You Can't Force Love
"A battered butterfly, he'd build Kimberly up, nurture her strength and watch her return to flight. He repressed the visions dancing in the back of his mind; her naked body brandished red flags and spurred him to stampede. Bulls and butterflies did not mix."
Jordan Fry's obsession is born in "You Can't Force Love" by Marie Drake, Book I in the Locked Hearts Series.
From different towns and social backgrounds, Jordan Fry and Kimberly Orvine experience life-altering abuse, lose a parent and land in the same foster home. Angry and self-deprecating; fiery, redheaded Kimberly is deadset on lousy behavior and suffering the consequences, punishing herself for former sins. Scared by his inner darkness, pyromaniac Jordan has vowed to change for the better. He focuses on Kimberly as the key to his success, but she intends to make him break his promises. Unaware of Jordan's atrocious actions in the past, she's dangerously close to unleashing the evil he struggles to contain during their epic battle of wills. Can they both survive?
This was actually a hard book for me to read. Which surprised me as I can read about people getting killed with their guts ripped out, chopped up into tiny pieces, etc. However, it was the physical sexual abuse that really got me with this book. It turned my stomach a few times.
I got the point that the author was making by showing the physical and sexual abuse that both Kimberly and Jordan experienced. It shaped who and how they acted in an relationship with one another but it still was hard to read. In fact, I almost gave up on this book more times than I wanted to count but felt like I should try to push through.
After you get through both of Jordan and Kimberly's stories; which take up about half of the book, than you get to them together. There is nothing gentle about their relationship. Again, as I stated, they acted the only way that they knew how from the people in their lives. I personally will not read the next book in this series.