Series: Avoiding, #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Published on July 9th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After 2 years without speaking, she receives a phone call that changes everything. He unexpectedly asks her to convince the new girl, Bekah, that he's ready to commit. Jack is calling now after everything they had been through because there is another woman. She can't believe it. Follow Lexi in this heart wrenching drama as she relives her past relationship, or lack thereof, with Jack, and not just in her own mind, but to his fiance-to-be. Throw in Bekah's hot brother who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a past with more secrets to unravel than you can even imagine, and you get a recipe for disaster. Find out what happens to Lexi as she travels to Atlanta to get the closure she so desperately desires from Jack, and how the bumps of life seem to keep getting in the way.
My head and heart are in disarray from this book…where the hell should I start? Ok, I’ll start by saying I am surprised at how much I loved this book (as it’s was riddled with angst and heartache–things I hate reading). This was absolutely a 4.5 star read for me. That being said, hopefully my review won’t scare you off from reading this book…
This book had been sitting on my TBR shelf for quite a while now, and thanks to my trusty friends at audible.com, I was able to finally experience the clusterf**k that was this story. If I could change the title of this book, I’d call it “Web of Lies” or “Balls In My Face”. The story goes back and forth throughout, taking place in “The Past” and “The Present”. Let me tell you, I LOVED this. It keeps you on your toes. You enter into the story thinking it’s gonna go one way, but then a chapter later, you’ll come to learn some…”past events” that will completely take the wind out of your sails, burst your bubble, rain on your parade, and make you wanna slam your head into a wall. But in a good way…if that makes any sense. Aside from the format, this story will flip your world’s cozy little axis, and leave your mind blown, and your heart in pieces.
Wanna know more? Let’s jump right to the good stuff, shall we?
Have you ever had a friend who comes to you for relationship advice? I’m talking the kind of advice where tough life-altering decisions and actions are involved? LORD knows I have. Let me tell you how that typically plays out:
Step One: Your friend is “So over it”. Sometimes said friend throws out things like: “He’s a dick”, “He says he’ll change, but he never does”, “All these wasted years on this dog”, or “I could do better!”
Step Two: Then you give them sound advice, you both have a “GIRL POWER!” moment where said friend “ain’t dealin’ with his shit no mo’, no matter how much he begs”. (insert fist pumping, a bottle of wine, and Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Woman” or Pistol Annies “Hell On Heels” blasting on your radio.)
Step Three: You feel confident that you’ve empowered your friend to go out unto the world of “relation-shits” to execute operation “DUMP HIS ASS”. You pat yourself on the back. You tell your friend to call you the moment the deed is done, so that you can go out and celebrate her freedom.
Step Four: You get that phone call. Your hand’s on the cork of the celebratory bottle of champagne, cause your friend, (that BITCH), the same girl who was singing about “put a ring on it” and “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” only hours before, alerts you of “things not going as planned”. You try to keep you cool as you listen to your friend tell you “it’s different this time”, “he was really sorry”, “he swears to get his shit together”…
Step Five: A week later, your friend realizes she made a mistake. She was wrong about everything. Instead of taking the path to greener pastures filled with “no more drama”, she chose to take the road that led to heartache and disaster…Which then starts the vicious cycle of repeating all aforementioned steps…
Well, reading this book made me feel like I was going through that kind of experience. Brace thyself.
Now, let’s talk characters, shall we? I’ll start with our “Georgia Peach” Lexi. Gymnast. Law Student. PYT, “Cutie with a booty”. Single white female. Good head on her shoulders…at least before one fateful trip to the beach in which her good sense and dignity both got lost in the sand, and washed out to sea
Enter Jack…hot, sexy, career-driven…satisfies your caffeine cravings and apparently throws down some mighty good SEXUAL HEALING and to say he has “commitment issues” is putting it lightly. That Jack(ass) really does a number on our sweet peach, Lexi. Their TOXIC friendship/relationshit/escapades leaves our darlin’ Lexi a mess.
I’ll turn to Michael Bublé to put in his two cents…
Want more insight into Jack & Lexi? Excuse me as I break out the song lyrics:
“You only know what I want you to
I know everything you don’t want me to
Oh your mouth is poison, your mouth is wine
You think your dreams are the same as mine
Oh I don’t love you but I always will”
(“Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars)
“Oh, you’re in my veins
And I cannot get you out
Oh, you’re all I taste
At night inside of my mouth
Oh, you run away
‘Cause I am not what you found
Oh, you’re in my veins
And I cannot get you out”
(“In My Veins” by Andrew Belle)
“Sometimes this road that we travel
Feels like it’s leading us on
And spinning our wheels just stirs up the gravel
Before you know it, it’s gone.”
(“I Hope You’re The End Of My Story” by Pistol Annies)
If only Jack would’ve asked me, I could’ve solved all his problems with ONE SOLUTION:
Don’t worry, this book isn’t only about JUST Lexi & Jack. Oh, that would be too easy. Enter wrench in plan. Said wrench goes by the name “Ramsey” (*drools*). (There are also other mens in the story, but damn, ain’t nobody got time for all that.)
View Spoiler »I called the “Armani guy” reference pretty early on…I knew there was a reason he was mentioned. When Ramsey was adamant about having met Lexi before, I knew that was the only thing that it could’ve been…but damn, K.A. Linde is one crafty bitch. Well played. « Hide Spoiler
Ramsey: muscle-y (RELEVANT!), rich, successful, funny, hot, muscle-y (oops, did I already mention that? Oh well, still relevant!), and romantic. *Scale tips in his favor* My only gripe about him, would be that he didn’t “enter” sooner. (For those who have read this…you see what I did there? For those that haven’t, that could mean one of MANY things…hahaha)
THEN, there’s BEKAH. Sister of my beloved Ramsey (or “Ram-Ram” as I affectionately call him), so I’ll just say she’s rich. She’s…relavant, but irrelevant at the same time. Inconveniently convenient. Irrelevantly relevant.
Last but not least, there’s Lexi’s disgustingly rich, and incredibly perceptive friend, Chyna. This girl had all the right ideas. The best advice. Tells you not what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. If only Lexi would heed more of her advice.
These characters alone have their own dynamic that they add to the “Shit-uation” that is this story, and together, it’s unmistakably “cray-cray”. Another word that I could use to describe it: “ESCANDALO!”
This book will drive you nuts. This book will make you mad. This book will make you question your sanity. I hope you have your eReaders in protective cases, cause I’m certain you’ll wanna chuck them against a wall while reading as well. My advice for you: keep a glass of wine in your hand at all times. Maybe a Xanax. Maybe do both? Yeah, you’ll need both.
In other words, this book was ROCKED MY WORLD…(so hard, I needed anti-depressants and strong drink.)
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