Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding, #1) by K.A. Linde
Kelly - 5
She knew that she had probably given him more chances than anyone else would have bothered with, but those women didn't
understand what she was going through. If they weren't willing to push through the hard times and savour the good times, then they didn't understand men at all.
Oh Lexi, Lexi, Lexi, where do I begin sweetheart. I wanted to take this beautiful girl under my wing and steer her away from the one man who completely consumers her, heart, mind, body and soul.
This is a wonderfully written story, of two kids who's mutual attraction starts off innocently enough while she is at high school, and Jack a college student. Everyday she makes the journey to a quaint coffee shop to study, although with many girls that age there is always an ulterior motive, this comes in the form of a handsome young man behind the counter, named Jack.
As time moves on and a friendship develops into attraction, Lexi feels this man is her future, her ultimate dream of a happy relationship, until the day that Jack admits he has a girlfriend back home. Crushed and heartbroken, Lexi walks away from the man she trusted.
As their paths continue to cross, it becomes apparent that regardless of other partners, other relationships, the pull that Lexi and Jack have to each other becomes a passion fuelled affair, riddled with guilt and lies.
What I adored about this book was the crossover in timeframes. We start in the present, with Lexi getting a call out of the blue from Jack. Having no contact for nearly two years, he wants to rekindle their friendship and decides that he is ready to commit, however not to the girl he promised held his heart, not Lexi, but to a girl called Bekah. His girlfriend wants to befriend Lexi as she would like to understand Jack further and wants to confide in his ex partners, to find out once and for all if the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with is ready to commit.
Yes, it's an odd concept and if I had personally received that call I would have told the Girlfriend to mind her own damn business as the past should stay in the past, regardless of the fact that any intimate relationship should have its secrets. However, Lexi (with the advice of her best friend, Chyna), decides this is the perfect time to find closure and let go of Jack and their sordid past once and for all. But it soon becomes apparent that being in the company of the one man she ever truly loved is harder than anticipated. Jack doesn't make this any easier either as those feelings of passion rekindle, and we start to see the same mistakes of the past revive themselves.
Throw into the mix Bekah's handsome Brother, Ramsey, and we start to see the heart wrenching jealousy, confusion and guilt rear it's ugly head all over again.
Throughout this book, there is only one voice of reason, this comes in the form of Chyna, Lexi's best friend. Although wealthy, spoilt and promiscuous, her advice was a breath of fresh air, and I loved this quote:
'I don't need to make him jealous," Lexi said her brows furrowing.
Chyna rolled her eyes. "Its a reminder that if this is what he wants," she gestured towards Lexi, "then he needs to make up his fucking mind."
I think that quote in itself is this book in a nutshell.
This book had me seething, smiling, doing tummy flutters, and had me shed a tear or two. If you love S.C Stephens and her books Thoughtless, Effortless and Reckless, you will love this book. It's well written with a similar subject matter, although this spans over six years, and I found the end to be very satisfying.