Book 4, Torey Hope: The Later Years
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Spunky and independent, Jay Keller only wants to have fun, having long ago decided that love is reserved for people living fairy tale lives.
Kendrick Jordan is a sarcastic, inappropriate smartass whose sense of humor, intense love of family, and serial dating habits enable him to mask his painful past.
Through a chance encounter, Jay gives Kendrick a chance to satisfy his curiosity with no strings attached. But when Kendrick’s past catches up with him and Jay is dealt a life-altering blow, they find themselves turning to each other for support.
After a traumatic accident threatens their new-found love, Jay and Kendrick must decide if their relationship is worth the terrifying and painful journey they now face.
**Kendrick and Jay's story is meant for ages 18+ due to adult themes, language, and situations. Sensitive readers should be warned of possible triggers in the storyline.**
I should have read the others first.
⭐ ⭐ ARC Provided by Author in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐
Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Not a fan of the cover composition. The pose and shadow play leave the model looking distorted. His shoulder looks dislocated. Thankfully, the synopsis is intriguing enough to give it a try.
Third person POV narrative.
First, I'd like to say that I've not read any previous Torey Hope or A.D. Ellis book and my review will be based solely on the content of KENDRICK as a stand-alone.
As a newbie to the series, I found it difficult to get into the story. The lead characters start off extremely aloof and vague. I did not feel any chemistry between them at the beginning. Meeting all of the secondaries, even after reading the author's note and family tree, I felt like a stranger at a family reunion. It's quite evident that there is a ton of back-stories and even more history that I am missing by reading this book first. It is my opinion that I should not have read this book until I'd read the others to gain the most optimal reading experience.
I was not fond of our Hero and Heroine's back stories, as they tend to live in the past and let the things that happened back then effect their daily lives still today. I know that not everyone can adapt and overcome these obstacles, but the forty percent or so of the book was not very likeable to me. Luckily, when I rate a book, it's based more on the writer's quality than my actual opinion. So, I'll conclude this review a little differently to explain why the book rates much higher than my personal opinion. We know that an author cannot please all readers every time. That said:
While I did not care for the lead characters much, I loved the cast of secondary characters and wish I'd had time to read them first. The chemistry between the leads felt more physical than emotional from much of the book and it was hard to buy into a romantic element - however, I enjoyed the dialogue and interaction between them and the lesser cast quite a bit. The plot was filled with angst and drama, with a undercurrent of guilt and anger seeping throughout, but I've discovered that A.D. Ellis's writing flow is smooth and easy to read. Little to no errors were noted, which is a wonderful surprise on ARC copies. There were plenty of conflicts, all were resolved by believable methods. The predictability was moderate for me. Kendrick and Jay get their solid ending, but there's enough of an opening to allow for the next book(s) to slip in a peek. The very last scene, at the park, was the absolute best part of the book - to me. It's the first time I felt emotion towards any of the characters.
So, while I wish I'd read the other books first to have a better grasp on the family background and I'd prefer stronger overall characters, the book was well-written and I know others will enjoy it much more than I did. I thank Ms. Ellis for the opportunity to read and review it and to be allowed to provide an honest review in exchange.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.7 ~ Stars: 4
Another great book in the Torey Hope series and Kendrick's much awaited story. And definitely worth it!! Kendrick has his demons and they're finally getting to him in a way that he's going over the top with his behavior. His family has given him a time limit before they're coming after him. During this time he meets Jay and she intrigues him though she tells him this is fun only and she's not into a relationship. When Kendrick finally comes home he's ready to talk and gathers the family to tell them what's going on, what happened in the past. While dealing with the past he continues to spend time with Jay and she finally agrees to try a relationship with him. But when he's in a car accident can their relationship survive?
WOW! Again the author takes you a ride that takes you all over the place emotion wise. I laughed, Kendrick just does that to you, cried, cheered and yelled. I love how even though it was his story the rest of the family was there and weren't just on the sidelines but a big part of the story. A must read but be prepared to feel because you can't read it and not. I received this in exchange for a honest review.