Monday, November 18, 2013

Wake Up Call by Victoria Ashley

Wake Up Call** 4 out of 5 Stars **


Avery Hale had spent her whole childhood abused by her drunken, hopped-up parents.  Broken from a lifetime of hate and pain she grew up realizing that trust and love just didn't exist.  Not in her world at least.  After turning the age of eighteen, she packed up and moved far away determined to escape her hurtful past and start a new life.  Once on her own she comes to the conclusion that the emptiness still exist.  Doing what she had to to survive she found herself mixed up in exotic dancing and meaningless sexual relationships unable to feel anything, for anyone.  She was sure that her life was worthless and there was nothing left for her.  On the other hand, so she thought.

After meeting a beautiful stranger, Jace, her life suddenly is turned upside down.  Everything that she truly believed suddenly gets questioned and then she is left to figure out if there is really more to her than she could ever have imagined.  Jace having some secrets of his own puts the pain of his own past behind to do what he can to help Avery.  Can the love of another broken person be enough to help Avery, or is she already too far gone?

Avery's life is pulled in many directions as she tries to find herself, and not everyone and thing is what they seem to be in this story of love, trust and opening up.  Finding herself and learning to love herself might just be the hardest thing she's ever had to do.


Wake Up Call is a great book about overcoming abuse and learning to love yourself again.  The heroine has gone through some major issues as a child and the battle to find herself  has never been harder.  She's on rock bottom with no way up when Jace finds her.  He became that light in the darkness she needed to pull herself back up again.  I loved Jace.  He was everything I love in a hero.  He was sweet, thoughtful, caring and patients...he also had tattoos and a lip piercing ;)  As for Avery...honestly I felt her struggle but she got on my nerves for 90% of the book.  She just couldn't see what was right in front of her and it drove me crazy.  I mean many times can you push someone away before they stop coming back?  I just wanted to slap her.  The book is written in from Avery's prospective.  It's easy to follow, has a ton of drama (thanks to Avery) and it wasn't too long.  Over all I enjoyed it.  Even though I did have some issues with parts of it, I still didn't want to put it down.

Things I liked...

  1. The ending...So sweet!
  2. Jace...PERFECT MAN!!
Things I didn't...
  1. Avery...too much whining, running and pushing people away
  2. The book tended to go in circles at time.
I'm giving this book 4 stars.  I took one star away because when it comes down to it I just didn't like Avery and I'm pretty sure nothing would change that.  I like my heroines strong and passionate.  I just didn't get that with her.  Check this one out if you're looking for a quick read with the perfect man who's willing to do what he has to for the woman he's falling in love with.


Avery is a woman who is down on her luck.  Life just hasn't been good to her.  She's working as a stripper just to survive, living in a horrid little apartment, running from her parents, and just trying not to give up.  She's pretty with emerald green eyes and long black hair.

Jace is the perfect man.  He's got bad boy looks, tattoos, a lip ring.  He's tall, dark and handsome with jet black hair.  He owns a diner.  He's also sweet, honest, compassionate, considerate, and has the heart of a saint.  He loves Avery and he's willing to do what's needed to prove she can trust him.  

The book begins with her having a nightmare of the abuse she encountered at the hands of her father as a child.  Her father liked to drink and he was violent.  He repeatedly beat her and her mother.  Her mother loved the man inspite of what he did and didn't try to protect her daughter.  She has a lot of resentment and hate because of it.  She took off a year ago and has been trying to survive on her own.

She works in a seedy strip club.  She gets to work one night and see Jace leaning against the bar.  She doesn't talk to him until the following morning when she happens into his diner for breakfast.  From that point on he makes it his mission to protect her.  Within no time he's got her moving into his house renting his spare room, he gets her out of the club and gives her a job in his diner.  She has a hard time believing he doesn't want anything from her besides helping her start over.  

It doesn't take long for both to start feeling things for each other.  After they fall asleep on the couch wrapped in each other's arms things become tense.  They try to make each other nervous.  He brings a girl home that he's not even a little bit into.  She brings a guy named Caleb home who she's been sleeping with for almost a year.  This guy is no good but he does have feelings for her.  After they pretty much race each other to the bedroom with their dates things don't go well.  They end up in a heated kiss in the bathroom while the others wait for them.  She sends Caleb on his way and it's not long after Jace sends the girl on her way.  

They talk it out a few days later and go on what looks to be a date.  She doesn't see it this way of course since she's dead set on admitting she's falling in love with him.  Things go hot and cold between them for awhile.  All the while she's getting stronger.

She receives a letter from her aunt telling her that her parents know where she is.  She does what she does best...she runs. (Yes, I'm still frustrated over here!) She packs her bags even after he tells her he can't let her go.  She goes to stay with Caleb which ends up being a disaster.  In the meantime she finds another job and an apartment.  Her father finds her thanks to Caleb and when he does it isn't good.  She runs from him locking herself in the bathroom and calls a friend of Jace's and tells him he's got to come get her.  Jace is the one who shows up.  He almost beats her dad to death and then takes her back home with him.  They end up having sex later that night.

Jace takes her to see her mother who has been badly beaten.  She's in the hospital and at first very happy to see Avery.  Then we find out that her father died.  He didn't die because of Jace but because of cancer he's had for 13 years.  Her mother blames her and kicks her out of the room.  

He tells her he loves her but she has nothing to say back to him.  They argue and he leaves to cool off.  She realizes the minute he leaves that she's made a mistake and calls a taxi.  As she's looking for him she comes up on an accident.  Seeing that it's his car she runs to the scene.  The cops tell her that no one survived the accident and she looses it.  She collapses and then wakes up in the hospital devastated at what she's lost.  Right before she falls asleep she opens her eyes to see Jace leaning over her.  He was stuck in traffic on his way home because of the accident.  He saw her being put in the ambulance and has been with her the entire time.  She tells him she loves him but he thinks it's the drugs talking.

Once he brings her home she tells him that she has an apartment and she's moving out.  He is upset at first but realizes that she needs to do this.  They are going to be together regardless of where she lives.  He takes her shopping for furniture and they continue their relationship living in separate places.

The epilogue takes place 6 years later.  They are married and have a little girl.  Things are better with her mother.  They are happily married and things are perfect.

My Jace / Avery


** That man is my future husband btw ;)