Let It Be Me
By Toni Aleo
Released October 2, 2013
Read October 3, 2013
Thoughts on the cover: I’m on the fence with this one. I like the color scheme, the fonts, and the photograph, I’m just not a fan of the cover model… She’s just not my Violet, which is strange to say because I saw the cover before I started reading, so obviously this chick should be my Violet, but I just never could picture it. Overall, I do think it’s eye-catching cover and pretty.
Rating: 4 stars
Do you see that woman there?
The one with long, wavy blond hair and blue eyes that used to sparkle?
That’s me, Violet Moore.
Do you see those men over there?
One is my husband, Rob.
A man who claimed he loved me, but proved his fist loved me more.
The other is Tucker McCloud, my savior and confidant.
I’m torn between what’s right and my own fear.
But not anymore.
I’m taking my life back now.
I will fight back.
I will be happy.
Ok, so I’ll just put this out there. I was torn a little about wanting to read this book. I wanted to read it because HELLO, Toni Aleo wrote it, but at the same time I’m not a huge fan of books involving spousal abuse because often times I become annoyed with them. I, myself am a registered nurse, like the main character, Violet, and during my career I have struggled with having sympathy towards victims of spousal abuse (harsh, I know). I’m guilty of stereotyping and “judging books by their cover” you might say :), and it’s a weakness of mine that I’m not proud of and that I constantly have to work on to overcome, but it’s just something I have great difficulty relating to. To me, it seems so simple and easy…be strong and just walk away. But then I read this book and I see this character who isn’t this weak woman, she’s not really a coward, she’s not stupidly blinded by love, and she doesn’t necessarily think she doesn’t deserve better. She’s smart and strong, but she’s also broken, hopeless, and stuck in a situation that she doesn’t know how to get out of it. She recognizes the situation for what it is and often times she voices my very own opinion and thoughts about her situation. She could be anyone really… me, you, a neighbor, and to be honest this book really helped me to see people who are in this situation in a completely different light.
Ok, so enough about me.. back to the book! :)
This is a story about strength and survival. It’s gritty and raw and Toni Aleo doesn’t hold back any of the dirty details. We are introduced to a woman named, Violet, who is married to a very abusive husband. In attempt to cut off the only other relationship she has aside from him (the relationship with her mother), Rob moves Violet across the country, where’s she’s forced to endure his abuse and controlling behavior alone with no support system.
Upon, getting a new job at a doctor’s office she meets Dr. Tucker McCloud. Tucker McCloud is the light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel for Violet, and he ignites something in her that has been missing from her life for a long time… hope. With this newfound hope, Violet must decide if it’s enough to try and escape the brutal reality that I hope to never know.
The characters in this story were loveable, realistic, and relatable. I was occasionally conflicted with Tucker’s actions, because some things he did didn’t seem to match his character and personality, but overall I liked him and the relationship he and Violet shared.
This book is intense and had my heart pounding several times, sometimes because of the scary, Rob Moore, and other times because of the swoony, Dr. Tucker McCloud.
Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, and Blue Lines. When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel. She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog.
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