Title: Elastic Heart
Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard
Release Date: Feb 25, 2016
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.
“The biggest tragedy of your life will be you not realizing how amazing you truly are.”
I love the details…. when an author takes the time to make sure to get all the little nuances correct. From the first page with the ‘rape kit’ scenario, Mary Catherine Gebhard reels you in to a story that is built on all aspects of fear that a victim experiences. There are no holds barred. It’s ugly and sad and will make you angry. The one thing it won’t do is make you regret reading it.
“I’m afraid I’ll never be myself again.”
Nami is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after she is raped by a man who is in the public eye. No one believes her. She loses her friends and is forced to go into hiding because the media paints a very ugly picture of her. Nami is a sinking ship in the vast ocean of depression, until Nick Law comes into her life and refuses to give up on her.
The key word in Elastic Heart is Trust. How does someone earn back the ability to trust others? Once you’re stripped of it, you become a shell of a person. That is Nami. Just a shell trying to seek revenge on the person who caused all the damage in her life. Nick comes into her life and tries to show her just how strong she is. Her world fell apart, yet she didn’t crumble. She stood up and kept going when most people would raise their white flag and give up.. on life.
“It was where he held pieces of me I hadn’t known still existed”
This one held my attention from the first page, all the way until the end. It had me second guessing certain characters and not trusting anyone, right along with Nami. I just couldn’t stop reading, once I started.
5 out of 5 stars
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.