Monday, March 7, 2016

From Dust (Portland ME #1) by Freya Barker

Pain punished her.

The bottle numbed her.

Guilt kept her trapped.

In the dark alley of a pub, the words “Please don’t” take hold of her heart and break the silence she seeks. Thinking herself beyond redemption, she tentatively grabs on to the slim thread of hope that unfolds inside of her. 

Holding her secrets close, she can’t resist the comforting draw coming from The Skipper. The unconditional friendships it offers, the protective roof it provides, and the spark that its owner ignites in her—melting the frost off her heart, and slowly stripping away her resistance.

His life flows from one crisis to the next. Under the pressure of competition crowding him out of his family’s pub and the need to protect his children from the ruins of a bad marriage, he barely breathes. That is until a mane of strawberry-blonde hair and a set of big, pale blue eyes, shake him up.

He never expected the shadow of a woman he finds on the floor of his washroom to bring him the air―the balance and the light he’s been missing.

**Due to some content of a sexually explicit nature, this book is recommended for a mature audience only.**

**** 4.5 Stars ****


I loved this story! I couldn't stop reading. There's so much drama (the good kind of course). 

Syd is broken and damaged. Something tragic happened in her past, and she blames herself for it. With no will to live, she wandered around like a homeless person until a woman noticed her in a dumpster. 

Viv sees Syd looking for scraps behind The Skipper. She realizes the woman in the dumpster is educated and too clean for a homeless person. As the manager of a pub, Viv offers Syd a job without any second thoughts.

When the owner comes to check on his Pub, he's surprised to find a scrawny looking women cleaning the bathroom. He doesn't trust her, but Syd slowly enters his heart. 

"There is no way to describe the healing this man provides for my soul. He makes me think about the unthinkable, only to come up with the realization that you can't win the 'what-if' game." 

Gunner is a tough looking biker man. He may look dangerous, but he has a heart of gold. His children are in love with Syd. But she has a secret that she's afraid to share. 

"Locking yourself away will only turn you to dust. This I know for a fact. Because I came from dust." 

I'm sad that this is over. The ending was a bit rushed, but I enjoyed every moment of it.