Monday, September 16, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Personal Experiences By Tracy Lee

Amy's Review

For my first experience with beta reading, it was fantastic. I am so glad I started with Tracy and Personal Experiences. When I first got the file, I told myself to just read the first chapter and go from there. Four hours later I realized that I was not going to be able to stop reading. Tracy gets you gripped right off the bat with her story. As other reviews have said, it is not for the faint of heart. Personal Experiences is filled with intense love and attraction between two characters and horrific abuse both physical and sexual between a married couple. Writing about subjects or rape and abuse are hard, especially if you don’t explain both sides, both motive and pain. Tracy puts you right in there with the character and you feel every bit of emotion with them.
Elleny is the main female character who I both loved and hated. Whereas I could understand her motives and devotion to Trevor, it’s the whole I’m doing this for your benefit that gets me, but where would the story be without it. She has such a strong backbone and the fact that she is a devoted mother through and through protecting everyone, shows such courage.
Trevor is so swoon worthy and your heart breaks every time he enters a scene.
So what happens when we choose the path that would benefit others above ourselves? Well in Elleny’s case, utter devastation. Saying goodbye to her heart and soul, Trevor, was the biggest mistake of Elleny’s life, along with trusting their mutual best friend “Bear”. For 17 years, Elleny has made the best of her life with the decisions she made all those years ago. Never thinking she would see Trevor again, she is forced to work with him on a business merger between her employer and Trevor. When Trevor finds out what the real reason was behind Elleny’s betrayal and the life she needs now, Trevor will go through everyone and everything to get her back. When it proves that a man’s madness will take away everything Trevor wants, death might just prove the winner.

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Elleny Barker and Trevor McHale have loved each other since the second grade. Growing up in a small Georgia town, they had the same group of friends and they all had dreams of leaving Richland. Elle’s life was perfect; going to the perfect college, had the perfect life plan of becoming a doctor and had the perfect boyfriend going to college on a full ride football scholarship. Until the day Elle’s life was turned upside down; making a decision that she thought would be the best for both her and Trevor, she turned to the one man she thought would be willing to help her, Trevor’s best friend, Willie “Bear” Jackson. Seventeen years later; Elleny, is a changed woman, and it's not a good change. She has locked her heart away and refuses to give it to anyone. Then it happened, a millionaire, whose company just bought out the local plant where Elle’s husband is a foreman moves into town; or should I say BACK into town; turns out that it’s Trevor McHale. Secrets have kept them apart for seventeen years; will they end up keeping them apart for the rest of their lives? Life teaches us harsh lessons; Personal Experiences teach us life’s true meaning. 

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