by Sophie Jackson
on June 9th 2015
Published by Gallery Books, Simon and Schuster Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Romance
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Orange Is the New Black meets Jennifer Probst’s New York Times bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy, featuring a strong-minded prison tutor who discovers that her sexy bad-boy student is far more than he appears to be.
Haunted by nightmares of her father’s street murder fifteen years ago, Kat Lane decides to face her fears and uphold his legacy of helping others by teaching inmates at a New York prison. There she meets arrogant Wesley Carter, who’s as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted, and with a reputation that ensures people will keep their distance. As teacher and student, Kat and Carter are forced to leave their animosities at the door and learn that one should never judge a book by its cover. As Carter’s barriers begin to crumble, Kat realizes there’s much more to her angry student than she thought, leaving them to face a new, perilous obstacle: their undeniable attraction to one another. When Carter is released and Kat continues to tutor him on the outside, the obstacles mount. Can they fight the odds to make their relationship work? Will Kat’s family and friends ever accept her being with someone of his background? And will Kat’s discovery of Carter’s role on the night her father died force them apart forever...or unite them?
I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When the opportunity to read an ARC of A Pound of Flesh presented itself, I jumped at the chance after reading the blurb. At first, all I wanted to do was slap the cockiness out of Carter. He slightly worked my nerves thinking his crap didn’t stink and I wanted to smack him and say, “You’re an inmate trying to get parole, how about you STFU and let people help you get out of there!” But somehow along the way my desire to slap him morphed into a desire something altogether different. Seeing Carter go from inmate number 081056 to Wes Carter (his given name) once he was out of prison had me closing my eyes, crossing my fingers, and wishing like hell he was real! He lost a bit of his super cocky attitude, but he remained rough around the edges, and seeing his true personality come out left me swooning and fanning myself hardcore. Total WTF why can’t a man like Carter exist in real life moments—I WANT A CARTER NOW! (Spoken like Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). His romantic gestures and words gave me goosebumps and butterflies. He was a paradox, a perfect mix of rough, gritty, raw, compassionate, vulnerable, and romantic. He is high on my book boyfriend list and I swear I’ll prison shank anyone that tries to steal him from me!
Kat was the perfect match for Carter, she took ZERO of his BS. While he was behind bars, she put him in his place and showed him no fear. She made certain he knew exactly whom the boss was. I loved her reasoning behind teaching in a prison; she was determined to conquer her fears and make a difference. And she loved with her whole heart, she didn’t care about Carter’s criminal history, she felt their connection and chemistry and let her heart lead the way. To me, letting her heart lead was fearless.
Sophie let their relationship develop at a great pace; I was able to get to know the both of them as they got to know the other and, for me, I feel like that’s what helped endear them to me. Getting to see them break down each other’s defenses and get under their skin made me insanely happy. Their journey was by no means easy and each time an obstacle popped up, I think my heart stopped and I found myself holding my breath as I waited for them to be ripped apart. The raw vulnerability they showed each other only intensified my need for them to overcome every odd to make things work. I felt like my happiness depended on them! This book truly was outstanding and I can’t express just how much I loved reading it. It’s the kind of book that I felt in my chest and made me angry when life got in the way of my reading. I was thinking about Kat and Carter whenever the cruel world required me to put it down.
The writing was beautiful and poetic; Jackson made me feel every single feeling and emotion. A Pound of Flesh is a breathtakingly beautiful story about conquering your fears, finding love, redeeming oneself, and reminds us all to never judge a book by its cover.