by Michelle Pace
Published February 18, 2014
*EBook obtained directly from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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After dropping out of law school, Sam Beaumont fears coming home will either be like sucking poison out of snakebite or drowning in a bathtub of gin. He dreads the whirlwind of being a blue-blood in Savannah, and between his mother and his brother a peaceful existence is out of the question.
Miles away from her ugly past, Annie Clarke is thriving in pharmacy school. Uncomfortable with her own success, she begins to fall back to her self-sabotaging ways.
Then along comes Trip Beaumont, a hot, edgy artist. Every instinct in her says run, which only makes him that much more tempting. The day she finally agrees to go out with him, his younger brother, Sam, shows up. Sam’s first words about Trip chill her: “Don’t be fooled by the act. Prince Charming is a toxic monster.”
Annie soon sees that Sam’s callous exterior is a direct result of coping with a family as dysfunctional as her own. Could love shield them both from spiraling into madness, or will their crazy worlds collide like renegade storm fronts leaving devastation and destruction in their wake?
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Oooh I loved Sam, Annie & Trip. I adored each of them for different reasons.
This novel was emotionally engaging. It took me a bit to get the feel for each character and remember whose POV I was reading from. Once I really became invested in the story and started to get a feel for each of them, I was hooked. There's so many emotional ups and downs - Trip & Vi, the boys & their mom, Annie & her mom, Annie & Jayse, Vi & her douche fiance, the boys & their dad's so called friend... I mean, the list goes on! Issues such as family betrayal, living past rape, growing up too soon, trust, alcoholism.... all these and more play a role in character's lives.
I adored reading while Trip was painting! That had to be one of my favorite parts of the novel. I wish I could see the actual finished product! And Annie - she does grave rubs! How neat and totally random is that? Love it.
The plot moves well. I wasn't bored. I didn't skip chapters or paragraphs. I was constantly rooting for Annie, Sam & Trip to move forward with their lives - whatever path that may be. The first half of the novel seemed a little more spaced and smoother than the last half. I have to admit, I reached a point where the chapters were moving faster and everything seems summarized instead of mapped out completely. It wasn't really a negative thing. It was just different. Not really rushed but it felt like time didn't really matter anymore. It was discussing things in past tense. Then, eventually, it hit a point where we were back to the present and moving forward at more of set pace. Again, it wasn't a negative thing. Just felt completely different than the first and last halves of the books. Ha.
So, the ending! Loved it. When I reached the end, I was sad to let the characters go but happy to see how their lives were mapping out. :)
Definitely a full 4 stars for me!
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Rating: 4 Stars
Characters: 5 Stars
Climax: 4 Stars
Ending: 5 Stars