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I just LOVE angsty romances, not the over-the-top-this-is-practically-a-soap-opera type but the kind where two characters are just longing for each other but think that being together is an impossibility for one reason or another. Now, I hadn't heard of Mira Lyn Kelly before but after today, her books are on my shopping list!
About Mira Lyn Kelly
USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University.
She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four beautiful children and naughty dog provide an excess of action and entertainment.
When she isn’t reading, writing, or running to keep up with the family, she loves watching movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her husband and friends.
Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Vivacious and successful, Ava Meyers is living her dream life, except for one thing: Ever since childhood, she’s been in love with her best friend . . . and she’s never admitted it. Back then, Sam Farrow was a damaged young man with a tough past. Now he’s supremely confident, super-sexy, and totally untouchable—until the night when Sam pretends to be Ava’s boyfriend to save her from some unwanted attention. In a moment of weakness, Ava finds out that a long friendship is no match for blistering sexual chemistry.
After years of denying his own feelings, Sam finds that one amazing night with Ava isn’t enough to chase away all the pent-up fantasies. So he proposes they spend a few weeks driving each other wild, exhausting their every desire, and then return to their perfect platonic relationship like nothing ever happened. But Sam’s plan has one fatal flaw: the part where they give each other up. Because the more they let go of their inhibitions, the more they’re tempted to never go back.
Oh man, I got so much more out of this book than I expected! There’s so much longing and heartbreak early on in the story that made the happy ending so damn good!
Ava, bless her heart did everything she could to make sure that her best friend never found out that she was in love with him. She could have sounded pathetic in her love for Sam, but she didn’t, in fact, because she was such a strong woman on the outside, she garnered my sympathy. I usually don’t sympathize with a woman who is desperately in love with a man because they usually do so many stupid things that they get on my nerves but not Ava. Even though she was crazy in love with Sam, she had a limit to what she would put up with. In her own words, she was only living “half a life” with him and wanted someone to love her the way she wanted and needed to be loved. She had the strength to walk away from him because if he couldn’t be in love with her the way she was with him, then she knew she needed to leave and try to find someone who would. She was so raw and honest about her life towards the end that I felt her pain, her sorrow at realizing that she didn’t have a choice but to move on.
I had so many “Oh how could he be so incredibly stupid?!” moments that I became the gasp out loud reader. Sure, he had moments of being a good friend, funny and charming but that’s not what was important to Ava. I’m glad his wake up call was such a forceful one that he couldn’t control, it made it so much more satisfying after what he put Ava through emotionally. It wasn’t an easy slide into love with these two. Ava already knew she was in love with Sam, had been for years but for Sam, it was a head first, fiery crash that not only had him in extreme denial, but it ticked him off when he found out Ava had kept the fact that she was in love with him a secret. I mentally made Sam wear the “Asshat” label for awhile even as I took pity on his grasping for straws when faced with real emotions. Author Mira Lyn Kelly put this guy through the emotional ringer and that kinda made up for him being so thickheaded and a little bit of a jerk.
What? He needed to suffer a bit like Ava had been suffering for years! I’m on Team Ava here okay?
The second book in the Truth or Dare series, Touch & Go had a whole lot of sexin’ to be sure and each scene took Sam and Ava further and further away from the “Just Friends” roles that they’d played for twenty years, into a more grey area that tormented them both for different reasons. I know I shouldn’t have been happy about that but when the author knows what they’re doing then the journey from friends to lovers to happy ever after can be one big pile of angsty, sexy goodness. To me, a happy ending that comes after some emotional torment means so much more than one that doesn’t. Making characters work for their happiness makes a romance novel better. It was the whole push and pull between them that was so addictive, I ended up staying up all night reading and it was only until my eyes refused to open that I put Touch & Go down only to pick it up again as soon as I had a nap.
Final Verdict: Touch & Go is now my standard for angst romance. It had just enough to make it oh-so-good.
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