Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Derek by Dawn Martens


Rylie Sullivan hasn’t had an easy life. She is broken, so broken she doesn’t think she will ever be fixed. When she meets Derek, he barges into her life and tries to break down the walls she has so carefully construed to keep what’s left of her safe. When Rylie’s past mixes with her present, will Derek stand by her and help her survive? Or will he bail for the next pretty thing?

Derek Tremaine has had it easy. Coming from a wealthy family and blessed with good looks, Derek has breezed through life. After years of one night stands, and a few half ass attempts at relationships, Derek has almost given up on ever finding the woman for him. When he sees Rylie however, he can’t help but be drawn to her. Rylie is different, more so than any other person Derek has met. Rylie’s beauty- her tattoos, piercings and beautiful blonde dreads drew him in, but it’s her sweet, kind nature that makes him want to stay around and protect her. Winning Rylie’s heart will be his greatest challenge yet, but Derek knows the reward will be more than worth it.
Which is why Derek has no intentions of letting her go.

4 star review by Jen Skewes

I am a big fan of the Resisting Love series.  Derek is the last book in the series and Dawn Martens did a fantastic job with it.  Derek is a little different that the other books in this series in that it deals with some deeper issues.  Derek and Rylie's story is about finding love when you believed love just didn't exist any more, it's about healing, and moving on.

Rylie didn't have the best childhood.  She had two parents who were always drunk, constantly moving because her parents could never afford to pay the rent.  Basically she had two parents that could care less about her and would do anything to pay the bills.  Rylie finally broke free from her parents and while out one night with friends she met Caleb.  She was definitely attracted to Caleb and a little surprised when told her he wanted to get to know her better before sleeping with her.  Caleb seemed like this amazing guy and could possibly be the "one".  But  it turns out that Caleb wasn't this sweet, caring and amazing boyfriend.  He was a controlling, abusive monster and as hard as she tried to escape she couldn't.  Justice was finally served and Rylie was now free of Caleb.  But at this point she had become so broken and damaged. She just wanted to move on and get past it all.  But how do you do that when your body and mind are constant reminders of what happened to you?   Rylie had become so broken that she didn't even believe in love any more.  How could you when you grew up with parents who didn't care and the only other love she knew came in the form of physical abuse.  She wan't looking for love and never planned on going down that path again, until she met Derek Tremaine.

Derek has always been a player.  He has been with many woman and they have been nothing more than just sex to him.  But now he sees his close friends getting married and settling down with kids, he starts to wonder that maybe the days of being a player are over.  He wants what they have, but he hasn't found the right girl.  Until he meets Rylie.  He knows from the minute he sees her that she is something special.  But unfortunately given her past and what has happened to her Rylie is exactly interested and she is not sure she can even trust someone like Derek. Derek wants Rylie but somehow he messes up before even getting a chance with her and then she leaves town, never to see him again.

Fast forward three years later where this little thing called fate steps in.  Rylie and Derek end up living in the same town again and when Derek sees her again he vows to make Rylie his.  He knows her past and knows that she still has this wall around her heart so he agrees to be friends with her......for now.  He isn't the same person that he used to be and he intends to prove it to her.  Rylie enjoys the time she spends with Derek and all though they agree to remain just friends, let's face it, we all know how well that works out.  Derek and Rylie eventually give in to their feelings for each other and Derek slowly breaks down the walls the Rylie has built.  But unfortunately their road to happiness is a bumpy one.  There are two people who are standing in their way and will do what ever it takes to make sure they are not together.  Will Rylie's past come back to haunt her and ruin the happiness that she has found with Derek?  

I loved Derek.  He was such an amazing hero.  He knew her past and how much pain she went through and because of it he was patient with her.  He knew he wanted her but was willing to start out as friends first.  He was caring, sweet, loving and wanted to protect Rylie.  You also see that even though at one time he was a player he was a little bit of a momma's boy and had a wonderful relationship with his parents which I loved.  Rylie was a great heroine.  She has been through so much pain, hurt and abuse but she always managed to stay strong and try to move past it.  She also had a great support team.  She had an amazing friend in Melody and even Derek's parents were so awesome.  

I loved this story and loved Derek and Rylie together.  It was an emotional read and my heart broke for Rylie and all that she went through.  We see through flashbacks a little of what happened to her.  And through all the hurt she went through she moved on.  Derek and Rylie has such a wonderful relationship especially when she finally let guard down and let Derek into her heart.  They had a bumpy journey with some road blocks along the way but they never gave up, especially Derek. 

Derek is a beautiful story about love, healing and moving on from the past.  It is about learning to believe in love again and second chances.  An excellent job by Dawn Martens. 

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