Series: Avoiding #3
Published by Self-Published on December 10, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Two years after walking out of Jack’s wedding, Lexi has finally put her past behind her. She has made up her mind about where her life is headed. This time, she is sticking to her guns, no matter what.
That is, until a phone call shatters the fragile grasp she has on her new life. Lexi is forced to question everything she thought she knew about what she wanted, and life-changing events push her to reevaluate the very plans she holds so dear. Nevertheless, Lexi has to choose her true path. That might just mean deciding, once and for all, that she doesn’t have to answer to anyone but herself.
In this highly anticipated final installment of the bestselling Avoiding series, follow Lexi as she juggles a new career, a new city, and the burgeoning affections of three very different men.
“Nothing is ever easy with us, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth fighting for. The best things in life are worth fighting for, and you’re the best thing I’ve ever had in my life.”
After all these years Lexi has finally decided to commit. If you’ve read the previous books this was never easy for her and it seemed like this was one of the reasons all these eligible men were drawn to her. But Ramsey was a game changer. He finally got down on one knee and proposed. Who wouldn’t say yes to this man? When he asks she never hesitated. After all those years together she had no reason to.
After her “yes” everything went downhill from there. Most brides to be would be ecstatic planning the wedding of their dreams. Lexi? Not so much. She felt detached and unsettled about it. She couldn’t even break the news to her closest. That alone was a sign that something wasn’t quite right. Was it because her innate fear of finally committing? Or was it because the phone call she received from Jack saying that Bekah filed for a divorce?
Lexi and Jack have remained friends over the years. So when he calls she comes running so support her friend. Ramsey asks her not to get involved but with their history she can’t stop herself. Jack literally has no one else to turn to and this is when he admits that he made the biggest mistake of his life.
I have to admit that I had a difficult time getting into this story. It took me about 40% to finally get into it. I felt that the moving back and forth between the time lines made it lengthy and sometimes even annoying. When something monumental was about to happen we get pulled back into the past which did make for some good suspense but at times it made me feel aggravated too. I can not tell you how many times I wanted to fast forward and just get to the last chapters but I’m glad that I didn’t…
Did I think all that was necessary in the story? Oh goodness yes. When I finally finished it and looked at the entire picture – knowing the history between all the people involved was necessary. So if you feel that the beginning was tedious – push through it will be very much worth it in the end.
So about the characters…starting with Lexi I kind of felt sorry for her in this one. She was dealing with so much crap and I thought she did the best she could given the circumstances. There were tons of instances where she could have fallen into her old patterns but she had so much more control then she did in the past.I loved that she was always honest with Ramsey esp. when it came to her relationship with Jack.
Ramsey was accepting of that relationship which I found quite admirable. He always knew that he could trust her. I felt that he loved Lexi dearly but it seemed that he still needed to deal with some issues with Parker. Was he really over her? I couldn’t tell. That important info that Parker gave him in my opinion changes things and I am kind of wishing that K.A. Linde will write his story.
Then there’s Jack. From the very beginning I thought he was “the one”. He pretty much grew up and matured in this book and finally knew what he wanted. Even when Lexi had these vulnerable moments he never took advantage of her. Not trying to give away anything here but I thought the way he went about things was great.
I can’t tell you how relieved I was about the Bekah situation. She was one major bitch and not to be evil or anything but she sure did get what she deserved. Talk about karma biting you in the ass! I can’t believe she would put her own brother through all of that just for her own personal gain. What a selfish and hateful woman.
Did I like who Lexi’s end up with? I did but I was hoping that she went about it in a different way. For such a strong and intelligent woman why did she always need a man in her life? She knew who was most important to her but why couldn’t she step back for once give it some time rather than immediately jumping back into a relationship.
Despite my issues above, I thought this book was a good conclusion to their story. I loved how the author was able to put me in so much emotional turmoil over these characters. I hated and loved and hated some more and through all of it I’m glad we end up with a great HEA.
Don’t make me use my womanly wiles on you.”
“Is that an option?” he asked, ducking his head and planting a kiss on her lips. His handed gripped the back of her T-shirt.
Stepping out of the embrace, she threw her hands up. “Ew, I’m seriously gross right now.”
“I think you’re beautiful.”
“Beautiful, and in need of a shower,” Lexi said, backing toward the bathroom.
“I could join you…” He trailed off as he backed her into the bathroom. His hands pawed at her shirt, which he quickly guided over her head to where it belonged…on the floor.
“I mean, if you insist,” Lexi murmured.
He slid her running shorts to the ground. “Oh, I insist,” he said, admiringly sliding his hands down her slight curves.
He backed up a step to flip the walk-in shower to its hottest setting before locating two towels and placing them on the counter. Lexi stripped out of her bra and thong, and then she walked right into the steamy glass shower. As he watched, she eased back into the spray, closed her eyes, and let her head dip back into the water. She heard him groan, and a smile played on her face.
A few seconds passed, and then he entered the shower. His hands retraced their earlier progression down her now wet body. She breathed in sharply when they moved back up to her breasts and flicked gently against her erect nipples. He leaned forward and took one in his mouth, pushing them both through the shower and back against the tiled wall. Lexi gasped from both the feel of him against her and the cold tiles behind her.
She wound her fingers into his hair and breathed in the air, thick with steam. He hoisted her leg up around his waist, pressing her harder against the wall.
“Fuck,” she cried as she felt the length of him slide between her legs.
Avoiding Series Links:
# 1 Avoiding Commitment
#2 Avoiding Responsibility
#2.5 Avoiding Intimacy
#1.5 Avoiding Decisions