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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Caught Up In You by Colee Firman (Review & Giveaway)

Title: Caught Up In You
Series: Standalone
Author: Colee Firman
Published: December 2014
Format; Ebook received for review
Pages: 299/Goodreads

Life has a way of shaping you into what it wants you to be, regardless of how much you fight it.

Brantley Prescott is damaged. Scarred by a past she can’t forget. Hiding secrets she’s terrified to share. Searching for a future she doesn’t believe she’ll ever find. 

Myles Franco is alone. Burdened by mistakes he’ll never live down. Fostering a deep resentment for the opposite sex. Unleashing his wrath on any girl who gets too close. 

Brantley has worked behind the bar long enough to recognize Myles for what he is—a douchebag player with nothing on his mind but keeping a steady stream of girls flowing through his bed. With his messy dark hair, sapphire blue eyes, rock-solid body, and endless tattoos he’s impossible to ignore. But that’s exactly what she plans on doing.

After just one run-in with Brantley, Myles is even more determined to stick to the rules he lives by. She’s mouthy, blunt, and doesn’t back down—no matter how hard he pushes her. She could turn out be the one temptation that drags him down the path he’s been trying to avoid. He won’t let that happen.

Both are content living behind the solid walls they’ve built around themselves. Neither is prepared for what happens when their lives collide. 

Caught Up In You was my first book by Colee Firman.  As far as the New Adult genre goes, it was pretty good and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a solid but light read.

The heroine is Brantley, and she is moving from her aunts home to live on her own.  Fates align and she finds herself in the perfect apartment that she can just barely afford above the ever-hot Myles.  Life is looking up, but when you have been to the very bottom, up is the only way to go.  Brantley's past is.... gah, I don't even know how to put it.  Tragic isn't enough.  She went through a horror most 20 year old girls couldn't even imagine.  But she has her head on straight, and she is making a life for herself.  She's got some friends, and a good job.  Small town life is treating her well.  Well, except for Myles.

Myles seems like he is a giant asshole.  Brantley and he have several run-ins that lead to cussing and door slamming.  Enemies to lovers is being set up perfectly.  As for the man, himself, he is gorgeous hot with a checkered past of his own.  His is nowhere near what Brantley's is, but they both have their very valid reasons to have their defenses up.  Cupid definitely has his work cut out for his little-naked-love-arrow-shooting-butt.

Enemies to lovers is right.  And on top of that, there is a ton of bad timing, over and over.  While I absolutely loved seeing this couple come together, the anguish that I adore in New Adult was kind of missing.  It took place, but not that we got to see.  It was always just out of our reach, and we were brought in some time later after the characters had each started to live again.  And then something else would happen, and there would be a time cut, and we'd come back to when they were just a bit better.  But you know, that could work for some readers.  I hear a lot of time that there is just too much angst and anguish in the NA genre (except never for me!), so this format might work well for those readers.

Colee Firman's writing is pretty good.  I was able to put myself easily in the characters' places and see the storm, smell the grass being cut, feel the cold water. When Myles and Brantley continually crash into each other's lives, I'm ecstatic.  I love seeing them together, and hate seeing them apart.  Their story is unique, and that goes a long way.  I just wish that some of it was more on the scenic route.

Colee Firman has always been a closet writer. As an only child, there were constantly stories swimming around in her head. In 2012, she finally started unleashing them on the world, beginning with The Unbinding Fate Series.

As a Michigan native, she never passes up a chance to escape the winter weather. When she’s not working at her day job or writing, she’s traveling with her longtime boyfriend, reading with her cat, or binging on Netflix.

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