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A Date with the Devil by [Adams, Kira]
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The Monster.

In one moment, my entire life was ripped away from me. I ignored the warning signs until it was too late. Until I became the victim.

He took my life away from me; my freedom, my courage. I've lived my life in debilitating fear since that fateful day.

The Savior.

He was there the day it all went down, and he's been by my side ever since. He's been the only thing that's kept me going.

He's my best friend, but he wants more. I'm terrified to lose him. I'm terrified he'll leave.

One tried to kill me.

One brought me back to life.

I'll never be the same person again--that girl died when the match was dropped. Too much has already been stolen from me.

It's time to take back what's mine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1514754126
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kira Adams (31 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YN5QRRS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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I have received an ARC copy of this book from the amazing Kira in exchange for an honest review.

I bow before you woman! This is your best book ever! I loved Into the Darkness, I adored Emerging from Darkness, but this? THIS IS JUST PERFECT! I love the fact that you are not scared to touch difficult subjects.

This story is about Bryce. A girl with an unusual name in an unusual relationship. She loved Robbie. She felt connected to him. But she never expected the tragedy that would follow. The whole book is about her struggle to learn how to live, how to be HER again. Not that damaged, wounded girl. To help her survive she has Tyson. A next door neighbour, who was her light in the tunnel, her saviour and her best friend. But for him it was never a friendship only. He wants more and he is not sure if he can wait for Bryce to heal.

When Bryce decided that it's not fair towards Tyson to hold on to him and not letting him live, her worst nightmare comes back and she is finding herself to be afraid of everything. Until a tragedy hits her and her loved ones, she is determined to find the courage to fight and get her life back.

This book is an emotional roller-coaster. I cried, I laughed, I screamed and was angry. And I loved every second of it.

Well done, Kira. Your best work so far.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Shying Away From My Problems". I deem this a more appropriate title. 20 June 2015
By Brigid Kapuvari - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't get it. There are more than a bundle of readers raving about this book, gushing about how strong the protagonist was and how profoundly the story impacted them. For me, I was simply exhausted by its conclusion as a result of copious irritating decisions the main character makes, and how horribly naïve she could be at times.

"A Date with the Devil" revolves around an adult named Bryce, whose underwent a traumatic event that has left her physically, mentally, and emotionally scathed. Her abusive ex-boyfriend, Robbie, had put a lit match to her skin after she attempts to leave him. She is luckily rescued by her charming, heroically handsome next-door neighbor, Tyson. Nonetheless, in consequence of the incident, 40% of her body is covered in severe burns and thus, Bryce is extremely insincere. She's also awfully fearful of leaving her household, for Robbie was never found, and reluctant to go beyond her comfort zone. The plotline focuses primarily on Bryce conquering her fears and growing up.

From this point forward, there are going to be major spoilers. You have been warned.

I'll admit, initially, I was fiercely enjoying "A Date with the Devil." The flashbacks of Bryce and Robbie's relationship were utterly engrossing as well as repugnant. Robbie was an abominable character, striking Bryce whenever she did something that didn't sit well with him. Although I haven't been involved in a brutal romance such as this, I understand how difficult it'd be to let go. Bryce held onto Robbie in hopes that he would change, that he would treat her more fairly, that he'd return to being the kind guy she met and shared a book with. One cannot simply abandon someone they've become accustomed to, but ultimately Bryce came to the realization that their relationship was exceedingly unhealthy. She was not safe, and therefore she endeavored to flee.

It was because of these past actions that I routed for Bryce in present day. I'd admired the willpower she retained in spite of Robbie's degradation, and I wanted her to regain her confidence. She was actually doing relatively well for a time, especially with the support of her savior. Bryce managed to step outside, to obtain a book, to rejuvenate some social skills, and to make new friends at the Side Bar. Go Bryce! Go Bryce!

Unfortunately, things began to waver once Tyson revealed that he had deep feelings for Bryce. At the beginning, I liked Tyson. He was considerate of Bryce's limits, yet he still encouraged her to surpass them. However, after Bryce refuses to take the next step with him, he wants to distance himself. It is somewhat understandable because unrequited love can be a real dagger to the stomach, but Tyson had claimed that he would still be around when she needed him. Oh yes, that is why you ignored her many phone calls and text messages, and stopped visiting. Suddenly, you "have a life" that excludes Bryce's presence altogether. Tyson, you little s***.

Moreover, I was exasperated by Bryce's reaction to his affections. I can accept the fact that she was not ready to cross that line, for Tyson was her best friend and she didn't want to risk losing him. Due to her traumas, she isn't stable and the idea of being deprived of a sturdy comfort is unpleasant. On the other hand, she believes that pushing him away and giving him space is going to amend whatever complications that'd arose. In addition, it was inexplicably frustrating how oblivious Bryce was to her own emotions. She thinks about Tyson constantly and yearns to communicate with him on the successes and hardships of her life. A day devoid of his attendance makes her mind and heart sore. She gets butterflies and begins to overanalyze the statement "That's the Bryce that I love" which, generally, doesn't possess any true emotional attachment. Seriously, how foolish can one be? What's more is that, by withdrawing herself from Tyson, he is entirely susceptible to Robbie's vile schemes.

I especially disliked is how, in the middle of the book, Bryce reverted back to her old habits. She sees Robbie exactly once on Halloween night, and that's enough for her to totally backpedal. She deserts her job, neglects all the friends she made, and builds herself a chrysalis in her bed. She disregards all practicality, resistant to inform anybody about what or who encountered, or even notify the damn police! Honestly, if I was confronted by my potential killer, I'd think to tell the cops and put them on guard. Apparently though, that isn't the way Bryce roles. She places her faith in the belief that the four walls of her bedroom will substantially keep out an absolute sociopath. As long as Bryce remains isolated, she won't have to face her problems. That is her adamant mindset. And then she has the gall to whine over and over "Why can't I be normal?" Because you don't have the backbone to deal with your plights and overcome your fears!

There were a couple entertaining and powerful aspects through the course of the book, such as Bryce's trips to the bar where she befriended a couple of interesting townsfolk, especially the so-to-be-bride, and the dramatic climax. The few action sequences were frightening, raw, and enrapturing. Robbie carried zero redeeming qualities, and so the audience will be delighted when he gets what he deserves in the end. Bryce took back what he'd stolen from her, and you look forward to hearing about following months.

Surprisingly, the resolution was the moment I lost my patience. I've highlighted the two lines that lessened my opinion of Bryce.
1) "I didn't understand at the time that pulling someone's hair until it bleeds and spitting in their face was not normal." Really?! Who is their right mind would think that such inflictions were okay? Bryce was not always damaged, but she is stating here that she thought brute violence was a traditional part of a relationship.
2)"No matter what he put me through, no one deserves to die. I whole-heartedly believe that." And that is why you waited until Robbie bled out and had taken his final breath before calling 911, right? Hypocrite.
Finally, Kira Adams concludes the book with Bryce and Tyson having sex in the shower, which was definitely the most descriptive scene of this whole book, and a court trial where Bryce reiterates the torture she withstood and compels the jury into tears. I'm sorry, but I perceived this ending as intolerably corny, and uncommendable.

All in all, the sequence of "A Date with the Devil" is realistic and I am sure that people who've had a hand in a savage relationship like Bryce and Robbie's will appreciate this book for its rendition of such a daring topic. I just found that my sympathy for Bryce slipping away and well, as soon as your forbearance for the protagonist depletes, and there are no other characters to make up for it, the story becomes irrelevant.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Hooked 7 June 2015
By snicklesloves2read - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hooked from the first couple chapters. Kira's writting draws you in and I was able to visualize what was happening. A Date With the Devil is definitely suspenceful. Sometimes I find it difficult when books go back and forth from present and past but Kira pulled it off.
This story made me very emotional and made me cry. If I get into details of why I may spoil the story for readers and I don't want that.

This is a must read. All my favorite kindle books become a must own in paperback and this is one.
One click now. You won't be disappointed .
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must read that will leave you wanting more! 2 June 2015
By Angie Crabtree - Published on Amazon.com
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*I received an ARC of this book for an honest review*

I loved this book so much! I felt like Kira wrote parts of this book on my life.. As being a survivor of abuse, I could relate to Bryce in so many ways. I laughed with her, cried, screamed and cheered her on. A Date with the Devil is so beautifully written that when I started it I couldn't put it down. I finished it in 2 hours. Kira definitely did not disappoint me! It's a heartbreaking, amazing tale with a HEA that will stay with me forever!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First off I just want to say that I love everything that Kira Adams writes! 7 June 2015
By Jae - Published on Amazon.com
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Bryce is, without a doubt, one of the strongest characters I've ever read about. After surviving an attack from her abusive ex, Bryce begins learning to put the pieces of her life back together.

While Bryce tries to put the pieces of her life together, we also get a glimpse into her former relationship, which helps us to further identify with what she's going through. The flashbacks are precise, and told at the exact moment we need them, giving the reader the chance to understand Bryce's choices and the motives behind what we might feel are insane decisions.

ADWTD was an intense read, and if physical abuse is a trigger for you, take heed of this warning. ADWTD was a quick read, but it was not a light read. Although it dealt with a heavy topic, I believe it was handled perfectly—not glossing it over, mentioning that it was happening but having no effect on the MC, but told as something that greatly impacted Bryce's life—and the lives of those who love her.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Devil is in the Details 11 September 2015
By Madelon Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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A DATE WITH THE DEVIL is a pretty well written novel of a truly horrible case of the abuse of a woman by her boyfriend. It is not, however, a strong female character novel. Bryce Turner seems to fall back on having experienced a traumatic event to avoid everything. She has a counselor who makes house calls, a single, new best friend in the male neighbor who actually saved her from the monster with whom she is living, and she was living at home with her mother, father, and younger brother. Sounds like a pretty good support structure to me. Yet she feels that all of them see her as a burden, as someone who needs to live up to some unstated expectations... expectations that are of her own creation.

Then the male best friend ends up in the hospital and she's out the door and driving to the hospital. Very soon after that she has a job interview and gets the job so she heads to a bar to celebrate. This 180 seems totally out of character.

The entirety of her horrendous experience at the hands of her "if I can't have you nobody can" jealous boyfriend is explained as a series of flashbacks throughout the novel. There is no doubt that reading these descriptions is more than difficult. We all know that these things happen just by listening to the nightly news. The flashbacks offer clear plotting from beginning to end, and are undoubtedly the best the book has to offer. After reading all of the flashbacks, I admit to wiping away tears of pity for this woman's plight.

I've given away enough, so no more even tiny spoilers. This is not a book for everybody and in many ways defies classification. There are certainly some who would put it in the horror genre, while others might see it as a romantic or psychological thriller. No matter where you shelve it, there are anomalies in the main character that could have been better resolved.