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This isn't another "I hate you because I secretly love you" story. Boy really does hate girl. And this isn't just a forbidden love story. This is obsession at its darkest.

I don't believe in fairy tales and Prince Charming.

I believe in fear.

He taught me how to be afraid.

We first met on a playground on a wonderful summer day. It was the first time he hurt me and it wouldn't be the last. For 10 years, he's been my tormentor and I've been his forbidden. But then he went away, and yet I was still afraid.

Now, he's back, and wants more than just my tears. You see...he thinks I sent him away so now he wants revenge...and he knows just how to get it.

©2015 B.B. Reid (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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I feel bad giving anyone a one star review but...

I have got 20 mins left and I am still waiting to be enthralled into the story or the characters. I read the reviews beforehand, they were mixed, but the consensus was that after 7 hours in, you will be completely hooked. I am not.
For starters, the relationship between the main characters is borderline psychotic. I can handle problematic characters and am not necessarily put off by a troubled and tortured soul. I have read other books which contain relationships with dubious consent and some degree of coercion and bullying in the beginning but they have been able to level the playing field and develop the relationship to a degree that at least resembles some kind of progression into more healthy territory.
This book just screams Stockholm syndrome and there's just nothing sexy about it. Its just off-putting. I found myself cringing and alarmed at pretty much all of their encounters. I can't find a single moment in this story where I had any kind of emotional investment in their relationship. It honestly reads more like a child abuse autobiography than a love story. Even the title of the series, broken love indicates some kind of love between them but I just can't fathom how she could truly feel love given everything that has happened to her at the hands of Kieran. Its just unhealthy and wrong.
I found the age of the characters very concerning. As high school students, i can't help but feel this book is aimed at an audience of the same age or maybe slightly older. Its alarming that this is held up as an example of a love story when it really is a horror story and relationships of this kind should not be portrayed as even slightly romantic.
I mean, he repeatedly abuses her. Threatens her life. Threatens the lives of her family and friends. Even in the absence of physically restraining her (which he did) or the lack of overt verbal protests, this kind of coercion is not consent.
I dont know guys, I really have an open mind and am not easily offended but I just struggle to see how this book has appealed to anyone.
But thats just my two cents.
FWIW, the narrator did a fine job and I dont have anything negative to say about the authors writing technique, its just the content which was really lacking any kind of development, depth or redemption.
Sorry, but its a hard pass for me.

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Bully at his finest

loved it. Great narrator and story line. A high school bully drama. Bad boy meets good girl and tries to destory her.

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I hate to love this book!

** Possible spoilers .... Detailed review **

Ok so I have been tossing up wether or not I wanted to read this series for ages because the reviews were so contradictory. I wasn’t sure I could handle the dark content that was described in the bad reviews. BUT I’m so glad I buckled and give it a go. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely didn’t love the forceful way Keiren was with Lake especially through out the first 7 hours of the book. But there was so many little things he did that gave you an insight into how he really felt about her & cared for her in his own way that sort of countered his bad behaviour towards her. He knew that she wanted him just as much as he wanted her even though she was resisting him & fighting the way her body reacted to him because she was scared of him. I feel as though he wouldn’t have been so forceful with her if he didn’t know she wanted him as well. And she did, but it was definitely dubious ‘consent’ & originally caused by manipulation on his behalf. He is also over the top protective and excessively controlling. But Lake craves his touch & attention even though it makes her feel guilty because she’s scared of him. It’s really not a healthy relationship. He’s definitely all sorts of screwed up and towards the end you get insight into why he treated her the way he did. I hate that even though he was so horrible I couldn’t help but see the softer side of him that he tried so hard to hide. I also couldn’t help but feel sorry for him at times. It’s definitely a confronting read with lots of triggers so just be prepared. After the first 7 hours their ‘relationship’ changes to something that almost resembles normal and Lake really starts to use her voice because she’s not scared of him anymore. There was plenty of curve balls and the story kept me super enthralled. Definitely not a boring read. On a positive I really liked how the relationships of the other characters developed and some of the banter/interactions had me laughing often. Looking forward to hearing from Keiren’s POV in the next book ‘Fear You’.

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  • Misty
  • 10-10-2017

Awesome start

I’ve read this series, so the start line is no surprise to me. It’s dark and thrilling and mysterious. I love dark books and there aren’t nearly enough on audio, so for B.B. Reid to come to Audible is very exciting.

Fear Me is where we meet all the characters in this series but is focused on Kieran and Lake. Lake is the good girl who makes the right and good decisions and Kieran is the bad boy who has come to ruin her. The book starts out just this simple but morphs into a book about so much more depravity that you will stunned as the hours tick by.

Ava Erickson is of course a brilliant narrator for the job. The perfect mix of innocent and coming of age then throw in her ability to narrate the male voice and you can easily stay inside the book and not be pulled out by the narration at all.

The only thing I wish the editing would have done is made the flashbacks a little easier to decipher. There were a few times that I had to rewind and relisten wondering what I missed because it was clearly a flashback that I didn’t catch onto.

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  • KMB
  • 09-10-2017

This story had me pulling my hair out!

This story was so intense! The fact that I did not know what was going through K's head made it even more intense. I liked how I was going blind just as was Lake. I wanted to punch K so many times and a minute later wanted to pounce him! I just thought K was too controlling for my taste, but Lake actually likes it so if it flows your boat, go for it. I understood why the two other guys were so protective of K, they did not know the missing player participating in the game. This is a long series, and I get the feeling you need to listen to all the books to understand what's happening.

The performance was awesome for Ava! Ava portrayed their unconventional "relationship" perfectly and It helped immensely for me to continue listening. Its safe to say I will definitely continue to listen the following books!

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  • L V Red
  • 11-10-2017

*****MIND BLOWING GOOD!!!!!!!

THIS SERIES IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!
This is my first BB Reid, but will not be my last!!! Fantastic narration, Riveting story that delivered on every level.
DO NOT MISS THIS SERIES.....THESE ARE NOT YOUR USUAL HIGH SCHOOLERS!!

BRAVO B.B. I LOVED IT!!

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  • Maribee7
  • 13-10-2017

I just can't...

I tried, really did. But I don't find it attractive or find it healthy to lust after or develop feelings over a long period of time for a juvenile delinquent that's repeatedly telling you " I'm going to kill you." And the narrator needs to learn how to say voluptuous. Couldn't finish it.

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  • 4The❤️OfBooks
  • 08-12-2017

AWESOME SERIES!

This book just sucked me in and didn't let go until I finished all 5 books back to back. I fell in love with Keiran and Lake and all of their friends. There was some hot sex scenes. I totally loved Keiran and his crazy possessive ways.

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  • MammaYumYum
  • 23-10-2017

NO WAY IN HELL.

I refuse to finish this garbage. Don't read if you feel that 17 year old girls should have any type of self esteem or self worth.

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  • Audrey
  • 03-06-2019

Really?

I really like this author, but I could not make it past chapter 15. Look, I listen to shape shifters and blue aliens, but I just could NOT believe this high school BOY had the sophistication, sexual finesse, and street cred of a much older male lead. If the aurhor had made these characters at LEAST 10 years older, I would have given this review a 4.

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  • Kristy Makosiej
  • 24-11-2017

LAME

This book is so lame! Why would someone write a story like this about TEENAGERS?! College, maybe but high schoolers? Who wants to picture 17 and 18 year olds having rough sex and being covered in hickies!? GROSS! The story didn't even get interesting until the last chapters. Horrible story!

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  • Tayboobear
  • 20-08-2019

Air headed Female MC

He is pretty darn awful to her; from isolation to hostage situations to broken bones and hurting the people around her.

That’s all well and good for a storyline.. my issue is that regardless of all the shit.. she is always in love with him.

Okay. Also, well and good (not really, reading through the eyes of a weak and spineless heroine is not very entertaining)

But she’s dumb. She doesn’t realize basic shit like: 1+1=2. She’s unaware of the obvious, she chooses her battles poorly, she asks HELLA dumb questions.. and the worst?

If she could at least find it in herself to admit she enjoys the treatment, I’d respect her. As it’s written though? ... everything bad that happened to her made me smile and say “good.”

I kept reading out of curiosity, not enjoyment. Won’t continue the series.

Guess I’m a masochist too.

Also downloaded the written version so I could skim past the dumb shit I couldn’t waste brain cells on.

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  • Ms. Nicolicous
  • 19-11-2017

I freaking LOVED this book

Okay so the topic is taboo, with (IMO) dubious consebg...But there are a ton of books out there with worse stuff out there. I loved Kieran's young, alpha male, dominant asshole-ish self! If you don't like against all odds stores than this isn't the book or series for you but for me and my book club- we freaking LOVED IT!! BB Reid...PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE put the rest of your books on audio. I'm a crafter and no longer have the bandwidth to curl up with a book. Also- Ava Erickson ROCKED this book out! She's hilarious with her tone and emotion and never sounds like she's reading. Even tho she doesn't have the best male voice on the world, her overall performance makes up for it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-03-2020

brilliant

loved it!!! have read multiple times now. would strongly recommend giving this book a good go!

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  • Sneha Jeetun
  • 03-03-2020

loved it

I love it. i read this book at least once every year. goo book and good plot.

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  • ClaireBookyBook
  • 08-01-2021

Just wow...

Well my emotions don't really know where to start with this book. This is an unapologetically dark read! The plot is thick and full of twists, turns, who's, what's and where's. Dysfunction is the key!
I loved the darkness of this exquisitely written book. Yeah, so you could question that these characters get away with a lot for their age... But, just go with it... This is not an autobiography!
Brilliantly narrated by Ava Erickson. Ava has a voice that just floats through your ears!

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  • Jenny
  • 29-12-2020

Oh.... My.... Goodness!!!!

I have gone through every book in this series like a lost person in the desert would go through bottles of water!

The start is kinda dark, the sex is raw and well explained, with lots of "scary" hurdles and antics along the way and ending with a beautiful HEA!

I REALLY DESPERATELY WANT MORE!!!

I love that this book goes back to following the original characters because they veered off for a while to their friends and family.

If you don't mind raw honesty, darker than dark history and intensity (including lots of intense sex), plus you enjoy a different type of romance to the usual white Knight and flowers, then this will knock your socks off! I love dark romances and even darker characters with an erotic touch so when I started to listen to this series I was hooked!

I've recently started downloading more from this author and I have to say that I have put them in my list of favourites! So I would be advising any "none-snowflakes" to have a listen. If the first book is too much, then please don't give up, because once love is in the air it gets sweeter..... Still intense but definitely much more loving between the characters.

I just hope and pray that this isn't the end of the story and I have more to sink my teeth into.... Or would that be my ears??? Hmmmm.... Anyway, I have fallen in love and maybe have a new obsession.

Enjoy xx

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  • Clare Keating
  • 29-05-2018

so emotional

Wow this book is so dark. It's all about a bully Kieran and his victim Lake, It all starts when they are very young and carries on for years until they are teenagers and Kieran starts growing feelings for Lake but he tries so hard to deny how he feels. Kieran had such a dark childhood and had no emotion but he can't stop thinking about his obsession Lake. It all starts with Kieran treating Lake so awful because he hates that he has feeling for her. I read this book a while ago and always thought it would do well as audio. If you like dark books then give this a go but if it's romance and hearts and flowers this is so not the book for you. Ava Erickson did an amazing job and brought the story to life. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Lauryn
  • 24-01-2018

Not even sure what is going on

I’ve really struggled with this book if I’m honest, the storyline is bizarre and strange and not in a good way. I’m all for dominant males but this just goes too far... stopped listening 4 hours from the end as I’d totally lost interest.

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