Monday, 12 January 2015

Blog Tour: Kirsty Dallas' "Violet Addiction".

The Hopeless Romantics book blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Kirsty Dallas' "Violet Addiction". 


There was no bright light in my death, but perhaps that is because I wasn’t destined for the angelic beauty of heaven. No, my short lived life had been played out with so much sin and excess that there would no doubt be a special cage in hell with my name on it. In my death, I felt and saw nothing. No warmth, no cold, no light, no darkness, just nothing. 

When I woke, he was gone, the only piece of perfection in my ugly world. Part of me was grateful that he had finally found the good sense to leave. Another part of me was broken, irrevocably and agonizingly broken.

Review-Jo Rushton 

Just reading the synopsis sets the mood of this story. "Violet Addiction" was heartbreaking, painful and at time's extremely hard to read, yet it was story that I quickly became invested in. Violet's journey through hell and back was one that I wanted to follow. I wanted to make sure that she came out of that journey with a much deserved smile on her face. 

Violet was a girl with so many problems. My heart broke for her, over and over again. The life that she was born into had left it's mark and Violet spent the majority of her life attempting to escape her demons through alcohol and drug use. I felt so sorry for her. She was a girl who was lost in a world of darkness. She had lost all hope. 

How on earth could I give him love when I couldn't even hold a handful for myself.

Violet's life (at times) made for some upsetting reading as she traveled down the path of addiction. I felt myself becoming increasingly angry and disappointed with her for the choices that she made but at the same time, my heart went out to her. It is often said that an addict has to hit rock bottom before they realize what they need to do to turn their life around. I think this was very true for Violet. 

I needed the drugs so bad my body trembled with want.

Cain was Violet's lifelong friend. He had been there for her throughout all her ups and downs, and with Violet there was a lot of downs. Cain was her rock. Her supporter through thick and thin. Cain demonstrated his love for Violet, time and time again. He was devoted to her. For someone so young he acted so selflessly and maturely. He was relentless in his need to protect Violet but how long would he continue to be there for her? 

"This is meant to be babe, baby, you and me. You got to stop fighting it. 
Please just let me love you the way you were meant to be loved." 

I could truly empathize with Cain and understood his heartache and frustrations. He was watching the girl he loved spiral out of control. Addiction completely takes over a persons life. They become lost in their own selfish world. Their poor loved ones are left in an impossible situation, not knowing what to do for the best. It appeared that Cain was fighting a loosing battle with Violet. 

"I don't know how to make this right, I don't know how to take your pain away, Violet."

Violet's journey wasn't all dark and gloomy. The second half of the story was a pleasant change and I found myself feeling hopeful and positive for Violet and Cain. With help and support, Violet found the courage and strength she needed to fight the addiction. I admired her for this. Addiction is not something you can cure, it is something that you have to live with forever and Violet faced many struggle's on her road to recovery. 

The battle to slip into old habits was a constant war within me, 
and some days, I wondered if it would be easier to just give in.

I was introduced to Kirsty's writing when I first read "Decker's Wood", which I absolutely fell in love with. Now, with this story Kirsty has gone in entirely different direction all together. From a dreamy and hilarious romance to a story that was emotional and hard hitting. This just proves what a talented writer Kirsty is. Kirsty has done a fantastic job of covering an extremely difficult subject, the story was brilliantly written and pulled me in from the first page. 

I truly loved reading this story and being able to share Violet and Cain's journey. It was well worth the heart braking ride. 

On the days when the world was too heavy, too dark, and too cold, 
I knew I had something other than drugs to turn to. I had Cain.

"Violet Addiction" gets 4.5 Courageous Hearts from me. 

About Kirsty:

I grew up on the beaches of North Queensland, Australia before migrating south to the iconic Gold Coast in 1995. I traded the surf and my bikini for pajama's and a computer when I embarked on writing professionally in 2012. I write first and foremost for myself. I write characters and ideas that come from my heart, then take shape and evolve into entire landscapes in my mind.

I am fascinated with most creative outlets --- photography, art, music, you name it, I love it. I don't take life too seriously and I love to hear from fans and other like-minded, creative people. So drop me a line or come hang out on Facey or over at the Twitter-verse!

Connect with Kirsty: 

Twitter: @kirstydallas

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