Book Review: You Own Me by Mary Catherine Gebhard

YOMebookTitle: You Own Me
Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard
Genre: New Adult, Psychological Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon

“I’ll love you until you break my heart. I’ll give you the broken pieces of my heart as an offering to you, because you own it. Whole, shattered, alive, or dead; you own my heart no matter what condition it’s in. I’ll stay with you until you figure out how to feel. I’ll stay with you even if you never do.”

This is a story about happiness, and how it doesn’t simply happen because you fall in love.

Lennox is on the run from her ex-boyfriend. She had to drop everything, tell no one, and move to a new town, alone. She expected to be lonely, she expected to be afraid, but she never expected to meet a man named Vic who drove her crazy with lust and anger and called her “Lenny.” If it’s at all possible, Vic is more twisted than the man she ran away from.

She should ignore him, but they’re drawn to each other like magnets. Lennox ran from from Seattle to Santa Barbara to get away from violence, to create a new life, and to be something simple. Instead she’s found herself wrapped up in great friends and an epic love. This new life is the opposite of everything she wants, but it might just be everything she needs.

Lennox Moore, the main character of You Own Me, is on the run from her psycho ex-boyfriend. She was forced to move halfway across the country all on her own to escape from him. She expected to be lonely in this new town all alone, but then she meets a man named Vic. At first glance, Vic is probably an even darker character than aforementioned ex-boyfriend. He’s controlling and dominating, possessive even, and has his fair share of issues. I liked him though. His personality is complicated, and I like complex characters.

Lennox, or “Lenny”, well, let’s say I didn’t understand all of the things she did – like, for example, allowing a new man in her life almost straightaway, even after being burned once already – but, I could sympathize with her, and relate to her. She definitely had some issues too, and throughout the book, she went through some remarkable changes and grew as a person.

The book has a few surprises, and especially the ending came as a twist. I enjoyed it though. The characters were complex enough to be intriguing, and the plot wasn’t predictable at all. If you enjoy romance, or the new adult genre, you’ll probably enjoy this book too.


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