Thursday, 10 September 2015

Fear Us (Broken Love Book Three) By B.B. Reid


It’s been four years since I ran away—from home, my brother, and my maybe father. I created a life free of expectations while pretending I wasn’t being hunted by all of the above. I managed to stay under the radar all this time… or so I thought. When big brother shows up and saves my ass, I’m forced to face everything I left behind, including her. 


It’s been four years since I became another statistic. I made a lot of mistakes when it came to Keenan Masters. The first was loving him at all. He took something from me the night he left, and when I told him I still loved him, he told me he’d always hate me. After that, I learned how to be okay… until he came back. Gone was the boy who always knew how to make me laugh, and in his place was a cold, arrogant monster. 

Firstly, I received Fear us as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Please note, that everything that is about to spill out into my review is not from hate, but from everything the book has made me feel. Which is what an author looks for when publishing a book. They want you to get angry, get upset, get annoyed etc. 

Secondly, when reading this book and the other two, I always here EMINEM FT RIHANA ~ LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE. Anyone else think the song is perfect for this series? 

Keenan, Keenan, Keenan. 
What can I say? Well, for one he's not the fucked up lovable character I was rooting for in the first two series. He's cold, calculated and a complete jerk. I always found it hard to understand Lake's love for Keiran, but during the second book I got it. 
But with Keenan, I didn't feel it, nor did I understand it. 

To understand what I mean more, you need to read it for yourself, but this book, as much as I loved it, made me furious. It's where the Eminem song came in. LOL 
Sheldon, four years on, is a single mother to Keenan's daughter, Kennedy. She's a lovable, forward three year old, and is so freaking cute it's untrue. I loved Keiran's interactions with her, he played the uncle pretty freaking well, and I loved seeing that side to him. 
Then he goes and finds Keenan, who has run off to do god knows what with god knows who ;) ;) 

When Kennedy is taken, Keenan is forced back and has the shock of his life. But instead of stepping up, taking responsibility, he blamed it all on Sheldon. Her kidnapping, her getting ********* and everything. It made my blood boil when they all accused her for being a bad mother because she couldn't protect her. I'm sorry, but crossed the line for me. It made me furious. 
And although I'm writing this and it may come across as negative, it's coming from a good place. This is what BB Reid brought out of me. 
Fear us isn't a fairy romance novel. It's raw, it's gritty, it's sickening, and its dark. It's not a boy meets girl and lives happily ever after. 

Keenan, in the four years away seemed to have changed when we see the book in his POV, but it soon turns out it's all an act. 

The story will have you on your toes, gripping your kindle, book, ebook, etc in a tight grasp and shouting until your throat hurts. 
Keenan is damaged, not only by neglectful parents, but from broken promises, broken love, and Keiran drilling it into his head hurting people is for his best interest. 

Sheldon, bless her heart is a strong woman. Not only is she in full time education, but she's also a single, full time mother who lives on her own. She tried to find Keenan at one point in the four years, but as time passed she resented him even more. He cheated, he lied, he manipulated her, then had the audacity to accuse her and treat her like she's the one in the wrong. I wanted to smack that boys head up the wall and tell him to wake up. He had a girl that loved him, forgave him time and time again, but then treated her like she was the one who had been unfaithful. 

It's a rocky relationship between everyone and Keenan, and the stress levels are high in the book. 

What really got to me though was Keenan's behavior towards Sheldon, the mother of his child. He hurt her. And I don't mean spanked her ass, and made her scream. 
I mean the sort of hurt that could get him arrested. He physically abused her, nearly killing her more than once, and she still slept with him. She didn't even like him. It wasn't the sort of torture Keiran inflicted on Lake. His was pleasurable to her, and he only hurt her emotionally. Whereas Keenan really wanted to kill her. It was wrong, and with a child in the picture no less. I just thought this was wrong. Really wrong and it made my blood boil. I wanted Sheldon to run away, to escape. She was willing to put her daughter in the line of fire with him. That is the only time I found her to be a bad mother. I wanted her to step up and tell him, I don't want you near our daughter. If you could hurt me so easily, be so callous and cruel, what is stopping you from touching our daughter like that when she steps out of line. 

That was the only sore subject for me. 
But like I said, the book isn't about happily ever afters and although he doesn't redeem himself, we do see a tiny glimpse of the old Keenan towards the end. 

The story line is well written and very well thought out. I can't wait to read the next one in the series. B.B.Reid really knows how to get your heart pumping. 


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