Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book Review - Painted Lines by Brei Betzold


Painted Lines

by Brei Betzold
Published 2013
322 Pages

Did this book grip me? Did I read obsessively? Did I have a hard time putting it down? Absolutely, all of the above! But to say that I liked this book would be an understatement. I was taken, removed from the day, and put into a nightmarish world of pain and rape ... and love, but not in a traditional sense. 

Harper Lee, also known as Scout, is a biker girl who knows bikes and loves to paint them. She is broken in mind, soul and body, but not in spirit. Scout’s spirit wants to live. Her dream is to own her own shop, to build beautiful bikes, and to be with the people she loves and who love her. Since the incident that broke her, her brother and other men that she considers her brothers surround her. Her every move and every decision has become a group one. Until now, she has been okay with it, but all of a sudden she wants her own thoughts, her own shop, her own life, and her own love. She wants to decide when she comes and goes and not have to answer to the overprotective men in her life.

To achieve this, Scout decides to enter a competition, a reality show, where the prize is $500,000. But when she shows up to the first meeting she comes face to face with the person that broke her years ago. He is forced to leave the competition because of a restraining order, but she is still affected and his team will still be able to compete. Lack of sleep, nightmares, and current subtle attacks keep her on edge, but Scout is determined to persevere and to win the competition. She is not letting this one chance get by her.

From the opposing team Scout meets Thayne Scott. He can't understand why she cannot let bygones be bygones, and she is not about to explain it to him. He overreacts, apologizes, and asks to call a truce by getting some coffee. From coffee a tentative friendship develops and they both want more. Scout sneaks around behind everyone's back to spend time with Thayne. He is the first person who treats her like a normal person and she likes it. Actually she cannot get enough of it and decides she is ready to move on in life, independent of everyone else.

This is Scout’s story of how she survived tragedy, and eventually healed enough to find love. It is touching, moving, and gut-wrenching all at the same time. It is a deep read and not for everyone. Well written, I could not put this book down!

Reviewed by Kelli
★★★
4 STARS 

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