Underestimated by Jettie Woodruff
Series: Underestimated #1
Genre: DARK Erotica
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: June 26th 2013
Length: 535 pages
Review Date: March 2014
Steam Rating: Nuclear 5/5Overall Rating: 4 STARSReview:
Wow. This is one of those books that you must really heed the warning. It’s C-R-A-Z-Y! ← notice how I capitalized all those letters ;) That’s because it’s the best way to describe this book in one word. This book is D-A-R-K and will take you out of your comfort zone and keep you there indefinitely.
Seriously, this one is a roller coaster ride of dark sex, ruthlessness, and violence. Move on if you are not already a fan of dark reads, this is not one to start with.
Morgan our heroine has had a tough life. One I couldn’t even imagine. She grew up very poor with abusive and neglectful parents. And things only get worse for her.
Drew is an extremely wealthy man who goes to Morgan’s high school to donate to it when he meets Morgan. After a short conversation with her he tells her she is going to be his wife one day. But this is not where the story begins.
Morgan is on the run. She is paranoid, has taken on a new identity, and moved to a small town where she hopes Drew won’t find her. ← that is where the story begins. As she starts off her new life she recalls her old life and has flashbacks and horrific nightmares of her times with Drew and her childhood. So we slowly learn what exactly she is running from and why. And it was frightening.
The first half of the book started off really slow for me, and I found some of Morgan’s fears were overly repeated in her inner monologue. I know this would have been a constant in her mind but I didn’t think it needed to be repeated as much as it was. I got
how horrible it was. It was made EXPLICITLY clear. And that is where the warning above comes in. We are spared NO details when it comes to the abuse she endured in the hands of Drew. He was a sadistic son of a bitch. And she HATED (and I) him for it.
If you have read Aleatha Romig’s Consequences series this book is somewhat similar BUT like I said before, it is explicit. Consequences had more of a fade to black during the sexually abusive scenes whereas Underestimated amped it up to RED HOT. I didnt want
to think any of the scenes were hot but as with most dark reads, you can’t help it.
That is why they are a guilty pleasure ;)
Morgan meets Dawson, the sheriff of the small town she ran away to and they fall in love. He is everything she has never had, sweet, caring, loving, and gentle. He knows exactly what she needs and when she needs it. Or does he? As she reluctantly discloses her past to him and tells him of the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of Drew she becomes turned on and asks for the some of the same things. He refuses to treat her that way. He truly loves her.
I really liked Dawson but I could tell that Drew was not out of the picture. I had NO idea how this Author was going to bring him back in and I was SHOCKED at how it happened! At about 50% in the storyline picked up and I was enthralled! I was like NO FUCKING WAY!!!!! Holy Shit!!! 8-O I kept getting slammed with CRAZYNESS that I wasn’t prepared for and did not expect!
I read the synopsis of book two because I decided to review it for the upcoming blog tour and I wish I did’nt. DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS FOR BOOK TWO! It will contain spoilers. This book can be read a standalone
so it has no cliffhanger but the second book (which i’m reading now) is a continuation of the story.
Another WARNING → cheating
does not bother me in my books but I know it bothers many readers and this one contains a ton of it. And the heroine is extremely indecisive so this may be frustrating at times as well. I usually can’t stand indecisiveness but for some reason it didnt bother me too much in this book.
Overall, I really liked Underestimated and could not wait to dig into book two. There was a lot of editing issues that at times halted the flow of my reading but I do not take off points for editing. I just like to mention it so you can be forewarned. StacyHgg
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