Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're joining part two of the two part TLC Book Tours promotion starring the latest release from author Katie McGarry. If you've not read her work as of yet, I highly suggest you do, and the title featured today is DEFINITELY comes highly recommended. First things first though, we have to know what we're dealing with and for that, I give you a proper introduction to today's book of choice...
About the book...
"Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”
When Drix was convicted of a crime—one he didn’t commit—he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.
But sometimes love can breach all barriers.
Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves—Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence—and each other to finally get what they deserve.
Right from the start, I knew this book was going to steal my heart...and it TOTALLY did.
Drix is a great character, right out the gate, and though when we are first introduced, he is a little broken, there's no doubting the well of strength that dwells within. Though convicted of a crime with more shadows than truth, I never once feared his character. He was clear on his convictions, put family first, fought for the greater good, and while yes, some of that grew from the program he was forced to go through, the seeds had to be there in order to take root. He lives a hard life, but it is a life lived and worth living...even more so now that he's found his way out of the darkness that was pulling him under. Hey, they say you have to go through He** to reach Heaven, right? Well, he's definitely crawled his way through something like that, so a little bit of light would seem to be his right at this point. One of the things that is definitely helping that pull towards lightness isn't a thing, but a whom...the governor's daughter, to be precise.
Elle is a force of nature all her own. What she lacks in street smarts, she more than makes up for in heart, the strength of convictions, and letting her moral compass be her guide. What can I say...mommy and daddy taught her well, and though it's gonna break a million hearts when things go south, they can only blame the supposed flaws in her character on themselves. GASP! Imagine that...a kid that actually LISTENED when growing up? *smirk* Seriously though, Elle may live in a higher class society wise, but she's just as much a puppet on invisible strings as Drix...maybe even more so since he at least KNEW (for the most part) what he was getting into; she was simply trusting those that borne her to have her best interests at heart. I was right there my her side cheering her on when all heck broke loose and it brought a mighty big smile to my face when she laid out exactly what was to be. (YOU GO GIRL!)
All in all, I was glued to each page and enjoyed the slower progression of the story. It's in those little moments, the small choices that add up to the big picture, that we really get to know these characters and feel that much closer to them. It's not a book to rush through, but rather savor...and word to the wise, bring tissues. No, seriously...bring them.
About the author...
Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
She is the author of the Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road series. Say You’ll Remember Me will be released in 2018.
Katie loves to hear from her readers. Find her online...
Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to participate in this tour. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the other stops for more exciting excerpts, reviews, and bookish fun!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!