❥ Synopsis — When stripped of your soul, bleed out your heart…
Marly Michaels had it all, popularity, good looks, a promising future, and the perfect relationship… or so it seemed. In reality, that perfect relationship was a living nightmare.
With a methodical stripping away of her confidence, her volatile ex-fiancé nearly succeeds in destroying her. She has tried to escape in the past, but in the end, he always finds her.
In one last desperate attempt at freedom, Marly turns to her long-lost childhood friend, Carla, for help. She and her eccentric friends welcome Marly into their circle with open arms.
In the company of Goths, a segment of society shrouded in mystery and speculation, Marly finally finds sanctuary and Gray Forrester.
Gray is the mesmerizing singer for local Toronto band, These Bones. He is a man of many talents, including the ability to heal a wounded spirit. Inexplicably drawn to the sadness in Marly’s eyes, he finds himself compelled to help restore her soul. The trouble is, in order to do that he needs to remain emotionally detached… not an easy task for the gregarious Goth.
perfect book for this couple – I really enjoyed this book. Finally getting Gray’s book was lovely. I loved the whole goth & mainstream love theme these books portrayed. And I have to say Marly is my favorite These Bones heroine so far. Looking forward to Jesse!!
Dark and enchanting meets Sad but determined – After reading Falquen’s Nest, I knew I absolutely had to go straight for Gray Forrester’s story and I’m sure glad I did. This book did not disappoint in any way shape or form.
Although some would turn away from Gray’s over-the-top persona, and dramatic antics, I actually enjoyed every second of his lovable nature. I mean, what’s not to like about him? He’d caught my interest in Falquen’s Nest, but he won me over in Bleed Out Your Heart.
There were several aspects of his life I did not see coming. For example, his day job. But these random twists really served to put the story together and shape it into the amazing love story that it turned into. I rather enjoyed the fact that he was so forward, but at the same time sweet and gentle. I delighted in how he liked to call attention to himself, and be the center of attention, but had his insecurities as well. It made him more believable as a whole.
Not to be outdone, we are soon introduced to Marly, our broken heroine who’s trying to get her life back on track after ending a disastrous relationship with an abusive ex-boyfriend. In comes Gray, who she meets through mutual friends, and from then on its one incredible, page turning event after another.
As Gray begins to work his magic on Marly, we can see how she starts to open up more and spread her wings. Gray, through the art of his mystic touch, slowly but surely gives Marly the confidence to be herself. These two are perfect for each other as different as they are, and you can feel the love they have for one another throughout every chapter.
These characters are easily ones who will stick with me for a while, and I positively loved the ending. Kudos for Maria!
Unforgettable characters – Have you ever read a book where you wanted to walk away with the hero and make him yours? Of course we all have. And don’t get me wrong, I claimed Gray Forrester the moment I read book 1 in this series. But here is the difference, as much as you want to bring Gray home and cuddle up with him, you can’t. Because his destiny is so well defined and so well done in this book that you can’t even imagine it any other way.
I don’t think I am doing my feelings about this series justice. I guess I am trying to convey that this series makes me want to be part of a different culture or at least learn about it. Kinda like when you read Harry Potter and wanted to be a wizard. Before I even finished, I actually found myself trying to learn more about the Goth culture.
This book dealt with some rather sensitive issues and was done so with a lot of tact. Kudos to the author. And that last line, don’t even get me started.
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