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Ramsey is another thing completely, he's really a good person under it all. He never looks at other women when Lexi is around or when she's in his thoughts. He actually cares about her and would do what he could to have her. His circumstance is different because he comes from a screwed up family. His father is rich, powerful, and terribly controlling. His sister is a manipulative little rich b****.
That pretty much sums up this book. I feel so conflicted with this book. It's not that I didn't like it, because I did. Even though I hated some parts. But this book was just so emotionally draining for me. My emotions were all a big mess throughout this entire book, I didn't even know what to think of it. At times I loved it. Other times I hated it. I liked Jack. I HATED Jack! I liked Lexi. Then I HATED Lexi and thought she was one of the most stupidest people I've read about. Even though I was so mixed up about this book, I really ended up liking it when I finished reading it. I figure, if a book can evoke so many different emotions out of me, then it is serving it's purpose which is basically to entertain me and help me get lost in a different world.
Lexi and Jack have always had a complex relationship. From their first date to their last encounter, everything between them was intense and dysfunctional. The last time Lexi spoke to or saw Jack was after their big "breakup" about a year and a half ago. She is trying to move on (although she doesn't do a very good job) when he calls her out of nowhere. Jack wants Lexi to go to Atlanta and talk to his current girlfriend and try to convince her that Jack is ready to commit. Despite the fact that this is absolutely ridiculous, Lexi agrees. Her plan is to tell Jack's new girlfriend, Bekah, the truth about Jack and to finally get some much needed closure. Of course, the moment she sees him all her old feelings for him rush back to the surface and she finds herself sucked into their dangerous and unhealthy cat and mouse game.
The rest of the story is told in alternating chapters, it starts off 6 years ago when they went on their first date together and switches back and forth from the past to the present. Although I liked this method, I found it frustrating at times to be into the current story line to get sucked back in the past. Then I was into the past storyline and it would bring me back to the present. But, this added a special element to the story where I was able to see their past and understand why it was so hard for them to let go of each other, no matter how unhealthy their relationship was. Although Lexi and Jack have some amazing chemistry, they never had a real relationship. They were so scared to put a label on their relationship that it ended up hurting them every time they broke things off. Their entire relationship, either he had a girlfriend or she had a boyfriend (or they both had a significant other). Yet they can't stay away from each other. What had me bashing my head against the wall was this simple question: If they wanted to be together so bad, why didn't they just break things off with the other person and just be together?
It was very hard to sympathize with Lexi because this girl has no self control when it comes to Jack and she can't seem to stay away from him. Lexi continues to make bad decision after bad decision and Jack is doing the same. This is why I was so frustrated with this book! I either wanted them to break up for good or just get back together. Of course, as the story progressed and I realized how much of an jerk Jack was/is, I wasn't so sure I even wanted them to be together anymore.
Although this book was extremely frustrating, I really ended up liking it. The ending was very good and I'm literally dying to read the next book in this series: Avoiding Responsibility. I am currently stalking Goodreads to see when it comes out. I really hope Lexi and Jack mature in the next book and don't keep making the same mistakes. Avoiding Commitment was extremely hot and extremely frustrating but worth it!
4 or 4.5 out of 5 sparkly stars!
(See how torn I am? I wasn't even sure what I wanted to rate it!)
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Avoiding Commitment:
-Her conscience told her to run from him, but she just couldn't. Despite the fact that she had promised herself that all they were going to do was talk, she didn't pull away from him. Everything about te situation was wrong, and she knew it. But it felt so right to be with him, and she couldn't seem to process anything else.
--"He lied to me about Danielle. Then, he swore he would never lie to me again. And to this day, I don't think he has," Lexi said wistfully.
"But, I thought you said your relationship was full of lies."
This time Lexi did look at Bekah directly into her naively, innocent eyes to answer her, "It was. We just lied to everyone else."
-"You made me promise to keep my hands to myself," Jack whispered, his breath hot on her lips. She could feel her body tense in anticipation. "Do you want me to stop?"
-"There's nothing going on between me and Jack." She had said the words so often that she sometimes believed them when they rolled off her tongue.
-She wanted him so bad in that moment, but not like this. She wanted him as hers. She wanted him to be her own. No longer could she play the game of sharing him with another. If he was to ave her and all of her, she needed the same. She needed him to only belong to her.
-"You were the only one I saw when I closed my eyes," he said bringing his hand up to her chin and tilting her head up to loo into his crystal clear blue eyes.
"Then why wasn't I enough when they were open?"
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