Book Review ~ Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa

Where Life Takes You - Claudia Y. Burgoa

I really had high hopes for Where Life Takes You after reading the reviews and seeing the high ratings, but I am going to have to admit that it was somewhat of a struggle for me to get through this story.  Was it bad?  Absolutely not!  In my opinion there was just too many characters and too much back and forth with past and present events.  The information was valuable to the story but it was just challenging to keep up with everything that was going on.

This was definitely a very emotional story that dealt with some tough issues and I became emotionally vested with Becca.  She has some major psychological issues stemming from parental neglect, bullying and rape, but as I read the story, I watched her grow emotionally and battle her demons, becoming a much stronger woman as the story progressed.
Initially I really liked Dan.  I mean, what's not to like? He's rich, sexy and he deeply cares for Becca, ensuring that her every need is taken care of.  But (and this is a deal breaker for me) he is extremely overprotecting and controlling, and at times I felt like I was being smothered by his presence in the story. I love a strong Alpha male character in a book, but he was a bit too much for my liking.
Overall, this was a well written book that will definitely take the reader to places they weren't expecting in a romance novel.  It deals with some very tough issues that will leave you with feelings of anger and sadness.  I am glad that I was given the chance to read and review this book and was given the opportunity to take this emotionally charged journey with Becca and hope she finds her 'Happily Ever After' in book two.