Caught Up in You by Colee FirmanWednesday, January 14, 2015
Life has a way of shaping you into what it wants you to be, regardless of how much you fight it.
Brantley Prescott is damaged. Scarred by a past she can’t forget. Hiding secrets she’s terrified to share. Searching for a future she doesn’t believe she’ll ever find.
Myles Franco is alone. Burdened by mistakes he’ll never live down. Fostering a deep resentment for the opposite sex. Unleashing his wrath on any girl who gets too close.
Brantley has worked behind the bar long enough to recognize Myles for what he is—a douchebag player with nothing on his mind but keeping a steady stream of girls flowing through his bed. With his messy dark hair, sapphire blue eyes, rock-solid body, and endless tattoos he’s impossible to ignore. But that’s exactly what she plans on doing.
After just one run-in with Brantley, Myles is even more determined to stick to the rules he lives by. She’s mouthy, blunt, and doesn’t back down—no matter how hard he pushes her. She could turn out be the one temptation that drags him down the path he’s been trying to avoid. He won’t let that happen.
Both are content living behind the solid walls they’ve built around themselves. Neither is prepared for what happens when their lives collide.
" I received a free copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. "
If you are looking for a perfect romance book, heck, Caught Up in You is wrong in so many ways, because this book is not about perfection, it is about finding love in imperfections. Honestly, I went into the book expecting another sappy teen romance (but I'm a sucker for sappy romances so ....:P) that I can curl up with at night, throw in a few dramas here and there and voilà! A book version of a good old soap opera. Instead, I got more than what I bargained for.
Instead of a good laugh and some sleep, I got a box of tissue, some wet ones lying on the floor and only 4 hours to sleep before my 8am alarm. I did not expect that!
It is very tedious to write a good romantic story because all romance stories go around the same theme, therefore it is very easy to label a romance novel as cliché and typical. However, that is not the case for this one, I was first introduced to Brantley as an independent and strong protagonist that worked her butts off trying to provide for herself, to the extent of living in an apartment scarce of any furnitures and nutritious meals. On the other hand, Myles is the jerk neighbour that hates waking up in the morning and gives Brantley a hard time about it. As you may have guessed, sparks fly between them, then again, the story took on an interesting yet devastating turn (nope, no one died :P) and everything went downhill ever since.
It is really hard for me to write a review without spoiling you, I was on an emotional roller coaster since the first page -I'm pretty sure I've used up all the clean tissues- What I love about this book is that the story has such depth to it, the way the author had written the story was so exquisite that I felt the intense turmoil Brantley and Myles were going through to find each other as they've built walls around themselves as a result of their past. I love that it is not perfect, that it does not take only once, twice but three times to get things right. To me, all their imperfections and mistakes are what made their love real.
I would highly recommend this to romance lovers, be warned: it is not a light read.
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