Imperfect Women and Forever Yours are proud to bring you March’s installment of Book Crush Monthly! Every month we will bring you a new book review with chances to win eBooks and/or Paperbacks! 24 winners will be chosen each month. This month our selection is “Given” by Kelli Maine!
Review by Jen
Rachael and Merrick start off their relationship in the most unconventional way… with him kidnapping her. You’d think that would be a deal breaker, but it’s not. And in the weirdest way, Merrick doesn’t creep me out. I get him. I get what he was trying to accomplish by doing it. And the fact that Rachael gets him too, allows them to continue their relationship through several books, leading us to the current book, Given. I highly encourage you to read books 1, 1.5, and 2 to fully grasp everything that has occurred between them so that when you get to book 3 you’re fully prepared for the craziness that’s about to happen.
These two have had to endure quite a bit to get themselves to the semi-comfortable place they currently are. Seeing as they have never had a normal kind of relationship, it’s not a surprise that crazy things keep happening to them. Merrick’s father, Enzo, is just an awful, manipulative a-hole and the things he’s done to Merrick are downright despicable. Given is all about dealing with the downfall of Enzo’s manipulations which put a huge stress on Rachael and Merrick relationship.
Rachael is a kick butt type of chick. She is super smart and doesn’t fall for anyone’s bullcrap. She knows when Merrick is being played… but Merrick is too stubborn to listen or see it at first. Thank goodness Rachael is a strong woman, because not everyone could put up with the nonsense that takes place. Buttons are pushed, people are manipulated and Rachael stays strong for her man even when he pushes her away.
Merrick can be a stubborn ass but in this case, he’s really trying to make up for 20 years of lost time and memories and I get why he’s allowing things to happen as they are. Unfortunately it also makes me want to punch Merrick in the face and tell him to wake the heck up and see what his decisions are doing to Rachael. The girl is suffering, trying to keep it together all because she loves him more than life. Despite all of the stress from Merrick trying to makes things right, the one thing that is never missing between these two is chemistry. Holy moly, these two have it going on. There’s a scene… around the 93% mark that is just… *sigh* perfectly perfect. No matter what happens, these two can always reconnect with each other when they are alone. My other favorite thing about this book is the island where most of it takes place. I thought Kelli did a great job with creating the beautiful setting of Turtle Tear Island and the private resort. It felt lavish but still homey. I want a Turtle Tear resort of my own!
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Jen loves to read. She can’t stop herself. It’s become an obsession. She is in love with her husband, kids, iced coffee and books. Jen lives in beautiful Colorado but is originally from the West Coast.
12 Digital copies (WW) and 12 Paperback copies (US/Canada only) of Given by Kelli Maine Sponsored by Forever Romance
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