Review: The Replacement – Rachael Wade
All her life, all Elise Duchamp has wanted is to be accepted. She knows the very reason behind why she does the things she does, though she won’t openly admit it. In her mind, doing so allows her to live her life exactly as she sees fit. It doesn’t matter that she’s considered to be the town’s tramp. She chose that very life from the moment everything changed so long ago. She won’t have things any other way.
Everything changes from the moment she meets the rugged and quite sexy Ryder. He’s everything she could ever want in a man. Beautiful, loving, patient, and oh-so-good! The man makes her feels things she knows she shouldn’t feel. Feelings that soon start throwing her world into limbo.
Determined to do things exactly as she’s been doing them for so long, Elise does her best to ignore the fact that her heart is slowly melting for Ryder. Everything he does draws her to him. It doesn’t matter that he’s a drifter, so to speak. Nor does it matter that he’s willing to spend as much time with her as possible.
As things continue to progress between them, Elise comes to the realization that Ryder is too good to be true. She refuses to believe that he’s spending time with her just because he wants to. That he truly enjoys her company. She broken and rotten. There’s no way he could like someone like her. If she’s to succeed in sorting through her past and her emotions, she’ll need to start trusting herself once more in the process. The question is, how can she do that when she’s not sure where to start?
A bittersweet love story, The Replacement tells a tale of a young woman seeking acceptance from those around her. People don’t seem to realize that she does what she does because she’s trying to overcome a difficult past. All they see is someone hell-bent on destruction.
I found this story to be very relatable in this day and age. There are a good many women who go through what Elise goes through every day. No one seems to understand that all these women want is for someone to love and care for them. They just don’t know how to properly make that fact known. Thanks for a great read, Rachael. I’ve truly enjoyed the story.
Available for purchase via the following retailers: Amazon.
*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*
A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.
My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.
No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.
All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.
But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.
Criminal – Fiona Apple
Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey (Theme Song)
Burning Desire – Lana Del Rey (Elise’s Song)
Off to the Races – Lana Del Rey (Masked Ball Scene)
Who Will Save Your Soul – Jewel
9 Crimes – Damien Rice
Breathe Me – Sia
Foolish Games – Jewel
These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra
Just Give Me a Reason – Pink
Hole in My Hand – Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Hands – Jewel
Poison and Wine – The Civil Wars
Society – Eddie Vedder version (Ryder’s song)
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac (Thanksgiving Day Scene)
In the Sun – Joseph Arthur
Winter – Tori Amos
Born to Die – Lana Del Rey (Elise and Ryder’s Song)
Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey (Elise’s song for Ryder)
Época – Gotan Project
Spark – Tori Amos
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Tori Amos version
Please Don’t Leave Me – Pink
Empty – Ray LaMontagne
Jolene – Ray LaMontagne
Thin Line – HoneyHoney
This Year’s Love – David Gray
House of the Rising Sun – Animals
Be Be Your Love – Rachael Yamagata
Secrets – OneRepublic
National Anthem (album version) – Lana Del Rey (Epilogue)
About The Author:
Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of THE PRESERVATION SERIES, LOVE AND RELATIVITY, and the upcoming New Adult sci-fi series, THE KEEPERS TRILOGY.
When she’s not writing, she’s busy going to concerts, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. She’s an avid Brandi Carlile fan and loves all things Tim Burton.
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