UNDERESTIMATED by Jettie Woodruff
Series: UNDERESTIMATED #1
Genres: BDSM, Erotica
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Morgan starts her life in a bad situation, she doesn't really know what she wants out of life. She's never had anyone to look up to or help guide her in the right direction. She had it rough and never dreamed that it could get worse. However, she finds that it can and it does.
She learns what real hell is when she meets the husband that she doesn't want to marry but isn't given a choice.
Can she escape? She can and does, only to wake up and find herself right back at square one.
Warning! This is not your everyday fall in love romance. This book contains disturbing situations, strong language, graphic, sexual content - some forced, some not. If it's a happily ever after love story that you are looking for, you should probably move on. If you are up for the ride, stick around and it may just turn into a love story after all.
WOW! So many emotions experienced while reading this book. I did not expect to read what I read, the blurb just tells you a bit, not even enough to really tell you what is really going to transpire in the story between the characters. I’m just, almost speechless and don’t know what to write in this review without giving too much of it away. Have you ever read a book that was just so good and so intense that you wish you could just blurt out to the world all the spoilers when recommending the book because you can’t contain yourself?!? That is exactly how I was feeling throughout this whole book. I wanted so badly to share this with someone whenever I came across something I needed to talk about or feelings I was having toward certain characters. The book is just amazingly good!
So we start off the story with Riley Murphy who is explaining how she has started a new life and most of her inner dialogue is her trying to remember that she is a new person (meaning she needs to constantly remember her new name and identity) and that she has to stay off the radar so someone she has run from can’t find her. She moves to a small town in Maine and all she really wants to do is keep to her self. She doesn’t want to be involved with anyone and she doesn’t want people asking too many questions about her past. Well, most of it she can do, but not interacting with people is not going to happen since she met her nosy neighbor Lauren.
Slowly Riley starts embracing her new start and makes friends/acquaintances with people in the town and a certain Sheriff by the name of Dawson Bade. Even though she tells Dawson she doesn’t want to be involved with anyone he doesn’t back down. Eventually they start a sweet relationship and she slowly by request of him tells him a bit about the abuse she endured during her past and why and how she got away. With Dawson, Riley feels safe with him; he makes her feel some resemblance of normalcy, but her past keeps haunting her. Not only are these memories disturbing, but also they cause her to scream or talk in her sleep, or make her want to do things that she just knows is not normal.
This is where Dawson becomes really important to her because he cares for her like no one has ever cared for her before. Not even her parents treated her like Dawson when it comes to being caring, understanding, and just being there for her when she needed it most. That is why I feel in love with Dawson Bade, he was just amazing and he just made sure that Riley felt protected and that he understood why she was the way she was and even though she was messed up (really messed up) he loved her with all his being. You can’t help, but fall in love with him; he is basically the perfect man…huge contrast from the abusing husband she was with before him.
That brings us to Drew Kelley! My mouth was hanging open for the scenes that he was involved in, in the book. I can’t even begin to imagine how someone would survive him at all. The situations Riley was put through while living with Drew were horrific and no one should ever have to go through that. It takes a strong woman to go through that and still have some of her sanity intact. No one could come from that situation without emotional, mental, and physical scars. NOT POSSIBLE! However, at the same times these scenes should have made me cringe, but they just kind of intrigued me to want to know his reasons behind his actions and how he could treat someone this way. Even the way he acquired her is just unfathomable. Yes I say acquire because how Drew came into her life is just not normal.
Back in Maine, everything seems to be going well for Riley, she’s working, in a loving relationship, has friends, enjoying her own place until one day she goes to Las Vegas were her past is for a business trip and she thinks she is Scott free when her past comes crashing back into her life. She tries to get away and tragedy takes place and she finds herself meeting up with her past again. From here on her life changes again, and this time it is somewhat for the best, but at the same time somewhat for the worse. Her life and situation just becomes that much more complicated. Life just keeps handing her a bad hand.
In the beginning of the book you learn to HATE Drew Kelley with everything you have! It’s inevitable not to hate him that is just how it is. Nothing about him is likeable. The most important things to him seem to be appearance and money. He thinks he is all mighty and that Riley is nothing but a trailer trash hillbilly. He has a plan for Riley that she has no clue about and he likes it that way.
I literally could not stand Drew in the beginning of the story and rightfully so, but what really threw me for a loop is how I felt about him at the end of the book. The way I feel about all the characters at the end of the book has thrown me for a loop because at the beginning I was so sure that I would feel the same way about the characters from beginning to end and that is definitely not the case. You will begin to question your own sanity in so many points of this book if not all. I’m still in shock at how this book ended.
I’m still talking about this book to friends because I can’t get the story or the characters out of my head. That is when you know a book is really good. It’s all you keep thinking about two or three days down the line. So thrown…shocking, and just wow! TOTALLY MIND-FUCKED! Sorry, that is the only way to explain it!