For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library.
During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing—and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.
Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six-year-old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.
Tracy and Rebecca’s 4 Star reviews for Crows Row by Julie Hockley
Whoever, said love hurts was wrong. Love is excruciating, especially when you can feel it slipping through your fingers and there is nothing you can do about it.
After reading the summary, I was intrigued by the premise for this story. It sounded unique among other NAs books. Shockingly, the character that truly stole my heart was a huge Rottweiler, named Meatball. He is the perfect protector. I immediately liked Emily and admired her attempt to be independent from her uncaring parents. She deeply loved her brother and his death still affects her life. On the surface, Cameron appears to be a cold blooded killer, but there is so much more to his story. Cameroon was more caring than I imagined he would be and I liked his relentless need to watch over Emily. However, I wanted so badly to know more of his thoughts and feelings about Emily. There are several supporting characters and while some readers don’t like that, it works amazingly well for this storyline. All of these people are intriguing pieces to the fate of Cameron and Emily.
The ending is KILLER! I don’t know how people waited a year plus to read the follow up to Cameron and Emmy’s story. You should be prepared to start Scare Crow Right away.
“My addiction to you is definitely a catastrophic weakness.”
I needed him to be more human than monster.
This book was not your typical romance book. We have 2 characters that come from completely different backgrounds yet somehow struggle with similar emotions; both lost not knowing they really want to be found. Unknown to Emmy, Cameron has been keeping an eye on her from a distance, protecting her and keeping her from the dangers of Emmy’s brother’s world. Fortunately or Unfortunately for Cameron, Emmy is brought into this world and into his heart.
“You’re beautifully naive, Emmy… I don’t want to change that.”~Cameron
Emmy is a college student, living in a hole in the wall in a bad part of town. She isn’t your typical heroine in looks, but she has a defiant and firecracker personality that I loved.
“People are always drawn to the girl with the fire-engine hair in the same way they can’t keep from slowing down to stare at car accidents on the side of the road.”
This book is primary told through Emmy’s POV and ends in a cliffhanger. Although I think that is debatable, this book could have ended the way it did with our jaws dropped. Luckily we don’t have to pull our hair out wondering “now what?”; we get a second book, Scare Crow.