This was an interesting story with an impactful storyline. Because this story had a profound impact and made a strong impression on me; I believe the term appropriately conveyed my message. The cover was a nice visual and had the right effect of drawing my attention to the story. The way the author described the hero’s hair was spot on with the cover. Andre “Dre” Grant could hardly deal with his life following the death of his daughter. The story opened with Dre attempting to take his own life, by throwing himself directly in the path of a moving train. He failed, and his rescuer will be revealed later in the story, and yes, his identity will have a profound impact on the story. At least for me, it did. The irony was interesting.
More about the story- After Dre’s failed attempted suicide, he was committed to a psych hospital for monitoring and medications to help with his obvious depression. Dre, on the other hand, wasn’t a willing participant in the group sessions. Most of the time he sat and listened never offering any dialogue or participated in any way. But, all was not a total loss. The placement had a positive point if you call finding out the daughter he’d been mourning was in fact, alive and living with his ex’s family.
Now, this was the part of the story where I was feeling not so sad for Dre when his part in his ex’s lifestyle and subsequent death was a sort of melancholy moment in some respects. He was not directly responsible for her death. However, Dre was indirectly at fault because her predicament was related to the initial acts he introduced to her. I was happy he had no use for drugs in his former street activity.
After Dre’s release from the hospital, he sought out Ava, the woman in custody of his daughter. From their initial meeting, it was clear Dre, and Ava would have problems with one another. Ava was a prima donna, and Dre was from the streets. So they were like oil and water. So we thought.
Once Ava allowed Dre to see his daughter again after many years being without her,Dre was smitten at first sighting. The tug-of-war began with Dre doing everything within his powers to be where his daughter was. He learned Ava was seeing a man who sometimes stayed at her place with his daughter. So, when Dre demanded Ava’s man not be allowed around his daughter, this did not go over well with Ava. Later, when Dre was able to get a few jobs and his own place, Ava relented by allowing him time to spend with his daughter Destiny. Ava’s heart was also beginning to warm to the idea of Dre being in her and Destiny’s life. Her feeling about the man who’d once been so bad for her sister was now giving her warm and fuzzy feelings in a certain spot. By the way, Ava’s man wasn’t all he pretended to be. His real side will be surface, and sadly it’s not a pretty picture.
Surprise, surprise… Things were beginning to look up for Dre, and once again the streets reared their ugly head, and Dre made a decision that had another impact on his life with Destiny and Ava. Eric the fraud ex. made the problem possible. Dre defended Ava when Eric attacked her at the restaurant,and in the end, Dre had to pay the consequence for caring for his Ava and loving his daughter to a fault. Now Ava was forced to endure a painful realization regarding the man she’d welcomed into her home. I would have liked for a different outcome, but like I always say, it’s the author’s story to tell, I just have to take what they give me. Overall, this was indeed a love story, not your typical love story, but it was an impactful love story. I look forward to more from this author in the future. My rating 4.5 stars…