Title: Burned by Elisa Dane
Perception is everything to sixteen-year-old Olivia Brown. With her freakishly hot boyfriend, volunteer work at the local animal shelter, successful beauty channel on YouTube, and well-earned spot on X Factor Cheer’s elite level five Diamond Girl team, Livvie’s the girl every other girl wants to be. At least, that’s the illusion she’s aiming for.
But Livvie’s seemingly perfect life is anything but. Lying about the bruises her boyfriend gives her, and cowering beneath his raging temper becomes a regular way of life until she unwittingly witnesses her drunken neighbor beating his step-son, the town bad boy, Reid Tate.
For Reid, vulnerability is the enemy. Opening up, and letting people in gives them the power to disappoint. Growing up with a co-dependent mother and an abusive alcoholic father, Reid has endured all the disappointment he can stomach.
But when his pretty, do-good neighbor witnesses his step-dad beat him to within an inch of his life, and not only call the cops, but keeps quiet at school about what she saw, Reid wonders if maybe, just maybe, he’s found someone he can finally trust.
Review: Oh my goodness!! Elisa Dane does it again. This book is a HUGE five out of five stars. I don’t know how she does it but she makes reading about the big tough issues that people go through so enjoyable to read. Liv is such a good character. I love how she developed over the course of the story but also that she always knew who she was. Even when she was going through everything with J.P. she always knew deep down that something wasn’t right and that she wasn’t being herself. Reid, a guy that has gone through so much in his life is a really nice surprise. I think that he develops more so than Liv does as the story goes along. Elisa just does such a great job keeping the reader hooked and connected with the characters throughout the whole story.