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Posted on Jul 30, 2012 9:35:37 PM PDT
Reader says:
The h smells doormat-ish to me. I'll need spoilers for sure before I start reading this one. Anyone?!

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 9:53:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 30, 2012 9:55:42 PM PDT
TrishaLouise says:
**Spoilers for Avoiding Commitment**Spoilers for Avoiding Commitment**

Lexi has been in love with Jack since college. They are an on again off again kind of couple and had a bad break up two years before the story starts. Jack calls Lexi one day out of the blue asking her to come visit him in Atlanta and meet with his girlfriend. Bekah wants to meet all of Jacks past girlfriends so she can figure out why he has such trouble committing to her and Lexi is the last ex-girlfriend she hasn't met.
Jack is Lexis "great love" and she can NOT stay away or tell him no.
So she agrees to meet Bekah and flies out too Jacks place. While visiting him "they hook up" and start their roller coaster, messed up relationship.
Jack is a real piece of work (one minute you love him and the next you hope someone takes him out with boogenhagen's frying pan). Lexi feels bad that she is cheating with Jack behind Bekahs back but she just cannot control herself with him.
Meanwhile Lexi meets Ramsey " Bekahs black sheep of the family's brother" and figures out what a scheming liar Bekah really is.
Ramsey has a thing for Lexi and tries to help her out whenever he can. Lexi doesn't like Ramsey because he is a womanizer and something about him just bugs her to death. Jack is bouncing back and forth between Lexi and Bekah (like a ping pong ball). Just when Lexi thinks Jack is going to choose her he asks Bekah to marry him!!!
Lexi is hurt and mad that Jack has played her. In steps Ramsey to help her navigate the mess Jack has once again brought into her life.
This is book 1 and leaves you with a bit of a cliffhanger. Book 2 should be out pretty quickly. These were originally on fan fiction and I loved them. I enjoyed the writing and have become an instant fan of K.A. Linde. I will tell you there is a HEA for Lexi

Bekha is EVIL and fans have started an "I hate Bekah fan club". lol

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2012 12:29:47 AM PDT
hulagirl says:
I did not like this book at all. I don't remember Lexi having a HEA in book 2. What was her HEA? I know she doesn't end up with Jack.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2012 1:06:29 AM PDT
boogenhagen says:
She winds up with Ramsey but I totally did not believe they would stay together- I read both books in one night and EGAD what a trainwreck! But it was totally riveting reading and I did not stop until I had read them both. I liked Ramsey better than Jack but I wasn't sure he was going to stay faithful - I hoped but kinda doubted- course it could have been cause it was 4:30 in the am and I was really tired by that point :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2012 2:11:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 31, 2012 2:19:39 AM PDT
hulagirl says:
boogenhagen-thanks. I skimmed a lot of the second book. I should go back and read it. I don't even remember how it ended. I usually like angst, but I just was not in the mood for this book. I read both on wattpad or some online fanfic site (in case anyone wants to read it for free)

eta: I actually read it for free on fictionpress. Just a preview is available now instead of the full book. The author worked hard on it so she is entitled to make money on a book that is quickly becoming popular :)

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 8:19:09 AM PDT
Vanessa says:
What is wattpad? I'm guessing fanfic is the place to me, huh? 50 came from there and now this one. I think there was another one I've seen mentioned a few times as well in the forums.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 8:48:35 AM PDT
Reader says:
Is book 2 the end? I hate reading books that end in cliffhanger. I don't mind reading multiple books to get to the HEA as long as I don't have to wait months to get to it.

Is the HEA with the other guy a comitted relationship or an open one like with Jack? I kinda like that she doesn't stay with the guy that was jerking her around for years.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2012 3:52:43 PM PDT
hulagirl says:
Vanessa-here is the link to wattpad, http://www.wattpad.com/home You can find a lot of interesting books and different genres. I usually try out the YA books. But be forewarned that many are wip. I never read them until the author completes the whole story because I am an impatient person :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2012 7:32:10 PM PDT
Vanessa says:
Thanks chele another place to entertain me and keep me out of trouble :D

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 9:09:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 31, 2012 9:10:45 PM PDT
B. Lim says:
Avoiding Commitment K.A. Linde is book one

Avoiding Responsibility (#2) did she marry Ramsey?

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 4:54:36 PM PDT
RE: AVOIDING COMMITMENT

I'm a little confused, which granted, most days is my normal state of mind, but I can't seem to get a grip here. Is this the 2nd book in a series or is it the 1st? I can't find AVOIDING RESPONSIBILITY anywhere, but it sounds like some of you have already read it and maybe it might be the 1st? Also does Jack ever realize that he does love Lexi and he's made a big mistake or do they just go their seperate ways with no angst or remorse for him[I really hate that]? I feel myself weakening with this book but I've read some real clunkers lately and I am not going to waste anymore money on another one. Any help would be appreciated. My wallet and I thank you.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 5:27:30 AM PDT
B. Lim says:
She should wait for the third book since the second book give you a cliff hanger. According to review Jack didn't marry Becka. I never read the book when the series is not complete. Hate reading cliff hanger book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 11:22:50 AM PDT
Vanessa says:
Sounded like it was offered on a fanfic site before amazon.
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Posted on Aug 4, 2012 8:54:59 PM PDT
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bookaddict says:
Just finished Hold Fast 'Til Dawn (To Have and to Hold, No. 8) and want to say thanks to whoever recommended it on another thread . It is such an angsty book to read because one day the h and H and their two kids are a happy committed family but as soon as H meets his ex he treats his wife like sh8it . Totaly falls over himself salivating over OW and getting all hot and turned on by her ..He totally ditches his wife ,lies to her and treats her with such disrespect that I really hated him .What kind of cad tells his wife he is attracted to another woman and wants her to wait while he sorts out his feelings for her and who he wants to keep ?? I wanted to stop reading it when he went to ow's hotel room and started to make out with her .I was so disgusted by his actions but I couldn't make myself stop reading.My heart went out to the h. I couldn't believe she took him back so quickly though .
I hated, hated that there was no grovel or any mention made of his infidelity at the end . It's only a short book but its only the last 2 or 3 pages that he tells the h that he chooses her over other woman .It was as if just because he chose the h that should negate his disgusting infidelity ,his cruelness to his wife and his lies and deceit .
It sounds like I didn't enjoy it and although I shy away from cheating H this book made me feel all sorts of emotions and kept me hooked till the end so I am glad I read it.

It is on scribd.com if anyone wants to read it for free.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 9:39:41 PM PDT
Reader says:
He chooses his wife, lucky her. I will be sure to stay far, faaaar away from that one. Thanks for the spoilers, bookaddict.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2012 11:07:21 PM PDT
Books&Wine says:
Bookaddict,
I think I'm the one who recommended Hold Fast 'Til Dawn (To Have and to Hold, No. 8). I'm glad you enjoyed it. The book was such an emotional punch to the gut, and well written, that it's a keeper for me. It was almost as if Larry fell under a thrall or evil enchantment when his old love showed up. I also wished that the grovel and the book had been longer, but that didn't stop me from believing in the HEA. Once Larry came to his senses, he realized what he'd almost lost.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 12:20:59 AM PDT
bookaddict says:
I know, thats what I thought ,What a lucky..lucky women to get chosen after he's sneaked around behind her back ,sampled the other goods then finally settles for his wife (being totally sarcastic !!) !
Although he always stated he loved his wife and hated hurting her ,as soon as he was with OW he was under her spell and infatuated and turned on by her.He was like a randy teenager ! They did not have sex but came pretty close and that killed me .I know the wife didn't know how close he got to having sex with ow after he told her(wife ) he wouldn't be unfaithful while he sorted his feelings ,but I wish she had not took him back so easily .

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 1:20:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2012 1:32:54 AM PDT
bookaddict says:
Books&Wine
Thanks for the recommendation . I agree this book was an emotional punch in the gut .It made me feel so many emotions and was such a roller coaster ride . I am such a die hard cynic and find it hard to read cheating books because the reasons for cheating usually sound so lame and contrived and its usually all the h fault for neglecting H (boo hoo) .
As soon as the H starts to explain why he cheated " I didn't mean it ,I love you ,its just that you ....(insert appropriate lame selfish reason ...you were busy looking after our very very sick baby ...you where too tired ...not paying me enough attention ...busy trying to raise our kids ,clean the house and cook dinner ....wearing that ugly dress ...whatever !!) The little voice in my head starts chanting yeh yeh yeh you selfish two timing ,deceitful jerk face ,once a cheater ,always a cheater !!
Things are usually black and white for me where cheating is concerned and my main belief is that if H deliberately lies,deceives and sneaks around behind h to have sex with ow then no way no how can he be in love with the h. I don't care how many times he says sorry or how much he regrets hurting h ,I just can't believe in his love .

That said In Hold Fast 'Till Dawn I have to admit that the author does show the love, stability and caring the H has for the h at the beginning of the book .The author also shows the overwhelming attraction between H and ow and how it makes him behave out of character .Its almost as if as soon as he sees ow he just burns up with lust and longing and old memories that he has no control over his actions. I hated that he showed such disrespect towards his wife when he was with ow.It was as if she wasn't even there in the same room as him.I liked that the h wasn't a doormat but wished she had not put up with H and kids including ow into their lives especially after H had told her how he felt about the ow. It was so insensitive of him to not realize how much it would hurt his wife attending functions with ow there especially as he usually spent all the time fawning over ow in front of everyone . I loved her son ,he was so astute and realized pretty early on that his father had feelings for ow and his loyalty to his mother choked me up. I absolutely loved him for that and it gave me a warm glow reading how much he loved and stood by his mother .
Despite the fact there was no grovel or prolonged suffering on H's part I have to give credit to the author for a well written book that made me feel so much .

edited to add ..I probably wouldn't have such strong feelings against the H if the author hadn't included explicit scene of the H and ow Making out in her hotel room and them kissing whenever they are alone together . He told his wife he wouldn't be unfaithful while trying to sort his feelings out but he was obsessed with ow and definitely unfaithful.

sorry for the long post .I try to be brief but my emotions get away with me :)

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 9:47:18 AM PDT
RomReader says:
Adding to historical List:

Love, Come to Me by Lisa Kleypas -- engaged h cheats with H & was caught in the act by her fiance & BFF

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 9:53:13 AM PDT
Reader says:
I LOVE angsty books as well. The problem I have is when after such hurt and betrayal the other person just takes them back, no fuss, no problem, all is forgiven, then I just can't buy the HEA. If the person really doesn't believe that his/her actions have caused them to loose the other person forever then there really isn't a lesson learned. Threfore it is just a matter of time before the other person is again devalued or taken for granted. That is just MHO. Most books don't have great grovels in them but when reading cheating books it is a must for me because IMO cheating really is the ultimate betrayal in a relationship.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 8:47:33 PM PDT
Yo says:
Yeah Bookaddict, he was pretty bad. I thought this book was very angsty. I've never read a book where the H just totally disregards the h when the OW is around. And he fawnded over the OW in front of his wife, his kids and his friends. I loved the son. It's nice to see a child clue in to the problem and stand by his mother. Yes the H told his wife he was confused but would remain faithful. But i can't help but think if the h knew about the daily sexual phone calls between the H and OW and what happened in the hotel room that she would have kicked him out sooner. That boat trip and how he treated her around the friends and then called the OW in the middle of a dire family emergency was the last straw. She threw down on him and told him to go to the OW because she didn't want him and she and her kids didn't need him. He was shocked and I cheered. Unfortunately she took him back way to fast. He didn't have the Fear of God put into him to make him never take his good thing for granted again. He was a good guy with a good life and family who fell back in with an old lover. I guess that's the way it happens in real life sometimes. He really put his wife thru a lot and she really deserved better.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 6:28:10 AM PDT
Vanessa says:
Sort of OT but that book reminds me of this one: This Is Where We Live: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) I wouldn't call this one romance though. There are no kids, but there is a successful OW ex who turns the H's, if you want to call him that, eye and he of course leaves to be w/ her for several months. The ending is up to you, but for me....the h leaves him and basically says this is where we live as in separated now. He got up to or should I say into more than just the free wheeling ex and if the h only knew....I don't think she would take him back covered in diamonds and chocolate!! LOL!! She seemed to grow more w/out him and I didn't think he was very mature and grew much either, IMHO.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2012 8:43:01 PM PDT
bookaddict says:
Yo
I really hated that the h took H back without realizing the full extent of his cheating,disloyalty and dishonesty. Like you ,I too think that if she knew of all the sexual calls they exchanged everyday and the cheating in the hotel room she would have chucked him out sooner and maybe held out longer.
Yes,I agree , he was a good guy but only before and after the OW. While the ow was around he treated his wife with utter disregard and like s#it. .During that time he threw his wife , kids and all the years of their marriage away
For once I really really want to see a cheating H suffer and face the disgust of his family and friends.I want him to realize that all his misery and loss is the result of HIS selfish actions .

Roarke (from the Indeath Series) has really set the bar high when it comes to dealing with ex's. And Eve ,well Eve hit the ball out of the park with the punch in the face :) I wish an author out their would give us a gutsy h like Eve who won't take any c#ap from the man in her life .

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2012 9:02:41 PM PDT
bookaddict says:
Reader
I totally agree with you .Cheating is the ultimate betrayal in a relationship and it frustrates me no end to the see cheater forgiven with nothing more than an apology ,if even that.
I hate it when cheating books have the family and friends pressurizing the h to forgive the H and get over the betrayal because it will break the family up . Worse is if there is a child from the cheating and everyone expects the h to get over it and accept the evidence of his infidelity into her house. I have read spoilers of books that have these themes and it gets me so angry just reading about it .Why should she forget her hurt and accept his infidelity or child from cheating ? She has a right to her feelings and emotions and although I hurt so much for the h for what H puts her through ,when she gives in to it I loose respect for her . Grow a backbone and stand your ground .Otherwise whats to stop him from cheating next time someone pretty catches his eye or he is under stress (or whatever his excuse is for cheating ?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2012 9:42:03 PM PDT
Yo says:
Yes bookaddict! I don't remember which In Death book it was, but I remember the story line and that scene.
An old ex of Roarke's shows up in town and accidentally on purpose bumps into him. Of course she is beautiful and he reacts strongly to her presence. Eve knows this woman is different from other old girlfriends and his denial causes problems between them. When the s**t hits the fan, wonderful Roarke tries to fix things with Eve and explains the past involvement. Then he arranges to break all involvement because of the problems the OW causes with his wife. No cheating between them. Well the OW continues to pursue him and shows up at his house. Hearing Eve arrive home the OW quickly stages a compromising situation. Roarke says something like 'it's not what it seems', Eve says, 'I know' and proceeds to punch him and knocks out the OW. She then says, 'get this trash out of my house' and leaves. Roarke steps over the OW to chase after her.
That plot line was very angsty and if you read the book you see why she hit her wall and attacked. It was so very satisfying and I don't like physical violence.
That said I wish more h's would make it unacceptable for the H to allow the OW to cause havoc in their relationship. And take immediate action when the OW and/or the H behaves in an unacceptable. This was a full length novel and the h tried not to have problems with the OW but she also refused to be disrespected in her marriage by her husband. It was not a full length book of a H treating his h shabbily.
I do remember Poster or Boog pointing out in another thread that you can't really know all that a spouse is doing with someone else. That's why when a H/h has been caught lying and with someone else I don't believe the HEA unless some serious amends have been made long term.
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