Collared by Nicole Williams

collaredPages: 273

Goodreads Rating: 4.07 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dark

Publication Date: March 22, 2016

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary (Goodreads):

When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.

When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.

When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.

When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.

My Review: 

I read this book for the #NALitLoversPH / #NewAdultandBeyondPH readalong.

Jade Childs have a great life with her family and her boyfriend, Torrin Costigan. Everything is peaceful until a crazy man who thought Jade looks like his daughter, kidnapped her. She was chained against her will for years and lost her hope to escape. For 10 years, she went missing and everyone thought she’s dead until she’s rescued. Even though she’s back home with her family, it’s going to be difficult for her to adjust on a normal life and catch up on everything when a lot of things has been changed over the years. Particularly with the love of her life, Torrin. Let’s just say they’re not allowed to be together for reasons.

Some romance novels are all about sunshine and rainbows but some are not and Collared is one of them. It’s unexpectedly a heavy read and it isn’t just your typical romance. It’s more than that and I love how it’s realistically done. I must say I’m satisfied with Jade and Torrin’s story. Their journey is emotional to read as they reunited and the ending is mixed with joy, sadness and hope. It’s necessary but goodness.. My emotions are all over the place. I’m happy with Jade’s character development as she heals and starts a new life. She’s indeed a survivor.

I haven’t read any books by Nicole Williams and I’m glad this is my first. I like her writing style and I’m instantly hooked with the story. I’m looking forward to read more of her books.

My favorite quote:

“You were my first. And you were my last.” His words echo in the small space. “A man could have a thousand different partners and settle down with an amazing woman, and I’d still hold the bragging rights. Don’t feel sorry for me for that. I’m not.”

PS. I need a happy book and an ice cream after this.

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