The Story

The summer before senior year, Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran’s charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents’ impending divorce. But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages.

He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him.

If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect. But her efforts backfire, and Kieran turns violent. Chloe breaks up with him, but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up.  Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran’s mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge.

What Readers Say

"I absolutely recommend this book!"

"The characters are complex and well-written; the prose is subtly poetic and altogether beautiful."

"A very emotional read for me and it still hits me even as I sit here typing."

"The 3 hours of sleep I sacrificed to finish this book was totally worth it."

"A meaningful and empowering book."

"Truly one of the most emotional reads that I have read in a long time."

"Suspense, intrigue, drama and real-life struggles."

"I totally felt for these characters."

 Readers' favorite lines

Violence happens to people on TV, in newspapers. Not to an A student. But it did happen to me. I've become one of those people. How? How did that happen?

You’re like a marble. Every time you roll, I see a different color.

I love Kieran, the good Kieran, not the crazy Kieran. But one comes with the other.

As I drive home, I think that maybe I'll never fully get over Kieran. You go through an emotional earthquake like that and it's going to stay with you. But you have to stop being afraid of it.

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Short Stories 

Read what happens to Chloe's friend Jade that summer in two short stories in these anthologies available free from Fire & Ice Ya. Click on the covers for download links: Part I in "Kick Ass Girls" and Part II in "Proms and Balls."

Photo by Megan Gallt

Signs You're Dating an Abuser

Chloe experiences the classic red flags of dating abuse in her relationship with Kieran, but like many girls, she doesn't know what they are so she misinterprets them. Read Christina's list of 10 key signs here.

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