BECAUSE OF YOU, by ReShelle Workman
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: January 18, 2016
Cover Artist: The Cover Lure
There’s a first time for everything… and sometimes that means a first time at a second chance.
It’s been seven years since Maddie Martin’s parents died. Their killer wasn’t just a random stranger, but her best friends’ father. Kyle Hadley. The boy she’s been in love with since she was old enough to understand the emotion, the boy she promised all of her firsts to. Worst of all, Kyle’s father got away with it, and Maddie hasn’t seen Kyle since.
That changes on her first day of college. Seeing Kyle again brings back all of her childhood feelings of friendship and love for him, but it also brings back the anger, sorrow, and pain she’s been trying to bury because of his father.
Kyle Hadley has no idea why Maddie quit talking to him, especially when he needed her most. But he got over it, refusing to waste his life mourning the only girl he ever loved. There are too many women, too much of life to experience to bother thinking about Maddie. Except he does. And when he sees her again, he knows it.
But there are problems beyond Kyle and Maddie and their old feelings. The two of them are in danger and one or both might end up dead.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Again… although this book had dual first person perspectives, for the most part, I did find this book readable… despite a few instances of confusion where I forgot which character was narrating.
As the book went on, I did find the blurb made a bit more sense. I felt a lot of sympathy for both Maddie and Kyle and it was hard to blame either of them for how things had ended up… even though I did think that Kyle was a bit of a jerk to pretend he didn’t know Maddie at first. And while Maddie’s feelings were understandable, I did disagree quite strongly with some of her opinions.
I enjoyed seeing Maddie’s friendship with Gina and I would have liked to see more of Gina. I felt that she came across as broken as Maddie and it was good to see the two of them try to navigate friendships and the problems they each had.
I thought that many of the scenes between Maddie and Kyle were sweet, though I did end up forgetting that there was supposed to be more happening. I didn’t feel that there was a lot of danger that the characters were involved in… and the romance did overshadow most of the rest of the plot.
I did like that things weren’t perfect between Maddie and Kyle and that there were issues on both sides. I had a strong dislike for Evan right at the beginning… and towards the end of the book, I felt the storyline became disjointed. There was too much glossing over of things and I was confused about characters suddenly appearing.
While there were a couple of surprises in this book, I didn’t feel that they were surprises that made sense. I would have liked to see a bit more foreshadowing with certain situations.
I liked the opportunity to see the meanings behind Maddie’s tattoos and I thought that she was a realistically flawed character. Kyle’s reputation didn’t make a lot of sense, but I still liked the relationship they had. It was also cool to see references to some popular culture.
I probably would read a sequel to this book at some point in the future… especially since I’d like to see and learn more of Gina and hope to see her as a main character.
About The Author
RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales readers can sink their teeth into. Her stories include vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and creatures of her own creation. Her books: Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of IndiePUBCon. Currently, she lives in Utah with her husband, three children, and their three dogs.
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