Lexi’s life has never been easy. Her mother’s violence, neglect and eventual abandonment leave Lexi and her brother, Matt desperately trying to survive on their own. A chance meeting with a handsome stranger, Noah, has her heart racing. And her future looks bright for the first time in her life.
One tragic night everything is taken away and Lexi’s life is once again thrust into the unknown.
Forced to pick herself up and carry on with her life, she longs for the missing pieces of her heart. Hoping that somehow true love finds a way back to her.
A little about Kolleen first:
Kolleen is a wife, mom, author, beta reader and blogger.
When she isn’t making her house a home for her husband and two young children she enjoys reading everything from paranormal to romance to YA and dark stories. But she spends her free time being held hostage by her current work in progress and letting her characters come to life through her words on paper.
Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.8-Star
Exposure by Kolleen Fraser is a very well done story. I do like the cover, and while I think it speaks well for the story, it does not show anything of the dark side within. The writing is gripping and will carry you along in a torrent of emotion. Exposure is a dark romance, and it will take you into a world not often visited.
While this is a romance, Exposure is not your typical romance. The main character, Lexi is born into a horrid life with an even horrible mother. Her one beckon of light is her brother Matt. When their mother abandons them, they strike out on their own and try to make it. Lexi manages to carry on, even meeting a boy and making a best friend.
But, it’s not to be and when someone close to her is murdered. Lexi has to start all over again in a cruel world where people take your soul. Kolleen Fraser does a spectacular job of putting you smack-dab in the middle of all the darkness that is Lexi’s life. The author helps you understand what it’s like to be a high school cutter with nowhere to turn, a rapist step-father, and a brother who does his best to care for them.
Be ready with some tissue to wipe away your tears with this book.
There were a few formatting issues, like a blank page between each chapter that were distracting, and I felt the writing could be a tad stronger with the addition of some of the 5 senses. The sex scenes were good but could use some 5 senses as well. For this reason, I give the book 4.8-stars. Kolleen’s ability to bring you all the way into Lexi’s world feels like real life.
I recommend Exposure to anyone who likes to read a love story with extremely flawed characters who overcome adversity to triumph.
RA Winter’s Review: 4.5-Stars
Exposure by Kolleen Fraser.
This book delves deep into the psyche of a young girl, Lexi. Her life is one bad situation on top of another until finally something great happens.
She meets a guy and makes friends for the first time.
Lexi is a cutter, and although at first, it put me off, I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. Cutting and the psychological reasons behind them aren’t something that you find in most romance books. It brought in another layer to the character. It brought her to life.
Things are great for a while until a death hit her hard. She’s uprooted and flounders into a real depression.
A new family brings her out of her despair, but thoughts always turn to her first love, Noah.
This is a great read for those who think that the worst has happened to them and can’t pull themselves out of it. If life seems to be greener over the other hill, young Lexi is stuck in a padlocked pig pen and on the other side is a desert, until she pulls herself up and makes something of herself.
She takes charge of her life.
Inspirational? Possibly, the young high schooler got her life together and made something of herself. Yes, she pined for a boy, her dead friend, and lost brother but she went on, as all of us have to. She could have drowned in her sorrows. She could have ended her life. Once she took control of herself, she fulfilled a life-long dream.
Then loved found her again.
I enjoyed this very much. The twist and turns were unexpected but true to life. This isn’t a fairytale romance. This could be someone’s life and it reads like a true story.