24 August 2015

Ransom - Review

by Rachel Schurig

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What they say: Daisy Harris has no reason to suspect that her day will be any different than usual. She’ll go to class, alone. She won’t speak or make eye contact. She’ll spend her entire day doing her best to go completely unnoticed. That’s what life is like for Daisy now—an endless cycle of loneliness and fear. A life lived hiding behind the walls she so faithfully maintains. 

Then she sees it. A magazine, left behind in class. A simple picture—just his face. And it changes everything. 

It’s been a year since she’s seen Daltrey Ransome. A year since he and his brothers left town to pursue their dreams of rock and roll superstardom. A year since he left Daisy behind—left her to watch as everything she knew crumbled around her. She’s been running from Daltrey ever since, desperate to keep her secret.

But she can’t run anymore. And now that Daltrey has found her—the girl he’s loved his entire life, the girl he’d give up everything for—he’s determined never to let her go again.

**The first book in a brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Schurig. This New Adult Contemporary Romance novel is a complete story with no cliffhanger.**

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Amazon US * Amazon UK (it's currently FREE on the Kindlestore)

What I say: I'm a big fan of friends-to-lovers stories. I like the angst which usually goes along with the 'should-we-risk-our-friendship' aspect. In Rachel Schurig's Ransom the story is told in split POV, focusing on Daisy Harris aka the girl left behind, and her former best friend, rocker Daltrey Ransome. Although I have read many 'quiet beauty behind the rockstar' stories, Ransom wasn't entirely what I expected - for a variety of reasons.

The story has many dark elements; Daisy has suffered through a horrible year without Daltrey and he's been miserable without her. The main issue for the pair is a lack of communication and many misunderstandings - a lot of their problems could have been fixed by communicating with each other. I completely understood why Daisy reacts the way she does. I was actually surprised how quickly she started to come out of her shell.

Daltrey is on tour with his band Ransom (made up of his three brothers), his friend Levi and his Dad/manager. He doesn't know where his life long best friend Daisy is or why she stopped talking to him. All he knows is that he misses her and wishes he'd told her that he loves her. I was expecting to read about him and his many hookups with groupies (his brothers seem to be fulfilling this rockstar quota) but he seems to have spend most of his time thinking about Daisy - this was actually quite refreshing.

I'm not going to spoil any of why Daisy pulled away from him or what she's been up to. I will point out that I was shocked by everything she's been through. It budded me that a certain person wasn't prosecuted (in England he would have been as it's now a crime to do what he did). I didn't completely get why Daisy cut Daltrey off because it did seem a bit extreme. I felt he would have helped her if she'd let him, and then perhaps events wouldn't have spiralled so quickly.

The secondary characters were great - I loved Daisy's new friends Paige and Karen. I'm hoping they get their own stories. I was both pleased and surprised how much faith she put in them. The fact that she was able to go on tour with the girls considering how anxious she initially was was nice and yet surprising.

I'm going to class this one as a YA/NA crossover because although there are adult themes and mentions of sexy times, I still felt as though it was more mature YA at times, but then certain events were definitely NA.

I enjoyed their sweet story and would love to find out what will happen to Levi.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

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