12 August 2014

You Before Me by Lindsay Paige - Book Review


She’s too young for him.
He’s too good for her.
She seduces him away from the gentleman he tries to be.
He leads her to her own hopes and dreams.

Ryan Kavanaugh isn’t the kind of girl guys bring home to their moms. She’ll have sex on the first date, she’ll drop the f-bomb without a second thought, and she’ll answer the door in jeans and a bra.

Gabe O’Connor is exactly the kind of guy girls want. He’s a police officer and the classic good guy who takes his family’s opinions seriously and strives to be the best person he can be.

Two people in two different places in their lives, both being pulled in directions they don’t want to go. Ryan and Gabe both struggle with what they desire in life and in each other as well as what their families expect of them.

Sometimes, you have to think of yourself first.

*This book is intended for mature audiences.*
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She’s not just young – but she was a bad, bad girl. Ryan didn’t waste any moment for me to build her reputation in my eyes. In the first pages, she came in strong. But I reserved my judgment for later, all I can say for her is, WOW. This girl comes pretty strong. She knows what she wants, she gets it, and she doesn’t apologize for wanting it. I didn’t know if I’ll love her for it, or despise her.

They met in the weirdest circumstances, and Ryan did leave an impression on the young good cop, Ryan. They were an odd pair, an exact opposite, but they complement each other. She’s younger than him, and he was way too good for her. She tries to seduce him, and he leads her into a brighter path.  

Ryan is not the kind of girl you bring home to your mother. She’s a lot to take in. She has a strong personality. She’ll have sex on the first date, her life has no direction, and curse words would string out of her mouth. But, on the inside, this girl just needs someone to love her. Her parents were a little bit too hard on her, and it was quite heartbreaking. I wished, they’d spent more time with Ryan or give her a little faith.

As for Gabe – I WOULD HAVE LOVED YOU! If not for the fact that…

He’s a good cop, he’s hot, and he’s really great but he can be quite gullible, and at his age – he still values his family’s opinion. Not that I don’t value my own family’s opinion about anything, but you just take it into consideration, and choose on your own. He’s a grown man, for pete’s sake, if he wanted to date Ryan, if he wanted her, he should be ready for what his family would say, and keep Ryan safe from all the hurtful words his family might throw her way. I was really disappointed at the dinner scene. Aw, I’m sorry, but Gabe didn’t make it on my list of book boyfriends. He might did something to redeem himself at the end, but for me, it was already too late. Argh. How could you!!!!

This was my first Lindsay Paige, and I wasn’t disappointed. I love the cover of this book – it’s beautiful. I like the plot of the story, I like Ryan despite the imperfections, but Gabe, I’m still thinking about forgiving him. Nevertheless, this was a wonderful tale of two opposite people, in two different places in their lives meeting together, and falling in love. There were a lot of hurdles considering their families and their circumstances, but they made it, and amidst their differences, and all the forces that prevented them to be together, they still had their HEA.

•Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.•

Lindsay PaigeLindsay Paige is the author of the Bold as Love series, Don't Panic, and You Before Me. She is also the coauthor of The Penalty Kill Trilogy.

She has three passions in life: reading, writing, and watching hockey, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins. Among the pile of books to read, stories to write, and games to watch, Lindsay is also focused on completing college.

Lindsay resides in North Carolina and is inspired by world around her and the people in it. Many of the aspects in her books stem from her love for hockey and her struggles in life and with anxiety, as evident in Don't Panic.

She is currently working on numerous solo works and a couple of projects with coauthor Mary Smith as well.

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