- File Size: 5401 KB
- Print Length: 135 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074M7MMD2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There were no frills or pretending with this story. The characters felt real as they struggled with everyday problems.
Mostly, what I loved about this story was that the female was no damsel in distress. She held her own and stood her ground which was refreshing.
There were some unexpected twists and turns that I really appreciated. Hats off to the author for taking us along on this journey.
I recommend this book if you love strong, independent women, romance, and an alpha male who is not overbearing. This story has heart and reminds us that second chances do exist.
I liked Kai, he was a great character, I loved the bond between him and his mother, the fact that he was willing to do whatever it took to try and make a better life for the two of them.
Did I agree with the path he took in order to achieve that goal, nope not at all but I also knew that he was a reflection of the stark choices that face many in real life and I thought the author handled that situation well. She didn’t glorify him, she showed him warts and all, all his faults and foibles were thrown into the mix and while they tempered some of the good things that he stood for, they didn’t eclipse the man I thought he had the potential to be. I just knew that in his heart he was a guy that was capable of being more than a victim of his circumstance.
But isn’t it always the case that opposites attract, and in this case that adage spoke volumes because Lily is everything that Kai is or should I say was, in as much as she is struggling to keep her head above water but unlike Kai…she faces her situation head on and would never consider taking the same path that Kai has, she loathes drugs and drug dealers but when Kai keeps who and what he is from her, it is obvious that’s he is going to have to face a painful decision when that omission finally hits home.
Can his lies and mistakes rob him of his chance of happiness with a woman that he has fallen totally in love with?
Is love enough to overlook, the misdeeds that she has always despised?
Whilst there is enough angst and attitude in the book, I don’t think there is too much because I didn’t feel pressured or overloaded, I found the flow of the story was pitched just right, it encouraged me to journey with them and gave me hope that they just might have what it would take to work but the lies that were surrounding them were far from a solid foundation for a happy ever after.
The time I spent in their company was most enjoyable, I enjoyed the fact that they both had the opportunity to express not only what they were feeling but also what they were thinking, and I think the authors decision to tell the story from their own points of view was the right choice.
If I have an issue…I wasn’t ready to say goodbye!
How I discovered this book: It was submitted to Rosie Amber's Review Team, of which I am a member. Kai is a 'new adult' romance... not exactly my genre, but the blurb appealed to me.
This story is nicely written, flows well and is very readable; I like the author's writing style. The book starts with Lily, who works in a supermarket, discovering that her wages have not been paid into her bank. The calamity is well written, drawing the reader into Lily's world straight away, though I had an issue with this part: although it would leave her with no food for four days, she rejects the offer of a loan from her manager and chooses to spend her last seventy pounds on paying her electricity bill. Who can go four whole days with no food?
We then meet Kai, dope dealer with a heart of gold, who is very appealing; I can see that he's a great hero for a book aimed at a young adult age group. Lily then meets her neighbour, Jackie, who is smoking a joint; it's medicinal, for her MS. I had another slight issue with this, too. Lily automatically assumes that Jackie is a 'drug addict', because she's smoking weed. I would have thought that, as she has been an art student, she'd have a slightly more worldly attitude towards such things, unless art students have become a lot more clean living since my day!
I thought some of the issues raised were well done, such as Jackie's son refusing to go to school, and I liked Kai's bond with his mother and how he wanted to do whatever it took to make a better life for them. The private, inner conflicts faced by Kai and Lily were nicely written, though I did wish the two characters' 'voices' had been more clearly defined; they both used the same speech patterns and language, had the same tempo and mood. The book was not as edgy as I expected from the blurb, but I expect that is because it is written within the confines of that which is suitable for the target market, and who, I imagine, will like it very much.
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