Wow! Heather Dahlgren blew me away with the intensity of emotions she instilled in me with the details surrounding Maddie’s background and the relationship with her mother. I don’t think I have ever wanted to jump inside a book, yell at a character, and slap some sense into them as much as I did with Maddie’s mother. This woman was in no way a “real” mother to Maddie – she was a monster. Her mother’s lifestyle, as well as the lessons she taught Maddie as a child, were the basis for how Maddie lived her life.
Ms. Dahlgren did a phenomenal job with providing just enough information so we understood how Maddie was affected, without taking away from the story of Maddie and Young. Maddie’s childhood was far from conventional, and her mother filled her head with garbage and conditioned Maddie to always be perfect and to expect certain things in life.
Maddie is who she is, and a large part of this is a result of how her mother raised (or didn’t raise) her. Her childhood is her secret, and she has developed her own ways to cope with the trauma she experienced at the hands of her mother. Some of the ways she deals with her past is to put up walls and not let anyone in, tell everyone she has no contact with her mother, and to not share any part of her childhood with anyone, including her two roommates, Kenz and Becca, who are more like sisters to her.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Commitment” and getting to know more about Young and Maddie. Maddie’s past was beyond troubling, while Young came from a supportive, caring, and fun family. This book had it all. There were intense emotions, healing, passion, and hot, steamy scenes. If you are looking for a book with passion in more ways than one, a heroine that is strong, yet fragile, and a great love story, this is it.
I personally recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It is a 5-star book.