Author: L.B. Simmons
Series: Chosen Paths Series #2
Publisher by: Self-Published
Published on: February 19, 2016
Genres: New Adult Romance
Page Count: 291
Related Books In Series: Under The Influence
“Shhhh, Cassandra, it’s our little secret.”
Secrets are stubborn things when they refuse to remain hidden. They tear through your soul, clawing and lashing until the pain becomes so unbearable, you’re left no choice but to silently scream your agony. No one hears you, of course. You smile on the outside and drift through life as though your mind is at peace, but all the while, you remain your own tortured prisoner. Sealed inside the darkened, soundproof room of your conscience, deafening cries echo as you plead for someone to unlock the door and release you from your nightmares. And eventually, when no one comes, you find ways to cope. To dull the suffering the only way you know how.
But what happens when you’ve become so numb, when everything around you has become so blurred, that you begin to lose focus on the saving grace standing directly in front of you? When you’ve anesthetized yourself to the point of losing consciousness, forced to watch as his once solid image fades away, lost to your reach in the haze as it smothers you?
What do you do then?
You fight. You heal. Then you bring him back.
Well, my name is Cassie Cooper, and it’s time.
No more secrets.
This is my story.
***WARNING - The subject matter of this novel centers around the psychological effects due to sexual abuse experienced during childhood. For this reason, as well as sexual situations, language, and adult themes, suggested reading age is 17+.***
I hate having to write this review, but alas, it is what is is. I love L.B. Simmons and I have loved and adored every… single …book that she has put out but sadly, Out Of Focus, was just not for me. Usually when I go into L.b’s books, I’m easily swept into the characters lives, their issues, and the engaging writing, but I just could not connect with Cass’ story.
From very early on in this book you know that Cassandra has suffered some sort of trauma and the pain of that trauma has stayed with her for years. She’s tried to numb her pain through drinking and men, but the pain and the negative thoughts that she had continued to consume her. Cass was clearly broken and as much as I was told it, I did not truly “see” it. I couldn’t feel that pain that Cass seemed to be going through and that made it hard for me to connect with her and her story.
There were some amazing quotes in this novel but they almost felt forced to me. Lb’s voice just did not shine through as it had in previous novels. There were elements that I liked, such as Grady, Cass’ love interest. He was sweet, understanding, and he was perfect in every sense of the word. Their relationship seemed to develop rather quickly and I just wanted to feel more of their connection. I also both loved and hated the fact that this novel ran parallel to parts of Under The Influence. I knew the two stories were connected but I just didn’t realize how much they coincided. For me, the ending of the book was much stronger than the beginning. I enjoyed the growth and changes that the character’s experienced towards the end, but it took me a while to experience that.
No, I didn’t love this book, but I liked the fact that that this story was darker than her last novel and that Lb keeps challenging herself. Even though this wasn’t not my favorite, I look forward to whatever novel she has coming next.