By: Carian Cole
If you are looking for an easy read Vandal is not it, but if you are looking for one that is well written with portrayals who linger and make you think beyond what you may normally find acceptable Ms. Cole will give you that in abundance with this story. Cole comfortably takes on the mantle of brave author as she unflinchingly brings to the pages of her work characters that defy the social norms of romance.
Forged in tragedy this was an emotionally powerful book. This writer did not fix her characters but she found a place where they could move on and little by little take part in life again. Their pain was concrete and their finding solace in each other was no surprise, but how they moved forward shows just how strong this author’s storytelling abilities are when she takes readers to a seemingly hopeless place and fills it with possibilities. The twist and turns of this love story were painful and exhilarating and at times terrifying in the depths of this couple’s despair. Ms. Cole shows kindness in her characters even as she bares their questionable personality traits to intense scrutiny. Vandal was feral and could not quite make the leap to socially acceptable behavior making his response to his circumstances somewhat expected, Tabitha on the other hand was the one who kept amping up the surprise factor. Displaying remarkable skill this writer’s use of a blind cat, who loves unconditionally and sees with his heart, as a vehicle to guide readers and characters alike to a place of goodness in the darkness of this couple’s struggle with their morality was a stroke of genius. Vandal may not deliver rainbows and flowers but its journey on lesser traveled roads to love in the distinctive words of Carian Cole was riveting to the very end.
*While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone.*