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- Publisher: Entangled: Embrace (22 Jan. 2018)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0786N258W
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I think this is the second book in a series and I haven't read the first book. Actually, I've checked and it seems to be a follow on from the Finding Perfect duology. The reason for my rambling is that the hero of this book, Luke Madison apparently featured quite heavily in Defying Gravity and may have been a bit of a douche. Anyhoo, Luke has returned home from college to Aspen, where his parents run a sportswear shop, he has made the monumental decision to quit school and go all-out to make a career out of snowboarding or SBX. He's sunk all his inheritance into paying for a coach and dedicating his time to training, no matter what his parents have to say on the subject. He also still has a crush on his younger brother's girlfriend Zoey, but the (unknown) events of last year have led him to take a long hard look at himself and he didn't really like the player he had become.
Charlotte and Luke first meet at the diner, he is instantly attracted to her but she is put off, first because he looks like a pretty boy player and second because she wants to focus all her effort on studying. But after he comes to her rescue when a group of snotty, entitled, kids dine and dash Charlotte thinks there might be a better man underneath than she originally thought.
But when the stakes are high, do either of them have time for love?
I liked this but I didn't love it. Whilst I normally rail against the YA/NA need for excessive angst I felt this had too little conflict, too little grit. It all took place in such a short period of time as well so there was no development of conflict with Luke's parents or with Charlotte's mother's illness. Lots of things were hinted at ... and never happened. It was as though the book had a page limit and so all the sub-plots and angst got ditched just to get the basic story told.
Although there is sexual content it still felt very PG romance, complete with a cartoon villain SBX rival.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Charlotte wants to be a doctor and is studying every minute she has. She works in a coffee shop, goes to bed early and is determined to achieve her goals. She doesn't need any distractions. Luke is a very unwelcome eye candy, but the more she looks the brighter he shines.
Fate has brought these two together and it doesn't matter how much they fight it. Luke's arrival home doesn't go as planned and he finds his peace in the coffee shop.
I've read a few books by this author and I always look forward to what she will come up with next. Its safe to say I'm starting to become a fan. Suttonville sentinels are my favourite; The bad boy bargain is at the top.
4 stars out of 5.
*I received Crazy Love in exchange for an honest review.
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“I just want to make sure this is worth it. I actually like my family, cheesy as that sounds. I don’t want to be disinherited and come in ninth at the trials.”
Luke’s previous relationships have all been of the player-variety, but he’s tired of those and wants a relationship instead. Luke’s given up a lot to compete in the SBX regionals – he’s withdrawn from college, possibly alienating his family, who were counting on him to join the family company after he graduates. It’s not that he doesn’t want to do that, eventually, just that he knows he has a time limit for how long he can compete competitively at snowboard cross.
Charlotte thinks Luke’s just another pretty-boy player, and she’s been there, done that before. She also doesn’t want any distractions from studying for the MCAT. She only has one retake left, and while she has a backup plan for being a physician’s assistant, she’s dreamed of being a neurologist since she was a child. Her mom has multiple sclerosis , and she’s realized what a difference a caring and compassionate doctor can make to patients and their families, and she luckily both loves the science behind it and wants to help people.
“‘I seem to have developed a taste for SBX. Those guys are pretty sexy, you know.’
Luke cupped her cheek. ‘I was hoping you’d say that. Because I’ve developed a taste for smart, gorgeous medical-school hopefuls.’”
Of course, Charlotte eventually agrees to go on a date with him, and their romance is just so sweet. The chemistry between them is steamy, and you can definitely feel their attraction to each other. I had nostalgic flashbacks to my college-age romances, so I think Ms. Highley really hit it out of the party with the relationship. But it’s not just physical attraction, but the start of a friendship as well. Luke gives Charlotte a beginner’s snowboarding lesson, and cooks her dinner. Charlotte cheers for him at his races and is there to lend an ear when his family issues come to a head. They support each other. Charlotte realizes there are times when Luke needs to focus on his training, and Luke helps boost Charlotte’s confidence for the MCAT.
Despite the various medical and family issues, this book is remarkably low angst, and also a bit low conflict. Despite that, there is a nice emotional payoff. The inevitable “you’re a distraction” argument happens relatively early in the book, and the rest of the conflict is provided by worrying whether Luke will make it into the regionals or not. I had no idea snowboard cross even existed before this book, let alone that it was an Olympic sport, and after reading a certain scene (you’ll know which one, lol) I had to look up and watch several races on YouTube (and, uh, Charlotte was right, they are HOT). Luke’s runs down the mountain are described in detail, and I loved it.
Most of the characters – besides the ones who weren’t supposed to be – are very likable. I especially loved their families – they’re both conflict and comfort for the characters. It was nice to see two young twenty-somethings who both love their families, while at the same time understanding what might be best for themselves may not be right for their families.
I was somewhat surprised to see that there was a previous book with Parker, Zoey and Luke. I did feel like I was missing something with the first reunion between the three in the very first chapter, but otherwise this works perfectly fine as a standalone. I’d love to see a follow-up book with Evangeline and Kit!
Overall, this is a sweet, heartwarming romance, and I’ll definitely be looking up more books by Ms. Highley. A good read for while you’re snowed in at your apartment and waiting for your boyfriend to show up on his dad’s snowmobile!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
• Luke - An aspiring SBX racer, who is worried about upsetting the family plan after withdrawing from college in order to chase his dreams.
• Charlotte - A take-no-nonsense, independent waitress, who has fled her life in Arizona in hopes that a change of scenery will help her conquer the MCAT and begin earning her medical degree.
After Luke gallantly assists Charlotte tim some unruly customers at the Cafe, sparks fly and a small flame ignites between them, but is Luke ready for a long term relationship, and will they be able to nurture a new relationship while chasing their dreams?
Five things I loved about this book:
1. Luke and Charlotte were both super likable, and I really admired their dedication to their dreams. They were considerate, caring, self-sacrificing, determined, and not afraid of hard work. I was rooting for both of them the whole time.
2. This book is full of really healthy relationships. The hero and heroine of this story are adults, but their families, and their friends families, play a role in the story. I loved them all! The parents were obviously in love with each other and obviously loved their children. They spoke openly, honestly, and with care. Extra points for Mr. and Mrs. Bzdyl, because they were so lovely and served as a wonderful surrogate family for Charlotte.
3. I hate winter, snow, and the outdoors, but I loved all the action sequences on the mountain. I was not very familiar with SBX racing, but Highley put me right out there, in the heat of the moment with Luke.
4. This was a fun, low drama story. I was looking for something on the lighter side after reading two books about abuse, and this was exactly what I needed. My heart soared with every success Charlotte and Luke achieved, and my cheeks hurt from all the smiling I was doing.
5. I will always praise a strong ending, and this ending was strong. I actually have some tears of joy in my eyes at the end of this book.
Overall: If you are looking for a fun and light sports romance, that will leave you feeling happy, look no further. File this under the-fluff-that-makes-me-happy, because I am still feeling quite jubilant from this story.