Review: Caught Up in You-Colee Firman


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“When you called my name during the storm I knew my heart belonged to you. It was inevitable, unavoidable-inescapable. I tried to fight it but hell, you fucking owned me. Hell, you still do. How can you not see that?”

cooltext1889161239 copyLife has a way of shaping you into what it wants you to be, regardless of how much you fight it.

Brantley Prescott is damaged. Scarred by a past she can’t forget. Hiding secrets she’s terrified to share. Searching for a future she doesn’t believe she’ll ever find.

Myles Franco is alone. Burdened by mistakes he’ll never live down. Fostering a deep resentment for the opposite sex. Unleashing his wrath on any girl who gets too close.

Brantley has worked behind the bar long enough to recognize Myles for what he is—a douchebag player with nothing on his mind but keeping a steady stream of girls flowing through his bed. With his messy dark hair, sapphire blue eyes, rock-solid body, and endless tattoos he’s impossible to ignore. But that’s exactly what she plans on doing.

After just one run-in with Brantley, Myles is even more determined to stick to the rules he lives by. She’s mouthy, blunt, and doesn’t back down—no matter how hard he pushes her. She could turn out be the one temptation that drags him down the path he’s been trying to avoid. He won’t let that happen.

Both are content living behind the solid walls they’ve built around themselves. Neither is prepared for what happens when their lives collide.

Due to sexual content and graphic language – 17+ recommended.

cooltext1889171582 copy4/5 Stars

***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Colee Firman.

If you’re looking for a rainbows and butterflies HEA building from the start, this is not for you. Caught Up in You is messy, complicated, full of near misses and two stubborn protagonists that can’t seem to get it right. It’s brutal, raw, and incredibly real. Relationships aren’t perfect but that doesn’t mean they can’t change your life and surprise you in the strangest of ways. 

PROS:

  • Myles is an arrogant, rude, pushy jerk. If you’re not into the rough, aggressive type that hurts verbally as much as he loves because he reacts before he thinks, yeah, maybe skip this. Myles is sexy. He’s masculine, charming when he wants to be, flirty, hyper sexual, and made of hot touches that suggest so much more. The anticipation is killer. He’s also touchy, angers easily, and makes ridiculous assumptions that will have you shaking your head. Myles is jaded. Hit with an accusation that destroyed his hopes for an Ivy League feature, Myles is guarded and doesn’t trust women. Though always apprehensive and volatile, Myles has no trouble attracting the opposite sex. Myles talks dirty in a blunt, eyebrow arching way that will leave you flushed and hanging on his every word.
  • Brantley’s past is dark and tragic. The mystery of her scars drive much of the plot and as Myles attempts to unravel her secrets, her hesitancy to open her heart is justified. Brantley is adorable in her knee socks and pigtails, she’s a funny bartender, feisty, and yeah, she likes to yell. She hold a grudge like nobody’s business. She’s crazy likable even if her emotions are in a constant state of uncertainty. When she opens up and admits her true feelings to herself it’s heartbreaking. She’s willing to sacrifice her heart for safety and her bleak acceptance of love without passion is achingly sad. 
  • Together, Brantley and Myles are an explosive combination of scorching lust and anger. They’re fire and ice. When they give into their feelings it’s HOT. Scenes are sensual and detailed. Told from both perspectives you get an insiders look at feelings and thoughts.
  • The storyline was creative. A random disaster, unexpected close quarters, a surprise. Each new hurdle keeps the reader on his/her toes and pushes the story forward.

CONS:

  • The secondary characters were interesting but lacked real development in the story. The only characters who had any definition with extended relationship to the main characters were those who posed a threat to the romance between Myles and Brantley. Obnoxious love interests and past flings were highlighted but there was nothing likable about them or endearing enough to pose a true danger to the romance. Some sections felt random, like they were inserted for the sake of adding some drama to the story.
  • Gossip and rumors, misinterpretations and assumptions dictated every move. It was a little excessive how often they got it wrong. The fury is real and it hits hard. 

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