Author: L.D. Davis
Source: ARC provided directly from the author in exchange for a honest review.
“You were born to be mine and I was born to be yours.”
Donya Stewart’s chest filled with the soft beating wings of butterflies when she first met Emmet Grayne’s green eyes at the ripe age of five. Unable to identify the tugging pressure within her when in his presence, Donya moved through the first several years of her life addled by her feelings for the boy who was her best friend’s brother, and very much like her own sibling. But one cool autumn night in her mystifying teenage years, Emmet erases any ideas Donya has of him being anything like a sibling.
Donya and Emmet, unable to deny the invisible cord that fetters them together on an incredibly visceral level, begin a long journey on a road abounding with challenges, hurdles, and destructive forces. Their love for one another is absolute, and the emotional link between them is strong, but when they make a series of painful decisions and mistakes that pull them apart, the strength of that tether is challenged.
Donya’s career as a model took her around the world and away from Emmet who was working hard for his law degree. When Donya makes a hard decision for both of them, the tether between them stretches beyond what seems possible.
“The tether contorted and quivered and groaned in protest.”
With age comes maturity and hindsight. Will Emmet and Donya have to live apart and with the consequences of their choices? Happy endings aren’t always a guarantee, even for two people who were born into this world for each other. Will the link between them bring them together or prove to ensnare them in heartache?
If you are in search of an angst-filled romance novel, get tied into Tethered…
Flirty Review: FIVE LIP BITES
We follow the story of Donya Stewert from childhood to adulthood. We got a little bit of Donya in the trilogy and some hints to what was to come in Tethered but largely her story was kept quiet until this book. And how incredible a story it is. Donya had a rough childhood and was taken under the wings of a young Emmy and the Grayne family who became her adoptive family of sorts. I enjoyed seeing the young characters of Emmy and Donya interact with each other. Davis did a very good job of forming the character's personalities from a early age.
Emmy has a brother, Emmet who is a couple of years older. From the beginning we sees the seeds of Donya and Emmet's true love bloom. The tether that connects them has been there since the first time they laid eyes on each other as children. Emmet says later in the book that Donya was born for him and it was very clear how Davis writes their instant connection.
As the years pass, Donya becomes attached to Emmy and Emmet but it's that tether that bonds Emmet and her that helps form a young love between the pair that is very believable and it works so well in the story. From their first kiss, to the drama of them overcoming their brother/sister relationship, to having a very substantial young-hearted love affair is written so well and throws me back to my teens when I was in love with the neighbor boy. I think that anyone reading Donya and Emmet's love story will find some parallels in their own lives.
But love can be tricky especially when the Grayne's find out. They warn the young couple of how their pairing can only turn out badly because of their ages, their situations, etc. And as we hate to think how wise our parents are, they always turn out right from time to time. As much as they love each other, Donya and Emmet are their greatest downfalls. Ultimately, life and growing up is too much for their relationships to withstand. This part always breaks my heart. Emmet was so passionate, so willing to be with Donya, but she never wanted him to give up his dreams for her. She was very self-sacrificing in that way. Her greatest personality trait was that she was very grown up, but it was also her worst pitfall. It was something that the reader could understand while I'm sure screaming at the their books or Kindles that Donya and Emmet pull their heads out of the sand.
I'll say that this book does have a HEA and is a standalone in what looks like the only book in this series, so you don't have to worry about more books to read in order to finish their story. But if you want to understand the backstory of all the side characters in Tethered (Emmy, Luke) you would have to really read the trilogy. But it's not a requirement, Tethered explains enough for you, but if I were you, I wouldn't pass them up.
With Tethered, I was very happy. Donya and Emmet's story was so well thought out, plotted well, and paced very evenly. It kept me interested even with it's very long length. By the end of the book, I didn't want to that be it with Donya and Emmet. They really grew on me and you can't find that much in books these days. Characters get lost or merge with one another. Davis has a very good knack at making very strong characters that are real and memorable. You can identify with any of them from them individually or what happens to them. You end up rooting for them which is what you're supposed to do.
Now, I want Mayson's story. Ms. Davis, are you doing anything for her? :)
About The Author
L.D. Davis is Author of: Accidentally on Purpose, Worthy of Redemption, Worth the Fight, Pieces Of Rhys and Tethered.Visit her at www.lddaviswrites.com, Facebook.com/LDDavisWrites and on Twitter @LDDAVIS478.