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Friday, April 24, 2015

Crushed (Redemption #2) by Lauren Layne Review

Crushed (Redemption, #2)Crushed by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After discovering that the man that raised him is not his father, Michael St. Claire, sets out to Cedar Grove, Texas, to meet his biological father. He gets a job working at the local country club where he comes across and becomes interested in, Kristin Bellamy, the girlfriend of his new half-brother, Devon Patterson. Discovering that Kristin’s sister, Chloe, is in love Devon, the two conspire to break them up.

I really like Michael. He went through a lot of bad things that made him cynical. He is extremely observant. He is hard on himself. He admits he can be a jerk. Even though he originally had alternative motives that were not really nice. I like that he helps out Chloe. She becomes more confident and healthy. I love that Michael likes the real Chloe: the girl who likes to eat and has wild curly hair. They become true friends.

Chloe is the best. Her humor had me laughing throughout the book. I felt bad that Chloe was always interested in her childhood best friend, Devon, even before he became popular. Then to make matters worse, her sister to end up dated him; that would be a difficult situation to be around. Chloe is a really great girl.

So many of the characters show tremendous growth throughout this novel. Lauren Layne did a phenomenal job with her character development. We really get to know and become invested in the individuals.

The plot was interesting and well done. It had a little of everything: mystery, romance, drama, humor. I really love the ending. This is the first book I have read by Lauren Layne. I enjoy her writing style. It has good flow and details.

Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Flirt
Series: Redemption #2
Characters: Michael St. Claire, Chloe Bellamy

Setting: Cedar Grove, Texas (United States)

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