Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde

I am not completely sure what to say about this book. I've never read a book where the characters and their actions got me so upset and frustrated that I was screaming at the book. If I would have been reading the physical book and not an e-book, I would have thrown it across the room. The fact that AC can evoke so many emotions in me at once...uggghh I FREAKING LOVED IT!!!!

Jack and Lexie became friends in college. Then after one bad incident they don’t speak for 2 years. That is until Lexie gets a phone call from Jack that unbeknownst to her at the moment will shift her world upside down. Jack wants Lexie to convince his new girlfriend Bekah that he is ready to commit to her. How insane is that? That after everything that has happened, he has the nerve to call her just so she can convince another woman that Jack isn’t afraid of commitment. That description alone spells out emotional rollercoaster.

At first I was in love with Jack, but that love swiftly turned to anger. There were so many times when I wanted to reach through the book and not punch him the face, but do some major damage to his manly-hood if you know what i mean. Such a douche bag!! He is a master manipulator who loves to toy with the emotions of other people just so he can have his cake and eat it. I mean how selfish can you be? It's like he cannot even think about anyone else but himself.

And Lexie....she seemed so blinded by her love/obsession for Jack that it clouded her thoughts and there were moments when I wanted to shake some sense into her. There were signs and things that were said and it was like she still did not get a freaking clue.

“I don’t know if I can do this anymore,” Jack’s husky voice muttered sounding defeated… “I know what you mean,” she whispered sadly, her chin dropping to meet her chest. “I’m not sure I want to break up with Kate though,” he said miserably.”  - K.A. Linde, Avoiding Commitment

What I got out of that statement was Jack felt a little torn between Kate (A past girlfriend), and Lexie, but he just cannot bring himself to make that big leap to Lexie. In my opinion it’s because he doesn't really want to. He enjoys using her, knowing he can have her whenever he feels like it. He feels like there is no reason for him to make a commitment to Lexie. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free (Weird statement I know, but I think it makes sense LOL).  I so wanted Lexie to realize that and say “Hey, I deserve more…I deserve better F*** off Jack!”

But no, instead this is what Lexie hears: “That snapped her right out of her own pity party.   Break up with Kate!   Holy shit!   Where had that come from?   Maybe they were talking about two different things.   “Uh, Jack?” He tilted his head to look at her under his thick dark lashes.   “Yes, my dear?” “You’ve been thinking of breaking up with Kate?”   She couldn’t keep the disbelief out of her voice. He nodded choking on his own words.   “Ever since I saw you like a vision on the beach the first day you got here.” “Wh…Why would you do that?”   She knew the answer.   But she wanted to hear him say it. “I thought that was quite obvious… for you.”
 -K.A. Linde, Avoiding Commitment

Call me strange, but I didn’t think it was obvious. He has a girlfriend and then he sleeps with Lexie…how is it supposed to be obvious to Lexie that he actually wants to be with her and make a real commitment?
 At first I felt bad for her, but after a while, I was like come on sweetheart wake up, 6 years of this guy manipulating you… how much more are you going to take?!?! Her BFF Chyna had him pegged exactly when she said that he would always choose the other girl over Lexie, and when he was done he would throw her out like yesterday’s trash. I just hope she actually has taken off her rose colored glasses that she has been looking through all these years when it comes to Jack. She totally deserves much better...real love.

Bekah...she is such a twisted crazy nut who I would take great pleasure in seeing her ass kicked on numerous occasions. Enough said.

For the moment, I am on Team Ramsey. Even though I do not completely trust him or his motives...I hope he is not playing her and actually does have feelings for her.

To say that K.A Linde's writing is "just okay" or "pretty good" is a big flipping understatement. Her writing flows and she definitely knows how to create a delicious story worth devouring. I never thought I would become invested in a type of book with people who cheat and lie (not usually my style), but it grabbed a hold on me from the first chapter, dragged me through all of the twists and turns in the middle, and would not let me go until the very end.

Avoiding Commitment will have you waiting on pins and needles for book 2 in the series, Avoiding Responsibility, which is not out yet. So you will have to bide the time, but hopefully the wait won’t be super long.  Happy Reading J

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