Author: Belle Aurora
Published by: Self-Pub
Publication Date: January 2, 2014
***Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.***
Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am.
Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street.
Best decision I ever made.
Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job.
My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved.
But the saying is true.
The world makes way for those who know where they are going.
I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace.
But then there’s him.
I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me.
He makes me feel.
But it’s real.
I’m sure you’re wondering how a person falls in love with their stalker.
So am I.
This isn’t a story.
This is my life.
***This book includes situations that some may find uncomfortable.
“Not everyone can be a fairy-tale hero.”
“The world needs villains too.”
Okay, so I was initially curious about Raw when I saw someone express their dislike of it. Hey, you never know. Then when I read the blurb for the book, I snagged it up. I was in a dark mood, so I felt like I needed a dark book to match. I was expecting effed up people and effed up situations, and that’s what I got. But I actually DNF’d it at 17%, I deleted it off of my Goodreads list and everything. I moved on and did other stuff for the next couple of hours, but I kept thinking about the book, and thought about why I ran away from it. Yes, I ran from it, plain and simple. Then I remembered that I don’t run from anything. So I continued reading and ended up liking it quite a bit.
Lexi has a stalker. The same guy has been watching her for years, and when a situation occurs that brings them face-to-face, an unconventional relationship begins. I don’t judge when it comes to the type of sex people enjoy, as long as it’s legal and consensual. I recently saw a fellow reviewer use the term “asexual erotica” to describe a book she read, and I felt that term fit parts of Raw for me, personally. Just because some of the situations weren’t my type of thing didn’t mean I couldn’t appreciate it for what it was. I was mainly interested in the story and the psychological aspects of it, anyway.
Raw is about the love between two people, but not like the the rainbows and butterflies type. Even though it’s sort of a romance, I didn’t romanticize it. Does that make sense? I’ll be honest, if there hadn’t been the author’s note saying this is a love story gone wrong, I probably wouldn’t have pushed through. I have a real problem when it comes to controlling, domineering men, but I needed to see how everything played out. Seriously, though, the dude is really unstable. With that being said, I understood Lexi, and I even understood Twitch. I’m not going to turn this into a damn therapy session, but I completely got it.
There were things that were a bit over the top, like the amount of wealth Twitch had. I mean, I know this is totally fictional, but that aspect was a little too much. Also, at one point in the book I burst out laughing because it occurred to me that Raw felt like a somewhat extremely messed up version of There’s Something About Mary. However, I did love Lexi’s friends Dave and Nikki, especially where their whole situation led – very funny!
Listen, Raw isn’t a literary masterpiece, but it’s not terrible either. I saw it more as a tragedy, instead of a romance. I think if people go into expecting this is on the darker side, then they will enjoy it like I did.