I am so glad that I read this book. It wasn’t an easy read. Traded is intense but it was so worth the read. I felt connected with Elena and the way Ashton treats her it is way beyond amazing. I loved their story.
Although in theory the situation is not that realistic the verbal abuse and suffering a the lead female character Elena is gut wrenching and absolutely on point. Elena feels unworthy, ugly and is trying her best to be a good wife. She wants nothing more than to please her husband Dominic. Elena believes she is to do everything her husband Dominic says. She is learning to be the perfect wife and since he loves her and married her she owes it to him since nobody else would want her. When Elena married her high school sweetheart Dominic, she never realized he’d end up being such a hateful man. He is constantly saying hateful and degrading things to her and has caused Elena to think she doesn’t deserve better. His taunts and the vile things that spew from his mouth will make you want to wrap your hands around his throat and squeeze really hard. I wanted to pummel this ass hat from the word go. In retrospect that is a great thing for an author; connection with the characters no matter bad or good. He made her feel ugly, unworthy, like nobody else would ever want her.
It gets worse, when Dominic ends up not having enough money to pay his debt to loan shark, he trades Elena for three months. Ashton ‘loan shark’ is astounded that any man would treat his wife the way Dominic treated Elena. He allowed Dominic to trade Elena for three months in order to help Elena realize that she is worth more than and deserves more than Dominic. And being raised by a father who would never raise a hand or desrespect a woman, he doesn’t want to leave such a beautiful woman with such a vile excuse of man. I loved Ashton so much, even though he’s a part-time loan shark, he’s an amazing man who owns several restaurants and was an amazing businessman. He cares for Elena and he did everything in his power to teach Elena how beautiful she is and show her the ways a woman should be treated. Elena was brainwashed by her supposed husband and all she thought is that everything she does should be for him. It’s sad when you realize those kind of relationship exist in real world. During the time Elena spends with Ashton, they grew closer and closer, both falling for each other and as the relationship grows between Elena and Ashton you see her finally begin to life her life again.
This is my first book by Rebecca Brooke and I am definitely going to read more book by her. Rebecca has handled a very serious subject in a brilliant and inspiring book. It’s told from dual POVs and has a happy ending.It is amazing to watch Elena come back to life and finally stand up for herself and what she wants. You will absolutely want to hug, high five and be Ashton’s best friend or right hand man, I just wish there was a book about Miller, Ashton’s brother. I highly recommend reading this story, because some readers can relate to this story in so many ways.
I’m a pawn, a piece of chattel, a toy–used and forgotten.
When you’re done with me, you can walk away with no regrets. That’s how my husband sees me. I try to be the best wife possible for him. After all, he took me on when no one else would. Now–he’s in debt and owes more money to the loan shark than we can possibly repay.
But, don’t worry, he’s come up with a solution, it’s just not one I was expecting.
…I’ve been TRADED.
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When she’s not writing she loves reading and watching SOA and TrueBlood.