Faiman
Series: Unfit Hero
Author: Hayley Faiman
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: February 21, 2019
Guilty. ExCon. Felon. Prisoner. Criminal. Words that now represent me. Words that keep any decent person away from me. I never gave much thought to words before now. Slut. Hussy. Whore. Homewrecker. Jezebel. Words that now reflect me. Words that will stay indefinitely. The evidence of those words grow inside of me. Those Words make the entire town assume they are vindicated to use them. I am wrong. They are right.
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Rylan just spent 5 years locked up. Channing just found out she's pregnant by her married teacher. Both are broken. Both feel guilty for what they've done. A chance meeting at the diner brings them together. Can they be what the other needs? Can they heal each other? This was a pretty good story. I would have liked to have had a little more of the back story on James/Jacob/Jennifer. I also felt like the parents were just thrown in there. I loved the scene where Rylan runs to the victims of his crime. Very moving scene.
This is the first time I have read anything by Hayley Faiman and I thought that this book was well put together. Rylan and Channing, the convict and the homewrecker are labels that have been applied to them. Two broken people who found each other when they both were trying to start over. I enjoyed the way the characters interacted and the friends they made along the way that proved that labels do not define who you are and that you can rise above your past. I will be sure to read more from this author.
First of all, if your going to use a face on the cover, it at least needs to match the description. 'My blond hair hangs in front of my eyes.' This is from the second page. Rylan: blond hair. Cover model: absolutely not blond. Anyway, the actual book. For the most part it was good, just not great. The plot was great and so we're the characters, for the most part. I just feel the build up and overall deliverance wasn't executed at its best. I would have really liked to have given this a four as there was a solid story in there; just lost amongst the back and forth on Rylan and his actions. And I mean, who let's someone move in within a couple of itsy bitsy conversations whatever your circumstances. All just very far fetched for me.
This was a new to me author, and one I would definitely like to read more of.
She manages to make these characters relatable and has written the book as if you are right there beside them. Their struggles and successes became yours, you don't often get that in books. Reminded me of that childhood saying about sticks and stones, although we all know words do hurt.
Born and raised in California, but living in Texas and loving every second of it. I married the man that I started dating when I was 16 years old. We have 2 little boys and a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime.
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