by Tyler King
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
The first thing I noticed about this book was that the blurb didn’t exactly match what I was reading. Maybe I misinterpreted it, but I felt somewhat lost because of it. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable and it looked like it had all the makings of a good book.
Hadley and Josh’s relationship was complicated and as other reviewers have pointed out, they were both pretty messed up. I am okay with flawed characters -in fact, I find them more likable than “normal” people! But unfortunately, somewhere between the middle and 75% through, I sort of lost interest in their relationship and fell into a bit of a slump. The plot slowed down and I was eager to get a little more action. Then when the action did come, it seemed forced and not what I was hoping for.
The Debt was a pretty decent read and other readers may really like it, but in my opinion, it didn’t live up to its potential. New adult is my go-to genre so I generally have high expectations when it comes to NA and I was hoping for a more unforgettable read. Instead, it was average-good for me.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
3 out of 5 stars