on December 6, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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What good is running AWAY when you only end up lost?
Cassandra Pierce had her whole "perfect" life planned out by her parents. One night of pure weakness and lust has her running away from it all and seeking refuge in Alamosa with her best friend. But it seems life has other plans for her when she finds herself lost in the small town of Keaton.
Jason Bradley is a charming country guy. He lives a simple life that’s nothing like what Cassandra is used to. A single moment in life changed everything he thought he once knew, leaving him with a broken heart and an unplanned future.
What happens in Keaton is nothing Cassandra or her heart could have ever prepared for. The instant connection she shares with Jason is no secret, but what they're keeping hidden from one another is. Will these two be able to find a way to trust each other or will their secrets tear them apart?
I think this review will be short and to the point. At least I hope. This book was just okay for me. In fact I came very close to not giving it 3 stars. However, the end of the story really turned some things around for me and I decided I owed it to my followers, the author, myself to write down my thoughts.
When I say the book was just okay I mean that exactly. For a debut book by an indie author it’s not bad. I would give it a C if I were grading it. I thought the plot was interesting. Based on the synopsis alone you should be intrigued but overall the story lacks cohesiveness. Cassandra is running from her life, from her parents. Already it sounds scandalous. She gets lost on her way to her friend. Now it’s sounding even better LOL. She ends up in a town where she meets Jason. He’s this sweet cowboy who’s immediately taken with Cassandra.
I was ready. I was expecting a snobby rich girl/hot as sin sexy cowboy riding in to save the day. But that’s not exactly what happens. Unfortunately, this is where things sort of fall apart for me. Cassandra is a double major and in her senior year of college. She’s also a straight A student. Yet she drops out of college and takes off without telling anyone but her best friend. All because of a “mistake” she made. Now granted it turns out to be a fairly significant mistake but definitely not one that you would drop everything and run for. That is unless you get a clear picture of her fear for her parents. Cassandra obviously has a difficult relationship with them. She’s says they’re strict even harsh but I never really felt her pain or her fears where they were concerned. Also she acts extremely naive one moment but then acts as if she was raised by an affluent family and doesn’t understand the life of the common people. For instance, she goes to Jason’s grandmother’s for dinner and is afraid to eat because she’s never had a home cooked meal before. She’s 21 not 12 why be so afraid to eat? She claims it’s because she only ever had restaurant or microwave food. What? Then when she walks up to the house Jason yells “Moose” and she ducks behind him cowering because she thinks there is really a moose heading her way. Um okay.
The circumstances that cause Cassandra to stay in the small town are somewhat justified. I’ll give her that. However, she’s there for several weeks and not one time picks up the phone to call her parents nor do they call her. Maybe we’re trying to establish a lack of parental interest but I found it irresponsible on Cassandra’s part. Especially given that she appears to be using Daddy’s money to fund things. The best friend does call and Mel is rightly concerned. But even there I had a hard time connecting. Mel would call, Cassandra would relay the daily events, they would say I love you and hang up. It was literally that cut and dry. I just never really felt the emotions from Cassandra. She just comes across as immature.
And her secret! Her reactions to it are so childish and again naive. It really bothered me that someone who is so bright would behave so poorly. I’m not talking about the situation she’s in or what happened to get her there. I’m talking about her melodramatic reaction to it.
But then there’s Trish, Jason’s mom, and I did find myself connecting with her. I’m not sure why but her parts seemed to be written better. I understood her, felt her emotions. I was happy she was there for Cassandra and that Cassandra felt she could lean on her.
I like Jason too. He was so unbelievably sweet I could almost taste the sugar. He comes across as genuine and there was really only one time that I felt a situation he was in was a bit contrived. I could clearly picture this sweet, sexy cowboy in my head and I liked him. I liked him a lot. He has a secret though and so our sweet, sexy cowboy becomes a bit mysterious too. I sorta kinda thought I knew what his secret was and I wasn’t too surprised when it came to light. I was shocked though at Cassandra’s yet again melodramatic reaction. Her reaction alone almost made me stop reading. I was completely befuddled.
I kept on though, determined to see how this would all play out. Boy was that a surprise. I thought I had it all figured it out but I was wrong and it ended with me in tears. TEARS and I tell ya what that alone pushed this story up to 3 solid stars. Then the epilogue happened which I found to be just as intriguing and mysterious as the synopsis for this book.
Hmmm…..I don’t think this was as short as I had hoped. Let me leave you with this, I will read the next book. One I’m hoping that the author spends more time developing Cassandra’s character and making her more, I don’t know, likable, believable, mature? Two, I felt the tide change with the ending of the story and now I’m fully engaged, I want to see what’s going to happen next.
The answer is NO by the way. There’s no cliffhanger but definitely more to the story.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
It was hard to sleep; I was tossing and turning more than ever before. The butterflies in my stomach were in full force as I recollected about each kiss Jason gave me; on my lips and on my bare skin. My thoughts were interrupted as I heard the beeping on my phone. I saw the light illuminating my room as I reached over to grab it; it was a text from Jason. I was suddenly extremely grateful I let him plug his number into my phone after we left the garage earlier today.
Are you asleep yet?
How could I be sleeping? His lips just rocked my world; my heart was racing too much to be sleeping.
Not a chance.
I put my phone down and got out of bed. I didn’t know what else to do so I let my body decide. It would have argued with my brain either way. I let my infectious craving for his lips guide me downstairs to his room as I quietly crept to his door.
I took a deep breath and tapped on his door. He swung it open immediately as if he knew I was on the other side. The room was dimly lit, but I could see just enough. He was standing there in nothing but boxers; I couldn’t help but look him up and down from head to toe. His mouth was open and his breathing was heavy as his chest rose and fell quickly, matching mine. It didn’t take long for the hunger inside to take over. He stepped forward and grabbed a hold of me, pulling me close to him as he took us over to his bed. I didn’t know where we were going to take this tonight, and quite frankly, I just didn’t care; all I knew was I needed to be with him. It could have been Jase, it could have been my hormones, but every part of me was craving his touch. I got a taste and I needed more.
“Cassie,” he whispered.
“Shhh,” I whispered back. I put my finger over his mouth. I didn’t want to hear what he was going to say, we had done enough talking for the night.
I stepped up closer to him, raising myself on my tippy toes so I was closer to his lips as I pressed mine hard against his. I heard a small moan escape him as he tangled his hands in my loose hair, pulling us onto the bed.
We fell onto the bed and I positioned myself with my back against it as Jason hovered over me, his arms on either side. I took my hands, placed them on his scruffy face, and pulled him closer to me. Somewhere between being pulled onto the bed and Jason hovering over me, our lips had lost each other; this was not going to work for me. I didn’t even have to pull hard as his lips curled up and lowered down to my face. “I’ve never seen you like this Sweetheart,” he whispered into my ear as he nibbled on it.
I was sure a soft moan escaped my lips as he took my ear into his mouth. “I’ve been holding it in,” I told him.
“I can tell,” he said quietly before running his lips down my neck then into the curve of my shoulder. It was making me shiver from my neck all the way down to the aching spot between my legs. He was trailing his way down my neck when I suddenly realized I needed to take off what was keeping him from continuing further down.
“Wait,” I breathed out. Jason lifted his lips from my skin as I wiggled my arms enough to slip off the cami I was wearing, throwing it to the side of the bed. He closed his eyes and let out a deep breath.
“Damn Cassie, you are going to be the death of me.” He opened his eyes back up, piercing them into mine. I needed more.
“Please keep going,” I begged him.
“You don’t have to beg, but it’s so damn sexy when you do,” he said softly as he brought his lips back to my skin, taking his time as he moved further down to my bare chest. He slowly grazed his lips across each breast before making his way down, trailing kisses until he got to the top of my yoga pants. He was driving me wild; I was having a hard time not ripping all my clothes off. This was not normal for me, but I loved every moment of it. He was bringing out a side of me that hadn’t existed before, and I hoped it didn’t go away.
I grabbed his upper arms and rolled us over so I was on top of him. I could feel that this was just as good for him as it was for me, as his excitement was sitting between my legs.
“Enjoying yourself?” I asked in the sexiest voice I could find.
“You have no idea. Now get down here,” he said as he pulled me down to his lips, biting down on my lower one before smiling and finally pressing our lips together again. Kissing him was what I always imagined it should feel like. Not wanting our lips to ever be apart because they felt too good pressed together. I knew deep down kissing had to be that amazing or people wouldn’t be so passionate about it. I completely understood it now and I could finally say the feeling happened to me. Jason, he made it happen, he was the spark that lit my lips on fire. I couldn’t help but go insane inside as his lips continued to kiss me like his life depended on it. I slowly released my lips from his and began placing kisses on his chin, running them all the way down from his chest to the very top of his boxers. I slowly raised myself up and loved seeing the satisfied grin plastered on his face. I put my hands on his shoulders and caressed them all the way down, feeling his chest form goose bumps as I did. I took my index finger and traced a line along the top of his boxers, making a soft moan rumble through him. I lowered myself back down on top of him; his hands grabbing my back as our bare chests collided together. I leaned my mouth close to his ear, whispering into it. “I know you green light this.”
That must have sparked something in him because I heard a growl escape his throat as he rolled us back so he was now hovering over me once again.
“Just so you know, I’m not this guy. I’m not normally the guy who has a hard time controlling himself. You seriously have me going crazy right now,” he said with a heavy breath.
“Just so you know. I like it.”
Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks
Wanted – Hunter Hays
If I Didn’t Have You – Thompson Square
Crash into Me – Dave Mathews Band
Sure Be Cool If You Did – Blake Shelton
Runnin Outta Moonlight – Randy Houser
Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean
Collide – Howie Day
Fix You – Coldplay
Wherever you will go – Lifehouse
Over You – Miranda Lambert