Friday, September 16, 2016

Book Review: Tangled Up in Blue

Title Tangled Up in Blue
Series Ikana College, book 1
Author J. D. Brick
Release Date March 14, 2015

A red-hot boy named Blue. A heart-wrenching love story...

Keegan Crenshaw needs a hero. She's a straight-A student from a famous Oklahoma family and the youngest-ever editor of her college newspaper. She's got a lot to prove. But she's got enemies. Someone's out to get her. Someone's got her running scared. And she runs right into the arms of a red-hot boy named Blue.

Deep down, Blue is still the brave soldier who risked his life for others in Afghanistan. He's still a hero, even if he no longer believes it. All he wants now, though, is to make music and bury the secret that could destroy his future. Blue tries hard to be a good guy. But he's wrestling with demons he can barely control. And when Keegan moves into his house and very quickly into his heart, his hard-fought control begins to slip away.

Keegan and Blue can't stay away from each other, can't stop thinking about each other. They have a connection--body, mind and soul--they cannot resist. But it will cost them dearly. Secrets have a way of exploding into the light. Sometimes it's hard to know who's a hero and who'll turn out to be a heartbreaker.

Is Blue the love of Keegan's life, her knight in shining armor? Or will he become an agonizing mistake?

Searing and sexy, Tangled Up in Blue explores the consequences of deception, the meaning of courage and the redeeming value of sacrificial love. It contains strong language and adult situations, and it ends in a cliffhanger. Book 2, Shelter from the Storm, continues and concludes the story of Keegan and Blue.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25714331-tangled-up-in-blue
Review

Tangled Up in Blue was a decent enough read. It felt a bit like a new adult romance cliche in a lot of ways, but it kept my attention and I didn't roll my eyes too much (I could have done without reading the word "loins" so many times). I can definitely see how many people will love this book, even if I felt more lukewarm towards it.

The biggest downfall of Tangled Up in Blue for me was the insta-love. I'm just not a fan of it in any book. What I found comical was that Keegan even says their relationship had turned into some sort of insta-love that she despises. I agree, Keegan, I despise it, too. I like my relationships to have some depth and emotional connection. It just seems that Blue has white knight syndrome and wants to save Keegan (and have sex with her).

Though this book ends in a cliffhanger, I'm interested enough in the story to read the second book, Shelter from the Storm. Hopefully it will have a satisfying ending (though, I'd like to point out that satisfying doesn't necessarily mean HEA for me).

Rating

3 out of 5 stars

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