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Bryna’s a girl who knows who she is and what she wants. At least she thinks she does. She’s a freshman in college- time for a fresh start. After Jude did a number on her, she’s decided to live her life without love or any of those sort of feelings. She specifically goes after men she can use. Men who can give her the things she wants. She doesn’t believe in love. Not anymore.
Bryna has her two best girl friends, but once she starts becoming friends with a guy named Eric, a guy who gets under her skin like no other, she starts to feel different. To slowly change. Eric is able to see the real Bryna
Bryna was one of those characters I loved to hate when I first started this book. I actually loved her in Diamonds, but during Gold I wasn’t sure I’d continue to feel that love for her. She had so much growth and I want to say by the end she changed, but she was still herself. Just a better version. By the end of Gold she completely won me over. Bryna’s story is one that shows that people are real, people can change and become better. Sometimes you just need that push.
There are a lot of players in this game, a lot of characters to keep up with, but ultimately it’s Bryna’s story. And it’s told so well. There is a lot going on at times, but I found it easy to follow. I usually don’t love books with multiple love interests and books that are high on the angst like this, but for some reason, Linde’s books always work for me. She writes them so perfectly. Her romances don’t have clear cut paths to their happy ever afters. They’re real. They’re raw. And they’re perfect for her characters. This is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering whats going to happen, but by the end you will be 100% satisfied. I can’t wait for a Trinh and Stacia’s books coming next in Silver and Platinum. I love this 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.
"Water poured down their faces, mingling with their kiss. She moaned against his mouth, and their tongues met in perfect unison. This was their third kiss, but for the first time, she truly savored him. He tasted like pure heaven. A touch of everything that was right in her life. He pushed her arms up around his neck and covered her body with his own. They molded together, both soaked through. A bolt of lightning tore through the sky in the distance, and thunder crashed overhead. They both jolted at the interruption."
The quote above was a description of a kiss from the man Bryna ultimately discovered she was in love with and he in turn truly loved her unconditionally. It was an emotionally satisfying romance. I preferred the edge and pacing of the first book. I am looking forward to the next book.
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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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