Sunday 3 July 2022

HARDCORE KELLI by Wrath James White


Hardcore KelliHardcore Kelli by Wrath James White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've had this book at the top of my Paperwhite TBR list for several weeks. And tonight, I decided to check it out. What I mean by that is that I read it in one sitting.

Katy is a boxer. She's also a stripper. And after going through some terrible things in her past, suffers from PTSD and night terrors. After a really bad night at work, she leaves the city and goes back to the small town she tried to escape years ago. Only to find more trouble...

Yikes! This novella is like a gut-punch. Hits you hard and deep, because so much of what happens to Katy is sad, uncomfortable and so very disturbing. In spite of her violence, and the harsh way she handles everything, I still felt for her.

A woman can't be abused and treated so badly without severe repercussions. Without her attitude to life and men being altered in severe ways. Katy is a strong woman struggling to stay in control every minute of the day.

Also, when Hardcore Kelli is introduced in the story, everything got even better. I love how the author wrote the parallels between Katy's mental illness and the storyline in the comic books her much younger sister introduces her to. And those last few chapters were fucking killer!

I enjoyed the hell out of this! But be warned, the mention of hardcore in the title isn't a mistake. Everything about this story is just that.

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