Thursday, June 20, 2013

Full Throttle (Daddy's Girl Series #2.5) Review!

High school sweethearts manage to make it through college into the working world still together and going strong.From the start of their relationship Jake has made very clear his apprehension to marriage. Kenna understood going into this nine years ago that with Jake there would never be a ring or white dress.

Now seeing their friends so eager to make such a serious commitment in their own relationships a crack begins to form in Jake and Kenna’s once solid foundation.

Will Kenna ever open up and share her dreams with Jake?Can Jake overcome his childhood issues?Is Kenna willing to accept things just as they are forever?Will her desire for a more serious commitment make her change her feelings for her one love?Is Jake enough alone or does Kenna demand more than he can give?Can they move forward full throttle into their future together?

So normally I am not a big fan of .5 books.  But this is exactly what was needed in this series.  This is the 2.5 novel between Maggie & Harrison's stories.  It is a super fast read, but it is brilliant in how it is done.  I received the arc for this novel in exchange for an honest review.  

First thing you need to know is, I loved Restore My Heart & Salvaged.  I thought both books had some real meat to them and that they were both full and complete stories.  I wasn't sure how I felt after I realized this was a shorter more compact version of a full story for this series.  I have to be honest though, it turned out brilliantly.

First off, Chelsea doesn't write this in a traditional way.  She does the majority of the book, about 97% actually, through thoughts and actions of the characters.  Not dialogue.  That is very unique, and quite frankly the perfect way to tell the story of two people who love each other completely, but just aren't on the same page.  I have actually never heard of a couple this in love who go through the rollercoaster these two do.

Jake is a great character.  He is a reservist who has served on active duty and has been deployed.  He completely loves Kenna and wants her to be with him for a lifetime.  But after a horrible childhood, being raised and pawned off several times by a selfish mother, he is unwillingly to commit to marriage.  In fact, from day one, he has told Kenna that is not an option.  

Kenna is very single minded in this pursuit of happily ever after.  In her mind marriage is expected, regardless of what Jake has always said.  She is expecting a ring and is sort of selfish in this.  I want to tell you that I adored Kenna, but truth is, and I have shared this thought with Chelsea personally, I wanted to punch her at times.  She is very self centered.  I understand why, she is in love and wants her name to match his.  She tries to get him to talk, sorta, but nothing seems to work.

I had a big problem with how these two decided to avoid each other for weeks on end.  They communicate by text, rarely, mostly by notes left randomly at their home.  A home they bought and are supposed to be living in together.  It really isn't all that surprising when Kenna starts getting feelings for her coworker Chad, although again I think Kenna is a bit selfish in that she does lead Chad on then when she is caught kissing him she becomes indignant.  I found that surprising.  She isn't stupid or naive, what did she expect to happen?

I can be a bit mean towards heroines, so I apologize if it seems like I am attacking Kenna.  I just feel very passionately about the story and this is how I tend to express it.

This was a fantastic read!  Very short, but beautiful in how it is written.  You want these two to find happily ever after in whatever form it comes.  

I give this 4 lipsticks!


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