Monday, May 20, 2013
This Trust of Mine (Raine Series #2) by Amanda Bennett ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway
"Love cannot be defined by age or time, but by the way that person makes you feel. He made me feel completely vulnerable, but vulnerability I have learned is a gift, one that I will gladly accept from Madison Raine."Kayla
Madison had irrevocably changed me. He opened me up to feel things I had never felt, and he never judged me for my past. In the short amount of time I had known him, I had fallen in love with him and everything he encompassed. He showed me how to live, how to enjoy life, but best of all, he showed me how to love. They say bad things happen to good people, well that saying rang truer to me now than ever before. Madison is gone. He is off at school in Arizona, and I just couldn't bring myself to leave with him. That was my first mistake.
See the thing about trouble is, it will always find you. Trouble found me the night he left, and that night forever changed me. Now I am fighting my way back, alone.
Leaving Kayla was one of the hardest things I had ever had to do. To say I regret my decision to leave her behind, would be an understatement. My world shifted when I met her and I would forever be changed. Everything felt different now that I was away, everything with her at least. Something was wrong, I could feel it. I needed to go to her to find out what this feeling was, but would she trust me enough to tell me, and could I trust her to forgive me.
"When life, love and heart breaking circumstances stand to pull apart a bond so strong, what do you do without trust?"
My feet left the ground with the strength of his arms pulling me up and into him. My arms instinctively wrapped tightly around his neck with the strength of a thousand men. I breathed in his scent and my lips grazed the base of his heated neck. He was here. He was actually here in front of me and he was touching me with those unbelievable hands. My eyes fluttered shut as his grip on my waist tightened enough for me to feel his excitement against my belly. I let a small knowing smile creep across my face with the knowledge that I still affected him so. When I could finally find the words to speak, beat me to the punch, as always. ~Kayla
This second book in the "Raine Series" is a continuation from the first, "This Love of Mine." So if you haven't read that one yet, I highly suggest that you do because you won't have the whole picture of this story without reading it and this is our favorite series by Amanda Bennett! 4.5 stars.
I fell in love with Madison Raine in the first book and I find myself loving him more with each page that I read of this one. He's sexy as hell, has a big & loving heart & loves Kayla more than he thought he could. He's away at college now, in another state, on a baseball scholarship, but it's tearing him apart being so far away from Kayla. He's trying very hard to stay focused on baseball training before school starts, but he can't because Kayla isn't responding to his texts or answering his phone calls. They agreed to talk to each other when he headed out and this silence is driving him crazy.
Kayla has just been through what no woman wants to ever experience and she has put these walls up. She just can't share what has happened with Madison. She feels that if she tells him, he won't ever look at her the same way ever again. Kayla has been through more pain and heartache in the last few months and with Madison being away at school now, she's feeling the loss of his presence in her daily life deeply. Will her and Madison ever be able to have what they had started??
I loved the way this story showed me that when you feel that deep connection/love with someone, no matter how long you've known them, and for Madison and Kayla it's a short time, that you can survive just about anything that life may throw your way.
The grandparents of these two young people are their foundations in life. And I felt the love and devotion that they have for their grandchildren. I think this helped develop Madison and Kayla into the strong, caring, admirable people they become. The other secondary characters, Cami (Kayla's best friend), Glenn (Madison's best friend) and Joey (Glenn's younger brother) are like the sprinkles on an ice cream cone for me. Without them and the grandparents, I think this book would have been a good one, but with them in it, it definitely made it even sweeter.
There's definitely some struggles, healing, tough times and new roads traveled that are experienced in this well written, sweet story of young love. But with a love as strong as Madison and Kayla have, I was sure they would get through anything together. This story flowed perfectly and Amanda Bennett sure knows how to make me catch my breath at the end. I know I gasped because my husband said, "what's the matter?" My response to him was "nothing." He just wouldn't understand. LOL
So....Amanda Bennett...please pick me back up off the floor soon. July can't get her fast enough for me. I'm beginning to wish my life away. The Raine Series is a must read!!!!!
Review by Jessie L.
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