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I love romance, and can't deny that as the good girl myself, I've always had a bit of a thing for the bad boys...who doesn't to some degree? So I did go into the book with fairly high expectations, regardless of the fact that I haven't read the author. I don't really feel like A.S. Teague let down her audience and really stuggled with my rating of this book. Maybe I built up my excitement a bit too much when I got the opportunity to finally read this book. What I found was the book was full of contradictions. Grace, the heroine, was sassy and spunky one minute then meek and demure the next. She was exceptionally beautiful in the high class, rich girl sorta way and she literally blew hot and cold so fast that I couldn't keep up with her...let alone Bronnson, the hero. Additionally, I felt like she was almost a pushover...she was too forgiving with Bronn. Every time he hurt her, she just sort of glossed over her own feelings like it was no big deal. I also found her annoying a good deal of the time. These things made me struggle with my ability to connect with her.
I continued to struggle with my connection to the character of Bronn. The town bad boy with a heart of gold? (Well, sort of anyway.) Bronn has been wronged, A LOT, in life...again and again. So the broken, bad boy hates the town that he lives in. Ok, I could see that. Bronn's relationship with his sister seems to be contentious at times, and while I wouldn't say he hates her for any reason, he seems very...VERY...angry with her. And realistically, I felt that as an adult he should see all his anger was misplaced. I mean she was only a child as well. I don't understand how that much anger could allow them to form any sort of relationship at all, let alone the one that A.S. Teague depicts for her readers. He definitely has anger issues and A LOT of issues surrounding his self-worth. As a matter of fact, the later are basically the root of every conflict between Bronn and Grace. With all of the back and forth in his mind about his self-worth, I practically got whiplash.
I've made the book sound horrible by explaining in such depth why I didn't connect with the characters. Realistically, there is far more I liked about the book then that I didn't like. The writing was well done. I didn't find spelling/grammatical/syntax errors. A well written book is sometimes rare and it's very important to me since I am a editor and blogger. Also important to note, Grace and Bronn had a beautiful story - regardless of my inability to connect with them. The author went to great length to make them have a depth that I did appreciate.
For example, at one point Grace is peeved at Bronn and she holds nothing back - calling him under the carpet for holding her upbringing against her when she had no control over it and would have, in fact, given everything to go back and change the hands of time. This scene is a key reason for my struggle with my rating...I wanted to see that this scene would completely rewrite the rest of the story for me. That from there on out, the book would be amazing. Obviously A.S. Teague is talented, she can write depth and layers that I was not expecting at that point. So, I felt like she deserved a 4 star review for that alone.
Also, the cover is Gorgeous! I mean truly eye-catching. But all things consider, a cover is only the marketing that an author uses to draw the reader in. The story is what's the most important, and since I had a harder time with the characters, I couldn't say that I loved the story...I liked it sure, but I didn't love it. I plan to read more by the A.S. Teague in the future. Every author has good and bad books that they release, and I am intrigued enough with the story and the quality of her work to want to give her another chance at redemption.
Bronn Williams knows the minute he sees Grace Monroe she is not the kind of girl to look his way twice. Women like that don’t look at men like him. His past. His reputation. Everything about him is something she is not. He’s guarded but curious. He finds himself thinking about her. Soon enough, being with her allows him to breathe a bit easier. The weight he carries seems a bit lighter. Like fire, she ignites something inside of him. Maybe, just maybe he’s worthy of friendship. Maybe even more.
Their love is the one you don’t see coming, but feel all at once. Slowly, inevitably they fall. Its tumultuous yet fascinating. Alarming yet exhilarating. Bronn is hardened by his past. His circumstances. Yet Grace is able to chip away at his walls, one door at a time. Bronn loves without abandon. His entire soul. And every fear Grace has? Bronn easily chases them away with the ferocity of his love and adoration for her. But the connection? It’s earth shattering. It threatens their foundation in ways you cannot comprehend. The author is skillful as she meticulously untangles the truth. She pushes and challenges the reader to understand how a love like theirs can even survive such tragic happenstance. Your heart is pulled in every direction. You fall and love just as deeply as Bronn and Grace. You don’t read their love or their connection. You feel it. Soul deep and bewitching, their love story is not one to be missed.
Beautifully penned, this story was one that I could not put down. It’s written with such strong emotions that as a reader I found it easy to connect to the characters and their story. The author
effortlessly captures the discord between Bronn and Grace as the truth unravels while still allowing you to bask in their beauty of their relationship. Amongst love and hope and against fear and the unknown, these two face the impossible. Though emotional at times, this story also has its lighter moments. Fantastic dialogue and witty banter, this is easily a favorite read for me this year. The art of well developed characters is not lost with this author. Grace and Bronn are simply astounding. Emotionally complex, devastatingly beautiful, this story is simply unforgettable.
The Bars Between Us was absolutely fantastic. Emotionally charged with its lighter moments, it’s the perfect love story for lovers of romance. It’s a love story about two beautiful souls against unfathomable truths. Resounding and powerful, this story will stay with me for a long time to come. Well done, A.S. Teague! I cannot wait to see what’s next from this author.
“Lies exposed, 3 stars”
Grace is finally starting her life as an adult after graduating college. Her childhood was rocky, but she got through the heartache with her head held high. Grace was taught to be the proper southern woman when she feels anything but. When her first job assignment takes her to a small town along the coast she’s thrilled and little does she know its where she will find love.
Bronn has always had a troubled life since birth. According to the towns people, it doesn’t matter how good he actually is, sins of a parent and all that jazz. When a sassy woman in pearls sits down at his bar his life is tossed upside down. She’s everything he’s not and it makes him want her more. Bronn has to learn how to navigate a relationship with Grace and when things start to look up it all comes crashing down when they find out their pasts are connected.
I liked the plot of The Bars Between, but for me some parts were slow and I couldn’t really get into it. I don’t know if it was me or if it was the book but I couldn’t get lost with these two. Here are two quotes though that I liked from The Bars Between;
“She was the ocean, wild and free, with a depth that I couldn’t fathom, full of mysteries that may never be solved.”
“And if there was anything that I knew, it was that life, and love especially, was never easy.”
Writing style- 3/5
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