Grayson, Lisa Eugene
Grayson, Lisa Eugene
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Health mind and body,
Well, as this book is already out I was able to read a sample on Amazon and it sounded a fun, intriguing read. I love romance but sometimes the stories feel very similar so something with an edge, a bit different is welcome and this covers mental health issues so fitted that brief.
I’ve mixed feeling about the book though. The mental health aspect was handled very sensitively, I don’t know anyone with Grayson’s issues so can’t say how realistic it was portrayed, but it certainly felt very real, and I understood Grayson fears and reactions. How scary too if someone else holds control of you – I can see the need, but also the potential for abuse…The actual story – well, I kept thinking re Angie’s actions “ who would do that/behave like that?” I can’t imagine anyone doing what she did, but then for the sake of fiction I accepted it as fact and took the story from there. I found it an enjoyable read, the behaviour of her sort of boyfriend Mark sadly very real, her teen sisters actions genuine, teens think they know it all and everyone is stopping them from doing what they really need to do – I’ve been a teen Winking smile I remember that feeling! Then there’s the nursing hours issues, the family problems with her mum’s health issues causing financial difficulties, and of course the struggle to balance studying with work to pay for it…they are problems that are universal across countries.
So Angie, a great girl, and I had respect for her way of supporting her family and working so hard for what she wanted, a good education and a chance of a decent career. When she meets Charles she sums him up instantly, and like her I found him arrogant and a creepy jerk. Then there’s her sister Anna, a teen who loves her family but is feeling restricted. Grayson – the other lead. I loved the sexual tension between him and Angie, but felt things progressed far too quickly. Its a shortish read though and I guess that’s why it went this way. Another 75-100 or so pages though to allow for a slower, more natural build up would have made this a five star read for me, its a great book, but I felt the way their first meetings went was just awkward, didn’t feel genuine – who gives someone a naked pic as an apology??? and that spoiled the book for me. It’s well written though, and flows naturally, made me smile when she calls him crazy, and then has a moment of horror when she realises that – well – he IS crazy…oops. I’m an amputee and of course there are sayings like break your legs, don’t run away, put your foot down, that I’ve heard very often and have caused whoever is saying it a moment of embarrassment – no need, its natural and it makes me laugh!! Though I’d guessed some of what was going to happen I hadn’t worked out how Lisa was going to get the characters where they needed to be. A neat short epilogue too – I do like these, a few pages to see who things play out after all the dramas.
Stars: Four, a great read if you can get past the odd start Angie and Grayson have
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers