Title: Into the Light
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages/Word Count: 104 Pages
Rating: 3 Stars
Blurb: Sheriff Sean Keller hides a terrible secret – he watched a heinous crime committed eighteen years ago and did nothing to prevent it. Now he finds himself face to face with Eden Gray, the victim of that crime, who is now not so much the boy anymore, but the man. Eden makes Sean sit up and remember those forbidden desires he thought he had locked away forever and the guilt which has blighted his life.
Review: I’m a big fan of Scarlet Blackwell’s writing and never pass up a chance to read one of her books.
Into the Light is about forgiveness and trying to right a wrong. They key word here is trying, because there are some things in life that just can’t be made right again. Sean has always carried around the guilt of what happened to Eden all those years ago while they were both in high school. Eighteen years later, Eden comes back home for the first time since that horrible night, and Sean is finally face to face with his past.
As I began reading this, I thought it would go in a completely different direction than it did. Now, while I enjoyed the book’s premise, it just didn’t feel right to me. More specifically, the sex scenes didn’t feel right. Let me explain. Hover Over – Possible Spoiler. Sean, now a sheriff in the same town, stood by and watched, didn’t participate, but did nothing to stop it either. He’s carried the guilt and shame of that night ever since. So, when Eden comes back to town under the pretense of getting revenge, he continually seeks Sean out, flirts with him, harasses him, and in my opinion, acts inappropriately.
I’m not saying I know how a person is supposed to act years later after experiencing an emotional trauma such as rape, but it just didn’t sit right with me the way Eden was behaving. He is a victim here, the last eighteen years for him have been filled with counseling, suicide attempts, promiscuous behavior. So very sad, but to me he didn’t come across as a victim, at least when he comes back to town.
So, while all this is going on I’m thinking they are going to either duke it out, or maybe even sit down and talk about it. Oh no, they end up sleeping together! It was a little creepy for me to read. I really didn’t think it was healthy for either of them to go that route. They were both still very much hurting emotionally, and sex was the last thing they needed with each other. For me, it would have been better if the author had them work their issues out, or have them somewhat resolved, before hopping into bed with each other. It just didn’t work with all that was going on between them.
All of that being said, this book wasn’t horrible. Both characters fascinated me, and I liked watching their interactions with each other, even though at times I wanted to sit their asses down and demand they talk to each other and stop playing head games. That’s really what these two were doing for most of the book. Beating around the bush, messing with each other’s head without making any progress. Talk about making a reader irritatingly frustrated. UGH!
As the story progresses we do get some insight on what really happened that night, and what led up to Sean feeling hatred towards Eden in the first place. We also meet Sean’s best friend Paul, who tries to interfere. It doesn’t go well for him at all. We meet some of the townsfolk that make the story move along smoothly and gives us some insight on small town life and attitudes.
I will always read this author, I’ve read some amazing stories by her and while this one didn’t quite float my boat, other readers may absolutely love it.
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