Feb 13, 2015
Hello Fellow Readers!
Today, for you guys, we have an character interview with Rachel from Razorblade Kisses!
This book was a roller-coaster of emotions from beginning to end, so keep your pants on and keep reading for the good stuff!
Title: Razorblade Kisses
Author: R.L. Griffin
Publication Date: January 8, 2015
Overall:5 out of 5 stars
Her name is Emery Shaw…Emily Sanders…Emma Simpson…Ericka Smith.
Her family was well off, she ran.
They looked for her, she hid.
They found her, she ran again.
Tragedy strikes, she gets even.
The fact is, she doesn’t know who she is, she tried to run, to hide and make a life for herself, but that backfired. No one knows her except her best friend Rachel, if that’s even an adequate word for what they are to each other. Rachel helps her build a life for herself below the radar, which is fine until the unthinkable happens knocking Em out of her unfeeling cocoon. When her house of cards comes tumbling down she runs again, until the one person who can change her mind finds her.
Due to adult situations, language and possible scenarios that may be difficult for some readers to handle, take a breath before you start this one. It’s gritty and not pretty. Nothing is pretty here. Whiskey is a good thing.
First off, Welcome to Moonlight Gleam Reviews, Rachel! What would you like to tell Moonlight Gleam readers about yourself?
Hi! My name is Rachel Billings; I’m married to reformed bad boy Derrick Billings and best friends with the elusive Emma Flemming. It’s so comforting when there are people that know all your secrets and love you anyway. I’m in a hurry though, off to meet a client to plan a party raising money for his foundation. I’m a party planner and travel to the greatest places because of my job.
Tell us a little bit of what you were up to while Emery was away from Atlanta? Was it hard to pretend to have a normal life?
When Emma was in Nashville I had a significant comfort level because Noah was there and taking care of her. When she had to leave and began living in Savannah it almost broke her and me too. It was so hard going to college when I knew she was hurting and miserable. I think being a caseworker and meeting Lucas saved her, then Tim, of course.
My life, those few years, revolved around Derrick and Emma. I tried to help her, with everything I had, but it wasn’t enough. You know? I wish to this day I could’ve done more.
How hard was it to be away from her when you knew she was going through so much?
I think I answered this above. I can honestly say it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with, other than when her sister died. I was at an utter loss as to how I could help her. I didn’t. I think I made things worse, but we were so young. We made dumb decisions. I made dumb decisions and she did what I said because she just wanted to be saved by someone. That person should’ve been her mom, but it wasn’t. If I could do things differently, I would have. There were a million different things I could’ve done…
Give us a little insight into your relationship with Derrick?
Derrick knows the worst of me and loves me anyway, is there anything better than that? He’s my rock, the calm in storm Rachel. We balance each other out perfectly. He actually has a great sense of humor, most people don’t know that because he’s so serious all the time.
Do you still feel anxious and worried about Emery?
Every single day.
And last question, how do you feel about the way everything turned out?
I feel stupid in the way I handled things. Honestly, but it was what I thought would work at the time. I did the best I could come up with. I’ve been cautioned by my overbearing father on what I can talk about today, but know I love Emma as a sister and I am so proud of where she is now. I knew she would get through the ugliness, the darkness, and be here. Tim, I can’t even tell you how I feel about him. He could’ve run, but he didn’t. He loves my best friend and supports her even when her demons come bubbling to the surface. Lucas is the light in all of this and I’m so happy she has them both. I’m at peace and I guess that’s about a good as it gets.
This book just wowed me. I wanted to cry after the first chapter and knew I was in for a ride. I knew going into it that it would be dark, and not exactly a pleasant read. I found myself hooked from the first chapter with Emery. I’m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t this masterpiece!
I had mixed emotions about this book, and it took me a few days before I decided that I really loved it. This book is not a light, fluffy read, and it certainly isn’t an easy book. I had mixed emotions because it was hard to read and I liked Emery, but she was so damaged it was hard to read about her being like that.
I truly loved the way this book played out. There are a couple of love interests, and it was wonderful to watch Emery grow with them. I also loved the fact that this book was a pretty realistic story for this situation.There were a few pieces of the book that I loved. One of which is, understanding that sometimes the person who helps you heal, is not someone that will always be in your life. That really resonated with me, I think it’s one of those things you realize as you get older and you have to just accept it.
So many characters in this book were perfect in their roles. It was heartwarming that as Emery grew and changed that so did the kind of person she needed to be with. The person she fell in love with was really good for who she was, but such a cry from the person she would have been interested in, in the beginning of the book. I really loved this book despite being turned off by some of the content matter. Emery deserved every happiness and I’m glad in the end that it worked out. I also liked that in the end, Emery still carried her scars and trauma with her. So many books end up creating this false illusion that if you find true love that suddenly your life is happiness, sunshines, and shooting rainbows out of your ass. No. That is not life. Emery got a wonderful life, but she still struggled with what happened to her and her family. I appreciate that realism because too many books don’t show that.
I’m going to give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and when I first finished it I wasn’t sure I would. This is a book that grows on you. And when you finish it, you sit around thinking about it for days trying to decide how you feel about it. I decided that I loved it. It’s not the normal thing I read, but that’s a GOOD thing. I loved it. R.L. Griffin created a masterpiece and I hope you guys all decide to check it out.
5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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Happy Reading Everyone!