REVIEW: The Avoiding Series, by K.A. Linde

Book 1Add to GoodreadsBook 1: Avoiding Commitment

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4 outta 5 stars!

Blurb: Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After 2 years without speaking, she receives a phone call that changes everything. He unexpectedly asks her to convince the new girl, Bekah, that he’s ready to commit. Jack is calling now after everything they had been through because there is another woman. She can’t believe it. Follow Lexi in this heart wrenching drama as she relives her past relationship, or lack thereof, with Jack, and not just in her own mind, but to his fiance-to-be. Throw in Bekah’s hot brother who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a past with more secrets to unravel than you can even imagine, and you get a recipe for disaster. Find out what happens to Lexi as she travels to Atlanta to get the closure she so desperately desires from Jack, and how the bumps of life seem to keep getting in the way.

Review: In the first book we’re introduced to the cast of characters – Lexi & Jack. They meet in college and have an instant chemistry. But Jack has a girlfriend (which, he forgets to mention to Lexi until it’s too late.) He’s an ass – a serious fucking ass. He reminds me so much of a guy I dated in my teenage years that it makes me sick and I wanted to jump into my Kindle and punch him in the balls. You can’t think that a man in real life can be this manipulative, callous or uncaring. But they can – believe me. (RANT OVER!). So this made it super related able for me. But, unlike Lexi I was smart enough to cut my ties and move on (eventually.) We get the whole back story – and the future in different progression so we’re getting our questions answered through out the book which I love. K.A. Linde has a phenomenal way of answering questions before you ask them. I love that in a book. You call for Jack, even though you know you shouldn’t in the very beginning, the way she reacts to his phone call out of the blue. It kicks you in that place, you try not to show anyone. I gave this book 4 stars – instead of 5 because it probably hit too close to home and I didn’t want to admit to myself there was more Lexi in me than there was. But that’s life, you live and learn and hopefully not repeat the same mistakes. But you’ll enjoy this ride down memory lane – and watching Lexi face her demons both figuratively and physically throughout this story.

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Book 1.5Add to GoodreadsBook 1.5: Avoiding Decisions

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4 outta 5 stars!

Blurb: Two Avoiding Series novellas written from Jack and Ramsey’s point of views from the first time they each meet Lexi with an EXCLUSIVE first look at the intro to Avoiding Temptation!!! Jack’s POV: Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. In the bestselling novel, Avoiding Commitment, you find out why. There are two sides to every story, and Lexi doesn’t even know this one. Get inside Jack’s head in this never before seen short story—the first time he meets Lexi. Ramsey’s POV: Ramsey recently went through a terrible break up. In the bestselling novel, Avoiding Responsibility, you find out why. Out for an interview for his father’s company, he meets a gorgeous girl that changes everything. Get inside Ramsey’s head in this never before seen short story—the first time he meets Lexi.

Review: This is a great little novella for anyone who enjoys the series. It’s from Ramsey’s and Jack’s POV – from when they each met Lexi for the first time. I gave it four stars, because it’s well written and I love a guys POV. But it didn’t really add much to the story of Jack – we all know he’s the guy you love to hate. But Ramsey, it was a little interesting to get a little more back story of when he first met Lexi. 

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Book 2Add to GoodreadsBook 2: Avoiding Responsibilities

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4 outta 5 stars!

Blurb: Lexi has finally given up her once destructive relationships and moved onto bigger and better things with a sexy new man in town. Just when she is starting to figure it out with him, her world is tilted once again with a phone call from none other than Ramsey Bridges. A year after his entrance into her life, Ramsey is trying to make amends and does the one thing she never expects—invites her to Jack’s wedding.The wedding she had evaded at all costs. But no matter what she does, Lexi can’t seem to escape her past with Jack. But does she really want to? Despite the explosive chemistry between Lexi and Ramsey, she is skeptical about trusting him after everything that has happened. When things are amiss with him, she starts questioning his motives. Can Ramsey be the one to remove Jack from Lexi’s life permanently or should she move on with her blossoming new life?

Review: This was probably my favorite from the series because Lexi is FINALLY finding her backbone. But as always, she’s still flip flopping back and forth and can never seem to get Jack out of her system. Even as she’s trying to have a relationship with Ramsey. I get it – he’s hot, he loves her, but there’s just something off about him. And the fact that Rebeka is his sister? Um, helllloooooo MAJOR red flag. I don’t care how great of a guy he is, how good he is in bed – that’s just TOO much baggage for me. If Lexi REALLY wanted to move on from Jack – she would make it so he was completely out of the picture and not start dating his soon to be brother in law. But as always, there’s LOADS of drama, and secrets kept. 

Lexi has a hard time trusting anyone – especially men. But as secrets get revealed she wonder’s if she can really trust any of them – and then of course, she has secrets of her own that …. well, come to light in a very unfortunate manner. But EXTREMELY entertaining. 🙂

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Book 2.5Add to GoodreadsBook 2.5: Avoiding Intimacy

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3 outta 5 stars!

Blurb: Growing up, Chyna was handed everything on a silver platter. She never wanted for anything, except love—unconditional love from her parents. Love was a foreign emotion, and watching her parents love/hate relationship was never easy. So when it came to her personal life, she made sure she never had to relive that. With looks that could kill, it was simple for Chyna to be the love ’em and leave ’em kind of girl. And she had always been okay with it. She would rather be single the rest of her life then end up as miserable as her parents. So when a man rescued her after she was drugged in a night club, she never expected to start a relationship with him. But one chance meeting changes it all. Chyna is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity that could sky rocket her career, and she is forced to make a decision that could ruin everything.

Review This was not my fave – by any means. I like Chyna, she’s funny, ballsy and doesn’t have a problem putting people in their place. But she’s annoying. She flashes her money around like it’s nothing, she’s rude and even though she’s Lexi’s BFF? She’s kind of a crappy one. She’s judgmental, and doesn’t take anyone’s feelings into consideration when she’s spouting off advice. Sure, Lexi is annoying in her own right but at least her problems are real – and she admits she has faults. Chyna just seems to drink her’s away …. following through her glamazon lifestyle. The whole idea of her going to fashion week and the affair she has just wasn’t interesting for me – and I found myself skipping through a lot in this book. The situation with Adam, Lexi and John was entertaining. But that’s about it.

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Book 3Add to GoodreadsBook 3: Avoiding Temptation

4 (sort of) outta 5 stars!

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Blurb: 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.

Review: *SPOILERS*

Where to begin with this one – hmmm. I finished it last night and I’m going to be honest, it was a chore to get through. I gave it four stars, because although the book is well written (though, about a dozen type-o’s) I just couldn’t get into the mix again. Lexi was driving me crazy with all her indecision about her relationship with Ramsey. I really wanted to tell her to shit or get off the pot!

She doesn’t trust him – pure and simple. But she spends 3/4 of the book trying to decide if being with him is the right decision – even though she has numerous people telling her just do what makes you happy. And of course, there’s always drama with Parker. Lexi is NEVER going to let that one go. Especially now that Ramsey is working with her day and night. How can someone move on from trust issues with an ex when her boyfriend is working along side her all the time? It just plants seeds of doubt that bloom into some pretty ridiculous fights.

All the major players are back – Jack & Becka, Ramsey, Parker, Chyna & Adam and then you throw John into the mix things are bound to get dramatic. Lexi finds herself in more than one uncomfortable situation … and always doubting her relationship with Ramsey. I kind of felt bad for him through out this book. He seemed to get a really bad wrap – some through is own fault, but as things unfold all I kept thinking was WTF?!?!?! Seriously???????

And always, there’s Jack. Lexi STILL can’t get over him and their past. She can’t even admit to herself that she’s still in love with him 10+ years later. After all the heartbreak, all the bullshit they’ve been through he’s still a major constant through out her life. He’s the one she compares everyone too. And things start to get sticky as his impending divorce from Becka comes to light….

There is SOOOOO much going on in this book – and I found myself skipping over numerous overly detailed paragraphs of stuff I just didn’t feel were important to the story. But I still gave it four stars because I enjoyed the series and KA Linde made me feel for these characters. Even if some of it was bad, she still made me FEEL something. Irritation is still an emotion – and evoking emotion from someone from written words is still pretty amazing. 🙂

She ended it in a way that didn’t leave me wanting more – I wouldn’t say she put a pretty red bow in it. But she left it with a REAL ending. A REAL ending that Lexi wouldn’t shy away from – she got everything she’s ever wanted. But I’m not going to tell you what that is. 😉

Good bye Jack – Lexi – Ramsey – and screw you Becka!

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