Have you ever read a book that you felt like was written straight from clips of your own life?
That’s how I felt about Mary Catherine Gebhard’s story of Lennox and Vic, “You Own Me”. A story of love and passion that transcends any rules your universe has set regarding relationships. When it comes down to it, the person that your heart chooses can’t be unchosen. This is shown vividly in the dark intense writing of the first book in the Owned series.
The story starts off by introducing us to Lennox, a fiery impulsive young woman that you immediately relate to. She tells us about the violent history of her romance with her ex and the reasons behind her new life in a new city. You begin to understand her Bi-Polar disorder and the type of thinking that comes with it. This woman is broken and scared, running from demons. She needs something big in her life to change the cycle of abuse and destruction she has lived through.
Then we meet the dark and alluring Vic who you are sure is much worse than the dark terrors of her past. His complex and dominating personality catches Lennox quickly. As the character of Vic develops, you find that he is the kind of man that is knock your socks of sexy, yet will piss you off and infuriate you with his possessive, controlling protectiveness.
As a woman who is desperate for love and acceptance, she is drawn to Vic. The tension that grows between them is far more than lust. It quickly becomes apparent that these two people NEED to be together.
This novel, while about love, is not about romance in a traditional sense. Mary Catherine brings to light the darkness in this world. She shows the side of real life that many authors refuse to acknowledge; the steamy, sensual, passionate, dangerous love that speaks to the deepest parts of our souls. It is easy to fall in love and to fall in love with the idea of a perfect romance. This novel shatters that notion and shows that loves isn’t always easy. Sacrifice and pain sometimes take over and you will do things and let go of ideas that you hold true, just to hold on to love. After all, you don’t get to choose who you love.
Aside from a few typo errors, that with time, the author will undoubtedly correct when shown, this book was well developed, beautifully written, and true to life.
A certain 5 star.