My One Despair by Claudia Burgoa
Published by Indie on November 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Once, they shared one soul. Can hope heal years of despair and broken dreams?
Music is all I know. It saved me as a kid. It brings me fame and fortune now. But what am I, the famous Gage Rodin, doing at night when I’m on the road and can’t sleep Googling her. Tess Hades, the girl who still haunts my dreams and my lyrics.
She arrived like a quiet storm, a wild thing with eyes guarded to the world. But she let me into the deep end of her beautifully broken soul. When we were together, life was simple. When my life got complicated, she did what she thought was the right thing. She let me go.
While she’s been out saving the wild creatures of the world, my muse has fed on the memory of our life together. But now everything in my world is shifting again, and not in a good way. I’m not certain I have the strength to bear another devastating loss, so I find myself reaching for something as rare and elusive as the perfect song lyric.
The one woman who never gave up hope…
My One Despair is an epic story that will bleed your heart, fill it up and let it soar.
I’m going to start off by stating that I was on fence with my rating so let me explain. The past three or four books I’ve read by Burgoa had drowned me with emotions. I’m talking ugly cry, heart beating explosions, all the feels. So when I finished My One Despair and didn’t feel all consumed, I was torn. I took some time to really digest it and once I did, I realized that I was utterly consumed but not so highly emotional. Everyone in this book snuck up on me and resonated so quietly that if I hadn’t taken the time to process it, I would have missed it. And you know what, I respect the hell out of Burgoa for doing that to me. I felt it was important to tell you that before the rest of my review.
While this book can be read as a standalone, we do meet Tess in another book. If you’ve read that book, you’ve probably got very strong opinions about her so I’m sure a lot of you will be hesitant about how her story will end. For me, I personally love redemption stories. I love when author’s brings back characters that I at one point wanted to choke out because 90% of the time, they redeem themselves quite well and Tess is one of those people. Plus I have to remind myself that she was a kid when we were first introduced to her.
Being the daughter of a famous rocker has it perks but it certainly has it downfalls. You never know people’s true intentions when you come from a famous family. Therefore, Tess has always been careful. She’s set goals for herself and has dreams that she will make happen. When she meets Gage, she knows she should stay away but it’s impossible. Knowing that her heart could be shattered, she opened up anyway.
The begin this epic romance that you can’t help but fall in love with but of course, life has a way of getting in the way and ultimately Tess and Gage split up. Even after six years, their love still hasn’t faded. Now that they are semi back in each other’s lives, it’s to be determined if they can ever work again.
What I liked about this was how strong Tess was and went after her goals. Both loved each other fierce and both would do anything for the other. Even if it means sacrificing themselves. Wrapped up with a surprising twist, their story is angsty, heartfelt and honest. Without giving anything away, that twist and the story behind it is the reason I believe that I finally figured out just how consumed I was, even though I wasn’t a blubbering mess.
You don’t want to miss out on this story. Plus, anyone would die for the lyrics that Gage writes about Tess. Trust me, you want to be attached to these guys.