Thursday, October 15, 2015

~*★Review★*~ Faith (Hades Angels #1) by Elizabeth Hayes

Title: Faith
Author: Elizabeth Hayes
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone Series: Hades Angels #1
Release Date: September 1, 2015
My life changed in an instant when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I was only eighteen, and suddenly my once clear path was racing a hundred miles an hour out of control. I was in the driver’s seat, but completely unable to steer my life back on course.
I lost friends and didn’t bother to make new ones.
I refused to let anyone in…
When the doctor uttered the word “remission,” my path changed yet again.
That new path led somewhere I never expected—somewhere most people would look down on—but it’s where I finally found myself, and where nobody treated me like a piece of fragile glass. It’s also where I learned other people also had scars to hide.
This is the story of how I met…him.
This is the story of how I became Faith.
Title: Faith
Author: Elizabeth Hayes
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Hades Angels #1)
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa
This book was compelling to me for a couple of reasons.

The first being the subject matter. Cancer, no matter what type you write about, isn’t the easiest subject to tackle, but it’s made even tougher when you’re writing about the way a person may feel after hearing the words remission. I also enjoyed the aspect of the club that Laura finds herself working at, and the way it was portrayed, never having come across something quite like it in other works before.

I believe that the author conveyed Laura’s struggles—or rather her fears, in a very mature and realistic way. I can’t imagine going through what she has within this story but I can imagine feeling quite the way she did at the start of this book. After having a double mastectomy, and being told she can never have children she’s left to pick up the pieces, despite hearing the remission word.

But how does one do that? How do you get your mind and heart to come to terms with the changes your body has made and come away with a healthy body image? It’s hard and it’s a very real thing and Laura displayed that perfectly. She’s given up on relationships and intimacy because of her outlook, she’s pulled away from everyone and she’s struggling to survive when I do believe at times she just wants to give in.

She’s basically made herself believe that because of what she’s gone through, she’s not deserving of the very things that so many of us that do have it take for granted.

My heart felt for her through all of it. I ached for her to see herself as more than just what she’s been through and honestly with the help of Hades Angels and the people that work there (along with Bryce) she does. It’s just not an easy road and I’m glad the author didn’t make it appear as such.

Working at Hades Angels, topless dancing, it’s not something that Laura (renamed Faith at the club) needs to do monetary wise. She’s stable in that regard, but she does need it in other ways. She needs it to build back her confidence. Feel good about her body and herself again. She just doesn’t expect to be given something she had come to terms with never having in the process.

Enter Bryce. Meeting at the club in a chance meeting, they’re thrown together again in the days afterward as they meet over coffee. A connection is made and it’s one that Faith, despite her fears clings to and ultimately deserves.

He was such a good guy. His way of thinking wasn’t at all the way she’d worked it up to be in her mind and by stories end he shows her that what they have, what he feels for her (with his own connection) has nothing at all to do with her body and everything to do with her heart and her soul. It was a beautiful thing to witness, just as it was watching Faith come into her own again. To find beauty and love past what she’s been through and to stop running from something that might just be the best thing for her and instead stand tall with it.

This wasn’t just a short little romance about two people meeting in an unconventional way and falling for one another. It was one of growth and of acceptance and loving oneself so that you can openly love one another. It was a real treat to read and my only complaint is that it wasn’t longer.

I would have loved to see this expanded on just a little bit more, but what was here, I thoroughly enjoyed.

My thanks to the author, NetGalley and all others involved in letting me read this before release.

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