Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Where We Belong By K.L. Grayson

Rating: 5 Stars


I’ve tried several times to regret the events that took place on June 5, 2008, but for the life of me, I can’t. I'd never regret the pain, the suffering, or the heartache because it ultimately led me to the place I am now. And I can’t regret the place I am now. What I still can't figure out is this: how is it possible that the single worst day of my life inadvertently became the very best day?

Five years ago my life was irrevocably changed.

Seventeen minutes was all it took—
to lose my best friend…
to lose the love of my life…

Seventeen minutes was all it took for the seeds of hope—the seeds of my future—to be planted in the worst possible way.

My name is Harley Thompson, and this is my story


*ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review* 

I don't give out five stars to books lightly .... but oh my goodness .... five stars all the way. 

Now hear with me through this review, because I am just so excited about so much that I might not be able to make flow as nicely as I want. But I WILL get it all out there. 

First of all, the prologue ... I was sucked in from the prologue. I even stopped and updated my goodreads to say I loved the book after that. That was it for updates, because I just couldn't stop after that. Ain't nobody got time for updates when a book is this good and you want to take every second to read just one more sentence. So anyhoo ... The prologue sucks you in and gives you this look into the dynamic of the book and allows you to feel the devastation of losing so much more than a friend. I'm not going to lie, I did not see that coming. Uhg, and when Tyson is driving away wondering where Harley is, you just want to be like "STOP!! GO BACK!!!" It was heart breaking without really going into detail. I feel like sometimes authors will rip this sorrow from you by going into more details. And when they do that, well of course your going to feel horrified. But for this author to get those same emotions if not more from not giving too many details ... I'm in awe. And that is really the amazing thing about this book. She doesn't need to be graphic to get the emotions from you ... she just writes and I'm drawn into the story. 

Another thing I love; sometimes an author will have this big secret and you can kind of guess what it is, but the reveal is at the end. Grayson just keeps giving you more and more, so your not so anxious to discover the secret that you just want to figure it out already. It's like this book has these explosions that just keep moving this book along. It flows so well. Each piece of information is vital and enjoyable and satisfying to keep you going, but feel like you know what is going on. It is just a really mature book. 

Gosh! I haven't even started on the characters!!! Harley .... I love her. She is strong and beautiful and I love her. 

             "I wish I could say my journey to this happy place was an easy one, but I’d be lying. It was a bitch. My soul was tried and tested, along with the patience of the people I love most in my life. But with their persistence and support, I was able to find peace and smile once again."

If I wasn't into this book before ... well I was after that quote. I think I wanted to be her. Did I mention that this book was written with an epic amount of maturity. She was an honest and true character. I believed her. She was hurt by waht happened and she had honest reactions when it was brought up, but she wasn't traumatized by it and dragging it around with her, letting it pull her down. She was so positive by looking at Max and seeing the silver lining. I loved that she wasn't afraid of her sexuality and being a woman. I'm glad that her character was based on her building relationship with Tyson and not surrounding this entire tragic event. And Tyson ... whew ... what a man's man. He was also and honest and true character. He was honest about his choices, mistakes and reactions. You could tell he was just a typical guy and I liked that. He was some damaged man that needed to be fixed and Harley fixed him. No, they had both reached a point in their lives when they were ready for each other. I think that is what I liked about this book ... it wasn't about fixing each other, it was about just being together and making a future despite the past. By the way Tyson was funny when he got sentimental ... 

                      "My knees bounce nervously under the table. I stare at my phone for a full minute before I realize what I'm doing. Jesus Christ, when did I grow a fucking vagina?"

He mentions his "vagina" frequently ... and I laughed every time. You definitely get that he is a strong guy. So when he discovers the what, how, and why of what happened to Harley, his reaction is epic. It was probably the hardest part of the book. Oh my goodness ... tears you guys ... I had tears. I am not a crier, but it was just so sad to see him fall apart. 

On the flip side ... the sex scenes were steamy and well worth the wait ... 

                      "“I’m going to take my time with you," he whispers, his breath warm on my skin as he lowers himself between my legs. I squeeze my eyes shut, a harsh moan falling from my lips when I feel his tongue slide across my apex, mere inches from my core. His hands spread my lips apart and I wait for him to devour me. “Watch. Me,” he growls and my eyes snap open. With a devilish grin on his face, he lowers his lips to my clit. The pad of his tongue slides down my core. My toes curl and my heels dig into the bed. With each lick and every suck, my moans grow louder."

Whew!!! *fans face* 

Finally the side characters ... I loved them. Quinn is my favorite and I hope and pray she gets her own book. She is another strong woman, and we need more awesome books about strong women. Also, Levi, I feel in love with him in the beginning and I kind of wish he didn't fade out towards the end. I was expecting to see more about their relationship. I hope he gets his own book too. 

Okay, okay, I'm done. I could write more but I'm just going to say this ... GO BUY THE BOOK!!! It's worth it and you will love it. This is one of my new favorites! I'm so thankful that I was able to stumble upon it! Enjoy!!! 

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