“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?”

Reading K.A. Linde’s novels is like childbirth. (I’m not diminishing that experience, just hear me out!) It’s long, grueling, painful at times, emotional, exciting, some parts are quiet, you might even feel bored for a minute, but you know that it will all be worth it in the end! You know that you will be rewarded immensely! And one of the best parts of reading Ms. Linde’s novels is that you know when you have reached that part of the novel! And that is where all the work has paid off. When I got there, I was silent squealing, cheering, fist pumping, gasping in my dark bedroom. Hysterically laughing into my pillow. I might have even yelled, “oh no she didn’t”. It was fabulous!!!
I can’t even imagine what K.A. Linde goes through when she writes this series because sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the details, Lexi’s inner thoughts and the precise timing of the past and present chapters. There is just so much! I finished Avoiding Committment (Avoiding Series #1) wanting more and wanting answers and boy did I get them. I’m so satisfied and relieved, really.
The entire last 15% of Avoiding Responsibility was pure genius. I didn’t expect that, but I’m so glad it ended the way it did. The whole scene would make a fabulous movie.

Now on to the characters,
Lexi, well I think she finally matured and came into reality. I really got annoyed with her at times.  “had she been so lost in her own relationship that she had missed her that her best friend was in one?” That made me sad. Also, she can be frustratingly naive. But I do love her. And I’m proud of her for growing the way she did.
“She needed to man up and face what was coming her way. Avoiding her responsibilities wasn’t going to be the solution to her life. She had gotten herself into this situation and she could get herself out of it. “
Ramsey is so strong and independent. Not without faults, but he owns up to them. I truly feel he’s always had Lexi’s best interest first. And can I say, Oh Em Gee at the ‘angry sex’!  Holy hell Ramsey that was hot!
Jack. Well, he showed his true colors and finally made his decision. I can’t go into more details here.
Bekah got what she deserved.  (YES!)
Chyna, I think she needs to mature a bit. I didn’t love her as much as I did in Avoiding Committment, but she did have a turning point in her role as BFF to Lexi when she told her to stop running! And I’m proud of her for that! I enjoyed a peek into her family’s life and I hope she finds happiness soon.

Ms. Linde exceeded my expectations!  I definitely avoided all of my responsibilties when reading this weekend.  Thanks for another fabulous story, I’m so interested to see if there is going to be more to all of this. And to close, my favorite line of the novel is, “Now he was just fucking her-fucking her properly”.  You will just have to read it to find out who that is in reference to 😉

xo, D

Wow. Just. Wow. Let me start this with saying that the conversations I was having while reading this one were amazing. It started Friday night when D texted me about it. I was out having dessert with a friend and, not gonna lie, we might have started wrapping it up right then. Forget that I was supposed to be packing, I had a book to read! I made my (sick) husband drive the 3 hrs to visit my family so I could read. I loved visiting my family, but  I really just wanted to go in to seclusion so I could read.  I was so excited to get home last night so I could read my heart out… and then I was so wiped that I fell asleep WAY too early. I woke up this morning to some messages from Dana that read, “OMG. OMG. OMG.” “Seriously, I need you. I’m reading this and silent screaming, cheering, fist pumping. It’s awesome!” “90%… I finished!” So I knew I had to finish it this morning. I.am.so.glad. I did!

I always get a little bit nervous when subsequent books in a series come out. If I loved the first one, I’m always scared that the next one won’t live up to my expectations or I’ll get pissed off at the author. There’s just a risk! Well, there is no need to be nervous about this one. It was even better than the first! Like D said, the last 15% of the book was AMAZING. Parts in the middle were slow, but not bad. They were totally necessary to build up to the end. I really wanted to high five Lexi and Ramsey at several points throughout the book. The details really helped to build up that picture in my mind. There were parts that I could really relate to (and I really hated that, but you live and learn). I had my own “Jack” in my life, so I got where Lexi was coming from in her interactions and feelings about him. I just loved the whole book!

Lexi. Oh geez, that girl. I love her. She really grew up in this book. By the end of the book, you really wanted to cheer her on, high five her, and then yell, “YOU TELL THEM!”. Seems that Lexi can afford to grow up a little more, but I loved how her character developed a sense of strength and independence.

Ramsey. Whew, Ramsey. He could screw up with me any day if making up was going to be that amazing. And, seeing how he handled things when he was angry… well… I may purposely make him angry just because that was hot. He’s a good guy, deep down. He screws up like any person would do. His screw ups, though, are ones that are results of times he thought he was making a good choice. The way he treats lexi and how he responds to everything with her is beautiful.

Chyna. Like D said, she has a ways to go. While I didn’t love her as much this book as last time, I still loved her. She often acted a bit immature, but I think it has as much to do with her past and upbringing as anything else. She stood up for Lexi at a time when she didn’t want to. She was brutally honest and really was a great support system.

Jack. Well. At the end of Avoiding Commitment, I was angry with him, but still thought he could redeem himself. Wrong. Screw you, Jack. Screw.You. I can’t say much, but he deserves Bekah.

Bekah. Karma is a biznatch, isn’t it?

And then there is Adam. Well, I just want to say that I love him!

If you haven’t read the book yet, you need to! Get on it! You won’t regret it!

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