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I LOVED this book!! I couldn't put it down! Still 3 days later, I'm thinking about it and wanting more. I will definitely be checking out more of author Audra Middleton's work since this was my first read of hers.
Middle Eight isn't dark and depressing like some of the stuff I've been reading lately and I found that refreshing. This book was fun and interesting. I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout! Of course there are always trials, struggles, and drama, but the characters in Middle Eight are just so real and down to earth. I loved them all. I won't go into why specifically because I don't want to provide any spoilers.
The writing is fantastic and as seen above, I can't gush enough about how great the characters are. I loved the pace of this story too. I just hate that it had to end at all. Obviously all books come to an end, but this is seriously one that I wish didn't have to. I didn't want to stop reading it! This is for sure going on my favorites and my re-read lists!
When the book begins, Ray is in a dangerous situation! We come across the details as to how she gets there as the story goes on.
On the run, with barely a penny to her name, Ray winds up stranded outside a bar. She goes inside, just looking for a place to collect her thoughts. By the end of the night, she's been made up by some strangers in the women's restroom and gets completely hammered with men buying her drinks.
She heads out to her car, which thankfully won't start (drunk driving nightmare escaped), and meets the band that was playing. The drummer (Van) is a hottie, and a sweetheart, and she winds up crashing on his couch for the night.
Despite a week or so of passion, Van's about to make it big with a band, and Ray is still running from what happened at the beginning of the story.
Will they make it back to each other in the end?
First off, I really enjoyed the flow of the story. The author has an easy writing style that makes reading a breeze, not a chore. In fact, I liked it so much, that I almost forgave something I really despise. I don't want to spill the beans, so I won't say what it is - but that particular plot point sticks in my craw and makes me knock off 1 star. Without that, it would be a perfect read for me.
I loved Van. He was hot and sweet, and who doesn't like a musician - especially that writes songs for you? *sigh*
I liked Ray, mostly, except for that plot point that involves her.
I still think it is a very enjoyable read, especially if I forget that one piece that reoccurs throughout the story.
Romance Readers received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The story starts off quite suspenseful, with Ray in the clutches of her husband attacking her. She goes on the run, or attempts to, but a few things thwart her attempt. When her car breaks down, she lands in a bar, where she not only meets a colorful future best friend, but she eyes Van, the gorgeous drummer of the band playing that night. He ends up playing her knight in shining armor, allowing her to crash with him. Their one night turns into a week together, with the impending threat of Ray's husband hunting her down to finish what he started. Van is sweet, a musician, and a mechanic. He always seems to have his hero cape on for Ray. She is a little quirky (her real name is Rainbow). She had been raised with a hippie mother, all the while longing for organization and to be away from the chaos. Her adult life is full of the order she longed for, and when things go awry, she makes lists, cleans, and does some more organizing. Their chemistry was sweet, and even when they couldn't be together, they longed for each other. The secondary characters added some additional flavor to the story. Her mom is a bit comical in her lack of social boundaries. You can easily get through this story in just a few hours, and will make it through in one sitting. The story takes place over a few years, so while the events that are depicted are only those most necessary to get the story where it needs to be, I wish there had been a little more detail to some of the events.