Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review===> Give Me Love by Kate McCarthy

Evie Jamieson, a former wild child, is not only a headstrong, smart-mouthed trouble magnet, she is also a lead singer with a plan. That plan involves uprooting her band, including her two best friends guitarist Henry and band manager Mac, to Sydney to kick off their dreams of hitting the big time.

Jared Valentine is the older brother of Evie's best friend Mac and also the man determined to make Evie his. They strike up a long distance friendship which suits Evie because she's determined to avoid the distraction of love, not only because it doesn't fit in with her plan, but because twice in the past it has left her for dead. Moving to Sydney, however, has put her directly in Jared's path and he has decided it's the perfect opportunity to make his play.

Unfortunately Jared, co-owner in a business that 'consults' in dangerous hostage and kidnapping situations, makes an enemy who's determined to enact revenge. When his enemy puts Evie in his sights, Jared not only has a fight on his hands to make her his own, but also to keep her alive.

Is accepting the love he's so desperate to give worth the risk to both her heart, and her life?
My review:
This book is written using some Australian spelling and slang so it took me a several chapters to understand and decode what was being said. It was tough to follow along at first, not only because of the slang, but also because Kate introduced so many different characters at once; while keeping the story very fast paced. It was hard to keep up with who the characters were that I needed to keep backtracking just to make sure I was reading about the right person. Once I became acclimated with the author’s writing style, the book became easier for me to understand and it was then very hard for me to put the book down.
Evie is a beautiful, outspoken and very talented lead singer of her band. She plans on making it big in the rock star world. Everyone she seems to love usually ends up leaving her to be all alone. Not wanting to go through that hurt in life again, she sticks to what she feels is safe and keeps her heart completely protected.
“I feel like I’ve loved you before I even showed up on our doorstep that day”- Jared
Jared is Mac’s (Evie’s roommate) brother. He’s hot, sexy, and dangerous and has his own fair share of trust issues. He instantly is attracted to Evie and he suddenly feels very protective over her; and feels the need to keep her safe. He finally realizes that the only way to keep her safe is to keep his distance from her.
"I feel like everything is so much brighter when I'm with you. When you're not there it's like someone turned out the lights." “You’re the light I can’t live without and the only one that has ever held my heart.”-Jared
I can assure you, that not only will you fall in love with Jared and Evie, you will also fall in love with the other characters in the book. Mac, Evie’s best friend, manager, roommate and Jared’s sister, is feisty, loud and doesn’t take crap from any one. She tries her hardest to play matchmaker for Jared and Evie. Her band mates, Henry, Frog, and Cooper will leave you laughing out loud when they go about their antics. Evie’s older Coby, and Jared’s brothers Travis and Mitch, along with Casey, work with Jared at their “consulting business”. These guys may be super-hot, but they can all be hot headed at times, bossy, and very protective. They all seem to flow well together, creating that big family bond.
The story took me on a very emotional ride. This book provided me with a lot of humor, Jared and Evie’s relationship left me frustrated at times, lots of romance and certain suspenseful events had me at the edge of my seat till it was resolved.  This had me not only falling in love with the characters, but the story itself. The book was completely unpredictable you had no idea what was going to happen next. It always kept you guessing.
There was a lot of miscommunication and lack of communication done by the characters in the book. Just like in reality, people make assumptions, and most of the time the outcome is not a good one. Just like in any type of relationship, we need to trust them and the decisions that they make. Without trust or communication, you don’t have anything to base the relationship on. Don’t assume the worse in all situations, trust in what you have.
Even though I had a slow start to this book, once it picked up, it definitely picked up, and had me wanting more of the story! I can’t wait for the next one!~~Jenn

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