Saving Ella - Kirsty Dallas
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life.”
Saving Ella had me from the very start. I mean I can’t even say the first chapter, because it was the prologue! I read it and I was GLUED. The idea of a traumatized heroine gets me, every time. Kirsty did an amazing job with the characters, and the development of the storyline. Not once did I get confused or have to think back to another page. For Kirsty’s first book, I can’t even tell you how floored I am with this novel. I don’t want to say I don’t expect much from a new indie author, cause that’s not the case. However there were virtually no mistakes, the stories continuance was flawless, and the dual POV was perfection.
I fell in love with Ella. Even though I haven’t been through half of what she has, Ella is a completely relatable character. I was simply amazed by her determination, strength, resilience, and her will to fight. Even though she was horribly brutalized by a man, she still had the capability within herself to love again. I can’t even imagine what life is like on the run… to look over your shoulder constantly. To KNOW that someone is always looking for you, never giving up on the thrill to find you and hurt you again.
As for Ella’s love interest, his name is Jax. He is now my love interest as well. HOT DAMN what a book boyfriend he is! Blond hair, Grey eyes, Tall, SOLDIER, and helps at a women’s shelter?! Score. Jax is a haunted by his past in the military, and definitely has his own plate of shit to deal with. Working at Mercy’s shelter isn’t his only job, but he likes to spend most of his time there. He was always protective of the women that entered the shelter, but when he found Ella, he knew she was different. Jax made it his object to keep her safe.
Saving Ella is brilliantly written. Kirsty I can’t even tell you how much I loved this book, since I couldn’t do the emotions I had while reading this ANY type of justice. This is one of those novels that just stands out. You can’t even reel in your emotions, let alone write them down. It’s taken me almost a week to write this review cause I just can’t keep my thoughts in check. YES. It was THAT good. The witty banter between the characters, the steamy and angst ridden scenes of pure unadulterated lust, the raw emotions, and the happiness just blew my mind.
I seriously can’t wait to read Kirsty’s next novels. Yet another author has been added to my list of authors to buy without hesitation or looking at synopsis. Note: this list isn’t very long, but If I keep finding authors like Kirsty – Oh boy am I in trouble! I’m also going to mention that Kirsty just happened to mention THE READING VIXENS in her acknowledgements!!! How freaking cool is that? I didn’t even know until after I read it! What an amazing surprise for us. Our FIRST book acknowledgement and I could not be happier. What a perfect book to be acknowledged in. Oh, and a word of advice – get this sooner than later!! Soon it’ll be a Best seller on so many different lists. I totally won’t be surprised when I see this on USA Today, or NY Times. By the way… Kirsty, I effing love you! You are my favorite Aussie of ALL time. (Female, anyways)