Title: Elastic Heart
Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard
Release Date: Feb 25, 2016
What do you do when the man who raped you has the entire police force in his pocket? When you’re called a slut, a whore, and a liar? You get your own justice.
My name is Nami DeGrace, and six months ago I was a normal college student. I was volunteering on the campaign of a man I believed in, a man I thought to be good and noble. Then one night that man forced himself on me and everything changed.
The media reviled me. The police didn’t believe me. My friends abandoned me. I dropped out of college and only have one mission in life: make him pay. That is, until Nick Law came in to my life.
Indomitable, infuriating, and irresistible, Law is complicating things.
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Another knock sounded on the door and I burrowed farther into my couch. If it couldn’t hear me, then it couldn’t get me, right?
“Nami open your door! It’s me, Law!” I perked up a bit, looking at my door with less hostility and more interest. Why was Law here? Still, my interest was not enough to get me off the couch. Law was persona non grata in the DeGrace house.
“Go away!” I yelled, curling myself in blankets.
“I will stay here and wake up all of your neighbors if you don’t let me in!”
“Go ahead!” I yelled back. “They hate me anyway!” Silence radiated through the wood, and I hoped that Law had decided against staying. When I’d all but settled back into my alcohol-induced comfort, I heard something truly disturbing.
Loud, operatic singing.
I could hear Law clearly through my door, though the language was unknown. He was bellowing the notes, his voice getting higher and louder. It was beautiful, but it was also incredibly annoying. I didn’t mind him waking up my neighbors—they’d been less than kind to me; I did mind, however, my neighbors calling the police. I didn’t want to deal with the police. Ever again, if I could help it.
I opened my door, angry, slightly tipsy, and using my blanket as a cape. Law didn’t stop singing even though I opened the door. He continued, his voice an operatic majesty that did not belong in my hallway. He even gesticulated with his hands.
“Stop!” I yelled. Law continued to sing, gesturing at my apartment that I blocked with my body. I glared furiously at him as I let him enter my apartment. He only stopped his song when I closed the door behind us.
“What the hell was that?” I fumed, trying to block him farther entry into my apartment. If I could keep him contained to just the entryway, then I technically hadn’t lost.
“Puccini. Madama Butterfly.”
I scoffed and, remembering why I hated Law, got to the point. “Why did you come here?”
“I decided that I do care what you think of me.” Before I could respond, Law pulled me in both arms and kissed me on the mouth, hard.
Mary Catherine Gebhard bites off more than she can chew and sometimes calls herself Eva Natsumi. She’s lived in Salt Lake City, Utah her entire life, but occasionally goes on vacation from reality. Don’t worry, she sends postcards.
Tumultuous, dark and full of suspense!
You won’t be left unscathed by Nami and Law’s story.
The blurb and the Cover are just catchy and intriguing. The plot was dark, twisted and completely captivating.
“When I first crawled out of the dark hole he had placed me in, I was filled with almost too many emotions to process: anger, shame, humiliation, sadness, anger again. Despair.”
Nami is consumed by revenge. Being raped and being rejected by almost all her friends for standing up against it, she was clearly sinking to find a true meaning in her life. She was breathing, living for this senator who shattered her body and soul. She won’t be a prey anymore. Completely living in the darkness, with no one to care, making him pay was the solution. She became the shadow of herself, bitter, angry, with nothing to lose.
Law recognized the pain and sorrow into Nami’s eyes. Even if this woman seemed as much as unstable than endearing at times, he couldn’t stay away from her. Wanting to be her friend, but no denying the sexual tension between them, he had to be careful and patient. With this woman who could switch from one feeling to another in one freaking seconds, I admire this persistence and patience.
I enjoyed every side of this man, cold on the outside, with a heart of gold on the inside.
“At first he appeared black and callous, but as you got to know him you saw what he truly was: sparkling, tough, and unbreakable. Law was one of a kind.”
There’s a lot foreplay in their interactions, increasing the attraction between them.
Too many secrets, lies coming between them.
Nami didn’t trust anyone but Law was the only who could break her walls.
“With Law I was unpredictable. The walls I built seemed to fail. The rules I constructed went out the window. At last I nodded, slowly and with careful determination.”
It couldn’t really connected to Nami first due to her hot and cold behavior, she gave me whiplash and hopefully Law was the perfect balance to her instability. Her compass.
“But, Nami, I love how you reacted. You could have caved. You could have twisted. But you bloomed.”
Anger. Pain. Incomprehension. The only one trying to help her was really the one he seemed be? Or was he a liar like everyone??
Buy when the truth comes out, Nami has to face it and also the consequences of her vengeance.
It was a rollercoaster of emotion through Nami’s head, an internal battle to find her self back, with Law at her side, the road to breathe again will be tough and painful.
I wasn’t looking for perfection, I loved the flaws, and Mary Catherine Gebhard managed to wrote about tough issues, showing a terrifying and frightening reality.
I was flipping through the pages very quickly and even if at times there was some “peace”, the emotional turmoil was never far, and when it struck, it was hard! It’s my favorite book by you so far! So my dear Mary Catherine, high five!
*** My rating ***