Friday, September 14, 2012

Lengths by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt

4.5 Stars

Nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad leaves her conservative Pennsylvania home for sunny California, looking for independence, a fresh start, and a place to stash her grief. She promptly finds a job at a tattoo parlor, a craptastic first apartment, and one friend—Ryan—who is a little less friend, a little more benefits.

Deo Beckett is a soulful surfer with a passion for tattoos and beautiful women. On the eve of his twenty-second birthday, he finds himself living with his grandfather, recently unemployed, and seriously adrift. He doesn’t know much about what he wants out of life, but he does know his current situation isn't cutting it.

When Deo meets Whit, she’s all sexy makeup and fierce, smart-ass fun. It doesn’t take him long to see past her tough shell. And when he gets a good look at what's under all the superficial stuff that usually gets his attention, it leaves Deo wondering if there might be more to life than living fast and free.

Too bad Whit has a past she doesn't plan on sharing—no matter how hot Deo is. She might want him, but she knows better than to let her guard down.

Deo falls for Whit, and falls hard. But everything about her, down to that mysterious tattoo and the way she thrashes in her sleep, tells him that the girl he loves is hiding something. And the more he pushes for answers, the more Whit pulls away.

Having your guard up is one thing, but are the lengths Whit goes to to protect her secret worth throwing away the second chance she has at happiness with Deo? description

My thoughts before reading; After reading the Brenna Blixen series by Liz Reinhardt, I decided to check out a few others by her. Jamie McGuire, whom I also love, shared a link for this book on Amazon. It was on sale and who doesn't love a sale?!?

My after thoughts;  Wow, this was the perfect angsty drama. And you all know how much I love angsty drama. I found myself relating to Whit in a way that I can't explain. She is dealing with a huge inner turmoil that only she can understand. No matter how much the ones around her think they do, the don't. They never can because the hurt is hers and hers alone. Deo, no matter how hard he tries, always seems to do all the wrong things for all the right reasons. He loves Whit whole-heartily and only wants to make her hurt go away.

  I loved every minute of this book. Even the moments when I was trying desperately to see the page through my tears. There were several times when I felt as though the words on the page were speaking to me personally. I hope that anyone who reads this can come away from it the way I have. Knowing that maybe feeling a certain way is ok, even if it doesn't really make sense to the outside world. The important thing is to not let those feelings consume you or define who you are, live life to the fullest, because you only get one shot at it.

Happy Reading!! :-)

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