Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Series Review: Raine trilogy by Amanda Bennett

 I needed an escape. An escape from my momma, a woman who cared more about herself than her own daughter. A woman who couldn't stand the sight of me since my father left. A boyfriend who was nothing but trouble. Trouble that I couldn't say no to.

Unfortunately, leaving them both would prove to be either the best decision I could ever make, or the biggest mistake of my life.

My plan was to escape to the one place I always felt safe. A place where life is simple and quiet, and a place where I could finish my senior year of high school unscathed. Abernathy, Texas was my second home, and my grandparents were the parents I aways wanted. There was no one around this one horse town to complicate my life any further, or at least that's what I thought. That was, until I met Madison Raine.

He held the power to turn my peaceful escape upside down and inside out with just one look. He was beautiful, in every sense of the word and with that beauty, came trouble. There were a million reasons why I should stay away from him, but none of them seemed to matter when I caught sight of those emerald green eyes. It was becoming clear that staying away from Madison would be harder than I had anticipated.

A past like mine never fully disappears, until you find yourself faced with the irreparable truth that sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands, consequences be damned.

Kayla James (KJ) was everything I never knew I wanted. This was the last summer I would be on the farm before I headed off to college, and meeting her was the last thing I expected. I didn't know what had brought her here, and I honestly didn't care. I had my own things to deal with and a relationship wasn't one of them. Little did I know that this girl, would wind up being exactly what I needed in every way possible.

Life hasn't always been easy, and telling my grandparents that I was going to college in another state was going to be the death of me, but it was something I needed to do. I needed a life outside of Texas, one where no one knew who I was or what I had lost. Between baseball and my band, I thought I had it made.

All it took was one look into those baby blues and I was a goner. I ended up needing her like I needed air to breathe, and everything inside of me wanted to be with her regardless of the outcome. How do you choose between love and life, and convince the one person who trusts no one, to take a chance on you?

(This is book #1 of three in The Raine Series. It contains mature language and situations)

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First line:
I think deep down I may have always known, but part of me still questioned his motives.
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Source:
Nook ebook
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Rating:
3 stars out of 5
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 "Love cannot be defined by age or time, but by the way that person makes you feel. He made me feel completely vulnerable, but vulnerability I have learned is a gift, one that I will gladly accept from Madison Raine."

Kayla
Madison had irrevocably changed me. He opened me up to feel things I had never felt, and he never judged me for my past. In the short amount of time I had known him, I had fallen in love with him and everything he encompassed. He showed me how to live, how to enjoy life, but best of all, he showed me how to love. They say bad things happen to good people, well that saying rang truer to me now than ever before. Madison is gone. He is off at school in Arizona, and I just couldn't bring myself to leave with him. That was my first mistake.
See the thing about trouble is, it will always find you. Trouble found me the night he left, and that night forever changed me. Now I am fighting my way back, alone.

Madison
Leaving Kayla was one of the hardest things I had ever had to do. To say I regret my decision to leave her behind, would be an understatement. My world shifted when I met her and I would forever be changed. Everything felt different now that I was away, everything with her at least. Something was wrong, I could feel it. I needed to go to her to find out what this feeling was, but would she trust me enough to tell me, and could I trust her to forgive me.

"When life, love and heart breaking circumstances stand to pull apart a bond so strong, what do you do without trust?"
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First line:
"Raine, get your ass out here and warm up. I don't want to have to tell you again."
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Source:
Nook ebook
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Rating:
3 stars out of 5
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Kayla seems to have it all. She has a wonderful man who would go to the ends of the earth for her and a family that seems to support her regardless of the consequences.
But is it enough to help her face her demons and to truly find happiness within her heart?

Madison never thought he would be faced with so many life altering decisions at such a young age. he wants to do right by Kayla and his family, but when old wounds reopen he finds himself questioning every choice he has ever made.

Life isn't all it seems for these two and they're coming to the realization that there will always be someone wanting to come along and destroy it all.

Will following her heart prove to be the right decision, or will it be the one thing that could make the only man she's ever loved, say good-bye for good?

 
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First line:
At least a million faces pass by me in a blur. My eyes are glossed over and I honestly couldn't tell you what any one person has said to me.
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Source:
Nook ebook
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Rating:
3 stars out of 5
Barnes&Noble  |  Amazon  Goodreads  Amanda Bennett

I really, really wanted to love this series. But I couldn't. I loved the characters! Though it did seem that Kayla just ignored Madison whenever she was mad at him. Seriously, every little thing she got mad at him about, she didn't talk to him for a day or two. And it did seem like it was every little thing, too.

There were also parts of the plot that I'm not sure why they were included. Like Kayla gets involved in a car crash and its not even pertinent to the plot. It provided nothing to the plot at all. In fact, it just confused me.

And what was up with Wren? First he allies himself with Kayla's mother to get revenge on a girl who moved 6 hours away. Then, when Kayla's mom dies, he allies himself with Madison's dad to ruin their lives. Obviously, he's insane.

The reason, I wanted to love this story is because it is so sweet. Madison and Kayla have both had hard lives and both deserve to find love. And with each other it's possible. They're obviously in love and want to take care of each other. But then you realize they've only known each other for two days. And then it's like "what in the world is going on here."

Honestly, I did want to love this series, but it just wasn't for me. But maybe it's for you and you love it. I hope you do.

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