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Top Customer Reviews
Kendrick's story started out with some things I wasn't expecting & didn't really like. I'm just not into some things & while I understood where they were coming from, from a story/character perspective, still not a fan.
All in all, tho, I loved his story. I loved the way his feelings for Jay (and hers for him) progressed & how he handles certain things - and I did NOT love how he handles some others, but again, understood. It was nice to see the gang again, and to feel like EVERYONE came together to give him the help & support he needed throughout his journey. : )
When this story starts we find Kendrick doing what he does best - drinking and planning his conquest for the night. Much to his surprise this newest conquest comes as a package deal !! Not only do we get to meet the wild and free Jay but Kendrick also gets to fulfill some of his curiosity - it is pretty heated and fun to read about this !! Something about Jay had Kendrick hooked and despite her rules they find themselves getting closer and closer despite neither looking for love. Kendrick is forced to face his family , his past and his fears for the future all at once. As we know this family is amazing so regardless I had hope everything would be fine. Of course Jay fit right in and their future plans had both Jay and Kendrick reaching for goals they ever thought they would have. Sadly in Torey Hope we always have some heartache and devastation before we get that amazing HEA. Will Kendrick overcome his problems or will he leave Jay alone as so many others have done ??
Jay is very closed off and besides Tony and her cafe job she has yet to make many roots in this small town. BUT something about Kendrick makes it easy to feel and open up. One event drives Jay to open up her dark past and share with Kendrick. Once we know her story it makes the next set of events heartbreaking to see her go through. Jay is strong no doubt , but is she strong enough to actually help someone choose right ??
This story does get REAL - but it has an amazing ending and of course during the good we get some real amazing hotness and fun !!
Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Not a fan of the cover composition. The pose and shadow play leave the model looking distorted. His shoulder looks dislocated. Thankfully, the synopsis is intriguing enough to give it a try.
Third person POV narrative.
First, I'd like to say that I've not read any previous Torey Hope or A.D. Ellis book and my review will be based solely on the content of KENDRICK as a stand-alone.
As a newbie to the series, I found it difficult to get into the story. The lead characters start off extremely aloof and vague. I did not feel any chemistry between them at the beginning. Meeting all of the secondaries, even after reading the author's note and family tree, I felt like a stranger at a family reunion. It's quite evident that there is a ton of back-stories and even more history that I am missing by reading this book first. It is my opinion that I should not have read this book until I'd read the others to gain the most optimal reading experience.
I was not fond of our Hero and Heroine's back stories, as they tend to live in the past and let the things that happened back then effect their daily lives still today. I know that not everyone can adapt and overcome these obstacles, but the forty percent or so of the book was not very likeable to me. Luckily, when I rate a book, it's based more on the writer's quality than my actual opinion. So, I'll conclude this review a little differently to explain why the book rates much higher than my personal opinion. We know that an author cannot please all readers every time. That said:
While I did not care for the lead characters much, I loved the cast of secondary characters and wish I'd had time to read them first. The chemistry between the leads felt more physical than emotional from much of the book and it was hard to buy into a romantic element - however, I enjoyed the dialogue and interaction between them and the lesser cast quite a bit. The plot was filled with angst and drama, with a undercurrent of guilt and anger seeping throughout, but I've discovered that A.D. Ellis's writing flow is smooth and easy to read. Little to no errors were noted, which is a wonderful surprise on ARC copies. There were plenty of conflicts, all were resolved by believable methods. The predictability was moderate for me. Kendrick and Jay get their solid ending, but there's enough of an opening to allow for the next book(s) to slip in a peek. The very last scene, at the park, was the absolute best part of the book - to me. It's the first time I felt emotion towards any of the characters.
So, while I wish I'd read the other books first to have a better grasp on the family background and I'd prefer stronger overall characters, the book was well-written and I know others will enjoy it much more than I did. I thank Ms. Ellis for the opportunity to read and review it and to be allowed to provide an honest review in exchange.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.7 ~ Stars: 4
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