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Grayson: A Bully Novel (Bully Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 29, 2016
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"This book gripped my heart from the very beginning. You feel like you are right there with Grayson, feeling everything he feels, suffering right along with him. Thank you Morgan for a wonderful book that is just more about bullying. it's also about forgiveness, surviving, and overcoming some of the most horrific things anyone should never have to go through." ~Diane N.
"This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster with Grayson. It is the story of heartbreak, love and ultimately survival. I can'tsay enough about it and would recommend that you read it for yourself." ~Suzie C.,Readers Haven
"Ms. Campbell brought us an amazing story full of characters that grab a hold of you and don't let go. A story line that is so full of twists and turns that you feel as though you've been on a rollercoaster and some of the sweetest, most romantic, heartbreaking moments that you feel broken. I can't wait to see where she goes from here. This debut novel proves that Ms. Campbell is destined for great things! Congratulations Ms. Campbell!" ~Tammy Huckabee
About the Author
Morgan lives in the south of Texas, typically dividing her time between Houston and Austin, with her husband. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose stuck in a book, cooking, baking, crocheting, and causing a general ruckus with her friends and family! Filled with an overactive imagination at a young age, she began writing her thoughts down in a journal, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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The book is told in two parts, the past and present, with ten years between. Readers start off with the bare bones of Grayson making a major decision about the direction of his life and acting on it. The first part was hard to read because of the subject matter, the bullying and how far it went and Grayson’s mental state really hit home. It packed a punch and boy did my sinuses burn from holding back the tears. I can’t say I particularly hated Finn or liked him. I don’t blame him for all that Grayson went through but I do blame him for being the catalysis that broke the camels back. Bullying is never a really easy subject to tackle well and I feel the author did a great job.
That being said what readers do know about Finn’s situation didn’t really excuse him for how Grayson’s life kind of snowballed out of control. In the second part of the book I was a little resentful that he felt he was getting his life on track after destroying his marriage and everything was coming up rosebuds. I really anticipated the cliché meeting between him and Grayson but when it did happen it was a bit anti-climactic for me. Moving pass that I feel Finn was remorseful enough and I liked how it turned out. I would have liked some groveling but that’s my preference as a reader.
Gray’s emotional state when Hudson chased Finn off was a bit disconcerting considering the reunion between Finn and himself didn’t seem particularly long. I know that attraction and chemistry was simmering under there all along but I felt it may have been a bit rushed. I’m looking forward to giving Finn’s book a read to see his side of the story and how everything is progressing between him and Grayson.
I did find some minor errors but I was reading a review copy so it is possible those issues were addressed before the final print. I will add in toward the latter half of the book I got a bit more confused with which POV I was reading from. Grayson and Finn’s voices were kind of meshing. Also the execution style of writing was a bit detached making it hard to really get invested in either characters.
Fastforward ten years. Grayson has built a successful company, but that success came with the prize of his personal happiness and own true self. Finn has had his fair amount of difficulties and is finally on the way back up. Their first meeting is explosive, but slowly but steady they get to know each other as they really are. As they are rehashing the past all the pain and anguish surface again.
I liked it that the author showed us two sides of the coin. She didn’t portray Finn as the bad guy, who should solely take the blame. That he had no idea who much impact his actions had and that he was genuinely remorseful. Grayson has always seen beneath the surface who Finn really was. He takes a close look into himself as well and shows strength of character to forgive Finn for what he did. It is clear that both men are victims of their past.
There is a fine line between love and hate. The author hits the right note in showing that you can love your enemy. It felt genuine and real. I kept rooting for this guys to find their happily ever after. And they did. Big time. The ending was perfect.
I did like the newer, romance, part better, but there was still emotional distance. It's like there's plexiglass between the reader and the characters. Overall, a good read.
***STOP THE BULLYING***
*I voluntarily reviewed this advance read copy of this book.*
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