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Fighting to Be Free Paperback – September 6, 2016
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"Fighting to Be Free is an utterly captivating read that will make you fall in love and leave you breathless until the end."―Natasha Preston, New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar
"In Fighting to Be Free, Kirsty Moseley delivers another epically beautiful love story that will have you rooting for the underdog and compulsively turning the pages."―R. J. Prescott, USA Today bestselling author
"Gritty, heart wrenching, and sexy with a bad boy lead who will melt your heart. Kirsty's words flowed so flawlessly...I was rooting for Jamie and Ellie from the very beginning. A great read...I can't wait for the rest of the series!"―Sophie Jackson, Author of the Pound of Flesh series
"Kirsty Moseley at her best. Five kindle-throwing stars!"―International Bestselling Author, S.K. Hartley
"Kirsty Moseley excels at writing a swoon worthy male that compels you to keeping turning the pages...and Jamie is no exception."―International Bestselling Author, Ker Dukey
About the Author
Kirsty Moseley has always been a passionate reader with stories brewing in her head. Once she discovered Wattpad, she finally posted a story. Seven million reads later, she self-published her debut novel, The Boy who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window, which later became a finalists for the 2012 Goodreads' Choice Awards. Kirsty lives in Norfolk, England with her husband and son.
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Jamie Cole spent four years in juvie for murder. Because he was a fourteen year old minor and a victim of domestic violence, the courts prosecuted him as a minor rather than an adult. The murder he committed was not a premeditated crime, it was an act of passion brought on by emotional distress. He had been a criminal and a thief since he was eleven. He was drawn into a life of crime to survive in the world he was born. His family life was pathetic. His father was dead, his mother was a drug addict, and his little sister was just as much a victim of their life as he was. He would do anything to protect his sister and make her life easier than his own.
Being in prison for four years changed Jamie. At eighteen he was finally getting his freedom. He was being released on parole. The conditions of his parole were cut and dry. He had to get a job, find a home, and stay out of trouble. His future prospects are very limited with only a little money in his pocket , a limited education, no job training, and a criminal record. He's been set up in an apartment in the sketchy part of town where he came from. His former crime lord boss wants him back in the fold. He wants him to start stealing high end cars once again. Jamie's trapped because once you are in Brett Reyes employ the only way out is death. Jamie's determined to live crime free even if it means death.
After negotiations with Brett, Jamie is almost free. He struggles in his new life. Finally he finds a break when he visits a local junkyard. It's the beginning he was hoping for. He also meets a girl that no only reinforces his will to stay crime free, she makes him want to be a better man. He has never had the opportunity to date a girl from the right side of town that has morals and a good life. He wants to be the kind of man she can be proud of. He wants to give her the world.
Ellie Pearce has been bogged down with her life. She has finally gotten up the nerve to break off with her controlling jock boyfriend. She's tired of being controlled and forced into a position of being the perfect cheerleader girlfriend. Her parents are pushing her towards colleges she has no interest in. Her mother wants her to stay with her boyfriend because he's from a prominent family. She just wants the freedom to be herself. She has a desire to travel and see the world before she has to make choices about her adult life. Her first night out after breaking off with her boyfriend will change her senior year. She met a guy who is more than a hook up or rebound guy. He's everything. She can be herself with him. He admires her dreams and wants her to go after them.
Fate has a different plan for Jamie and Ellie. Jamie's past life comes back to haunt them. Jamie is fearful for Ellie. He will do anything to keep her safe even if means returning back into the criminal he once was. This time he's doing it for Ellie. He is going to give her the world even if it means sacrificing himself.
This book just ripped me apart. As a mature adult I could see the validity in this story. Life isn't always good, it can be downright cruel with a some good moments that make it worth going on. It's not easy to rise above the past nor is it easy to escape upbringing. As a mother my heart bled for Jamie. Most parents want to give their children opportunities they never had. They want to nurture, protect, and love their children. They are willing to sacrifice for their children. They want their children to succeed in life. Jamie never had that. He never had anyone fight for him until he met Ellie.
Although this book had a heartbreaking ending, it's not the end of Jamie and Ellie's story. They are just at the beginning of their adult lives. The test of time is going to determine their fate. They have just begun their journey. I can't wait for their next step in the journey called life.
and how he lands ellie and keeps her for the most part is pretty sweet. i mean, she's also super understanding. she only mildly freaks out when she discovers some of his illegal dealings, and even when she majorly freaks out about his delinquent past it's not unwarranted.
jamie and ellie are so cool and collected for being only 18 and 17 years old. and that is my major problem with this book. it's billed as new adult. and while there is a range for what you can consider new adult, usually college age is the lower boundary. this reads as new adult except one of the main characters is 18 going on 25 and the other one is a high schooler who acts like a 21 year old. it was just so hard to suspend disbelief that the characters would be doing the things they were doing at the ages being claimed. and yeah, okay, maybe kids these days, but you know what, katie mcgarry writes similarly gritty young adult fare. and her characters manage to act their age most of the time. the problem with this novel is that the characters are acting so much older. but it doesn't feel realistic.
because in every way this book reads like a new adult romance. even with the annoying cliffhanger at the end. i know, i know, i'm just not a fan of the cliffhanger ending. i don't mind reading a series but i much prefer each book to standalone. and i'm also not sure how you come back from this cliffhanger. like the author has really painted herself into a corner. jamie is in some real trouble. not just legal troubles, but all the lies he told to keep ellie safe, all the lies of omission to her family, i'm just not sure there's a way to move beyond this believably. even if jamie and ellie are totally meant to be.
i mean, you get that these two love each other. you understand why they can't keep apart. it's just the external forces keeping them apart aren't something to sneeze at. i enjoyed this book. both jamie and ellie are really engaging characters and there's this sense of menace and dread where you know that everything is going to go to s*** and when it does it happens spectacularly. the author doesn't hold back. other than the cliffhanger my biggest issue is the character's ages. i just didn't buy them as teenagers. but just pretend in your head that we're talking about college age kids and the whole thing reads a little more realistically.
**fighting to be free will publish on september 6, 2016. i received an advance review copy courtesy of netgalley/forever/grand central publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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