Raw by Bella Aurora

Posted November 5, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Belle Aurora
Contemporary Romance / Thriller
Self Published
January 2, 2014

Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am.

Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street.

Best decision I ever made.

Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job.

My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved.

But the saying is true.

The world makes way for those who know where they are going.

That’s me.

I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace.

But then there’s him.

I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me.

He makes me feel.

It’s unconventional.

But it’s real.

I’m sure you’re wondering how a person falls in love with their stalker.

So am I.

This isn’t a story.

This is my life.


“Not everyone can be a fairy-tale hero … The world needs villains too.” 

Twitch is damaged, though he’d hate being labeled as such. Twitch doesn’t listen to society’s labels and he sure as hell doesn’t follow the rules. He has been down a dark and twisted road and his heart and feelings were lost somewhere along the way. Addiction, compulsiveness and obsession. It’s how he operates. Taking what he wants; it’s his nature.

Enter Lexi. Full if love and empathy for all around her. Lexi has been caring for everyone since before she could understand how her compassion affected others. It’s how she operates. Always giving of herself; it’s her nature.

“Monsters don’t always lurk in the shadows. Sometimes they hide in plain sight.” 

I think that Lexi is almost desperate to fix and help everyone and when she meets Twitch that is multiplied due to the inexplicable connection she feels with him. She always senses him when he is watching her and it never concerns her, so when he saves her she is beyond grateful. She almost relieved to have finally united with him. Their relationship seems to be a bit fast forwarded. I would have liked to have had a little more story development and a little less sex scene filler. I do understand that the sex was important to the story due to its nature and the intimate changes in those acts help to demonstrate how each character evolves. This was an amazing plot line. Strong enough to stand on it’s own without the gratuitous sex. But I think I get it. He wanted to break her and ruin her for all others so she would never be satisfied or feel normal in her future relationships. He wanted her to feel shame. He never counted on how strong she was or how strongly she loved.

“I don’t want a knight in shining armor.
I don’t want a knight in scuffed armor.
I want his helmet to have dents. I want my knight to be real, and dark and savage. I want my knight to be a survivor. Someone who’s been tested and got through his trails. Not some pussy in gleaming metal.”

There was a moment towards the end that brought me close to tears. It really was set up nicely by the writer. I was surprised and felt exactly what she wanted me to feel. I was hurt and shocked.

Some of the decisions that Lexi makes during this story were not the choices I would have made. In fact I would have gotten the hell out of dodge a long time ago if were her, but I guess that’s the thing. I’m not her. I don’t have her type of compassion and empathy. It takes a special kind of person to be a social worker and even in her field; she is regarded as one of the most caring. This was well written into the story. She made Twitch him her mission. She never gave up on anyone and their connection blinded her from what should have been clear. She had an obsession all her own.

“We’re all addicted to something that takes away the pain” 

So I would rate this book 5 stars in some areas:
1. It made me feel. A LOT. 
2. I was never bored. I didn’t skim or even consider it. 
3. The Plot and story itself was fun and different. 

I would give a 3 star rating for the following:
1. The gratuitous sex scenes. I’m not a prude, but I just felt like it was filler from time to time. Like I said above, the story was strong enough on its own. But I think I understand why the author needed it there. 
2. There were some grammar and typo issues. Meh. That doesn’t really bother me. But it was there and a few times I had to reread a sentence to realize what happened. 
3. The feeling go fast forward with their relationship. It wasn’t a deal breaker, but there could have been more development there. 

Overall, I give 4 stars. I would definitely recommend this one if you are in the mood for a darker romance novel. In this book, Lexi had her own signature drink. It was an adult hot chocolate and from what I read, Lexi needed it. Drink on, sister!



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