What do you do when you realise you were foolish enough to throw away true, unconditional love? Lorraina Dabney turns her back on her creativity and tumultuous upbringing to embark on a college career that will lead her to law school and to becoming what she values most in life—a controlled, powerful, respected woman. When she stumbles upon her childhood friend's artwork, she feels inspired to reconnect with him and her former self. This onslaught of emotion will send Lorraina into a tale-spin to figure out exactly why she abandoned all that she was, all that she could've been. Coming from his own chaotic upbringing, Michael falls quickly and deeply in love with Lorraina at a tender age. Even her rejection can't stand in the way of his obsession. When she starts to date other boys, however, Michael finally relents, causing him to spiral further into a world filled with violence, drugs, alcohol, and women. Realising his lifestyle will only lead to his further estrangement from Lorraina, Michael sets about to turn himself around before going to get his girl. Michael Bang will have Lorraina questioning everything.
5 emotionally staggering stars!
I don't even know where to begin with this review. I've never in my entire reading life read something as staggeringly emotional as this book was for me. I was up and down and turned inside out almost right from the beginning.
The entire story has some kind of reconnection with the past. I was so torn on how to feel about this at first and then about 7% into the book, I got it.
"Because you wanted to know whether or not I was over you, and I wanted to know what you were like when you were on a date." He hesitated for the briefest of moments before he proceeded to completely blow my mind. "When we finally have our time together, I want to know that it's different for you. That I'm different from the boys you date."
Lorraina has to go home for the holiday season after her boss decides she's closing shop for Christmas. Spending time with her family is not on her list of favorite things to do, even for the holiday season. But, when she arrives home and gets the chance to see Michael, coming home is the best thing she's done in years.
"Lorraina, you had to have known that I was bluffing when I acted like I was over you. I have your initials tattooed on my arm. I have your face tattooed in my brain. I have your soul tattooed in my heart."
You will not get the expected outcome with this story! It will rip you up and spit you out. It will open you up to a new way of writing and maybe get you thinking that this is what actually should have happened. Michael will burrow down into your heart and leave you aching.
I really wanted to hate this story by the ending, but I just can't. I realize now after taking a couple of days to regroup, that this is just the way that some things end. I was heart broken and crushed, but ultimately I was enthralled with how I could feel the emotional bonds so closely with a story that could have so much devastation entrenched in it.
I was always such a coward when it came to him
He was just Michael. Flawed but good. Off limits to me but the most grounding force in my life.
There aren't anymore words coming to me for this review. All I can do is tell you to pick this book up and read it. It will definitely throw you for a loop or two, but you will not be disappointed.
For as long as she can remember, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written countless stories and plays since she was a young girl. A teacher by day and an avid reader and closet writer by night, she has always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember; and her first novel, Every Rose, is the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing. Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia. A self-proclaimed "Coast Girl," she lives in Mississippi with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. She is currently at work on her second book.
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