❀ ARC REVIEW ❀ THE GIRL IN THE CLOSET (SOUTHERN HEROES #2) BY MICHELLE HEARD

TITLE: The Girl in the Closet
SERIES: Southern Heroes #2
AUTHOR: Michelle Heard
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: November 28th, 2018
BIRDIE

Escaping an unthinkable nightmare, I’m given a second chance at life. Cole Trenton is the first person to look past the broken girl. But the moment I give him my heart he leaves.

Secrets never stay buried, and mine returns with a vengeance.
Cole walks back into my life when I need him most. He shows me how to be strong, that monsters only have the power you give them.

But my biggest fear remains.
How do I silence the girl in the closet before I lose Cole again?

COLE

I always knew Birdie Liles was different, but that didn’t stop me from falling for her.
After years of being away, I return home to bury my best friend,
only to learn that Birdie’s in trouble.

If I had known about the monster from her past, I never would’ve left.
I went to fight someone else’s war while I left the woman I love unprotected.

But I’m here now, and I’m ready to send Birdie’s demon right back to hell.
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➽ When I try to think of my past, the darkness is always waiting
ready to suck me right back in and suffocate me. 


THE GIRL IN THE CLOSET: 
Is the second revised romance book in Author Michelle Heard’s ‘Southern Heroes’ series. Dual POV’S 

We’re first introduced to seventeen year old Bridget aka Birdie, adopted twelve years ago by a pastor and his wife, she came to them with scars marring her body and mind, scared of her own shadow, severly broken, her father the boogeyman is castrated, serving a fifteen year sentence for what he did to her.

Her story is her story to tell, it's raw, it's heartbreaking, it's ugly. 

She’d always harboured a crush on Cole but knowing deep down that it would never be reciprocated, but that’s where she’s wrong, he’d always had his eye on her, she’s just always seemed shy and unapproachable walking away every time he’d try and strike up a conversation with her, hiding behind her friends. She just wanting to be invisible, to keep everyone at arm's length. She didn't want them to get hurt.

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Thinking there was no hope for anything to transpire between them Cole and his best friend join the Marines. 

But things escalated quickly between them when they found themselves in each others company. And he begins to regret signing up so hastily.

Eight years go by

This part of the story wrung out all the feels..A second chance is on the cards for these two, he's back from the war, and she's never left their hometown. I couldn't get enough of these two, they were the perfect match for each other, I devoured their story, I loved it, I wanted more, I craved more, I needed more but I'm glad I got to spend the time I did with them. 

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A time for healing, a time for putting the past behind them, a time to love again fully, a time to embrace their survivor battle wounds. 

My favourite passage (The story about pebbles)
➽ Life is full of pebbles you pick up along the way
Some might be smooth and others rough around the edges,
but that it doesn't matter what they look like.
It only matters what you do with them.
We all throw our pebbles into the same lake
and the ripples we make affect the ripples of other people.
Some people's pebbles skid over the water and they have a smooth life
where others peoples pebbles get tossed around by stormy waves.
Then there are pebbles which sink, and those people don't get to live that long.


The girl in the closet: is highly addictive, raw, gritty, emotional, unique, unconventional and utterly unputdownable. I highly recommend this!! 

* Teasers used are off the authors facebook page * 

Author previously published as Michelle Horst

Michelle Heard is a Bestselling Romance Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She might have a slight obsession with alpha heroes who are not afraid to fight for their women.