Scarred by loss, Layla leaves her hometown of Hope Springs, Georgia, hoping to put her painful past behind her and start over in college in California. When she runs into Landen at freshmen orientation, she has a choice to make. Reinforce those steel walls she's built up around herself or give the only boy who can keep her still a second chance.
Landen’s more than ready to tear down those walls but this time when they come crashing down, they might bury her.
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Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at:
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If you are looking for a romance that is raw, messy, and unbearably painful at times, this is a book you will appreciate. Much like real life or for that matter, real love, the characters in Keep Me Still have crosses to bear, secrets to hide, and obstacles to overcome.
I experienced every emotion a handful of times through out this story and the two novellas (Let You Leave and Hold Us Close) that are included in this book edition.
Layla was a character that I couldn't help but feel for. She lost her parents in a horrible, violent act and she lived to tell the tale. She was young when it happened and is still suffering from survivor's guilt along with many other problems.
She's treated like a pariah at school and has no friends. Then he shows up.
Landen is an army brat who's father is mean and nasty. He sees Layla and decides he will pursue her.
Take these two messed up kids and watch them struggle and bumble their way through the beginning of a relationship. Nothing is easy. Especially when you count all of the misunderstandings and communication gaps. This is what takes place in Let You Leave.
The second chance for their relationship happens in Keep Me Still. They see each other while in college and while Layla has changed some for the better, Landen seems to be more needy and troubled. As I said before, nothing in their relationship is easy. Landen hasn't learned his lesson and keeps a huge secret that hurts her when she finds out.
In Hold Us Close, we see the relationship that they have fought so diligently for tested to it's foundation and maybe past it's breaking point. Landen's character becomes almost unrecognizable at times. This novella was full of gritty, down and out happenings that reach depths that will have you on an emotional ride. Keep some Kleenex handy!
This is a new adult contemporary. There are some steamy scenes but they are not overly detailed.
Landen reminded me just a little of Travis Maddox. Yes, you should read this!
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I really liked this book. I thought it was an onslaught of intense feelings. It is not everyday that you read a book so full of real, heart wrenching, obstacles for the characters to overcome. The characters were endearing and I couldn't help but keep turning the pages to find out if they got the HEA that I thought they more than deserved.
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