Monday, 14 September 2015

Review ~ For Everly by Raine Thomas

For Everly
ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: May 27th 2013

Publisher: Lambe Books LLC

**Mature Content Warning** This is a New Adult novel recommended for ages 17+ due to language, sexual content, and mature subject matter.

Determined to overcome a dark and tragic past, college student Everly Wallace is only months away from earning her degree in physical therapy. She’s consumed with school, caring for her ailing grandfather, and figuring out how to pay the next bill. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but it just might be the one thing she needs.

Major League pitcher Cole Parker hasn’t fought for anything in his life. He went from a privileged upbringing to a multimillion dollar All-Star career. But when his pitching shoulder starts to give him trouble at only twenty-four years old, he faces the possibility of his injury becoming public knowledge and costing him everything.

In a desperate bid to save his career, Cole decides to hire someone to treat his injury, someone who will keep things off the record and out of the media. He finds the perfect solution in Everly. As mysterious as she is beautiful, she provides an enticing distraction from his pain. Soon, physical therapy is the last thing on his mind.

When an act of betrayal brings the truths they both fear to light, Cole will have to fight for the first time in his life…not just for his career, but for Everly’s love.

My Opinion

For Everly was a surprisingly touching read. I didn't expect for it to engage me like it did, but it was enjoyable and kept me turning the pages.

I found the characters in this book to be endearing and easy to connect with. I liked how strong Everly was. Despite everything she'd been through at such a young age she was still striving for better. I also respected her for picking up the pieces of her life and shouldering so much responsibility.

Similarly, Cole was a pleasant surprise. I expected a bad boy type player, but he was sweet and loyal. Throughout their relationship I thought their emotions developed well and were built up in a believable way.

As for the story in general, overall I enjoyed it. However I did have two issues. The first is that there was never much detail on the physical therapy side of things. It didn't have an authentic feeling like the author knew specifically what she was talking about. I can't say one way or another if she does, but that's how it came across in the writing. The whole treatment side of things was glossed over and I would have liked more rather than Cole's recovery seeming miraculous in the end.

My second issue was the ending. Whilst it ties up the loose ends, it felt rushed. There was a lot going on in this book and some of the smaller threads were lost during the middle. Rather than have threats and suspense build throughout to keep the narrative consistent, to me it felt like the author forgot about them and then realised at the last minute she had to tie up threads she'd created ages ago. It all felt too rushed and not thought out like the rest of the book. The characters and plot just weren't consistent with the rest of the book that was paced well.

Overall this was a read that surprised me. Although it was let down by the ending, which is why I lowered my rating, it was still a good read.


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