Rosanna Leo can always be relied upon to give you a story with heart and soul. With Vice though, she goes beyond simple emotion and instead creates an almost visceral connection between the reader and the characters, especially Liam.
Liam is such a broken soul. He has so many ghosts from the past chasing him it’s a wonder he can function at all. Up until the events in this book, he has coped through a combination of repression and transference; but when Kate enters his life and starts knocking down the walls he has built to protect himself, neither of them are prepared for the repercussions of the drastic behavioural changes this vulnerability triggers in both of them. Kate too, has her demons to battle and it is Liam that gives her the courage to confront them once and for all.
This book wasn’t all intense emotion. There were a number of scenes designed to break the tension and most of them involved one of my favourite characters, Wade. Anyone who can be described as “like a cartoon bear who’d had his honey snatched away… it was like he’d hired a professional hitman only to find out he had a soft spot for puppies” has to be worth a few laughs!
This book is about addiction. The majority of the characters are either victims of it, in one form or another, or battling the consequences of caring for someone with an addiction. This book is about redemption. That it’s never too late to turn it all around, but also the acceptance that sometimes the addicted won’t accept they have a problem and have no desire to change; and that sometimes the only option is to walk away. This book is about love. That if it is strong enough it can overcome most obstacles and forge new and unexpected paths.
I would recommend this title to anyone who enjoys character study style books with a dash of action and plenty of steam. I may be a complete sook, but you may need a tissue or two along the way…
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