Review: Victim of Circumstance by Freya Barker (Cell Block C #2)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Buoni Amici Press.

"I should go," I mumble. 
"I know." 
"I don't want to." 
"I know that too."

Oh, my heart. Experience has taught me that my heart was going to end up becoming invested, as has been the case in my past Freya Barker reads, but nothing could have quite prepared me for Victim of Circumstance. This is the author's contribution to the multi-authored Cell Block C series, and while this is the only book from there that I've read, I think it's safe to say that this is one that should not be missed. This also happens to be a standalone, so you don't need to read anything prior to diving in and simply enjoy this beautifully written tale about love and second chances.

Gray Bennet is a man who has spent the last eighteen years of his life in a prison cell with very limited contact with the outside world--with the life he once knew. Now, he's returned to the hometown he had no choice but to leave behind, but he knows he'll have to make a trip elsewhere to finally get his chance to say goodbye. When he notices a woman while there, he's immediately mesmerized, not just by her beauty but also by how she seemed to have a sense of freedom about her. He never thought he'd see her again, but fate has far better plans for Gray Bennet and Robin Bishop.

This is the sort of story that you could easily stay reading without having any clue what the blurb says and fall in love with organically, much like the main characters do. Gray and Robin may not have seemed like two people who shared a great deal in common, but they were individuals who were victims of their circumstances. While they may have survived them, they had yet to learn to thrive, and being in each other's lives felt like an impetus. The cast of supporting characters was also notable, making for a well-rounded must-read. Victim of Circumstance gets five-plus stars. 🖤

Release Date: 02 June 2020

Date Read: 01 June 2020

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