☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
About the Book:
After escaping her past, Kate builds her life around a single purpose: staying hidden. But when the unexpected threatens to unravel her tightly kept secrets, her will to remain alone falters.
Kate ran, planning to leave behind a shell of a life, giving herself strict rules to live by in order to keep the past hidden. But these rules have her trading one prison for another.
Then Kai sneaks into her life, shoving through her shields, getting her to break every one of her rules. An unexpected surprise threatens to unravel her secrets and strip away the control she fought so hard for. But she embraces it, diving into the unknown with Kai.
When her past catches up with her, she battles to keep those she has come to love protected, refusing to relent the strength she found within. But when stuck in a place she never wants to return to and with no chance of escape, she fears losing everything she’s allowed herself to cherish.
Guest Reviewer Frannie’s Thoughts:
The book is about Kate, a young woman running away from her past. Escaping the life she left behind, she has developed a shell around herself that is hard and controlling. When she meets her roommate’s brother Kai, her life begins to change, and she finds she can feel her heart opening again. Kai is able to bring those hidden emotions back to the surface. Their relationship starts out as a steamy one-night stand and quickly elevates into something much more profound. Her inability to communicate pushes him off and he becomes frustrated. Kate is difficult to love in the beginning because she is controlling, rigid, and incredibly unreachable.
She desperately wants to live a normal life, go to college, and have a family. Kate’s secrets keep her aloof and hard to reach. Thankfully, Kai is thrown into her life and he refuses to let her push him away. Things are starting to come together until the past and the present meet. What will happen next?
I think it was an easy and a fun read; but the characters and the situations were a bit too predictable. I guessed the secrets and the dramas prior to them happening. I would have enjoyed a few more twists and surprises. I think the characters were unrelatable and they needed more depth. Many of them were depicted as greedy, spoiled, and self-absorbed. These are characteristics that we all have within us. Why did they become that way?
I think it is a light and easy read for a younger audience. It is like watching a sitcom. A great book for a vacation or a day on the beach.
About the Author: Charyse grew up dancing at her mom’s studio and riding horses at her dad’s ranch. She often turned to books for entertainment, but didn’t become the reader she is until high school. She always enjoyed writing, but never saw herself making a career of it. Instead, she turned to her love of cooking and became a certified pastry chef out of high school.
She published the first novel of the Valley of Death Series in 2014 and has published four books since then. She is working toward her BA in Professional Writing through GCU. Now married to her best friend/high school sweetheart, they live in the sweltering heat of Arizona raising their four kiddos and three Goldens. She still enjoys baking the occasional dessert for close friends and family. She’s a bookaholic and chocoholic; her vices keep her sane, but YAH keeps her patient.