Summary from Goodreads:
They meet by chance. The timing is wrong.
Three years later, she finds him again, but their separation was poisoned with narcotics and bloodied by enslavement.
Her freedom gambled away, Charlee Grosky escapes the international businessman who held her captive. But his power reaches beyond her protective barriers and threatens everyone she has come to love.
Jay Mayard wears his tortured secrets under his rock god facade. Drugs are his release, even as he seeks to be the man forged of the steel only she can see.
In a celebrity world filled with paparazzi, groupies, and drugs, Jay and Charlee must face their worst fears. When the battle is over, what will be left…Beneath The Burn.
I DARED TO BE VULNERABLE AND IT PAID OFF!!!
Well, I most certainly should wait to write this as I just finished it last night, but I just can’t wait to gossip about this book. I’ll be talking about this book till the day I go to meet my maker! This is the second book I’ve read by Pam Godwin and it most certainly will NOT be the last. I’m a Pam groupie! I’d follow that bitch to ends of the earth just to get more books from her and maybe have a beer with her!! LOL! Can’t get enough of her writing. Ok, enough about my Pam Godwin obsession… onto the review…
My assessment of Beneath The Burn is going to be tough to put into words but I’ll give it my best effort to convey it to you in the simplest terms. This tale of anguish, sorrow, and bonds is so heart wrenching, so dark, so dank that my heart almost burst. Forget about what you think you know here or what you may assume this is about. It will take you to places you thought you’d never go and love it. Amidst kidnapping, rape, drug use, violence, and suspense you’ll (oddly enough) experience love, acceptance, protection, and believe it or not, humor. This is NOT… I REPEAT NOT for the faint of heart, all you peeps out there that love a composed and predictable romance, well, dig your heels in for this one, you’re going to need it. I honestly feel like I need to read one of those foo foo books just to cleanse my pallet before I move onto another story like this one! That’s a good thing by the way! Don’t misunderstand me, this story also has its share of humor and will having you laughing out loud at many points, but I think the hilarity is put there to help ease you into the mayhem and back out again.
I usually begin talking about the male lead in my reviews, but there’s just too much to say about our beautiful, courageous, intelligent, and talented Charlee (with two E’s!). What a breathtaking character. She is the strongest female character I’ve ever read and I have a feeling she mirrors (on some levels) one of my favorite authors (wink wink)! Personally I would have splintered from just a fraction of the shit she went through. In fact, I broke a bit just reading about all the turmoil and anguish she put up with for 9 goddamn years. She always seemed to have such an inspiring attitude and dished out amazing advise while her own heart was quiet. The kind of girl that gives without ever taking. Still laughing out loud at the “Charlee Constitution!”
Now Jay Maynard, oh boy. A man I love to hate! For starters, how can you not love a rock star for Godsakes? His external shell is hardened by years of abuse followed by more years of suppression. His insides however are a different story brought out by the trust and love an amazing woman. A quote from the book pretty much sums it up for me. “Love is like a series of improbable, lonely notes landing together in meaningful chaos. Where every channel carries a rhythm that conveys an expression of emotion. It doesn’t feel flat or fake or hallow. It’s not exaggerated with overtones. The complexity might feel organized, but the creation is never controlled.” Jay was, is, and always will hold an enormous place in my heart. I wouldn’t mind trying “The Strong Box” position with him!
Great supporting characters in Nathan, Tony, all the band members, and even that nasty, son of a bitch Roy. Without that POS this story wouldn’t have the best villain ever written. I almost felt a tiny bit of compassion for the dick towards the end, but to no avail… he showed his true nature and I was back to wanting to cut his nuts off. I cherished the brother/sister connection Charlee and Nathan had formed. He could have left her to fend for herself, but he gave up his life and time to stand by her side and shield her at all costs. The band members, Laz, Wil, and Rio are some of the best in the business. From thongs to video games, these guys will have you laughing your asses off.
The writing style, well, it’s Pam Godwin and there is no other like her and her writing. It’s detailed, yet it flows. It’s angsty, yet she manages to plug in plenty of softness. And it’s suspenseful and scary at times yet she peppers in some humor and makes it one of the best books ever written. I’m glad I finally got the opportunity to read it and will be bragging about it for the next ten years, maybe more!!
The pacing was good and the highs and lows kept my heart in check, most of the time! It’s 484 (Kindle version) pages long and every, I mean EVERY damn page warped and corrupted my heart until there was nothing left but the shell it came in. Can’t say much without giving anything away, but I will say this… at 94% I had to set my kindle down before I threw it and text my friend Kat through tear filled eyes to tell her I was bawling my eyes out. She had finished it already and was waiting for me so that we could discuss it. Needless to say, she told me she’s been there also and to keep reading and text her when I was done! I’M DONE KAT, I’M DONE AND I LOVED IT!!!!