Can a tattooed, former bad boy leave his past behind? Can he find lasting happiness with the love of his life?
Gorgeous and sexy Chase Gartner hopes to do just that with Kay Stanton. But when Chase’s troubled teen brother, Will, stays on in Harmony Creek, Ohio—-after an unexpected arrival-—Chase and Kay’s bonds of love and commitment are soon tested.
Chase finds himself caught up in secrets—-and revisiting a past he thought he’d left behind—-when Will makes a number of irresponsible decisions. Despite Chase’s attempts to keep his brother out of trouble, Will’s reckless behavior continues, affecting not only Chase and Kay, but other residents in town…one disastrously so.
But it’s the final, potentially deadly decision Will makes when his girlfriend runs into trouble back in Las Vegas that leads Chase to make a fateful decision of his own. A choice that threatens his relationship with Kay.
Never Doubt Me is a touching, poignant story of love, redemption, and coming to grips with the fact that escaping the past is never easy.
New Adult/Contemporary Romance genres. 2nd novel in the Judge Me Not series.
***warning: contains explicit sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity***
I Stand Before You
**A complimentary copy provided by author for Blog Tour**
~~ 3 Stars ~~
This is my first book by SR Grey. I do have a feeling I am in the minority here. I enjoyed this book but I have to say it didn’t WOW me. I loved the storyline and characters a lot, but what I had trouble with was the writing style. There was a lot of extra information and inner monologue that went on during this book. It truly felt like the author was telling us the story instead of immersing us into the story and letting us feel the characters emotions. There were parts of conversations that we are told about and the author would pull one line from the conversation to be said by the character and I just felt like I was missing the point of the conversation and the true feelings of the characters. It made it hard to truly connect with Chase and Kay. I felt that it really slowed the pace of this story down. I think that a lot of it could’ve been cut out and moved the story along faster and we still wouldn’t have missed anything important.
Enough about what I didn’t like….on to what I did like about this book. I loved the characters and the journey the author took these two people on. Yes this is a love story but this is also about a wonderful friendship that was formed between two very broken people. Chase and Kay actually had more in common with each other then they truly expected.
“This is what we are, two broken people who when connected are made whole, made right.”
“There’s good and bad in both of us, and that’s what binds us together, for better or worse.”
Both Chase and Kay had something terrible/tragic happen to them in there past. Both of these characters carried around a lot of guilt. I loved watching them open up to each other and realize what a great support they both had in the other. I don’t want to give anything away about the story because I think you need to read it yourself to get the full effect of the storyline. Chase was a yummy “bad boy”. He was definitely swoon worthy. I loved how over time he became so protective of Kay. As for Kay, I thought she was a sweet heroine who was dealt a crappy hand 4 years ago and because of it she held a lot of guilt. I will say that once her full story came out in the end I was shocked to find out what happened.
I don’t think there were really any secondary characters that stood out for me. There are other people in the story but they are there more just to help move the story along.
As for recommending this book….Yes, I would recommend this book. Just because it didn’t WOW me, doesn’t mean that it won’t be a Fantastic read for someone else. If you are looking for a journey of two broken souls who find love then this is the book for you. I will warn you that this book does have a mild cliffhanger, but it isn’t something that will pull your hair out. It’s more like you know the story needs to continue.
Never Doubt Me
*A complimentary copy provided by author for Blog Tour*
~~ 4 Stars ~~
So let me start by saying that I enjoyed this book so much more then book 1. Never Doubt Me is the second book in the Judge Me Not series. Book 1 (I Stand Before You) was the start of Kay and Chase’s relationship. This book has most of the action and drama that Kay and Chase have to endure. I am not going to talk much about the storyline because I don’t want to give anything away. Just know that this is a roller coaster ride. S.R. Grey added enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. What I loved about this book was that she took out a lot of the excess information that we don’t need in a story and just gave us the heart of the storyline. Plus the characters had a ton more interaction in this book. There was a lot of in your head talking in book 1, but this one the characters actually talked more to each other. I didn’t feel like the author was telling me what was happening, she incorporated the feelings better in this book. I actually got to connect with Kay and Chase better and could feel what they were feeling. I thought the story flowed better in this one and that the pace was much better. It was a much quicker read then book 1 but it wasn’t to quick that it felt rushed. The only thing that I didn’t think was necessary for this book was all the recap the author did for book 1. I honestly thought that I didn’t really even need to read book 1 because she recapped so much I don’t think I would’ve missed anything. But truthfully it didn’t deter me from really liking this book.
In this installment of the series, Kay and Chase are put to many tests, all in thanks to his younger brother Will and his girlfriend Cassie. Will and Cassie end up showing up on Chase’s doorstep. Now mind you they are only teenagers and ran away from Vegas. Let it be known Chase wasn’t to thrilled. Once they arrive we got to see how Chase and Will interact and I was glad to see that their relationship was getting stronger. What I loved the most was that this book really showed the functionality of Kay and Chase’s relationship. It was great to see them work through their issues together. I truly felt that by the end Kay and Chase will be able to get through anything as long as they have each other.
This book does end on a cliffhanger, but what I loved was that the author added a lead into the next book as the Epilogue, so you aren’t left hanging wondering what will happen. Now she doesn’t give us enough to ruin or tell us the good parts of the next book, but she smoothed out the cliffhanger.
I would recommend this series/book. I have to say that this book totally saved this series for me. I am also looking forward to seeing how Kay and Chase’s story will end and what will happen with Will and Cassie.
S.R. Grey is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 bestselling author. Harbour Falls, Willow Point, and Wickingham Way are novels in the completed Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy. She is also the author of New Adult novels I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1) and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Ms. Grey’s novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories.
New novels slated for publication in 2014 are Inevitable Detour, a New Adult novel with a Romantic Suspense edge, as well as Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3).
Ms. Grey resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, as well as an MBA. Her background may be in business, but her true passion lies in writing. When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.
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