Jac Reviews: Let It Be Me by Toni Aleo

by Jac on November 19, 2014

Jac Reviews: Let It Be Me by Toni AleoLet It Be Me by Toni Aleo
Published by On Demand Publishing, LLC-Create Space on 2013-09
Pages: 352
Do you see that woman there? The one with long, wavy blond hair and blue eyes that used to sparkle? That's me, Violet Moore. Do you see those men over there? One is my husband, Rob. A man who claimed he loved me, but proved his fist loved me more. The other is Tucker McCloud, my savior and confidant. I'm torn between what's right and my own fear. But not anymore. I'm taking my life back now. I will fight back. I will be happy.

Toni Aleo is one of my all time favorite authors, that’s no secret at all! Yet somehow, I hadn’t yet read Let It Be Me! So I finally grabbed it on Amazon last week and then finally sat down to read today! (I read this one in one sitting, so I was definitely hooked!)

I have to admit though – the prologue had me pretty nervous for this book. So I’ll just throw it out there – Violet is abused. Horribly abused. (To the point where Toni has said people have asked her if her husband was beating her because this book is so graphic.) So if this is a trigger or caused you anxiety of any sort? This may not be the book for you!

Because of it’s graphic nature? I has so many mixed emotions about this book. Overall? I really like it, and it’s on par with what I’ve come to expect from Toni Aleo. The characters are realistic and well written. The plot goes where you expect it to go, and is well written as well. But I struggle with my emotional attachments to this book. Abusive relationships are hard to read about (for anyone I am guessing) and I just wanted to scream at Violet to leave Rob. (And at Tucker for not being more forceful!)

But let’s talk about what I loved! (Because I LOVED parts of this book!) I loved Tucker. He was fantastic – not quite as great as some of Toni’s other male leads, because I could see them standing up for Violet more, but still pretty darn great! I loved Violet and all of the people in her office! I loved those interactions.

And of course, I loved how realistic this book was. (Despite it’s tough topic!) I loved that I felt that connection with the characters that Toni is so fantastic about!

Let It Be Me is an incredibly well written book about a tough topic! Although it’s not my favorite (if you’re not into hockey, can I recommend you read her Whiskey Prince? Because you will LOVE it, I promise!) I really loved Let It Be Me and had that genuine connection with the characters that I have come to expect from Toni Aleo!


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