The Replacement by Rachael Wade
Publication date: January 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*
A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.
My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.
No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.
All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.
But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.
(4 / 5)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
If you are looking for the sweet girl next door, you’re in the wrong place. Who you’ll find here is Elise Duchamp, the unabashed town whore of Gig Harbor. She’s reckless with who she gives her body to, but has her heart chained up, determined not to share it with anyone.
That is until the Ryder, the outdoorsy bibliophile shows up in her life, determined to find the key to unlock those chains, and try to show her that she’s not just a replacement.
“Today has been art and ink and blood, but it’s also been emotion and confusion and sweaty, lecherous sex.”
I always find it funny when people in books are talking about their love of book kind of like they’re breaking the 4th wall without really doing so. It reminds me of the movie fans in scream, although it usually works out better for the book characters!
Rachael Wade takes us on a emotional roller coaster ride as she switches things up from steamy and hot to devastatingly heartbreaking in a few short sentences. There were a few scenes that fully qualify as tear jerking, but honestly I was too busy picking my jaw back up off of the ground.
If you’re looking for some spice with a lot of heart, be sure to grab this book!
Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade