Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: This Love of Mine by Amanda Bennett

4.5 Star Review by Annie


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?

“Never doubt or question your love for someone else, because it could be the last time you experience it.”
This book was just absolutely amazing. Amanda Bennett did a great job of capturing you into this book from page one. You become so emotionally involved in the story that it feels as though you are there in the book right alongside of the characters.
Kayla is a broken seventeen year old girl who desperately wants to get away from her mother and start a fresh new life. So she heads to the one place she feels the safest, her grandparents farm. She goes there looking for nothing but a safe place to call home, but what she finds is something more and it comes in the form of a cowboy.
“There is one person for everybody. You may meet her now or you may meet her later, but she will always stay with you, whether in body or spirit.”
Madison spends every summer working at his grandparent’s farm. With a scholarship to college in another state awaiting him, he plans on cutting this summer at the farm short. He never had the intention of finding someone to hold him back, that is until a beautifully damaged girl came walking into his life.
Madison is definitely swoon worthy and will make you just fall in love with him from the moment he is introduced, and it also helps he wears tight jeans. Madison is what I like to call a triple threat he is a cowboy, a baseball player and the lead singer of a band. Does it get any better?
“Hold onto your cowboy boots, because I’m pretty sure he is going to take you for one hell of a ride.”
I really enjoyed the characters in this story. Kayla is strong and has the will power to survive anything thrown her way. She has had more struggles in her seventeen years of living then some do their whole lives.
The bad news is this book has a major cliffhanger, but the good news is that you only have to wait until May. This story is a beautiful story about survival and love.



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