Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Review for I Stand Before You by S.R. Grey - 5 out of 5!
SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -
A story of love, a story of hope. How can you move forward when you're anchored to the past?
When it comes to tattooed bad boys, Chase Gartner was the real deal. Partying, engaging in meaningless sex, getting into fights---Chase indulged in it all during his late teen years, thus firmly solidifying his status as a heartbreakingly gorgeous but way-too-dangerous-to-trust guy in his hometown of Harmony Creek, Ohio. Then, following one fateful night of reckless decisions, Chase's actions finally caught up to him and landed him in prison.
Now, four years have passed and Chase finds himself a free man. He returns to Harmony Creek, ready to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding his shattered life.
Things are off to a promising start when he meets Kay Stanton, a young woman with a tragic past of her own. Despite a powerful attraction, Chase and Kay are naturally hesitant to become involved. That's why friendship feels like the safest option. But when passions ignite and love blossoms, a relationship that is destined and meant to be can only be resisted for so long. When Chase and Kay finally succumb to their feelings they realize being together feels more right and true than anything they have ever experienced.
But their love is soon tested. Chase's wild past still haunts and tempts him, and Kay is keeping a secret that could tear them apart.
I Stand Before You is a journey of hope and forgiveness, coming to terms with the past and moving forward. But mostly it's a story of two damaged people who take a chance, open their hearts, and find true love.
MY REVIEW -
I really loved this. The beginning was a little slow, and there are times that there is too much detail about things that aren't important to the story, but as the story got into its stride, it really drew me in. I loved the connection between Chase and Kay, and I was rooting for them to rise above their hardships. Chase and Kay are both flawed characters, but they are trying to better themselves; mainly Chase. Chase went down a very destructive path with booze, drugs, and women. It's the drugs that eventually land him in jail for years. Chase is out of jail now and he's clean, but he struggles with staying clean every day. I like how his sobriety isn't cut and dry for Chase, he really needs to make an effort to stay clean. It's more real that way. Kay feels like she's at fault for the death of her little sister, and it drags her heart down. Chase and Kay start a friendship that turns into a deep connection. These 2 have some major intensity between them, and the passion is off the charts. They are really sweet together too! My heart melted a few times while reading this. Chase really knows how to be adorable. I really loved both characters. Kay does take some serious things a bit too easy, and I think it'll be interesting to see if she can maintain that in future books in this series. It's important to be understanding, but it's also important to hold people accountable for their actions. They need to know that the consequences could be severe, and it's important not to allow too many concessions. This series features 3 books with Chase and Kay, and I'm really looking forward to seeing these characters grow more. I hope they don't lose their way. Touching, heart-felt, powerful story.