The Debt by Tyler King
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hadley saved my life . . . and I ruined hers
Hadley’s my best friend. We share a house, our friends, a life. She knows all my secrets . . . except one. My desperate need for her is inked on my body, it’s the best I can do. But Hadley needs to hear the words . . .
Growing up as foster kids, Hadley made me feel whole-sane. And what did I do? I destroyed our chance to be together. I ran out on Hadley when I should have stayed, and something broke between us. Now I’ll do anything to fix it.
I’ll never leave her again. I won’t ever let her feel afraid again. But the more I try to protect her from my pain, the more I just make things worse. I’m terrified that if I tell her everything, she’ll never forgive me. I’m even more terrified that it may be too late to make her mine. I have to try to give her what she needs . . . it’s a debt I’m determined to repay.
Reading the synopsis, The Debt By Tyler King had me intrigued from the get go. Always excited to read debut novels, the hype surrounding this novel was noticeable and prevalent leading into release day. So, it is no lie that I went in with high expectations and to say my expectations were met is always a relief. Tyler King dives right into the raw and real. Writing a story fuelled by love, hate, pain, trauma and redemption, King and her characters will have your heart in pieces as you feel both the heartache and the healing. Touching on topics that are not for the faint hearted, Josh and Hadley bring to life a true depiction of an honest and complicated love. How hard it is to be together versus how hard it is to be apart.
Instead of delving into these beautifully flawed and damaged characters, I whole heartedly believe that their journey needs to be truly felt, in order to be understood. In a heartbreaking exploration of abuse, trauma and grief, Tyler King pays extreme attention to every detail needed to allow Hadley, Josh and their relationship to unfold before the reader. Josh and Hadley have known each other for longer than they have not. And with a connection that runs deep, comes secrets that run deeper. Enveloped in a dark cloud of fear, uncertainty and pain, Josh and Hadley carry around the weight of the world on their shoulders. Dealing with individual insecurities, scars and anxieties; their past is everything that keeps them together and everything that keeps them apart.
Told solely from Josh’s perspective, Tyler King has created a perceptive, emotive and intelligent leading man. Through his battles and struggles, we are shown the journey of his heart as it yearns to be reunited with Hadley’s. Showcasing their friends to lovers romance through sarcasm, wit, smiles and tears, Tyler King ensures her characters compatibility and connection is obvious and achieved. With lively, observant and charismatic secondary characters, Tyler King ensures that all emotions are felt, experienced and understood. As each character brings their own trait to the story, their presence is imperative to the development of the plot.
Steady paced, The Debt unfolds gracefully; with layers being pulled back and chapters of clarity and reflection dispersed throughout the books, King allows readers to understand the reasons for Josh’s barriers and the importance of them being broken down. Woven together perfectly King’s debut accurately depicts the connection between pain and relief, happy and sad, wrong and right and love and hate. Emphasising the true beauty that comes from moving on from hurting to healing, there is no doubt that The Debt has left me fascinated and wanting for anything Tyler King has to offer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tyler King was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Creative Writing. As a journalist, her work has appeared in Orlando magazine and Orlando Business Journal, among other publications. She is a proud