Haunted by nightmares of her father’s street murder fifteen years ago, Kat Lane decides to face her fears and uphold his legacy of helping others by teaching inmates at a New York prison. There she meets arrogant Wesley Carter, who’s as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted, and with a reputation that ensures people will keep their distance.
As teacher and student, Kat and Carter are forced to leave their animosities at the door and learn that one should never judge a book by its cover. As Carter’s barriers begin to crumble, Kat realizes there’s much more to her angry student than she thought, leaving them to face a new, perilous obstacle: their undeniable attraction to one another.
When Carter is released and Kat continues to tutor him on the outside, the obstacles mount. Can they fight the odds to make their relationship work? Will Kat’s family and friends ever accept her being with someone of his background? And will Kat’s discovery of Carter’s role on the night her father died force them apart forever...or unite them?
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When Sophie Jackson first published A Pound of Flesh as fanfic a few years ago, it quickly became one of my all-time favorites, so when I heard she was publishing it, I was more than a little excited. I grabbed the book on release day and dove in... only to find that it's not the story I fell in love with so long ago.
Let me first say that Sophie Jackson writes beautifully. I absolutely adore her style and found myself rereading bits and pieces simply because I loved the way they flowed. Let me also say that I love Wes Carter and Kat Lane... they're phenomenal characters. They're both flawed and broken, surrounded by people who aren't necessarily good for them. But some of the things I loved most about the story way back when are noticeably absent and that definitely played a role in my inability to really enjoy this story.
We don't really get to see much of the conflict that Kat Lane's job and relationship pose once she and Carter give in to the feelings developing between them, and that's a shame. It's such a massive plot point up until then, and then it just kind of vanishes with little more than a whimper. That bummed me out, because I loved how it was handled originally. The same goes for Carter's fight for WCS. Loved how it was done originally... but I think it was wrapped too early and too neatly here.
Carter's counselor, Jack, vanishes about midway through the story in the same vein. One day he's there, the next we hear nothing else from him. Other major plot points have also undergone serious changes... take Max, for instance. I loved the drama he causes for Kat and Carter and how things ended for him in the previous version... no so here. His story takes a completely different path, and pmajor plot points from the previous version are obliterated along the way. I'm reserving judgement on his story until I read it, but I have to confess that I'm not as excited about it as I thought I would be.
The intensity and passion between Carter and Kat has also been turned down several notches. I think we get two complete love scenes between them. The rest are MIA. That disappointed me, because one thing Sophie Jackson does damn well is write intense, raw sex scenes. I was really looking forward to revisiting those because the woman has a talent for heat and steam, and I missed that.
All that said... I didn't hate A Pound of Flesh. Had I never read the original, I think I would have really enjoyed this story. Having read the previous version and fallen in love with it though, this one fell a little flat for me. Obviously publishing fanfic is an entirely different ballgame than publishing an original, and changes will be made. I'm just disappointed with how many were made here and how much of the story was sacrificed along the way.
That said, I give it 3 stars, and encourage you to give it a shot.