Saturday, November 29, 2014

Book Boyfriend ~ 11/29/14

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Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…

Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.

Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.

Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin...


Oh he has THAT look...

His arms were covered in tattoos and his chin-length dirty blond hair had this I-just-got-out-of-bed doing-things you-wish-you-were-doing look.  

And an Aussie accent...

I blamed his Australian accent on my complete inability to look at him --or talk to him-- without flushing.

He sees things...

His eyes swept down me, before returning to my face.  "If you were mine, and you were in that pool with some bloke I didn't know?  Hell yes.  I don't play games."

My breathing had stopped at if you were mine, and now I was struggling to stop looking at his lips, all full and inviting.  My eyes lifted back to his, and his expression said that he knew exactly what I was thinking. 

Patient and perceptive...

I closed my mouth and focused on the words pouring out from the guitarist, and each word seemed like it was meant just for us.  Words of passion and bravery and hope and love.  Words of longing and chance and willingness to try.  I closed my eyes as I took them in and felt Colt's breath against my cheek, my neck.

"I want to kiss you," he whispered, "but I won't.  Not yet."  I opened my eyes and turned toward him, his face so, so close.  "Why?"

"Because when I kiss you, I want to know that you're with me.  And only me."

Maybe a little philosophical...

He stood up, his body flush against mine.  "We're the same, you know.  Broken, but strong.  Misunderstood, but hopeful. make me want things I haven't wanted in a long time."

And sexy as hell...

I traced the edges of his pectoral muscles and abs, then stroked each hard line of the tattoo that curved from his left shoulder onto his chest.  I wanted to ask him to detail each part of it, how one image moved effortless into the next, like they told another story I hadn't yet heard.  But now wasn't the moment for talking.

Source:  Received an eBook copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.


First of all, this is not a cheating story.  Felt the need to get that out of the way.  Now let's talk about characters, story, writing and afterglow.

Characters.  Kara has some baggage.  Her mother made a choice for her that she hasn't been able to get past.  It effects a lot in her life without her really noticing.  It's definitely effecting her relationships.  She's uncomfortable with sex but her boyfriend has no idea.  I like her.  She's stronger than she gives herself credit for.  She looks but never acts on her feeling for Colt until after she's broken up with her boyfriend, Ethan.  I respect that.  But mostly, this girl makes mistakes and learns from them.  Lots of mistakes.  And the learning comes a lot because of Colt.  I liked that.

Speaking of Colt, I adore him.  He's an Aussie with an yummy accent.  But his best quality is how he sees Kara.  He gets her.  While he sees her relationship with Ethan isn't right, he doesn't act on his feeling for her.  His dad was a cheater and Colt never will be.  But he's a friend to her.  And he sees through the facade that she puts up for others to see but he never pushes her.  So patient.  So kind.  So there for her.  Before you think he's perfect, he does have daddy issues and some pain he's still dealing with.  That's where all his sexy tats come in.  Yeah, you can read it to find out about that.

Story.  What makes New Adult books so awesome is the world of possibilities that make those early adult years so interesting.  Some books have fallen into a formula that works fine but is just fine.  This series breaks out of that formula with issues that feel real but don't have set solutions.  It's not a matter of the couple getting together and everything is good.  No, the story happens after they are together.  The characters in this series grow and learn from the problems they face as they fall in love with each other.  It isn't a love conquers all kinda of thing but real growth.  I love that.  It feels more real.  Oh and I was so glad the quirky Rose was back in this one to shake things up.

Writing. I enjoy this authors writing.  It's easy to slide through the pages.  I started this Thanksgiving afternoon and finished it that night.  

Afterglow.  Yeah, it's still hanging on.  I want to keep thinking about that yummy Aussie and his girl.  Hopefully, they show up in the next book.  I'm pretty sure that will be Sarah's book.  Her story was set up in this one and it looks to be just as real as the rest have been.

This one will appeal to the New Adult reader and anyone who loves romance that's real.


Available December 2, 2014

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  1. I am glad you said it wasn't a cheating story. I was worried there for a minute. Haven't read a book with an Aussie in it in a while. Nice pick.

  2. I don't know why, but Aussie accents have never done it for me, haha. Interesting pick!