Degrees of Distortion by Aimee McNeil
Distortion Series; Book 1
Lexie Wilder is no stranger to tragedy. She struggles every second of every day to overcome the loss of her boyfriend…
Determined to get her life back on track, Lexie retraces a road trip she went on with Alex before he died. The trip was meant to be a harmless adventure to revisit old memories and track down an elusive color of nail polish. Instead, Lexie uncovers a truth in Sugar Hill that her mother wanted to keep hidden.
When strange men follow Lexie home, her mother demands she run, sending her further away from the answers she seeks. But Lexie finds a clue in an old diary. Her mother wrote about a dark man with a dangerous past.
Jackson is a distraction Lexie isn’t prepared to face…
Alone in an unfamiliar town, Lexie has nothing but her haunted thoughts to keep her company and is terrified this man from her mother’s past has come back to finish what he started. She doesn’t know who to trust, especially when she realizes her neighbor, Jackson, is as intimidating as he is beautiful. She tries to keep her mysterious neighbor at a safe distance, but after he fights off an armed attacker, Lexie finds herself turning to him for comfort.
Her new protector can’t stop the evil forces already in play…
There is only one person who can answer for the chaos that has taken over Lexie’s life…her mother. The man responsible for the torment detailed in the pages of the diary is real, and now his sights are set on Lexie. His henchmen might have failed, but he won’t.
Lexie must figure out exactly how much she trusts Jackson and his good intentions if she ever wants a chance to finally piece her life back together. But first she has to survive…
Some demons don’t die. They wait…
“Lexie walked out into the warm morning sun. The air tasted fresh and smelled woodsy from the thick forest winding tightly around all the cottages. She wished circumstances were different and she could enjoy the scenery. She took a deep breath and lifted her camera up to view the peaceful wilderness through her lens. The ability to capture a moment forever with one click of her camera always fascinated her. She loved the power to stop time, hold onto it, and revisit it whenever she wished. The sound of a car door closing pulled her attention away from a couple of birds chirping in a nearby tree. Lexie looked next door at the sleek black car that she hadn’t noticed the night before. Her knowledge of cars was slim to none, but it looked like it was built for speed and nothing practical. The front steps groaned loudly in protest as she stepped down, alerting the owner of the car. His attention drew to her as he swung a black duffle bag over his shoulder. She froze like a deer in the headlights. He was tall and shaped like a man that did nothing but physical activity. His intense eyes were staring back at her and her heart throbbed so loudly she could feel it in her fingertips.
She imagined it was like crossing a lion in the wild. He was captivatingly beautiful and terrifying at the same time. He gave her a friendly wave, and unlike her, seemed completely at ease.”
Degrees of Distortion is an astoundingly epic, edge-of-your-seat romantic thriller that will push all your boundaries while daring you to fight for everything you believe in or die trying. This is a painfully dark yet tantalizingly beautiful journey that will shred and then reshape every part of your heart. You will lose yourself without even realizing that it is happening while refusing to avoid the devastating storm baring down on your path. What you think you know will be destroyed before your very eyes, and in its place you will find yourself plunged into a world you hoped would never exist. The only hope of survival is in the last shreds of humanity that you desperately cling to. No matter what keep your eye on the prize or will find yourself drowning in a horrific, never-ending nightmare in the blink of an eye.
Lexie is lost to her grief. She had recently lost the sun in her small world, and she is trying to learn how to live again with its painful absence. Nothing about her is the same as it was before that fateful night. It seems that the harder she tries to fight back against the darkness that threatens to pull her under, the faster she grows numb and feels her strength failing. Just when she thought she could take no more, she finds herself forcibly thrust into a dark and dangerous game of cat and mouse. Not knowing who to trust, she lets her heart lead her to Jackson. While everything about him is shrouded in mystery, she clings to the light that he shines into her shadowed world. Jackson has a mission to accomplish, and he doesn’t need a distraction like Lexie. However, no matter how hard he tries to fight against it, he is helplessly drawn to her like a moth to a flame. What they both discover is a sadistic plot that threatens to unearth more than just an ugly past that Lexie wants no part of. Both Jackson and Lexie find themselves on the precipice of an endless, dark pit that will either eat them whole or find itself undone by the power of love and the fierce light of hope. Are either of them prepared and up to the task for the journey that lies ahead, or will they find the end of everything they hold dear just a few steps away?
I was completely blown away by this incredibly real and tremendously masterful story! This book pushed me so far outside of my literary comfort zone that I wasn’t sure I could finish it. Before I realized what happened, these amazing characters stole my heart and led me on a fantastic journey of deep darkness and pure light. Lexie and Jackson were so much more than I ever imagined. They were beautifully raw, unforgettably gritty, and wonderfully flawed. They made me feel and forced me to face the hardest parts of life that we like to shy away from. I look forward to where the next part of their journey takes me. It won’t be easy and it won’t be pretty, but it will be honest and it all be real.
Amiee McNeil has gifted us a brilliantly written and devastatingly breathtaking masterpiece that will force your eyes open and tear your heart apart. This is a treasure that you will want to share with anyone who has ears to hear and a heart to feel. I can’t wait to see what this incredibly talented author creates next. It will definitely not disappoint!
Meet the Author:
Aimee McNeil was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she continues to live today with her husband and three children. She is a stay-at-home mother that loves every colorful moment with her family.
Aimee spends most of her free time indulging in her love of writing. You can also find her lost in the pages of a good book, or making a mess with her paints. Aimee loves to explore anything that promotes creativity. It is one of the many reason she enjoys writing.
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