by Rebecca Yarros
on September 28, 2015
Published by Embrace, Entangled Genres: Contemporary Romance, Love & Romance, Military, New Adult
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Be careful what you wish for...
Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can't deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.
Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson's secrets while she's hiding her own, but that doesn't stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she's not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson's heart long ago.
Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they'll learn that sometimes it's the answered prayers that will put you through hell.
I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I love when a book makes me forget everything and everyone around me and Beyond What is Given did just that. I got nothing accomplished on Sunday other than spend my day with Grayson and Sam, and I don’t regret a minute of it. I loved these two. Both trying to bury the mistakes of their pasts and not looking for more than friendship, we see them try like hell to fight the undeniable chemistry between them. Everyone around them can see it (and WE can see it) while they’re in denial-ville. It’s when they realize what everyone else does and tries their hand at something more, we see the intensity get kicked up a notch and Rebecca’s writing shines through. She brought these characters to life perfectly; she made them feel so incredibly real with flaws, insecurities, wants, and needs. She made me FEEL Grayson’s guilt and struggle at wanting a relationship with Samantha and for feeling himself falling in love with her. Thank God the guy is built like a brick house because he carries the weight of the past five years on his shoulders. Any smaller and he’s crumble (read it and you’ll agree). She made me FEEL Samantha’s desire to be first in Grayson’s life and she made my heart break with Samantha’s fear that she never would be. I was in tears hearing Sam tell Grayson she was worth so much more. I’m not going to lie, there were times Grayson frustrated me to the point of madness, but I understood where he way coming from. He’s a military man, loyal to a fault, torn between what his heart wants and what his family keeps telling him he’s obligated to do. I did, however, love and cheer him on as he grew and started to focus on his wants.
He made me proud. Actually, Gray and Sam both made me proud; they were better versions of themselves by the end of the story. This story has a little of everything: angst, chemistry, passion, redemption, character growth, and undeniable love! Except for Grayson’s sister, Parker, there is no redemption for her! Even after finding out her reasons for her behavior, I still hated her with the passion of a thousand suns! Even after I was done reading, I still wanted to punch her in the face. Two days later, I still want to punch her in the face and thinking about her makes my blood boil. Intentional or not, Rebecca really did great job giving me a character I could hate so intensely, those kinds are always fun 🙂