Series: Four Seasons

Winter by Frankie Rose

Winter by Frankie RoseWinter by Frankie Rose
Series: Four Seasons, #1
Published by Frankie Rose on February 3rd 2014
Pages: 375
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Iris Breslin took a leap of faith when she changed her name. As Avery Patterson, she is no longer the daughter of a serial killer. No longer the girl who was bullied and abused through high school. A fresh name and a fresh start at Columbia University means Avery can leave all that behind. There’s only one thing marring her dream of a clean slate….

Luke Reid has a lot going for him: sex appeal, badass tattoos and insane musical talent. Despite his guitar skills, his calling in life has always been to serve and protect. A NYPD cop by day, singer in rock band D.M.F by night, from the outside Luke seems like he’s got it made. But falling hard for a girl whose father was accused of deeply sinister acts—a man whom Luke shares a devastating history with, himself—only serves to complicated things.

Avery Patterson’s new life is threatened when her past revisits her in the form of Luke Reid, a cop from her hometown (and from her former highschool) turns up at her college one day. Having never gotten over the death of her father and the accusation that he had murdered several men a few years before, seeing Luke again is like a punch in the face, where their tangled history is further complicated by their attraction to each other. But as far as she wants to run both from the past and from Luke, the circumstances this time are different, making her flight from reality impossible.

The uniqueness of the story drew me in immediately and with Frankie Rose’s smooth writing, going through the book (and sacrificing sleep) is no hardship at all. I’ve never really read an NA book that delves across genres this effectively and ‘Winter’ more or less successfully does so. I loved Luke immensely; the devotion he shows to those around him, the honourable streak that’s a mile wide and his hallowed attitude to sex endeared me to him straight away. Avery’s cowardice was somewhat harder to deal with and I wished it didn’t take so much from Luke to have her admit that she needed to stop acting the victim when no blame had been on her at all.

The ending felt too abrupt after the climax of the story and seeing as there seems to be a sequel (?) coming, I’m definitely looking forward to see how both Luke and Avery get on.