Progress – Book 1
by Amalie Silver
Release Date 1/15/2016
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I admit, I didn’t think much of Charlie at first. She was rounder than the girls who usually caught my eye. Not my type. But when I saw her sitting in that booth alone, for the first time something in my mind or my instincts or my heart told me to join her.
She defied me.
She challenged me.
She gave me hope.
Before I knew it, moving forward was my only option.
I couldn’t tell you when it happened, but it had to have been a gradual change; I never moved too quickly.
If someone would have told me earlier that year what I was going to go through, I wouldn’t have believed them.
Jesse was so different from anyone I’d met before. And everyone I’ve met since. He sucked all the life out of me, in the best—and worst—ways.
We don’t get strong overnight. For most of us it takes time. Strength isn’t measured by how high and fast our walls go up, but how easily we can watch them fall.
Warning: This book contains material that might be a trigger for some readers. Abuse and rape are implied, but not described in detail. Discretion is advised.
“This is the way the mind works. Memories shift and twist. We forget the details and things in between but retain the thoughts that impact us the most.”
“There was nothing I my past to which I could compare the feeling. He stole the air from my lungs, the thoughts from my mind, and made me want to squeal like a little girl at her first pop concert. It was completely disconcerting.”
“She was a magnet to everyone. But I couldn’t imagine what that felt like for her, to be the object of everyone’s desire yet never truly desired.”
“Just one tiny lingering kiss. As pure as the woman before me, and just as lovely. It was the sweetest thing I’d ever been a part of, and it couldn’t have lasted much longer than two seconds. But I vowed to always remember it. It was what honesty was made of.”
“I’m just making it perfectly clear to you right now. You touch this girl – ever – and they’ll never find your body… I don’t care if I’ve been dead for twenty years and you’ve taken four Viagras… Off. Limits.”
“Love isn’t the place you go when there’s nowhere left to run.”
Amalei Silver’s Progress was enthralling, craftily written with stealthy hits of humor, well-paced, and intoxicating – until I hit the heinous cliffhanger and wanted to throw my precious kindle against the wall! I am fuming, stomping my little foot, foaming at the mouth, spewing every invective I know and even making up some new ones just to have more! @#$! This book gutted me, wrecked me, turned me inside out. But it was also brilliant and I could not put it down. Artfully written from a dual POV, Progress was extremely insightful, highly emotive, and nothing less than genius in its depiction of the disorders and emotional issues both main characters lived with. I hope Ms. Silver is currently locked in her office and nearly finished in banging out the next book. Hurry Ms. Silver, I implore you!