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Reprieve by [Woodward, A.E.]
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I thought he was my antidote, but it turns out that he’s just my new drug of choice.
Before him, it was heroin.
And then they put me here against my will.
At the time it seemed like my only viable choice.
I preferred stumbling through life numb to it all. But now I’m here, and every sound and every emotion is heightened to a level I never knew existed.
Then somehow, in a moment of weakness it became all about him.
My counselor.
He makes me feel things I never thought possible. But I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to recover...

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  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015CW9VWI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Reprive is the story of Tegan a young college dropout who gets dragged to a rehab facility by her family. She is, at times kicking and screaming about it, but deep down she knows that its probably her last roll of the dice. If she doesn't get clean soon, she probably won't survive much longer living the life she has been.

Told entirely from Tegan's POV, the novel proceeds through her 90 day stint in rehab, but interspersed with episodes from her progress in her fight against her heroin addiction are a series of flashbacks, starting with the intervention that brought her to the opening scene, and progressing consecutively backwards in time, each one shedding more and more light on the path that led her to the point where she needs to be saved from her own self destruction.

In the course of her treatment she's taught about replacing unhealthy addictions with more wholesome ones. Her counselor, Asher, mentions that in his own case, he replaced his cocaine addiction with becoming a bit of a gym junkie. Unfortunately, the obsession Tegan finds to replace her heroin habit is Asher himself.

There are reasons why these kinds of relationships are forbidden. The power imbalance creates a situation that's overly ripe with the potential for all sorts of problems, and it isn't long before both are struggling to save their emerging relationship from becoming toxic.

I really enjoyed Reprive. I particularly enjoyed the self discovery and healing aspect of Tegan's story, which is not to suggest that there isn't a hauntingly thoughtful love story woven through it.

It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me angry, sad and happy and ultimately, it left me smiling. Great story.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars * * * SPOILERS * * * 29 September 2015
By I.Heart.Romance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
⭐️ 2 Stars⭐️

♦️BOOK: Standalone. Full length.

♦️WRITING: alternates past & present, some inconsistencies

♦️EDITING: needs work, several errors found - missing punctuation, incorrect words

♦️POV: first person - heroine

♦️HERO: Asher Hughes, 28--Addiction counselor. Former cocaine addict. Has tattoos, brown eyes, rippling muscles, brutish good looks. Had a terrible upbringing.

♦️HEROINE: Tegan O'Connell, 23--Heroin addict. Once smart and beautiful with milky skin, fiery red hair. Now a shell of herself, she steals and trades her body in exchange for heroin. Comes from a large, religious family that forces her into rehab.

♦️PLOT: Alternating between the past and present, we work our way forward from the time Tegan enters rehab and through her recovery, while working backwards year by year through her gradual decline to rock bottom and to the root of her destructive behavior. We watch the relationship between patient and counselor blur, lines are crossed and Asher becomes Tegan's new addiction. It turns out he's just as unhealthy for her as the heroin.

♦️WHAT DID NOT WORK:
➖the romance...there wasn't any. I didn't feel the love. There was an addiction, a dependency, a distraction, lust, manipulation, but actual love?... Didn't see it, didn't feel it. They fully admit that they are bad for each other.

➖Asher is a piece of sh!t. Oh, I could handle the whole counselor/patient affair if they had genuine feelings for one another, but not this. Asher is an unredeemable arrogant, selfish prick. At 91% in the story, Asher comes clean and admits to a fragile Tegan (still in rehab, under his care) that their relationship began as a twisted way to manipulate her for selfish reasons.

"All I wanted to do was keep you clean. I had a reputation to uphold. I’m the best at what I do, Tegan. I knew it was wrong and that I was abusing my power in a effed up way, but I knew that deep down in there you had spark. You just needed something to ignite it.”
“I don’t understand.”
“I’ve been through it before, losing someone to their lust for the drug. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but there was something about you that reminded me of her. I couldn’t go through it again. I wouldn’t. It would feel like I was losing her all over again.”
Silence surrounds us like a thick fog. I hold my breath and as the clock on the wall measures every second that ticks by, I edge closer and closer to death. Please don’t say it, Asher. Please don’t.
“I did what I had to do to make sure I didn’t have to endure that again. I set you on fire.”

He's an a$$ and Tegan deserved better.

➖The ending sucked. After reading through all of their crap, we get a half-assed, inconclusive, HFN ending?

“You and I may be bad for each other but seeing you again makes all of it not matter. All I care about is having you back.” ...oh, that sounds real promising for two recovering addicts.

Then ...
"This is the beginning for Asher and me. Or, then again . . . maybe he’s just my first relapse. THE END" ... Ugh, WTF?

♦️STEAM LEVEL: 2.5/5 - a couple quick explicit sex scenes

♦️ENDING: HFN, No Epilogue, No cliffhanger

♦️WARNINGS & STUFF: underage drinking, intravenous drug use, overdose, prostitution, h has several sex scenes with OM, underage sex, detailed rape scene, child molestation
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A way with words 19 January 2016
By Amanda (AKA the Book Harlots Review) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A.E Woodward has this way with words that made it easy to connect with the main character, their emotions and thoughts projected back onto my own, creating a rollercoaster track that took me on a journey through the eyes of another. Sights, scents and sounds were transformed by the sentences of descriptions escaping from the pages to mask out the rest of the world and I found myself captivated with every single one.

Main character Tegan felt everything so deeply, she was mostly shattered pieces and it was heartbreaking to read, the feeling she craved most was what only her addiction could bring her, a numbness, a high that consumed and for a while wiped the terrifying memories of her past. Reading about what happened to her, in her younger years, made me want to throw my kindle in anger, sadness and disgust. What she went through is something that no one ever should.

When Tegan meets Asher everything that helps her to forget changes, her addiction is no longer heroine, but the pure bliss of becoming so lost within someone that the adoration wipes all other thoughts from the mind. However love does not come without it's own downfalls, especially when it's with someone like Asher.

Although I could connect with Tegan, there was something about Asher that made him seem like he couldn't be trusted. Maybe it was the position he was in and because of the type of relationship he had with Tegan before it transformed into another or because their wasn't more dialogue to read between the two (a lot implied though so romance was believable), either way by the end of the book I still wasn't a fan of his. Though I'm sure other readers may feel differently.

Despite me not liking Asher, I still thought this book was very well written, with a great storyline and main character, Tegan, whom was very easy to empathize with. I will definitely continue to add future works by A.E Woodward to my reading lists.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars irresponsible *spoilers* 11 November 2015
By Bonnifer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
While the book kept my interest, I think I mainly kept reading to see how it could have a decent ending. The h is not just a "oh, I've been an addict for a month" addict, no, this girl has issues! she's dealing with a deep addiction and trauma, and 2 months in to her recovery her counselor, the one person she should trust is coming on to her?! This is a major violation, she is no way ready to be dealing with anything like that at that point in her recovery...from a YEARS LONG HEROIN ADDICTION! Herion addiction kills people, everyone I've ever known that has been addicted to heroin is dead, its not sexy. Also the h prostituted herself out for years, again, a very traumatic thing that I imagine you might get a few hang ups about sex from, but apparently not in this book.
As for the H, he should know better. Aside from that, I can't imagine he would have found her irresistable after being sick from withdrawals and covered in scabs and scars. Sorry but years of hardcore addiction makes you look pretty gross, it might take more than a few weeks to fix. There is no real connection between the h and H, just an unhealthy tranfer of addiction.
I understand that this is supposed to be deep and dark, not some bubblegum romance and i actually respect that, I think if more time would have passed before they hooked up I would have felt better about it. I also wish the h's past would have been a little less horrible, then I could have had more hope for her recovery. I'm giving it three stars because it held my interest and it was different from most romance out there, but there were some pretty big problems with the plot. Maybe I'm to used to HEA's. I will read the author again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drugs, Sex, Recovery & Hope...Not your typical love story 31 December 2015
By Annie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was hard to read at times...having family with addiction issues & reading a story about someone with a heroine addiction was eye opening. Tegan has been barely hanging onto life until her family finally does the hardest thing and puts her into rehab. During her time there she begins to connect with her drug counselor, Asher. It is this connection that helps her work through her issues, but the lines start to get blurred. This is book is a book of hope & recovery.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No over the top, cheesy angst here 17 October 2015
By Author Stalker Chelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I love angsty books. I love crying ugly. I love feeling the intense drama. I love holding myself back from throwing my Kindle across the room.

But sometimes angst can be overdone. You know what I mean? When a situation is so far fetched, or the characters are so immature you find yourself rolling your eyes instead of wiping the tears away from them.

This is where AE Woodward excels. And in her new book, "Reprieve", she proves once again that she can write angst without over doing it.

"Reprieve" follows the life of Tegan, a heroine addict. We see what caused her downward spiral, watch the reality of her life as she hits rock bottom, and experience the difficulty of recovery.

But "Reprieve" isn't a feel good book about how there's hope beyond addiction. Oh no. It's much more than that. I would say it's motto is more along the lines of "once an addict, always an addict". And sometimes the easiest way to move past your addiction is to find something else to be addicted to.

In Tegan's case, it's her drug counselor.

But as lines get crossed, Tegan has to figure out when a new addiction is ok and when it's leading back down the same dark and twisted road.

This book was raw and gritty. It made my gut twist and my heart break. It was flawless in it's interpretation of the every day life of a drug addict. And it was gut wrenching to feel the humiliation of coming to terms with the things an addict lowers themselves to. You really feel Tegan's emotions. And they aren't pretty.

My biggest critique is that the likelihood of the romantic relationship developing in a real life scenario like this is pretty slim. However, if circumstances were to align the way they did in "Reprieve", it's easy to see how boundaries may get a little blurry. And for entertainment purposes, it didn't disappoint.

Overall, Ms. Woodward continues to impress me as she breaches topics that other authors shy away from. And she does it in a way that is neither over the top nor cheesy. "Reprieve" is just her latest example.

AE Woodward gives us a "Reprieve" from over the top, cheesy angst for a gut-wrenching 4 stars

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