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Now, it's fair to say that Mia is a bit of a troubled soul, has trust issues and is seeking to mend her broken heart somehow with meaningless sex. Then she gets a "too good to be true" offer and the shenanigans really begin. And what a shady path it is that the reader is taken down.
It was very easy to get caught up in this story. Mia is an intensely frustrating character. Ethan is significantly more likeable, and the supporting cast of Mia's friends all have their own unique voices and character traits,and are more than just background noise to the narrative.
That said, for me at least, the real jewel in this book is the connection between Mia and Ethan. Initially at a simmer, but rapidly increasing to boiling!
Ms Koenig's writing evoked an emotional response from me, and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
~I hated this pain. I hated being numb all the time. I hated that my life's ambitions vanished because of him. I hated myself for allowing him into my heart, only to have him break it so badly that I barely found the pieces. I'd never be able to put them back together. The damage was so severe that any attempt to fix them was useless.~
Mia Ryan may not have had the best family life growing up, but she was well on her way to achieving all her dreams when it all gets ripped away from her as a result of the worst kind of betrayal by the one man she trusted most in the world. Her ex destroyed her, tore away her future, and abandoned her all in one fell swoop; to say she now has trust issues would be an understatement. Never again will she lay her heart on the line and she lives her life hiding behind the walls now surrounding her heart; the only people she allows close to her are her roommates who also happen to be her best friends and the closest thing she has to family. When an opportunity arises to get herself back into journalism, it comes at a price and with a huge risk; but the payoff just may be worth it. She jumps in with both feet, but with a necessary cautiousness and even a little bit of guilt at the lengths she will go to to get back what she lost. When she meets Ethan Fitzgerald she knows she is in trouble; he is the first man to banish the numbness from her soul, awakening a part of her she thought long dead and turning her on with barely any effort... he is also the one man she needs to avoid getting involved with at all costs. It's to bad for her that Ethan has set his sights on her and when he wants something, nothing stands in his way. He pursues her with a relentlessness that both excited her and scares her, but what will happen when he discovers the real reason Mia entered his life in the first place?
~It took everything in my power to walk past him, acting like what he said meant nothing whatsoever to me, when on the inside, I was a bloody mess. He wasn't going to back down. I wasn't sure if it turned me on or tormented me.~
I cannot even begin to explain how much I loved this book, in so many ways, for so many reasons. Yes- it is a romance, but it's so much more than that. It is a known fact from very early on that Mia is getting herself into a situation that may be more dangerous than she anticipated, but as the story goes on it also becomes clear that she really has no idea just what she was signing up for or why. Everyone is hiding something, everyone has a secret agenda, and no one is what they seem. Each and every chapter is steeped in deception, danger, and a lust so thick you will choke on it. The chemistry between Mia and Ethan will burn up your kindle, the insta-lust is quite evident, but don't take that to mean they jump in the sack right from the word go; oh no- there is a build up that will leave even the readers a sexually frustrated sopping mess as the cat and mouse between these two last for at least 50% of the book. But when it finally does happen.... just dayum. Seriously explosive and hott-as-hell and so totally worth the wait. And as a side note; FINALLY someone else sees the yumminess that is peanut butter on pancakes!! there really is no other way to eat them ;)
I also loved the relationships between Mia and her roommates, it's easy to see how much they all love each other and they really are their own family with a history stretching most of their lives. Each with their own personalities, each with their own quirks, and each of them bring out a different side of Mia that you wouldn't see without their interactions. The only thing that could have made this book absolutely perfect for me was a little bit of POV jumping; the book is told entirely from Mia's end and I would kill to see just what the hell Ethan is really thinking. Ultimately what really did my head in, what laid me out and screaming, was the freaking ending. There will definitely be some WTF's flying around here, but take comfort in the fact that book two 'Complicated' is already available ~ yes, I checked!! I CANNOT WAIT to get my greedy little hands on that one, I'm dying to see what else is in store for this fantastic couple, and hell-everyone else in this story. M.M. Koenig has secured her spot on my One-Click-Addiction List with this gem and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
~He had infiltrated the wall within my heart. He had pressed upon it until it had cracked at his advances. In his pursuit for me to surrender to him, he stole a piece of me. It aggravated me as much as it exhilarated me because I didn't share that side of me anymore.~
Happy Reading xo Jenn @ BookwormBetties
Mia ended up being booted out of college through no fault of her own, her good for nothing ex meant that when they showed her the door, she was gone for good. But when she gets the opportunity to set her life back on course, while perhaps not what she wants to do, it is a case of needs must and as such she takes the job.
But like they say when one door closes another one opens and despite the circumstances, her new job brings her more than she had considered because it is through it that she meets Ethan.
Ethan is fairly quiet, keeps himself to himself, he has a history that you immediately want to unravel, he was a little like Mia in a lot of ways, keeping people at bay wherever possible but there is a chemistry between the pair of them that is undeniable, but unfortunately in this case I have a feeling that it will take a lot more than chemistry to find them a happy ever after, because this book has enough twists and turns to cause you whiplash, it is full of lies and deceit and you will have no option but to inhale deeply and count to ten just to stop yourself hyperventilating .
I mean how much s*** do you have to have piled on top of you before you eventually stand up for yourself and call time on it all, because dear lord, this is a mountain of pain in these pages
I liked Ethan, he was a great character, charming and strong, easy to fall for and the author pitched him just right because he was easy to get attached too. Mia well she was harder to get a handle on, I thought she needed to just grow up much of the time, she allowed others too much control and seemed content to take a back seat a little too often for my liking but I have to say that I liked her resolve.
The peripheral characters were necessary to add dimension to the story, and they really did make all the difference. I also have a sneaky feeling that a few of them will have a lot more to say in subsequent books... yippee.
Overall a good read, it has potential to grow and I hope that, that full potential is realised in the next book.
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Conflicted is book #1 in the Secrets and Lies series by M.M. Koenig. It’s the first book I have read by this author and I was lucky enough to have been gifted...Read more