Mine -Uncut Version
by J. Kahele
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Mine - Book 1
Publication Date: June 17, 2016
Publisher: J. Kahele
Genre: Abuse | Dysfunctional Relationships
Print Length: 309 pages
Available from: Amazon
A simple trip to the attorneys turns into a life changing moment for 22 year old Jenna Kramer, when she encounters Andrew Carington for the first time. Their desire for each other is so deep that an affair ensues quickly. But Jenna's abusive and controlling husband Senator Benjamin Kramer will never give her up and soon Jenna finds herself plummeting into dangerous grounds.
Mine by J. Kahele (Mine #1)
We ask ourselves from our safe little corners of the world, how do women allow themselves to become the victims of domestic violence? Prepare to be uncomfortable, astonished, livid with anger and in total disagreement with some of the actions of J. Kahele’s characters in Mine – Uncut. Young and beautiful Jenna has become a statistic with her painfully dirty little secret. Married to a powerful senator, a man seen as the salt of the earth, a hero, the guy with power and the right connections, trophy wife Jenna is a battered woman behind closed doors. The man the world looks to for guidance is a twisted and controlling monster who has degraded his wife, beaten her and put her in the hospital, but still she stays and suffers in silence, because she must never shed bad light on her Ben, she loves him and he loves her, right?
A chance meeting with handsome attorney Andrew Carington unleashes Jenna’s need for love, warmth and companionship, but will they cross the line of propriety? Worse will they be caught by the Senator’s lackies? Jenna has been brainwashed into believing Ben is above the law, all-powerful and clearly able to do more than makes threats, but her pull to Andrew and his constant chasing her makes it even more torturous for Jenna.
J. Kahele doesn’t ask us to like her story or her characters, she demands the reader becomes engrossed, enraged and to see how domestic violence knows no boundaries or class divides. It doesn’t matter what your zip code is, and it is wrong, no matter what. Ms. Kahele doesn’t stop there, she peels back the veils of secrecy and exposes flawed and desperate people trapped in their own prisons, throwing away their own key for escape without even realizing it.
Follow Jenna, Andrew and even Ben as their story unfolds, the good, the bad and the ugly, as well as the inappropriate and the vile. The attraction between Jenna and Andrew is obvious, but to a point, almost child-like as Andrew makes promises he cannot keep through his inaction. Jenna is very young, having married an older, powerful man at 18, far too young to be ready for the step she took as she was placed under public scrutiny and paraded as arm candy. And Ben? He was a cheating, monster, twisted and insecure in his own right, because what man would raise his hand to anyone weaker than himself?
Mine – Uncut is a must read for everyone as Ms. Kahele sheds light on a topic that gets a lot of press but not enough true compassion and physical support for the people involved. Despite the graphic violence, the bondage, the beating, even older teens should read this, an unvarnished, rough and raw look at dysfunctional humans.
J. Kahele had me raging, hating, cringing and crying because her portrayals are real, they breathe and bleed as the veils are shredded and the spotlight burns on the inhumanity buried deep inside humans towards others. We rage when an animal is abused, we want blood, isn’t it time we raged for human abuse, too?
J. Kahele, you are my hero, you have opened my way of thinking and have gotten me to step up and offer assistance to the shelters for the abused. Thank you for your powerful, no lipstick-on-the-pig writing.
I received this copy from J. Kahele in exchange for my honest review.