Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard
Release Date: Feb 25, 2016
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What do you do when the man who raped you has the entire police force in his pocket? When you’re called a slut, a whore, and a liar? You get your own justice.
My name is Nami DeGrace, and six months ago I was a normal college student. I was volunteering on the campaign of a man I believed in, a man I thought to be good and noble. Then one night that man forced himself on me and everything changed.
The media reviled me. The police didn’t believe me. My friends abandoned me. I dropped out of college and only have one mission in life: make him pay. That is, until Nick Law came in to my life.
Indomitable, infuriating, and irresistible, Law is complicating things.
Law gripped the back of my neck and pulled me into him. It wasn’t a kiss—it was a merging. I didn’t just taste the power, I felt the cutting intensity throughout my body. I responded instantly, wrapping my arms around his neck and moaning into his mouth. Law stopped and undid my hands from his neck. I opened my eyes, confused.
“Can’t have you waking everyone up,” Law said, grinning. “Be good and you’ll be rewarded.” I wanted to rebel at that. I nearly slapped him across the face. Yet deep inside, his words made me glow. I dropped my arms to my sides and waited for instructions.
Law traced a finger from my cheek down to my collarbone and carefully brushed aside my cotton shirt. I shivered as my shoulder became exposed. Bending down, he placed a light kiss on the tip of my shoulder. I bit my lip to keep from whimpering.
“Good girl,” Law murmured against my skin. It took all my willpower not to grip Law by his powerful shoulders. I didn’t want him to stop, though, so that meant playing by his rules. I kept my hands next to my sides because that meant Law would continue kissing me.
Law placed a hand on my stomach and I gasped.
“Shh…” Using his other thumb, Law tugged my bottom lip. “You have a beautiful mouth, Dandelion. Don’t let it get us in trouble.” I was speechless, or at least I thought I was. My thoughts got jumbled up with his hands on my mouth and my stomach.
Then he did something amazing.
He slid his hand from my stomach and beneath my jeans.
Mary Catherine Gebhard bites off more than she can chew and sometimes calls herself Eva Natsumi. She's lived in Salt Lake City, Utah her entire life, but occasionally goes on vacation from reality. Don't worry, she sends postcards.
I wanted to read Elastic Heart as soon as I saw that Ms. Gebhard wrote it and the synopsis made me want to read it even more! It's unique and weird at times, but not a bad weird, just weird weird. Despite all that, though, I'm glad I read it and it was completely worth it!
Law might have a first name, but to Nami and me, he'll always be Law. I pretty much liked him instantly - he was funny, amusing, and very determined. Law is sweet, patient, and understanding - he is just one of the good guys. He's not perfect, of course, he has his flaws and he can be a bit of a jerk sometimes, but I loved him anyway and I know you will too!
Nami is a little crazy, maybe even a lot crazy, but I can't blame her for the way she is and I really admire and respect her. She's been through so much and she's strong, rough, fierce, and she's a fighter. Nami is really just amazing - first because of her strength and most importantly because after all she's gone through - she still has a good heart and soul.
Elastic Heart isn't an easy or particularly enjoyable read and there were some times where I wondered what would be the point of reading it for other people if they weren't already fans of Ms. Gebhard if I couldn't say that I enjoyed or loved it. I can't say for sure when everything changed and those doubts went away, but I can honestly say that they did. They went away because I realized all the weirdness, the occasional feeling like I was seeing an old over-dramatized film, the cringeworthy moments, and the pain served a purpose and gave way to something bigger. Elastic Heart might be heartbreaking, sob-worthy, and horrifying, but it's also so beautiful and full of wisdom and depth that it definitely makes it worth reading!
Elastic Heart is a standalone, it's told only from Nami's POV, and Nami and Law are living out their beautiful happily-ever-after!
~ 4.5 Stars