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Razorblade Kisses by [Griffin, R.L.]
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Her name is Emery Shaw…Emily Sanders…Emma Simpson...Ericka Smith.
Her family was well off, she ran.
They looked for her, she hid.
They found her, she ran again.
Tragedy strikes, she gets even.

The fact is, she doesn’t know who she is, she tried to run, to hide and make a life for herself, but that backfired. No one knows her except her best friend Rachel, if that’s even an adequate word for what they are to each other. Rachel helps her build a life for herself below the radar, which is fine until the unthinkable happens knocking Em out of her unfeeling cocoon. When her house of cards comes tumbling down she runs again, until the one person who can change her mind finds her.

** Due to adult situations, language and possible scenarios that may be difficult for some readers to take…take a breath before you start this one. It’s gritty and not pretty. Nothing is pretty here. Whiskey is a good thing. **

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1870 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RH6V76G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, it is raw, it is gritty, it is emotional, it is not perfect but since when is life? 8 January 2015
By DonnaC - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Razorblade Kisses by RL Griffin
5 stars!!

“There is not a person out there who is just good or just bad, we all have layers and scars and graveyards.”

This is going to be one of the hardest reviews I have ever written. There are times when you read a book and that book totally and utterly consumes you, it takes over your thought processes, your soul, your emotions, your heart, everything. One of those books that you continually think about for days and weeks after and for me, this was one of those books, I lived and breathed this book.

“You are braver than you seem and stronger than you think.”

RL Griffin’s previous series, By A Thread was more a romantic suspense, and Razorblade Kisses is far from her normal. This is a book that screams the author has put their heart and soul onto the pages, if books could bleed, this one would be oozing. I felt everything, confusion, hurt, pain, anguish, hope, devastation and love, yes this book will put your emotions through their paces but this is so much more than a book, it is a work of art on paper.

“Hope. It had tempted her with its beauty and suffocated her with is reality.”

I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for this book; I have seen it grow from strength to strength. It covers some extremely hard hitting subjects but they are dealt with sensitively, thoughtfully and emotionally. There is nothing gratuitous, just heartfelt, beautiful penmanship that creates an ugly yet beautiful story. A story about leaving a painful past behind and trying to live for the now, a story of rebirth in the direst of circumstances, when all hope is lost and you are afraid for yourself and your sanity, clawing back from the pits of despair, making the most of the situations that you find yourself in, trying to forget and be that person you want to be rather than being the person that your past has dictated you be.

“My heart is broken and my head is barely inhabitable.”

Yes there are a lot of lows but this is balanced with some fantastic highs, your heart will be ripped apart several times but will be slowly pieced back together, this is a journey, a voyage, yes it is not pretty in places but what life is? We all have our dark and sad times, we are all different but life is an experience and one that we only get one chance at. Sometimes we have to make decisions we don’t want to, or feel we can’t do, but self-preservation is important. Sometimes our circumstances dictate the paths that need to be taken, give you that nudge in the perceived right direction, we can only follow and hope that it is the right choice. Most importantly, life is what you make it and this book hammers that point home. You can wallow, or you can live, you can be destroyed or you can fight, you can hate or you can love and be loved. But most of all, make those choices for you, always be you.

“She’ll get through it…You see fragile, I see a survivor. She may not be loud or hostile, but she survived…”

Emery was a gutsy character, when most are weak, she was strong, she was a survivor, a fighter. She was damaged, she was frightened and she felt that she couldn’t tell a soul. She bottled everything up and had her coping mechanisms. She coped the only way she knew how and this it seems was a godsend as this little godsend came in the form of a bubbly bundle called Rachel. While the circumstances under which they met were not the best, it proved to be the turning point for Emery and a friendship that would last a life time. A friendship so strong and infallible, a partnership, a best friend that goes above and beyond, this was hitting the best friend lottery and these two were perfect for each other. They saved each other.

“There was light at the end of her never ending tunnel. It was unexpected and it was named Rachel.”

This is not your hearts and flowers romance, obviously, but this is a lesson, a lesson that we all embark on but was made that entire bit harder for Emery. Learning that not all men are the same, that some relationships you embark on may not be “the one” but are important none the less. That love can heal, love can make you forget, love can make you be that better person, love can save you, but also that giving and receiving love is the greatest gift we are given and it should be embraced and treasured with both hands.

“I promise I won’t hurt you.”
“I can’t promise you the same thing.”

I will not say anything about the plot as it needs to be read blind, you need to experience it first hand for yourself. All I will say is that this is by far RL Griffin’s most accomplished book to date. It is raw, it is gritty, it is not pretty but it is more than a book, it is an experience and one that you feel all the better for reading. It makes you want to be a better person, to be the better friend.

“The problem with being a good liar is you forget who you are under all those layers of deceit.”

I cannot convey how much I loved this book; it was the surprises of all surprises. RL Griffin was unsure as to whether to publish this book or not, but this is a book that screams “read me.” It deserves the accolades that I am sure it will garner; it is one of my all-time favourite reads and one that I will read time and time again. If you have never read this author, please take the time to pick up this book, you will not be disappointed. RL Griffin, all I can say, is WOW; this is one book that I will never, ever forget! Kudos to you, allay those fears, this book is the bomb!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Roller Coaster of Heart Breaking Reality 9 January 2015
By Naughty Smutty Book Blog - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
It's taken me a little to finally be able to write a review for this book. First let me say if you can't handle reading about abuse then this may not be the book for you. The way this book starts off you can already tell it's going to be heart breaking and can already guess what lead up to how the book starts but it doesn't make the journey of reading it any less page turning. Emery goes through hell daily while losing a piece of herself every night until she meets her own angel (Rachel) in the most unlikely place. Emery is already such a strong person and Rachel gives her the push she needs to finally get free. Then starts her life of freedom as anyone but Emery but what she doesn't realize is that you can change a name but can't change who you truly are.

Slight spoilers ahead--

Emily - Emery reinvents herself and starts to finally open up to the possibilities of more to life. Noah her hot football player roommate slowly breaks down her barriers and without fully understanding her full story still knows what she needs to move on. Until the past comes back to try and destroy her again

Emma- refusing to do what she did before she closes off to everyone and focuses on her new career refusing to open up to any possibilities. I will admit some of the career part kinda was a little slow for me but I understand it's part of the story and it leads to so much more. Particularly a hot cop who I felt was stepping on Noah's toes at first. I knew Noah had to be her past but I felt a obligation to still be team Noah because he helped her with becoming the woman she was meant to be. but Tim ended up stealing my heart. So persistent, understanding and amazing. Then of course the past comes back to not only destroy her but completely wrecks her.

Loved this book! Definitely a Emotional Roller Coaster of Heart Breaking Reality. Emery is such a strong character that truly knew what needed to be done in all situations but needed a push of reassurance that what she was doing was right. -Cassandra T.

Cover: Like it!
Rating: Adult
Stars: 4-4.5 stars
Overall: Awesome
Characters: Very Strong
Plot: Over Coming Abuse, Love
Page turner: Yes
Series cont: No
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Won't give it away who it is (need to read to find out)!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Alone," was the worst word in the English language 9 January 2015
By AB Reviewer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Original Review at Alexandria's Book Blog

It's hard to describe the feelings that I felt while reading this book. It is just that good. It is amazing and horrible at the same time. Horrible because Emery lives a pretty devastating life but amazing because I could not put this book down until I found out if she gets a HEA. Probably the best day of Emery's life is the day she gets arrested and meets Rachel. They click right away and are fast best friends. Near the middle of the book Rachel gets Emery a bracelet that has an amazing quote on it.

You are braver than you seem and stronger than you think.

It's so true for Emery but it takes her longer than everyone else to realize it. She lives a very lonely life and keeps most people at arms length and it's very heartbreaking. There is a quote in the book that completely describes the life that she lives.

A few months ago, she'd been searching the internet when she'd come across a quote from Stephen King that she believed ruled her life. He'd indicated the word "alone," was the worst word in the English language. He'd said murder didn't "hold a candle to it and hell was a poor synonym." His statement was the deepest truth she'd ever read. Emery couldn't imagine a life worse than the one she lived, other than living with Phil.

That little bit right there absolutely killed me. I think that one of the biggest fears that a lot of people have is being alone. To live your life like that because you are afraid to get close to anyone is heartbreaking and nobody should ever have to live like that. It took a lot out of me to read this book but I couldn't stop once I started. It's like a car crash, what is happening is devastating but you can't not watch.

Although I was an emotional wreck while read this book I would highly recommend it to everyone. There are some triggers for some people in this novel so if you are one of those people I would probably skip this one. It is dark and gritty with abuse and rape. So I would take caution if you can't read books with those subjects.

Disclosure: This e-book was provided to Alexandria's Book Blog free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you will not be disappointed a must read 29 December 2014
By K Melton - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
We all have scars some are deeper than others, but when you feel so alone and don't know where to turn. You shut down and wear a mask to others we seem fine but inside your dying, this is how Emery Shaw felt. Razorblade Kisses is a difficult for some to read but a story that needs to be told. It will leave you Raw,Gutted,Heartbroken...Emery Shaw is not a victim but a Survivor.

I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars Emery Shaw is a damaged girl, she violated in the worse way, she couldn't tell anyone what was going on in her life. Some would say she is a victim but she is a Survivor, she is a Fighter. She has bottled everything up till she meets Rachel in the most unconventional way. Rachel came into Emery life at the right time and the bound the two of them formed is like no other.
Emery did the only thing she thought was best, she left her life behind and begins her life has Emily Sanders. While on the run this is the first time she is living, but her passed still holds a great deal to her future. She lives in fear of being found but in the process she is living and rounds Noah he helps Emily (Emery) feel things she thought she was incapable of feeling, she also finds that all men are not bad.
Emily(Emery) has to run so they don't find her and that's when she becomes Emma Simpson, During her time in Savannah she finds herself helping Lucas who plays a big part in Emma life. Tim comes into Emma life at the right time and shows her she does deserve so much than what she thinks she does.
Something very tragic happens and Emily (Emery) and she runs and becomes Ericka Smith where is so alone and doesn't think she deserved to be happy.
Emery Shaw story isn't a hearts and flowers kind of story, this is a story with strong subject material, it's gritty, raw and will leave you speechless. R.L. Griffin has done a unbelievable job bringing this story which is out of her norm.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!! 9 January 2015
By Heather - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
WOW!! R.L. Griffin did it again. She is an extremely gifted author who, in my opinion, doesn't get enough recognition. I LOVED her By a Thread series & tell everyone I know that they should read it. Now I will be screaming at everyone to read Razorblade Kisses. It is such a great story. Ms. Griffin caught my attention on page one and never lost it. I found myself snapping at my husband and kids when they rudely interrupted my reading. I couldn't put the book down. I was NEEDING to know what would happen next. I loved Emery, Ashley, Rachel, Noah, Tim, and Derrick. This book made me feel so many emotions and I hated when it came to an end. I wanted more, but in my heart I knew everyone involved had already been through enough and the story ended the way it should. I am looking forward to when the book releases and everyone will get to experience this amazing story.

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