Buried Alive by Stacey Marie Brown
Nine years after a tragic accident, Hannah “Brennley” Evans has returned home to the snowy mountains of Whistler, Canada. This is the very place that destroyed her, where her whole world ended, and the reason she now goes by Hannah Jennings.
Struggling with his own tragic past, Rhys Axton, an infamous sexy snowboarding champion, wants nothing more than to be the next Olympic hopeful. Sex, snowboarding, and working out are all he cares about, which helps shut off the demons that haunt him and the family who rejected him.
The moment Hannah walks into his room, he knows something is different about her. Drawn to her, he can’t seem to stay away from the mysterious, guarded girl. They are two heartbroken souls who both understand the darkness.
Little does he know she lives in lies and carries secrets that will bring his universe to its knees and secrets that will bury them both alive.
Hannah and Rhys are complicated.
They’re not strangers, but Rhys isn’t sure why she’s familiar to him. I kind of found this hard to believe but I can go with it since it has been almost a decade since he’s seen her last.
They’re having a hard time being friends. Rhys wants her, though he can’t say exactly why, and Hannah wants him, though the guilt she lives with draws her in and yet makes her want to run away.
There were so many secrets, so many unknowns and so many ways this could have gone. I can honestly say I didn’t expect to find out what I did. It was even more heartbreaking than I expected, it made sense, but it completely blindsided me.
When everything is finally revealed, I felt like Rhys was incredibly hard on Hannah for something that she had very little control over. It was harsh. Especially, when that man is in no way a saint.
Carrie, his past/current, talk about complicated, fuck buddy was a constant issue for me in this book. For someone who was adamant that he was done with her games and done caving to her questionable charms, he allowed her to get away with a lot. Actually, the only person in his mini entourage I cared for was Shaun, his coach.
Hannah frustrated the hell out of me. Her emotions were all over the board, and I get the reasons why, they’re understandable. And, I almost felt for Rhys with Hannah’s constant back and forth over whether she wanted them to try or just say fuck it.
But, even with all the complications. All the hurt feelings and mixed signals. The relationship between Rhys and Hannah will pull you in and twist you up by the end. You won’t know whether you should love, or hate, Rhys and his man-whore ways. Whether you should feel badly for Hannah or blame her for what happened so many years ago. And really, it’s going to be different for everyone who reads Buried Alive.