The Charleston Haven Series (stand – alone)
New Adult Contemporary
Released December 2, 2014
Published by Penguin/InterMix
Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…
Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.
Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.
Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin…
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Miles from Kara is book #2 in the Charleston Haven series and while I did not read book #1, Pieces of Olivia, I thoroughly enjoyed Miles from Kara. In fact, after I finished reading this book, I immediately added the first book to my reading list. This was also my first experience reading the work of Melissa West and I can honestly say that I enjoyed her writing style and the way in which she makes her characters come alive on the page.
When I first starting reading, I immediately knew I was going to have a hard time putting it down & going on about my daily tasks. And boy was I right! While the story line was difficult at times, the reality of it was raw, eye-opening, and inspiring. The characters, who were broken in their own ways, each brought an important element to the story that allowed for so much growth and development.
Kara, who experienced a traumatic & heart-wrenching moment in her life at the young age of 16, now has to learn how to move on at 19. After realizing that her feelings for her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, may not be as they once were, she must make that first step in the direction of starting fresh. Of course, it helps to have a very hot Aussie to fill the gaps and help her open her eyes and move forward with her life.
Colt, a tattoo covered, Australian gentleman can make any girl squirm in her seat. He’s everything any girl could hope to meet in her life. In a way, he reminds me a little of Noah from The Notebook. Just with an added accent and tattoos.
The relationship between Kara and Colt blossoms at an appropriate pace and is what I’d call imperfectly, perfect. They have their fair share of bumps along the way, but I love how they are able to help each other. Nothing about their relationship felt forced or fake. In fact, everything about it was honest and realistic. I could and would gladly read another book about Kara and Colt. Hint..hint… 🙂
While the topics of this story may be difficult, I admire the way in which West approaches them. It’s an incredible journey that you’re sure to enjoy. The writing and storyline will captivate you and leave you devouring the pages.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
About the Author
Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.
The author is giving away
(1) Copy of PIECES OF OLIVIA and
(1) $10 Amazon Gift Card
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