Wednesday, September 4, 2013

REVIEW: Arsen. A broken love story by Mia Asher

Title: Arsen. A broken love story
Author: Mia Asher
Release: August 22, 2013

Rating: 5 Star *****


One glance was all it took…

I'm a cheater.
I'm a liar.
My whole life is a mess.

I love a man.
No, I love two men…
I think.

One makes love to me. The other sets me on fire.
One is my rock. The other is my kryptonite.

I'm broken, lost, and disgusted with myself.

But I can't stop. This is my story.
My broken love story.


Okay – so where do I start? I’ve thought over this review for 24 hours. I’ve started it and I’ve stopped. I still don’t know how I feel about this book – I am very conflicted. Let me start by saying – I LOVED THE WRITING – it captivated me. While I didn’t like where the storyline was taking me I was enthralled with it. I couldn’t put it down.

I was so upset with Cathy – the “heroine” – if that’s what you want to call her. She has a husband, Ben, her college sweetheart, at home that loves her. To hell with love – he worships her and the ground she walks on. He would move Heaven and Hell to give her anything she wanted. Especially, the child she can’t carry to term.

After repeated miscarriages she withdraws into her own self. She doesn’t talk to Ben, doesn’t want Ben, and doesn’t think of Ben. Cathy couldn’t take anymore of Ben’s positivity, optimism, and great outlook on life. She wanted him to hurt the way she hurt, she wanted him to feel the pain she didn’t think he was feeling. She shut herself away from him, away from work, away from family and friends.

That’s when Arsen enters the picture. When she meets the new boss’s son she quickly notices him – his sex appeal, his eyes, his lips – and then all she wants is him- to talk to him, to see him, to think of him, to touch him, to be with him. She turned to him when she turned away from everyone else. She wanted to feel the heat of the passion she shared with him. She wanted to be consumed by him. I can’t say much for Arsen because for me he’s inconsequential. I have no use for Arsen in this book – maybe in a different storyline I would like him because he takes what he wants and doesn’t think twice about it – Except here he doesn’t care if what he wants is a married, troubled, broken woman.

He preyed on her, preyed on her weaknesses, preyed on her insecurities about not being woman enough. He knew she was married but yet he pursued. He was told numerous times but yet he didn’t stop and eventually she gave in. And once she did – she couldn’t help herself, she couldn’t stop; she couldn’t stay away from him. And as his name suggests – he burned her – physically and emotionally.

My heart hurt through this whole book. It hurt for all that Cathy went through with the babies – not for the things she brought on herself. I hurt for Ben, his all consuming love, his devotion, his dedication, and his unwavering passion for his wife. He did not deserve the hurt and treachery Cathy put him through. He didn’t deserve for his wife to turn to another man for solace for what they went through. He didn’t deserve to have his heart ripped out, stepped on, and devoured by a selfish, cold hearted bitch. To me – in the beginning - that’s what she was.

I will say by the end of the book I was sort of kind of okay with the whole ordeal because of the ending. Which asks the age old question - - Does the ends justify the means? Not necessarily. Does it make it a little easier to accept? Yes.

I’m giving the book 5 stars because of the writing and the fact that it pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down. I’m giving it 5 stars because I cried and threw my stupid Kindle across the room. I’m giving it 5 stars because it’s real.
You will cry, you will hurt, you will scream, and you will fall into this book heart first
~ Shannon D.

Favorite Quotes:

“When you were broken, I loved you for the two of us, Cathy. For the two of us and I didn’t fucking care…I didn’t. I thought my love would be enough, I loved you that much. If you asked me to cut my own arm off for you, I would have. I would have given you my whole fucking body, Cathy. Only for you. I should’ve never had to share you, Cathy. Never. I thought you were mine, like I’m yours. Or was.” ….”you’ll always be empty because I own your fucking soul. Your soul is part of mine and it always will be. I will heal…but you, I pity you.” Kindle location: 4635.

Every action has a consequence. It doesn’t’ matter if you try to run or hide. It eventually catches up to you. Call it karma if you must, but said karma can totally kick you in the ass. Kindle location: 4094.

Love has the power to destroy you. Love has the power to bury you alive in a coffin full of pain and despair, robbing you of air, of the will to live. Kindle location: 4538.

About the Author:

My name is Mia Asher.
I'm a writer, a hopeless romantic, a wanderer, a dreamer, a cynic, and a believer. And, oh yes…I might be a bit crazy - but who isn't?

twitter username: @miaasherauthor


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