Carrie Maynard has come a long way from the awkward teenager who sat in front of the most popular boy in calculus class. She’s now a young, independent woman with a great job, a loving boyfriend, and a close knit family. But something still seems to missing.
Jason Wilder is no longer the cute teenage boy that Carrie crushed on from high school. He is now a hardworking, handsome man and one of Carrie’s very best friends. He is the perfect guy just looking for his perfect girl. Uncertain that he’s actually found her in his girlfriend, Ashley, he goes through the motions, hoping she will fill the void Carrie has left in his heart, ever since the day they met back in high school.
When circumstances change and feelings can no longer be ignored, will Carrie continue to sit on the sidelines, watching someone else live out the future with the boy she loved from so long ago, or will she take the next step with the man that’s always owned her heart?
Sometimes taking a risk for love isn’t always easy.
Sometimes even the strongest of friendships are put to the test.
I had nothing but good memories from the first book. So I jumped right in!
I really, really like to read series books when all the books are done. Because I like to read onto the next book. When everything is still so fresh in my mind.
March 2015 was when I read When The Chips Are Down (I was on the blog tour). I had to read my review again. And read the synopsis. To really refresh my memory. I still had a hard time remembering what went down in that book.
But… slowly but surely everything started to click into place. And the story really started to flow for me. I remembered what the first book was about and who was who character wise.
This was a nice sweet story. This story takes place after Carrie graduates from college. She’s moved back home taking on her first counseling job.
She has a boyfriend Brett. They have been together for about a year and a half. He’s the total package. He has everything. But something keeps holding her back from fully letting go with him.
Jason and Carrie were still close friends. Too close for some people. Jason girlfriend Ashley has always had a sore spot when it came to Carrie.
She hated that Jason and Carrie were so close.
Everyone I felt knew they were perfect for each other. It’s just Carrie and Jason had to open their eyes to see it.
But as time went on… They were both fighting their attraction for each other.
And it all clicked together.
A good chunk of the book was a lot of back and forth going on between Jason and Carrie. They were both in a relationship with other people that they both didn’t even want to be in. I honestly and truly didn’t get it. They wasted so much time.
But… when they got there.. It was pretty nice.
A couple of things bothered me about Jason.
I had a problem with how Jason yelled at Carrie when they were arguing. I always felt like they never fully hashed out the problems. It was more swept under the rug because something popped up or Carrie just forgave it.
I was not feeling that. I wish Jason would have pursued Carrie a little more. Because I truly felt she was not at fault for any of the arguments.
And… I would have liked a little more closure about Ashley. I felt like she would have been more trouble in the relationship between Jason and Carrie. I was expecting more of her crazy and up and down behavior.
Overall… I really did enjoy this story! I loved catching up with all these characters. I loved how this book was written and how it just flowed.
I’m so looking forward to Cam and Gia’s story next!
*ARC provided by the author for an honest review*
Gia Maynard always had a wild streak. She doesn’t mind bending the rules, except when it comes to the rules of her heart. She doesn’t do relationships, instead she devotes her time to her true love….dancing. That is until Jasper Campbell comes along. Handsome, rich and powerful, Gia becomes totally enthralled with him until she finds herself slowly turning into someone she no longer knows.
Cam Hamilton has always been like a big brother to Gia. Now one of the hottest baseball players in the Major League, he is known for his moves on and off the field. But no matter how many women he has in his life, Gia will always be his number one.
When Gia’s heart is broken into pieces, Cam is right there to help her put it back together. When they both give in to their feelings for each other, will they be able to pretend that certain lines were never crossed, and certain feelings were never felt? Will Gia follow the rules that she has lived by for her entire life or is Cam the one worth breaking all of them for?
Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard. I am the author of The Exception To The Rule, An Unplanned Lesson, An Unplanned Life Drowning In Love, A Cry for Hope, A Will To Change, Blind Side of Love, When The Chips Are Down and Easy Silence.
My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I’m a mom of twin teenage boys, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon!