Soaring by Kristen Ashley
Series: Magdalene #2
Also in this series: The Will, The Time In Between
Published by Self-published on March 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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American heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew.
Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, she fell apart. When she did, she took another heart wrenching hit as she lost the respect of her children.
When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene.
Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at Mickey and knows she wants everything from him.
The problem is, she finds out swiftly that he’s friendly, he’s kind, but he doesn’t want everything back.
Amelia struggles to right past wrongs in her life at the same time find out who she wants to be. She also struggles with her attraction to the handsome firefighter who lives across the street.
But Amelia will face a surprise when her friendly neighbor becomes not-so-friendly. As Amelia and Mickey go head to head, Amelia must focus on winning back the hearts of her children.
She soon discovers she also must focus on winning the heart of a handsome firefighter who understands down to his soul the beautiful heiress who lives across the street is used to a life he cannot provide.
Soaring was another example of Kristen Ashley being able to redeem anyone, at least for me. I can’t tell you how nervous I was starting this book because I knew that Amy had completely imploded when her husband left her, and she dragged her kids right along with her. I get falling apart when your world implodes, been there and done that, but when I see people dragging their kids through the mud with them as they try to extract their pound of flesh from the ex, my stomach turns. Again, KA pulled this one out and in a big way. I needed to be reminded that divorce shenanigans go both ways, and all wasn’t quite as bad as it seemed.
I had to make a home. I had to heal my family. I had to find me. I had to let go of the old. I had to pull myself together and start anew.
Starting over is hard. It’s not like you wake up one day and the world resets itself. It requires dedication, introspection, and tough choices. Not an easy thing to do, especially if you have to face the consequences of past mistakes. There are setbacks and lot of heartache but if you come out the other side stronger and a better version of the old you, it’s worth it. Amy was prepared for this and was in it for the long haul, making it her goal in life to repair herself and also win back her children.
I warn you, might make me crazy, might make me a dick, don’t give a shit, but I get off on goin’ head to head with you. So if you feel like keepin’ your gloves up, baby, bring it. “Cause I know after doin’ it for a while and then gettin’ that kiss from you, you keep doin’ it, when I finally fuck you it’s gonna,” he leaned deep into me, “wreck you.”
Mickey was one hell of an alpha-hole and even after a promising start, he and Amy were like oil and water. There were some definite Tack-like similarities in Mickey, but also in the way his relationship worked with Amy. Mickey brought out the fight in her and it completely worked for him. He had a seriously jacked up ex, not mean, but she was a mess. He had two wonderful kids but his teenaged daughter was struggling with things. And he also had issues with his job. As much as Mickey ticked off all my book boyfriend boxes, his issues with Amy’s money drove me crazy, especially when you learned of his background.
Even as much as they fought the chemistry was smoldering and after they got together, the sex scenes didn’t top the unbelievably hot locker room shenanigans Josie and Jake treated us too, but they got awful dang close which thrilled me to pieces.
As much as I adored the book, it didn’t work for me as well as The Will. A couple of things set my eyes to rolling. There is no way, as much as those two interacted with each other’s kids, that they didn’t tell their own kids the names of the other kids. Even if I bought that, which I didn’t, there is also no way in a town that small, that there were so many new kids that Mickey’s kids didn’t know exactly who Amy’s kids were. I had to put some serious blinders on to ignore that huge plot hole. My other issue was the unneeded drama towards the end of the book. When Mickey said “Now that the stupid shit is done…” I wholeheartedly agreed with him.
All that being said, even on a reread I had a hard time putting Soaring down, even to do things important like refill my coffee cup or make myself something to eat. It’s good my husband was out of town since I think he would have had issue with me serving nothing but pasta with some parmesan for dinner. Next time I’ll know to make sure I have easy to prepare provisions laid in before I start.
Rating: 4.5 KA Can Redeem Anyone Stars
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