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Bryna - Kyla has always said that Queen Bee isn't a character that most people would love. I must be excluded from that group because I loved her. She makes no excuses about who she is and she tells it like it is. She sleeps around, she's a gold digger and she doesn't care. She doesn't need money because her father is a big time movie director but she wants the power and control because of how Jude affected her in the last book. This brings on her first casualty... Andrew. While Andrew definitely wasn't my favorite and he drove me a little insane, Bri lead him on to believe they were more than what they were. Bryna never knew how to break up with anyone so she flirts and kisses other guys in Andrew's face for him to get the hint. She could have handled it 10 times better but what can you say, it's Bryna.
The next casualty for her I actually adored. Even though Hugh wasn't a primary focus throughout the book and it was sort of like he was a figment of her imagination because they didn't have a lot of scenes together, they scenes they did have I thought were great. They had a lot of chemistry (more than I thought she had with Eric). I knew Hugh wasn't married from the first moment she met him before the first game of the season in Tiffany's. Seeing as though Hugh was a multi-billionaire, I'm not sure why Bryna was so surprised to learn that he knew everything about her before she said anything. I felt like Bri could've save Hugh a lot of heartache if she would have just search him herself. Hugh's back story was touching and the donation that Bryna made to the breast cancer charity in honor of Hugh's late wife I felt really showed maturity and how far she had come.
The last person that didn't really become a casualty for her is Eric. I knew Eric from the first book and I knew that Bri shouldn't had listened to Grant about Eric. I knew he wasn't gay and I knew he was falling for Bryna. What I didn't know and what ultimately shocked me was that he was still sleeping with his ex-girlfriend, Audrey. Bryan's relationship went up and down throughout the entire book with Eric. I wanted her to stop calling him gay and ask him about it then I wanted her to stop being stubborn and accept the fact that she was in love with him. Bryna needed to grow and realize that being in love can be comfortable and easy but when you fall hard it's complicated and sometimes can really break you. You just have to be prepared for the hurt.
Overall, I though the end to Bryna's story was great. In the end she got her peace and closure with everyone tin her life that was important. She reconciled with her mother and father and bonded with her step-mother over her new half-sister Zoe. I can't wait to read Struck From The Record this Fall. I fell in love with the Record series (and secretly wishes I could find my own real life Brady sans the politician lol). Clay and Andrea had a lot to there story than what met the eye within the first three books. I can't wait to delve into their story. Kudos to K.A. Linde on a great second book to the All That Glitters series.
If you read Diamonds, you know that Bryna had her hands full juggling the men in her life in high school. Gates, her celebrity ex-boyfriend, Pace, her obnoxious stepbrother, and Jude, the sexy older man who turned out to be a liar, ensured Bryna Turner's lavish life never had a dull moment. Gold picks up with a scorned Bryna determined to make the most of college life in Vegas while keeping her emotions out of the equation. College introduces even more men to Bryna's life... Andrew, her friend with benefits, Hugh, the rich older man who lavishes her with gifts, Eric, an unlikely friend who pushes Bryna's buttons but who's romantically out of the question because he bats for the other team, Cam, a mysterious snowboarder, an array of other guys that Bryna toys and flirts with and throws away, the reappearance of the repulsive Pace and Jude, the man who ruined her that she never expected to see again.
Bryna is hard to like at times. She's deliberately cold and calculating, and she uses men for her own gain and then tosses them aside. Sex, jewelry, trips, designer labels, attention... Bryna basks in the gifts from the men that lust after her, but she refuses to give them anything real in return, refuses to allow herself to feel anything for them on an emotional level. She's been robbed of everything she gave freely once before and she refuses to give it again. Anyone else behaving this way might repulse a reader (and she did at times!), but Bryna's actions are understandable considering what the men in her life put her through in Diamonds. She's jaded, heartbroken, emotionally destroyed and she keeps up the pretense that she doesn't need or want anything real in her life. She's the heroine I loved to hate and hated to love. I'll admit that there were moments I felt her level of self-absorption and selfishness crossed lines that she just had no good excuse for crossing and getting away with. I wanted to throttle her for many of her choices. But what would a true blue K.A. Linde story look like without a character that pisses you off sometimes? She makes it hard to root for her time and time again, her repugnant behavior vying against her charm for which side of this enigmatic character would prevail and win me over. Her charm won, needless to say, and I craved her happily ever after as deeply as she fought to evade it.
Full disclosure here: the pacing of the story was somewhat slow for me and I found myself getting lost in the tedium of the many characters and their antics at times. Throughout the story, I'd find myself alternately captivated by certain characters and turned off by the behavior of others... no surprise there, as it's typical Linde fashion to evoke a plethora of emotion from her reader in every storyline she executes. I'm a devout fan of this author so it surprised me that I grew restless for sections of the book to pick up the pace. But the 50% mark pulled me in. Suddenly everything I secretly hoped for began culminating and I was gripped. After reading Diamonds, I was hell bent on seeing Bryna get the ending I'd envisioned for her and I was convinced I wouldn't be satisfied with anything else. I was wrong. I couldn't have picked a better ending, literally, because it's an ending I never saw coming. There's no certainty until the final page. This story is rife with twists and turns and surprises on every page and while it might not have captivated me in the same way Linde's books typically do, Gold is a deliciously unpredictable, fantastically surprising conclusion to Bryna's story.
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After everything that happened with Jude in Silver, Bryna decides now to be a gold...Read more
There's definitely a HEA, I think I was in tears half of book 1 and this one.
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