Her life changed in an instant. And he's the only one who could have prevented it. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Pact and The Lie comes a new standalone contemporary romance about those McGregor men. Jessica Charles shouldn't have even been in London when the unthinkable happened. She should have been back at home in Edinburgh, perhaps hanging with her boyfriend, having drinks with her sister or doing yoga with her group of friends. She should have been going on in her normal, dependable life as always. But on that fateful day in August, when a mentally-ill ex-soldier opened fire in public, Jessica's world changed forever. Now single and crippled from the gunshot wounds, Jessica finds herself scared and alone, losing faith in herself and humanity with each agonizing moment that passes. That is until a stranger enters her life. A stranger who makes her live again. Keir McGregor has always been the strong, silent type. Throw in tall, dark, and handsome and you've got pretty much the perfect Scotsman. Except Keir is anything but perfect. He's got a past he's running away from and a guilty conscience he can't seem to shed. But the more time he spends with Jessica, the more he falls in love with her. And the more his secret threatens to tear them apart. He may have been a stranger to her. But she’s never been a stranger to him.
So it looks like I am in the minority with The Debt. With a husband who has PTSD from his time in the military, books with PTSD in it are ones I tend to judge harder than others. While I liked The Debt I didn’t love it and overall it was okay. I couldn’t connect with Jessica or Keir and I couldn’t feel the connection between them.
Did Jessica have a right to be angry about what happened to her? Yes she did, but she also didn’t help herself by not actually dealing with what happened to her, by not going to a therapist until the very end. Did Keir make a mistake in his deception with Jessica? Yes and no. I understand why he didn’t want to tell her the entire truth about who he was or his past, but at the same time he should have not held those secrets from her. I think the fact that the person who caused all of the events that occurred wasn’t shown as a soldier with his own PTSD but as a monster really is what made me not like it. Again it is possibly from the fact that I love a person who deals with his own demons from his time in the war, or maybe it is because someone I know has lost their child because of something like this that the fact that the way he was described bothers me a lot.
As I stated above I am in the minority with this one, and I usually love Ms. Halle’s books, but unfortunately for me The Debt was just an okay read for me.
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books. Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK. Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more. FACEBOOK TWITTER GOODREADS AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE