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Crushed (Redemption series book 3)
by Lauren Layne
Rating 4 stars
Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.
Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.
Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.
After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?
From the short prologue it seems that the lead main male character is dealing with an identity issue that will eventually lead to finding out some details that he assume about his family and he reconciling with his best friend who will end up being his girlfriend. Am I right? We shall see.
Okay, so back the time I start chapter three I'm thinking I'm wrong about the girlfriend. Now, I'm thinking he may fall for the cliche smart chubby little sister.
Well, I have finished the book and I was right and oh so wrong. Michael was having an identity issue. It did lead to find out details about his family dynamic. He did reconcile with his friend, actually friends but they don't get back together. He fell for the chubby sister.
It took me until chapter 3 or 4 before I realize that this was the book following Broken. So good for Ms. Layne does a great job of making the books tie in with each other without relying on each other. In other words, you don't have to read them in order to follow along.
The characters are so likable. You want things to work for the characters. When the book is done you want to know what has happened with these characters. For example, I would love a follow-up book that takes place maybe 5 or 10 years later. Do they get married? Do they have children? How are they dealing with life in general?
Also if you didn't know, the Redemption book series are inspired by other stories. Crushed is a spin on The Ugly Duckling. What is great about these books is that it is not at all overtly obvious. So as you can see this book has alot going for it. I think that romance fans will love this book and series. I have read 2 of the 3 books. Broken was an okay read for me. I like this one waayyyy better. I think that the characters connected with me
Have you read the series? How did you like it? Leave your thoughts and link to your post is the comment section. To those who are going to pick up the books...Happy Reading!
Photo credit :: Anthony LeDonne
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.
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